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Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:45




LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… It is time for you to act, Lord; your law is being broken…” (Psalm 119:126, the Holy Bible).


“AND BY THE WAY” DEBUTS IN FACEBOOK: I am experimenting on the use of Facebook as a news-commentary vehicle, by which matters of public interest can be shared around and ventilated freely, in the hope of elicting reactions from people or organizations which are made the subject of the news-commentaries that often take the nature of a complaint or an expose.

On a daily basis, I try to write on things I fancy about in places where I am brought by circumstances, and have them subsequently posted on Facebook under the title “AND BY THE WAY”.

Interested persons maybe able to read these posts and also see the photos I take of the things I write about, at my Facebook account, www.facebook.com/attybatas. The following are some of the things I already wrote about. Please read on.


CORON AIRPORT BEDEVILLED BY UNKEPT ROAD: And by the way: It would appear to me that both Transportation Secretary Art Tugade and Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo have not even visited the world-famous Coron Island in Palawan one year into their terms of office and one year into the Duterte presidency, and this is unforgivable, to say the least.

You see, Coron is now drawing lots and lots of tourists, foreign and local, because of its scenic and breathtaking tourism spots. It is now enjoying a construction boom with the many hotels being built thereon. Yet, the very road inside the Coron Airport, the very first site that tourists will ever see of Coron, is truly a dirt road, unpaved, and unkept.

I am sorry I failed to get pictures of that road, but, yes, many a time, it is as dilapidated as any dirt road in far-flung villages in the country. Are Tugade and Teo this uncaring of a great tourist spot with a potential for bringing in millions of dollars in tourism revenue?


CALAPAN CITY PORT’S PASSENGERS’ LOUNGE, A BOILING CAULDRON: And by the way: We are calling out the Department of Tourism once again, this time in connection with its failure, together with the Philippine Ports Authority and the Department of Transportation once more, to see to it that ports which form part of the so-called Philippine Nautical Highway—used by thousands of foreigners and locals daily at the same time—are well-maintained.

This time, I am talking about the Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro pier, whose passengers’ waiting lounge has now become a literal boiling cauldron, with its eight or so air-conditioning units unable to function. Instead of cool air, the units are spewing out hot breeze, causing passengers to perspire all over, feeling feverish and sick, as the pictures I have taken show.

Is it not a fact that millions are supposed to be spent for the maintenance of the Calapan City terminal and its air-con units? Where are these millions going?


SCANDAL OF THE GRIDLOCK AT NLEX AND SCTEX: Is not the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) a multi-million peso earner of the company that is operating it? Yes, it is giving the operators millions and millions of pesos in toll fees daily. So, why is the operator failing (or refusing, if you may) to make sure that the Expressway is operated efficiently to allow fast and safe travel?

I ask this because, as shown by these pictures of vehicles inching their way into the connecting intersection of the NLEX and SCTEX (or the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), there is a gridlock that causes motorists to try to out drive one another in a bid to pass through the intersection ahead of all others.

This is causing not only delays but is a sure recipe for fatal mishaps. Perhaps the NLEX operator can share some its millions to address this simple problem?


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