Ban on use of earphones sought

By Tracy Cabrera

AS part of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law, or Republic Act 10913, non-electronic devices such as earphones or headphones should also be banned from being used by motorists while driving on the road, according to Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon.

In the original law, restrictions are limited only to the use of gadgets such as cellphones and electronics but in Blazon’s proposed amendment will expand the list of restricted driving activities.

 

Ban Gadgets

The lawmaker reasoned out that using gadgets such as earphones and headphones may impede the ability of the driver to hear ambient sounds while travelling.…

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CENTER - PERIPHERY

By Romeo N. Dyoco, Jr.

MANILA was the center of the world for our family living in the provincial town of San Fernando, Pampanga. 

After the war, my father established his new family's residence in the then small town mainly dependent on the sugar central processing the cane from the farms as well as the rice fields. 

My father had to manage the small sugar farm left by my grandfather. His siblings decided to live in Manila. 

Commerce, institutions, social classes and culture were derived from the agricultural economy. 

Being the years of the 50s and…

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High fees, poor infrastructure hamper local shippers

By Chito Junia

THE HIGH cost of doing business at the country's domestic ports, poor infrastructure, high cost of fuel and drydocking are the local shipping industry’s biggest setbacks.

Industry stakeholders however say there is still room for improvement, if only real reforms will be introduced particularly in the country's various domestic ports.

 

Part of the Problem

According to Philippine Interisland Shipping Association (PISA) Executive Director Pedro “Peter” Aguilar, the government is part of the local shipping industry's problem. 

“They (government officials) keep on complaining about the high domestic shipping cost and yet they keep on increasing the…

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Futuristic flying car unveiled

By Tracy Cabrera 

THE long cherished dream of millions of people to own a car that could fly because they are fed-up with almost daily chaotic road traffic would soon be realized in a very near future.

This after at the recent Geneva Motor Show, Airbus unveiled the wickedly cool design for its ambitious ‘Pop.Up’ transportation system—the aerospace giant’s autonomous concept comprising three separate modules for flying travel.

Developed in partnership with design and engineering firm Italdesign, the modules include a pod for two passengers, a set of wheels to which the pod connects, and—here’s the really awesome part—a…

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LTO fines car dealers on ‘no plate, no travel’ policy 

By Tracy Cabrera

IN PURSUIT of its uniform temporary plates and ‘No OR/CR, No Travel’ policy, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has ruled that dealers must likewise pay fines as a way to share in the burden with car owners. 

The use of non-standardized temporary plates will net the dealer P 100,000 for the first violation; P 500,000 for the second violation; and revocation of their LTO accreditation for the third. 

The same fines apply if a vehicle is released with no MV file number because it makes the standardized temporary plate invalid. 

This is the reason…

Read more: LTO fines car dealers on ‘no plate, no travel’ policy 

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