Young Blood: Willing to walk, or to leave your car at home?

My piece got published on the Young Blood opinion column of the Philippine Daily Inquirer today, and I’m thrilled. My original title was changed, but I’m happy there were very minor edits in the article. The link to the original publication is cited after the post.

Here’s the column:

My Young Blood Column

My Young Blood Column

ONE RECENT afternoon, I was able to attend Usad Edsa, a multistakeholder consultation held by the technical working group of Cabinet Secretary Jose Almendras. The group presented its efforts, facts on traffic problems, and proposed solutions on making Edsa free-flowing, thus reducing the probability of having a daily “carmaggedon” in Metro Manila. Continue reading

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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