Traffic solutions in Metro Manila: EDSA in spotlight

“What we’re trying to do [to solve the traffic] is a government approach. But this [traffic] is a community problem. We need to engage all of you, all sectors of society to help solve the problem.” – Cabinet Secretary Jose Almendras

The technical working group solving EDSA's traffic. The group is headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

The technical working group solving EDSA’s traffic. The group is headed by the Cabinet Secretary, seated on the leftmost.

Yesterday, I went to UP Diliman to attend Usad EDSA, a multi-stakeholder consultation spearheaded by the technical working group of Cabinet Secretary Jose Almendras. The forum was a venue for the TWG to present traffic facts, their objectives, limitations, ongoing efforts, and proposed traffic solutions.

With Metro Manila‘s recent carmaggedon, the consistently hellish traffic, and the Filipinos’ desperate complaints on everyday’s traffic perils, the TWG took a look at EDSA, being the major thoroughfare of the metropolitan region.  Continue reading


The EnP Board Review Series – Part 3: Your application

This is the third part of my EnP board review series. This is where I’m going to help you get through your application.

Now that you’ve visualised the exam days and you know what’s coming, let’s have a walk through of your board application process and the documents needed.

Eligibility check

Before going through your application process, you have to know whether you’re eligible or not to take the exam. RA 10587, Section 18 discusses this, but for  convenience, I’m putting the content right here:  Continue reading

The EnP Board Review Series – Part 2: Exam overview

This is the second part of my board review blog series. Here, I’m giving an overview of the board exam.


Now that we’ve set your mindset and listed down your preparatory activities, you’ll want to know more about the exam.


The Environmental Planning Licensure Exam is held by the Professional Regulation Commission in June. Check out the PRC announcements for the exact dates. The boards are held once a year, and are held on weekdays. The exam lasts two whole days. It is usually held in Manila, Cebu, Legazpi, and Davao. I took mine in Manila, and our venue was the Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU).  Continue reading

The EnP Board Review Series – Part 1: Why take the exam, getting the right mindset, and preparatory activities

This is the first entry on the series of board review posts. I shared here some thoughts on taking the exam, having the proper mindset, and some preparatory tips.

Going through the Environmental Planning Licensure Exam review was one of my most defining experiences. I’m lucky to have had a close and supportive circle of students, teachers, fellow UP Plano members, and alumni from the School of Urban and Regional Planning, as well as my very supportive family, love, and officemates who encouraged me every time I felt drained from reading volumes of environmental laws and practicing all those statistical planning techniques. But I can’t say the same for someone who doesn’t have that planning circle, and who doesn’t have the resources or guidance to review. That’s why I’m going to make a series of blog posts that can serve as a guide for those who are planning to take the exam.  Continue reading

Reflections on climate change and its “Signos”

This was a reflection I made after watching “Signos,” a Philippine documentary on climate change. The documentary was required media in the coursework of my masteral elective subject, Geography 255: Environmental Hazards and Disasters.

The embedded video is an seven-part series from YouTube. Please bear with the low quality, but this is the only copy of the documentary I could find online.

Signos was a very good reminder. Not an orientation, nor an initial comprehensive discussion, but a reminder. Continue reading

Pushing DRRM forward in the Philippines: Project NOAH’s open data, real time use, and a look on human behaviour

“We have our data. It’s open. We teach you how to use it, so in times of danger, you know what to do. But the problem is the Filipino’s willingness to learn about disaster risk. There are 10.2 million tweets on Aldub, but there are less than a hundred thousand downloads of the NOAH mobile app.” – Dr. Mahar Lagmay

Dr. Mahar Lagmay

Dr. Mahar Lagmay during the NOAH DRR Workshop

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be part of the third out of the four DRRM workshops held by Project NOAH to teach the mass public how to use the NOAH websites and tools for DRRM. It brought together disaster risk reduction practitioners from both the government and development organisations at UP-NIGS, and you can still catch the last one on the 5th of October, 2015. Check out the NOAH blog or contact their staff at for more information. Continue reading