No Littering on the Street of Metro Manila

Since time in memorial, we know that littering is prohibited anyway.  It is against our moral to litter.  Any kid knew that littering is bad for our environment.  However it is very common to litter on the streets, why?

  1. It is very comfortable, since if you want to dispose something just leave it anywhere and you don’t need to carry the litter since it is not your place anyway.
  2. Lack of trash cans in the city, even in malls there is a scarce of trash bins.  So who care, I rather leave my trash than look for a trash can
  3. Laziness, since the street is not your place and hoping that someone will clean the streets, because we paid for there service through expensive taxes.

On the year 1999, there is the Anti Littering Resolution (99-006) by MMDA and this is not properly implemented until Sept. 16, 2010.

The MMDA has apprehended more than 100 litterbugs during the first day of the re-implementation of the Anti-Littering Law on Thursday.

Provisions:

  1. Littering, Illegal dumping, Illegal disposal of garbage;
  2. Urinating, defecating, spitting in a public place;
  3. Dirty frontage and immediate surroundings for establishment owners;
  4. Improper and untimely stacking of garbage outside residence or establishment;
  5. Obstruction (any dilapidated appliance, vehicle, and etc., display of merchandise, illegal structure along sidewalk);
  6. Dirty public utility vehicles, or no trash can or receptacle;
  7. Spilling, scattering, littering of wastes by public utility vehicles; and
  8. Illegal posting or installed signage, billboards, posters, streamers and movie ads., etc.

Fine:

  1. 500 to 1,000 pesos for fines, or
  2. Render community service for those who cannot afford the fine

I hope that this should be implemented in the whole country.  And if we want a clean city we must follow this rule. Let’s support MMDA.

 

Photo Source: http://www3.mb.com.ph/articles/277439/mmda-reimplements-law-against-littering-nabs-100

Further Reading: http://oh-wheezers.blogspot.com/2010/09/anti-littering-law-10-things-you-should.html

Goal Setting

I’ve just seen this video about “How great leaders inspire action” and I had a reflection on what happened to the last 10 years of my life.

Eight years ago I tried to set up an electronics retail business without knowing how to run a business.  At that time, I believed that if I graduate college and end up as an employee, I won’t have any bright future in front of me.  Why? I am surounded by rich businessmen and I don’t have any successful employee friend at that time.

As mentioned, The business went through and after a year it closed down.  What happened? Wrong goals.

My only goal was to make money.  No vision, no mission, no difference from my competitors, except that sometimes they are cheaper.  I dreamt to be rich because I wanted to raise the living standard for my future kids even though my current standard of living at that time was already high.

Bottomline is, my shop was like the small DeeBeeDee (DVD) stores  in Greenhills, where there is no difference between shop A and shop B. All films are the same, even the packaging, see one see all, the only difference is the bargain price.

After my business career, i went to an IT company to work.  My goal was to learn something from that company, quit in 5 years, and start my own company.  What was I thinking? I needed experience in order to be successful.

After six and a half years, I am still in that same company. Why? I still don’t have a good enough concept to start up a business. Why? Because I realized that I will never succeed if making money is my only goal.

Anyway, I am very glad that i’m still with this company because there’s never a dull moment, and never did a single day went by without me learning awesome and geeky things.

My goal now is to learn and not to earn.  I have set aside my focus on income and is now more focused on my work.  I see to it that i help people without expecting anything in return.  I treat the team not as colleagues and officemates but as friends and family.  What is my take away? I learned a lot.  How about my money-making goal? I’ll just follow my dreams and money will definitely follow.  I’ll leave everything to God and God will guide me according to His will.

Tip #2 Keep Intersection Open

Filipino drivers are normally impatient.  Green light means go, so the driver will cross the street even if the intersection is not open.  As a result, other cars can no long pass through.

I think that most of the drivers doesn’t know what keep intersection open means.

This is a common problem because driver always think about themselves and doesn’t care about other motorist.

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Most people doesn’t know or doesn’t care what this sign means

Simple way on solving traffic jam in Metro Manila

Since the 90’s, Metro Manila experiencing daily traffic jams.  As years goes by it becoming worst due to the following reasons

  1. Population Growth
  2. Increase of car volume – since now it is easy to buy a car.  We can see car loan down payment as low as 25,000.
  3. Driving Style

For the first two, as a simple Filipino we cannot do anything.  But for the driving style, we can do a lot.  The president’s order of removal of siren is a great help so local officials must act up to ease their daily problem, TRAFFIC JAM.  For us, we just need to follow simple rules in order to have a smooth traffic flow.

Tip #1 Follow the Lane

Staying on the lane is very important, because the root cause traffic jam in Metro Manila is not due to the volume but it is due to clogging the road at one area.

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Current Scenario

Based on the diagram if all the vehicles who is turning left will use the left lane therefore all vehicles on the right lane can go straight without any problem.

This is very common since people think if they go first they can reach their destination earlier.

Two Kinds of Taxi in Metro Manila

We all know that the standard color of taxi in Metro Manila is white and the standard rate is

First 2 kilometers : PHP 30.00

Next 0.2 kilometer : PHP 2.50

Shops$26Antiques 165[1]Normal White Taxi

Most of us are not aware that there are Airport Taxi with special rates

First 2 kilometers : PHP 70.00

Next 0.2 kilometer : PHP 4.00

Taxi[1]Yellow Airport Taxi

Last night,  it was raining so hard and it is very hard to get a cab.  A yellow cab stop at my front  and ask me if I want a ride,  normally I don’t get these kinds of taxi because the fare is more expensive.  I told the driver that I am not interested and he said that he will give me 20 Pesos discount.  Since the weather is bad and I need to go home therefore I took the offer.

I found out the the fare is different but the boundary is the same as the standard white taxi,  P1,400 in 24 hours.

After travelling 4.6km the bill is P122.00 and the driver only took P100 (P22 discount)

At a normal taxi the fare is P62.50 and normally I give P70 – P80 (P7.50 – P17.50 tip)

Bottom-line: Due to the competition, some yellow taxi driver needs to haggle in order to get passengers.

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Panatang Makabayan

Napanood ko sa TV na ginawang panata ng LBC ang Panatang Makabayan.  Kung isasapuso lang ng bawat Pilipino at tutuparin ang panatang ito uunlad ang anting bayan.

Panatang Makabayan

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas
Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan
Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi
Ako ay kanyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan
Upang maging malakas, maligaya at kapakipakinabang
Bilang ganti, diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang
Susundin ko ang mga tuntunin ng aking paaralan
Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas
Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan nang walang pag-iimbot at nang buong katapatan
Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino sa isip, sa salita, at sa gawa.

Paalaala PANATANA = PANGAKO

12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country

This list took my attention.  This is taken from a book which is written by Alex Lacson
  1. Follow traffic rules. Follow the law.
  2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt.
  3. Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy local. Buy Filipino. (Or, if you read the book, he suggests: 50-50).
  4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners speak positively about us and our country.
  5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier.
  6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
  7. Support your church.
  8. During elections, do your solemn duty.
  9. Pay your employees well.
  10. Pay your taxes.
  11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
  12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Lacson