LTO requires uniform temporary plates (Part one)


By Tracy Cabrera

The Land Transportation Office will now require new vehicles, including motorcycles to use a standardized temporary plate. The cost should be shouldered by the automotive dealers.

This is contained in a memorandum issued by Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante last January 11 which is now in effect. All motor vehicles sold on or after February 15 should sport the same vehicle template.


Virtual Admission

The move was a virtual admission by LTO of its inability to provide the permanent plates, which it claims are yet to be delivered to them.

The standardized temporary plates will contain…

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(Editor's note: The following is a transcript of the opening remarks made by Sen. Loren Legarda at the Gross National Happiness forum held at the Manila Polo Club on October 25, 2016.)

The Philippines is a country blessed with so many scenic islands that captivate locals and foreigners alike. Even in the patches of green here in the city, one is compelled to literally stop and smell the roses.

But in the global race to become the biggest, the fastest, and the best, there is no room for leisurely strolls. In fact, one study revealed that people in the…


Official Statements of Malacañang and DOTr on Tugade’s Statements

• From the Presidential Communications Office, published in their Facebook page on September 7

“Secretary Arthur Tugade in no way mentioned that traffic was a state of mind. This was a very misleading headline. Please see the actual quote below made during the launching of the NAIA Premium Bus Service:

“’A state of mind adds to the problem of traffic. Let’s stop blaming traffic. If you’re late, that’s that.’

“He was merely addressing the Filipino psyche of using traffic as an excuse. He believes that kind of state mind that automatically uses traffic as an excuse, unnecessarily adds to…

Read more: Official Statements of Malacañang and DOTr on Tugade’s Statements

Matrix on the performance of Duterte's frontline Cabinet members
Photo from SunStar

The following matrix lists down the results of the informal survey conducted by OpinYon on the performance of the frontline members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet.


A = Outstanding/Excellent

B = Median Passing 

F = Failure  



  Perception Statement

Department of Finance

Sec. Carlos Dominguez III


·         Ease of doing business

·         Lauded for higher Infrastructure spending that can spell start of a long-term boom.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Sec. Gina Lopez


·Genuine concern and perseverance in preserving and developing the Philippines’ natural resources, as well as stamping out

Read more: Matrix on the performance of Duterte's frontline Cabinet members

‘Climate change - a gut issue; we need to act now to ensure food security’

Publisher’s note: 

Climate change is upon us. We cannot reverse the trend, but could only slow it down. Adaptation and mitigation efforts should be intensified by government, with the support of the private sector, including local and national government officials.  

For our part, OpinYon will regularly share a space for advocacies and initiatives on climate change for our readers’ appreciation and eventual engagement in simple adaptation measures and projects.  

Below is the recent privilege speech of Senator Loren Legarda on El Niño.


“PAGASA issued its latest El Niño Advisory on August 5 stating that the moderate El Niño…

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