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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.

This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

Hostage crisis or political ploy?

Yesterday, March 27, 2007, a man held 26 people hostage in a bus at the Manila City Hall. The hostage taker, Armando Ducat Jr. took his own students hostage on the way to a field trip to Tagaytay they said. Although he released his hostages after 10 hours. It made me think, is this really a hostage crisis or just a political ploy to get more mileage out of the coming election?

Here are the reasons why I think this way.

First, they got Senator Bong Revilla, Jr. to be the hostage negotiator. What the hell? What does he know about being a hostage negotiator? Don't you need to be trained in psychology and police work to be an effective negotiator?

Second, Bong Revilla claims to have close ties with Ducat. What!?! You're friends with a hostage taker/terrorist?

Third, Chavit Singson also went to the scene and was shown on television boarding the bus. I mean, who in their right mind would go inside a bus with a guy threatening to blow up the bus with his grenade? Well, I know Chavit is n…

RRSP Season is over

RRSP season is finally over. If you're Canadian, you probably know or have heard what an RRSP is and knows that RRSP season runs from January 1 to March 1 every year.

What is an RRSP? An RRSP is basically a self-funded retirement plan similar to a 401K in the US. The money you put in to an RRSP eligible investment can be used to deduct your income from your taxes. That way, your taxable income can be lowered.

Depending on how much taxes is taken from your paycheque, you may be able to get some tax refund after you file your taxes. The deadline for filing taxes is April 30.

It has been a hectic two months and I haven't had time to sit and think on what to write. I'm only able to write this because I am in the office on a Saturday and it's pretty slllooooowwww...

It has been a slow two weeks for the office which is unusual. Anyway, this is all I can think of writing for now.