Rideshare Chronicles: Uber, Grab, LTFRB should all shape up
Jul21

Rideshare Chronicles: Uber, Grab, LTFRB should all shape up

The LTFRB’s travel ban against Uber and Grab vehicles has sent social media abuzz with avid users criticizing the administration’s move to halt the operations of ridesharing services in the country. Traditional transport services like taxi groups have been against the introduction of new services like Uber and Grab. Earlier, the LTFRB levied a P5-million fine each for the ridesharing services for various violations....

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Marcos highway at standstill due to truck collision
Mar11

Marcos highway at standstill due to truck collision

Marcos Highway is the main tributary of those coming from eastern Mega Manila (Marikina, Cainta, and Antipolo) towards Quezon City. The area is mainly a residential area so rush hours are jampacked with people . Yesterday Friday morning, the road was at a standstill for almost all of daylight when a truck collided with a LRT2 pillar near Sta. Lucia Mall. It didn’t help that the spot was at a major intersection – a major...

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Traffic deputies to get color-coded IDs
Feb03

Traffic deputies to get color-coded IDs

Metro Manila roads do feel like the Wild West most of the time. It can be pretty damned scary, lawless, and you half expect the driver next to you to just pull out a gun and shoot someone. This can be compounded by the fact that traffic deputies can’t seem to enforce road rules. Ever got pulled over and not even know why you’re being pulled over except that it’s merienda time? There are even times when you...

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Infrastructure for taxes
Feb02

Infrastructure for taxes

If my memory serves me right, basic macroeconomics tells us that raising taxes is quite okay as long as they’re used for proper government spending like infrastructure. A lot of car enthusiasts have been irked by the proposed excise tax hike on private car purchases. The budget secretary claims that all these new taxes will be used to fuel the infrastructure projects. The administration plans to spend PhP 8.2 trillion pesos over...

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Added excise tax on cars by 2018 planned
Feb01

Added excise tax on cars by 2018 planned

The government is planning to raise the excise tax on automobiles as part of administration’s socio-economic agenda. But what does this exactly mean for those who aren’t really into politics, economics, and finance. Basically, all cars being sold to private individuals in the Philippine already includes an excise tax. The government’s proposal is to raise the excise tax using new rates. In the current scheme, there...

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