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

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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…

Banco De Oro's Singit Queens

I saw this on my Facebook feed. I thought I'd share.

BDO Singit Queens

Photos of several “VIP” BDO employees taken around 7:30 in the morning on March 24, 2014 at the Quezon Ave shuttle terminal going to Ortigas.

What’s so special about them? Well, people who regularly take the shuttle to Ortigas at the Quezon Ave terminal call them “The Singit Queens”. And I can see why given the fact that I saw them in action numerous times.

My wife and I recently begun taking the shuttle going to our respective offices in Ortigas, and most the convenient terminal for us is the Quezon Ave terminal. The first few days were quite normal. The queue was long but not as long as with the other terminals. Then recently, my wife and I started noticing these BDO employees. At first there were only one of them in the queue, but after several minutes another will come and join the 1st one not minding the other people who waited for several minutes in line. Ok lang sana kung isa lang ang sisingit, but then, after several more minutes another employee will come and join them in the middle of the queue bypassing other people who were standing patiently in line for several minutes (sometimes more than 30 minutes). They will start with 1 person then end up with a group of 3 to 5 people, LAHAT SINGIT. Nung una hindi namin pinansin, but after seeing them everyday doing the same “singit” routine nagpintig na tenga ko.

This morning, I saw the 2 BDO groups doing what they do best – SUMINGIT sa pila. They were ahead of us in the queue. When they started amassing, one “singit” after the other, I raised my voice and told them “mga miss, may VIP treatment ba sa terminal na’to ang mga taga BDO?” but not one of them even turned and pretended they didn’t hear shit. All the other passengers called the attention of the barker and told him “sumingit lang yung mga taga BDO”... Alas! One SINGIT QUEEN speaks out to their defense and said “Magkakasama naman kami e…” then proceeded walking to the van and boarded. WOW!!! Galing ng logic! So, kahit late ka na at sobrang haba na ng pila at yung kasama mo nasa unahan ng pila PANGINOON KA NA AT EXCEMPTED SA PILA?!?! Kung isa lang siguro yung papasingitin mapagbibigyan pa, kaso tatlo hanggang lima ang papasingitin?!?!

Very appropriate talaga yung slogan nila na “WE FIND WAYS”… Hahanap sila ng kahit anong paraan, kahit ikapahamk ng iba, wag lang sila ma-late.

If I have some friends here who work at BDO in Ortigas and know who these “singit queens” are, better warn them because if they don’t change their ways somebody will put them straight.

And to #BDO, it is stated in your Core Values and Mission “We are committed to our employees’ growth and development and we will nurture them in an environment where excellence, integrity, teamwork, professionalism and performance are valued above all else.” – Yup, there’s “teamwork” alright, teamwork sa pag-SINGIT! “Professional” din sila… sa pag-SINGIT. Bravo, BDO! You found the way to make your company an organization made up of assholes!

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