Long queues at the tollgates are exasperating travelers especially during rush hours, weekends and holidays. Motorists are estopped paying with cash and waiting for change.

At the North Luzon Expressway alone, some 264,500 to 299,000 vehicles pass through at peak hours.

The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) found an easier, hassle-free way of paying toll fees with the introduction of cashless or electronic payment at the NLEX, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).

In partnership with the AF Payments, Inc. launched by MPTC last August, a much-improved payment system was devised using Easy Trip RFID Beep cards and MasterCard…

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DOLE urged to add protection measures for OFWs in ASEAN


By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., 1ANG  Edukasyon partylist and assistant majority leader, has urged the Department of Labor and Employment to enhance  to its protection measures and procedures for the protection of Filipino migrant workers wherever they may be deployed.

He said, Congress can, for its part, network with legislators of ASEAN and present the Philippines’ migrant worker laws as a model piece of national legislation. 


While the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers is hailed as a step forward, I note that the document…

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VP calls for wider opportunities for the youth

By Rose de la Cruz


TO prevent a repeat of Marawi City’s six-months battle against terrorism, Vice President Leonora Robredo called for greater opportunities for the “content-hungry” youth, whose deep exposure to technology can be used to include them as productive citizens of this country.


Creating more inclusive and sustainable economies is imperative, if we wish to prevent the rise of terrorism and extremism in our region. Our country's recent crisis in Marawi City reminds us that desperation provides terrorists fertile ground for recruitment of our youth.


Many of them have wider access to social media and are…

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The generosity of Nora Aunor


By Boy Villasanta


Superstar Nora Aunor hasn’t changed, indeed. 

When it comes to being generous to the point of being bereft herself, she’s still the one to beat. 

In a recent shoot of a television drama for a major network, cameraman Ramil Vela of SpecialFX Productions, Inc. had a very interesting and intriguing tale to tell.

“Grabe si Nora Aunor. Gano’n ba talaga ‘yon? Imagine, pagkatapos na pagkatapos naming mag-shoot, inisa-isa na kami ni Nora (Nora Aunor is something else. Is she really like that? Right after our shoot, she started going to each of…

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Rail systems asked to put better safety for riders


By Rose de la Cruz

Following a major accident at the MRT3 north-bound lane at Ayala, where a woman fainted at the rail and one train severed her hand, prompted two partylists congressmen to ask the government to cover her hospitalization and rehabilitation, give her prosthetic device and cover for her lost income during rehabilitation. 

They also proposed better rail safety and security for the sake of hundreds of thousands of commuters. 

Reps. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, of Bagong Henerasyon and Neil Abayon of AAngat, separately issued statements making such proposals to ensure that the victim will be covered medically…

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