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Bilins for the next President of the Philippines
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Before anything else I would like to thank President Aquino for finally fixing the airport during his term. It is no longer a pain to be at NAIA 3 (haven’t been to Terminals 1 and 2 ever since).
Thank you we don’t have to pay Php 550 airport tax at departure anymore. And thanks that we are no longer scared of customs lagay during arrival.
Thank you also in behalf of our expat friends who saw progress during your term.
Except for the traffic situation which has only gotten worse.

Monumental traffic

A few years ago, we suffered really bad traffic only during the “ber” months, especially December, when everyone would go Christmas shopping and balikbayans would arrive.
But a couple of years ago when I started going to my office at the Fort, traffic got worse overnight.
When Dinna and I started working together, it would take us 30 minutes tops to go home from BGC to Pasig. Now everyday is a nightmare. Not just in BGC, but even during summer when school is out.
Everyday (except Sunday) feels like December traffic.

Jessica Zafra wrote:
“At this point, we narrow down the criteria for next President to: 1. Will not steal. 2. Will fix traffic.” Source.

I fully agree with her. Now ask yourselves, who among the presidential candidates are not likely to steal? I believe Mar Roxas will not steal because he said so when I brought up Jessica Zafra with him.

But who can fix the traffic?
I’ve ridden trains around the world and tried the MRT once in Manila. I was shocked at how small and few the cars are. I feel bad for all those people waiting for rides at the stations. Is there a monthly pass so that people don’t have to line up for tickets everyday?
Read my godson’s assessment of our MRT versus Japan’s Tokyo’s railway system HERE.

“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport.”
— Paraphrased from Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia

Dear future President,

1) Please do not block UBER. It is the only public transport I take in Manila. Please don’t allow NAIA from blocking UBER because foreigners who don’t know GRAB can benefit from UBER. Let us stop hearing about corrupt taxi drivers who take foreign visitors for a ride. Really bad for tourism. CLICK

Uber Manila

2) Could you please get rid of all the assorted, unsightly, unsafe bus companies on the road? Can we just have one standard bus company that run on time at real bus stops? With new buses, not ugly hand-me-downs from foreign countries?

New York bus

3) Is it possible to clean up Pasig river and have a ferry that runs through there, for a small fare? Maybe we can hire Dutch people who know how canals work for people.

CANAL_BUS_AMSTERDAM

4) Can we do something about traffic cops who try to extort money from driver? Why don’t they issue tickets instead of confiscating driver’s licenses? Isn’t driving without a license another crime?

5) Can we do something about the BIR corruption I can’t even write about?

6) Can you provide free meals for underprivileged school children, so they will go to school everyday? Is free education possible? Can teachers be paid more?

Meals for school children

I’m going to stop here now but feel free to use the comments section for your bilins to the next President.

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  • Linda

    Hello Rizza new to this site cuz i was looking like crazy who can help me about real estate law. And i really do need your wisdom.

    I bought a property and paid 25 months equity. June this year went home to see the property and its not what i expected so i went to the office of the developer and told them my concerns and the reasons why i want to cancel. The problem is up until now my contact person ( employee of the developer) keep telling me that her boss has not yet finalized whatever deductions they can think of from the amount i paid these past 25 months. Last time i chatted with her i told her am giving them till end of this month to pay me back. By the way i did not sign any contract with only the one that the 30k reservation fee was non refundable. What will i do? What are these deductions? Please your answers/ advices Will greatly appreciated.

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  • Rizza Estoconing Sta Ana

    Actually the Pasig River transport system is better (and wala ng amoy). Super convenient, even my former (foreigner) editor loved the experience kesa sitting in the car for 3 hours from Binondo to Manila.

    Read our experience here: http://www.zipmatch.com/blog/pasig-river-ferry-traffic-manila

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    Dhonz Dangilan Reply:

    magtatanong lang po ako, may binili po kaming bahay sa isang subd. ung nagbenta po pangalawang may ari na kasi sinurender na sa developer ung rights nung unang may ari, tas ung pangalawang nakbili po sa mismong developer po bumili ng rights, kaso hawak lang po nila ay AFFIDAVIT OF ACCEPTANCE from the developer at hindi pa nakanotarized at sign lang meron at d nakaindicate ung buong pangalan ng part ng developer. Mayron na po akong waiver of rights ngaun dahil binili ko na dun sa pangalawang may ari kahit affidavit of acceptance lang hawak nila kasi ganun lang naman talaga bngay nila. Nkanotarized na po ung rights ko.. my legal na karaptan na po ba ako sa nbili ko? O wala kapag dineny ng developer ung naging agreement nung pinagbilhan ko?? Help po. Salamat po.

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  • girlscoutnocookie

    I don’t think Metro Manila’s traffic problem is the president of the Philippines’ job.

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    CVS Reply:

    it’s the government’s job. who’s the boss?

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    girlscoutnocookie Reply:

    The LGU head is the boss. At the end of the day, no matter what the man/woman at highest position of the national government says or does, kung ayaw ni mayor o may atraso siya kay president, no go. That’s why Makati City doesn’t join the MMDA’s color coding or more egregiously why “Lacson slams Tacloban Mayor Romualdez on Yolanda rehabilitation.” We have to elect good public servants on all levels, from barangay captain all the way up to president. (Bawal pala URL sa disqus, but the quote about Lacson comes from GMA.) http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/387345/news/nation/lacson-slams-tacloban-mayor-romualdez-on-yolanda-rehabilitation#sthash.SMKbFVvW.dpuf

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  • LS

    Dear next president, please please try to stop or at least minimize corruption on all levels. I think that if taxes were just used properly, we would really have enough budget for public transpo, education, etc.

    Also, please impose strict enforcement of the law. We’ve been having too much freedom. Nobody follows rules anymore. Why can we follow laws obediently in other countries, and not here?

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  • Christine

    I used to take the MRT to get from QC to Makati. I would usually allot an hour (from the house to makati), since the train ride takes around 30 minutes. And since I am kinda anal about punctuality, I would have around 10-20 minutes of spare time. This obviously worsened over the next years, with the wait in queues to get into the MRT station and the wait in queues for the trains to arrive (roughly 2-3 trains every hour) would range from 1 1/2-3 hours, excluding your actually travel time. This made me find work within the vicinity and just stay in my QC bubble, since I dread wasting my time in travel.
    I would wish for the next President to get competent people to serve the different agencies. That the people chosen are actually knowledgeable in their particular cabinet assignments, and not just there to be pa-Pogi nor use their position as a stepping stone to higher political aspirations.

    Also, did you know that our neighbor HK subsidizes the healthcare and treatment ( even with all maintenance medications) of their citizens, even some of our OFW kababayans who reside there? And the medications being provided are “branded” and not limited to the usual substandard medications being purchased by our government.

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  • Chad

    I’ll be in the Philippines during the election but sadly I can’t vote since I’m registered as overseas Filipino voter. I agree with you that the next president should improve MRT and LRT, and probably even extend the line outside of Metro Manila. That’s the only way, I think, people can travel faster since I don’t think traffic will be fixed anytime soon. With the economy improving and people can get loans and credits easily, more people are buying cars thus adding congestion to the already congested roads. Revive the “Piso para sa Pasig” program initiated by Mrs. Ramos to revive the Ilog Pasig and be used to ferry more people. The feeding program, I think, should be done in municipal/local government level since they know more about the need of the people and to minimize corruption.

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  • Arizia Sumilang Cantor

    We already have a Pasig Ferry running Ms C :). Not sure if it’s still operating as of the moment. We had a feature on it when I was still in college (about 6 yrs ago). When we tried it at that time, the water was really black but surprisingly the water didn’t smell. It’s just sad that you can see from the ferry that people are still throwing their garbages to the river, which should be banned btw. We rode it from intramuros to bambang from what i can remember and it was an enlightening experience 🙂 If it’s still running, i hope you can try it one day 🙂

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    CVS Reply:

    “Supermarkets having food that will expire or will throw away because its substandard but still edible should be donated to institutions or food banks.”
    —This is a good one!

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  • Rose Cavello

    My fervent “bilin” for the new president – Please make the streets walkable. It is extremely difficult to drive, or walk if everyone uses one space. For me, basic need ang sidewalk. It gives me peace of mind to know that I can walk somewhere near or drive without hitting a pedestrian na buwis buhay na naglalaro ng patintero kasama ng mga sasakyan.

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    sandz cordova Reply:

    korak walang sidewalk

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    Lane Virto Reply:

    Marikina doesn’t have sidewalk vendors until now because BF remove them, when he tried to implementing it in Metro Manila as an MMDA chairman before, a lot hated him.

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  • geng

    I think the government needs to compensate the police force better. para hindi sila rumaraket sa kotong, palagay, at drugs.

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    CVS Reply:

    tama

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    Katrina Reply:

    Not just the police force but the AFP (i.e. Army, Navy, and Air Force) as well.

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  • Roderick Benga

    I love this! “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport.”

    — Paraphrased from Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia

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  • rvchua

    This is off topic but is it just me or are your paragraphs not correctly wrapping around to the next line? I see broken words at the end of each line. Thanks!

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    CVS Reply:

    I’ll bring this up with my web dude. you’re the third person who said so. meanwhile are you using Firefox? Please try Chrome or Safar

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    rvchua Reply:

    I am using Google Chrome 🙁

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  • Sharleen

    Miss C! Who are you voting for? 😁

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    CVS Reply:

    I can’t vote kasi I’ll be in Japan. How about you?

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  • Hein S

    We still pay for the P550 Airprot tax. It is incorporated into our ticket price.

    And Filipinos still have to pay an additional P1620 Travel Tax.

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    CVS Reply:

    oh okay. eek. but at least our foreign visitors don’t have to get shocked at departure. My mother-in-law was shocked first time she visited and didn’t know about airport tax. She had no more pesos at the airport. Hassle.
    And yes I still pay travel tax

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    Hein S Reply:

    P550 Airport tax + P1620 Travel Tax + 10% VAT on tickets +

    Worst Airport 3 years in a row…..

    Poor Pinoys. LOL!!!!!

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    CVS Reply:

    no longer worst airport I think!

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    Hein S Reply:

    8TH WORST in Asia.

    According to the latest international polls.

  • frazzolino

    Do not apprehend traffic violators on the spot. With A fully functional CCTV camera, they can identify the vehicle and plate number, then send the the ticket to the residence of the registered vehicle owner. It minimizes kotong too, since the enforcers will not be allowed to apprehend and confiscate. Offenders will only be allowed 3 times. More than that, they will not be allowed to renew the licenses.

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  • The government has this 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) that I found out about from fellow moms. It’s so hard to find household help kasi now so us moms were talking about it and the maids who were resigning mentioned 4Ps. The program assists families financially whose kids go to school, for example. This acts as an incentive for parents to send their kids to school instead of sending them to the streets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantawid_Pamilyang_Pilipino_Program

    Although sana nga may feeding program sa school, if only to ensure that the kids have a hot meal. Kasi baka saan pa mapunta yung pera na binibigay sa mga magulang nila.

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    CVS Reply:

    sorry please explain why the maids are resigning?

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    Topaz Horizon Reply:

    Oh I’m sorry! The other moms said that umuuwi ang mga maids para pag-aralin ang mga anak nila or, if they’re young enough, they go back home to finish high school. Although nariniig ko rin from the moms that it’s election season and families are being promised 3K-5K to vote.

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    nappyKAYE Reply:

    Maids usually resign because a mother has to personally claim the 4Ps for their kids. If mom is not around, they can try having their grandmothers claim the child as their own, but I heard there is a limit to the number of kids in the 4Ps program. So when a grandparent is taking care of all their grandchildren, not all of them get funded. So the mom is forced to be present to claim the benefit.

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  • MDinna

    I hope the new administration can make the streets safer for people to commute. I take Grab and Uber or cars but my daughter commutes to and from school. I always fear for her safety.

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    Wedra Modra Reply:

    Uhm so why not let your daughter use uber, grab and the cars…

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    MDinna Reply:

    I don’t have cars (I don’t even have a cariton). When I said cars, I meant my employer’s cars which we use to go around. She sends me home via Uber. I go to work via Grab or Uber. So my daughter takes Grab or Uber to school and commutes home with her friends. That’s okay at least. Her eyeglasses were snatched in Katipunan. Thief tried to take her wallet. That’s what I mean. When I am at work, I worry about her.

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    MDinna Reply:

    No bragging in my “bilin.” Sorry if it sounded like that. I’m poor. No car. Uber is sponsored.

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