Saturday, December 28, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
and Mayor all Christmas be white.
Binays (be nice), be not naughty
Santa Claus is coming to town.
Mayor Christmas always Binays.
These are some of the revised Christmas carols here in Manila after Makati Mayor Junjun Binay's Dasma gate. Typical Pinoy humor.
On the famous umbrella at night and it was not raining, here are some comments in facebook...
Di ba dapat tapos na tayo sa ganitong pulitika?
"The security guards who figured in the controversy will receive plaques of appreciation from residents of Dasmariñas Village.
Mike Bucoy, general manager of Dasmariñas Village Association, said the plaques of appreciation would be handed to the security guards during the employees’ Christmas Party.
The security guards will also receive Christmas baskets from the homeowners’ association, Bucoy said. Bucoy said the security guards did nothing wrong by refusing exit to Binay’s group at the Banyan gate.
He added that the village did not have a VIP policy, contrary to the statement of Ram Antonio, head of Eight Right Security Inc.
Ang pamilya. Bow.
(All photos here from various postings/sources in facebook, none of which I made myself)
Friday, December 20, 2013
The Binay family is the longest-reigning, most politically influential in Makati City, the financial capital of the Philippines. Currently in power are Vice President Jojo Binay, daughter Sen. Nancy Binay, another daughter Congresswoman Abby Binay, and son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. The wife of the VP was also a former Mayor of Makati.
Last November 30 this year, an incident happened inside Dasmarinas Village, Makati City. Before 12 midnight, Mayor Junjun and his backup vehicles wanted to get out of the Banyan gate, fronting Mckinley Road. Dasma village security guards that night did not allow him to exit. The policy is by 10pm, minor gates like Banyan, Lumbang and Mantrade gates, entry only for cars with Dasma village resident sticker, but even residents cannot exit there. They must use the two main gates at Palm Ave. and Pasay Road.
The Mayor and his security insisted that they should get out of that gate, a stand off occurred. The guards at the gate called more guards while the Mayor called the Makati police. Pinoy humor kicks in, as usual, with these photos, all posted in facebook. The "real reason" why the Mayor could not get out of the gate -- Gandalf stopped them. :-)
During the brief stand off, a guard of the Mayor was caught on CCTV loading bullets in his gun and went to the village security guards. Scenes like this attracted public anger, as expected. Mayabang, arogante.
When the Makati police came, they forced open the bar, then dragged the three village security to the police station. Earlier report from the Inquirer said the 3 guards were dragged then detained for four hours before being allowed to go back to the village.
One beauty of CCTVs. They allow the photos and videos to speak for themselves.
Meanwhile, two more jokes from Jim Paredes:
Ay naku Mam, Totoo yan. Kilala ko sila. Si Jojo, JunJun, Nancy, Elenita, Abigail daw ang mga pangalan..
Ang pamilya. Bow.
Weekend Fun 41: Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, Other Politicians, May 25, 2013
Weekend Fun 48: On Being Old and Crazy, September 14, 2013
Weekend Fun 49: Lefties Songs, October 12, 2013
Pag bibili ka raw, sa labas mo na ito iki-claim.
At napangiti ang members ng MASO GANG.
6. DILG Sec. Mar Roxas suggested ordinance to ban hammers inside malls, also crowbars and other hardware materials. Ang galing ng logic ano?
Sa susunod mga kuyang, maligo muna bago magnakaw, ok?
* Note. ALL images here taken from the web, not one I have produced. Cheers.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Taxi drivers and operators should be allowed to raise their fares, especially on holiday season. Like they can put a sign, "Flag down P75" instead of the government-controlled P40. Those who are not in a hurry can snub those expensive taxi and wait for the non-contracting drivers. Those who are in a hurry whose time is higher than the P35 difference in flag down will get that taxi.
On top of this, the drivers also got to put up their own fuel. for 12 hrs driving that should be around P1000? for 24 hrs? I dont know.
So these are just the costs of driving out their units. what if you want to earn P1000 a day being a taxi driver? you probably got to earn around P5000 a day, gross, for that to happen.
But wait. if you earn 1000 a day, you can’t drive for 48hrs straight. you can do this by driving every other day. so drive 24hrs, 3x a week, you earn P3000 a week.
Aaaaand, they get penalized how much when this policy is violated?
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) allows taxi fare deregulation but only for crony firms, like the two airport taxi, Bayan Ko taxi which charges flat rate by zone, and the yellow taxi which charges P70 flag down then P4 per 250 meters. The rest, must charge only P40 flag down then P3.50 every 250 meters.
Airlines can adjust their fares depending on expected volume of passengers. Thus on rainy/typhoon season, they beg for passengers by charging low fares. On holidays, they charge high. Hotels and resorts do the same. Also boats for hire and horses in tourist areas. Differential pricing is beautiful, it is just and fair for all. This holiday season, even ordinary employees who normally skip or snub taxis take the taxi, they have bonuses, they have to attend many parties and reunions in nice dresses and carrying gifts. Or people hop from one party to another on the same day or night and they avoid driving due to heavy traffic, they have to rely on taxi. Taxi drivers should be allowed to earn high this season.
The economics of ordinary supply and demand for taxi is correct. Government fare regulation is wrong. Either the LTFRB should be abolished, or that agency must deregulate fares. For taxi, jeeps, buses.
Transport Econ 6: More on Office Bus Carpooling, July 09, 2012
Fat-Free Econ 14: Traffic, Car-pooling and LTFRB, June 21, 2012
Transport Econ 7: Encourage Branding, Deregulate Fares of Taxi, January 02, 2013
Transport Econ 8: Removing MRT and LRT Fare Subsidy, March 08, 2013
Transport Econ 9: MMDA Bureaucratism, May 27, 2013
Transport Econ 10: MMDA and Car Ban, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I noticed only recently that my driver's license has already expired, in October this year. So this afternoon, I went to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) satellite office at theAyala MRT station in Makati. I entered around 2:25pm, got my license and left at 3:58pm or total of 1:33 waiting time. This is longer than my previous experiences in the same office six years and three years ago. A driver's license expires every three years.
Six procedures, not four as the diagram at the LTO office would depict.
1. Show your soon expiring or expired license at Window 1, they will give you a license renewal form, instruct you to undergo a "medical exam".
2. Go to the next room, pay P100, and go through a "medical exam."
3. Go back to Window 1 and submit the filled up renewal form plus the certificate that you have passed the medical exam.
4. Have your photo taken plus give your electronic signature, Window 2.
5. Pay at Cashier, Window 4.
6. Get your new license, Window 3.
The"medical exam/test", you enter a small room, they get your weight, height, asks your normal blood pressure (no actual BP measurement is taken), asks you to read one line of those small random letters with your right eye close, then with the left eye close, and it's done, you have "passed" the medical test, done in 1-2 minutes. Done by J n W Drug Testing Center.
Total time spent: 55 minutes
Total fees paid: P350 + P277.63 = P627.63
Drug test fee 250 + medical test 100 = P350
License fee 180 + computerization fee 67.63 + revision of records fee (changed my address) 30 = P277.63
Three years ago, October 2010:
Total time spent: 1:20 hour
Total payment: P817.63
composed of: License fee 350, Computer fee P 67.63, drug test fee P300.00, Medical fee P100.00
Total time spent: 1:33 hour
Total payment: P492.63
composed of: License fee 350 + Computerization fee 67.63 + penalty for late renewal 75
The aircon was pathetic. One should sit at the inner seats, away from the door, to feel the "con", otherwise, it's just hot air near the door.
Government is really slow, at adapting to changes, if changing at all. That computer fee should be abolished. Even grade schoolers now use computers and laptops in their schools, how much more with a huge government agency like DOTC and LTO.
I heard that in Singapore, a driver's license is for a lifetime. It is only removed or cancelled if the driver gets involved in a serious accident and it was the driver's fault, or the driver has committed repeated violations of certain traffic rules.
We should adopt the same practice here. But given the generally corrupt culture in the government, it is not going to happen soon.
LTO Bureaucracy 1: Hidden Costs in Vehicle Registration, May 04, 2010
LTO Bureaucracy 2: Renewing a Driver's License, October 26, 2010
LTO Bureaucracy 3: Endless Fines and Penalties, November 02, 2011
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A better option for the city government would be to sell or privatize one or two of its six (?) city hospitals, get the money and contribute to PGH regular funding.
Any increase in public health should go to one regional or big island hospital -- in the Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol, Ilocos, or Cagayan region. Any significant increase in PGH funding should come from the Manila City government and from private donation, what Atty. JB Baylon is doing to raise funds for the PGH Medical Foundation through the "I am a Person Giving Hope (PGH)" campaign. Many showbiz, basketball stars and corporate individuals are supporting this cool initiative.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Out of the 84(?) provinces of the Philippines, I think Negros Occidental has the most optimal land use. One will hardly see even half-hectare of idle land. Cities, housing villages, coconut, banana, tree farms and sugarcane farms. Lots of it, Hundreds of thousands of hectares of sugarcane farms.
The province is the "sugarcane capital" of the Philippines. Its neighbor, Negros Oriental, has lots of sugarcane farms too, but not as extensive as those in the Occidental/east side.
Another transloading station near Caduhaan, Cadiz City.
There are lots of criticism about the sugarcane-dependent economy of the province. Some are valid, some are not. While it is true that huge tracts of land are owned by a few families, there are plenty of small land owners too, those who own from one to five or seven hectares.
With a huge population, more than two million people as of the 2010 census, more and more sugarcane farms are converted into wide residential and commercial areas.
Provincial notes 1: Negros Occidental, April 25, 2011
Provincial Notes 2: Sugarcane Economy of Negros Island, March 23, 2012
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Busiiness 360 1: Nepal and the Philippines, November 26, 2012
Business 360 4: Brownouts and Power Deregulation, February 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
There is also "state capitalism" where an institution of coercion tries to enter the world of voluntary exchange. But such state capitalism is possible only via rule of men, not rule of law. Certain requirements and polices on taxation, business registration and other regulations that normally apply to private enterprises do not apply to government- or state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
3. "Survival of the fittest" economic theory is a wrong term. The appropriate term is "expansion of the efficient" and "non-expansion of the inefficient", or Yes, “bankruptcy of the inefficient.” Mr. A puts up a bakery shop in a corner lot, it was doing well initially. Then Mr. B and Mr. C also put up a competing more glitzy, more fanciful bakery shops nearby and draw in many customers of A. Does this mean the death, non-survival of bakeshop A?