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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Traffic has made driving a hateful activity
Oct04

Traffic has made driving a hateful activity

I remember a time when I loved to drive around the metro. Family and friends can usually count on me to even venture south even if I was based north. Heck, there even was a time when I drove around the eskinitas City of Manila daily for work. And I didn’t mind. Driving used to be a treat for me and I preferred navigating the metro. Long drives on expressways are too boring for me. I loved how I could time pressing down the...

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Anti-Distracted Driving Act passed
Aug01

Anti-Distracted Driving Act passed

Watch out, drivers! The Anti-Distracted Driving bill that passed deliberations in congress last June is now a law. Here’s a link of the Senate bill which was adapted to what became Republic Act 10913. The salient points of the Act, as passed around and shared on social media are as follows: “Using a mobile communications to write, send, or read a text-based communication or to make or receive calls,” and  “using an electronic...

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MMDA no-contact apprehension starts April 15
Mar31

MMDA no-contact apprehension starts April 15

It’s been years since the MMDA has been on and off and on again on this supposed no-contact apprehension policy. Well, it’s on again now starting April 15. Unlike before when this supposed no-contact policy was supposed to be done using hand-held cameras operated by MMDA officers on the ground, this time, the agency will be using high-definition CCTV cameras that they’ve installed all over the metro. In the report by...

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NLEX-SCTEX integrated in time for Holy Week
Mar19

NLEX-SCTEX integrated in time for Holy Week

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) has finally been integrated just in time for the Holy Week. Travel time from Balintawak going to Subic is now expected to get trimmed by around 40 minutes. Part of the integration is converting the NLEX and SCTEX toll collection systems into one system. Previously, you have to get a new card, stop and pay toll at least a couple of times over to get to...

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