Category Archives: Government

MMDA To Redesign EDSA’s “Footbridge To Heaven”

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Bowing to public pressure and critcism, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced today it will immediately begin reconstruction of the controversial footbridge along EDSA in Kamuning, Quezon City.

The footbridge, dubbed by netizens as “footbridge to heaven” and “stairway to heaven,” had become the butt of jokes because of its unusual steep height, rising from the ground to almost the equivalent of a 6-8 storey building. People have complained that there is no way senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) can make it up then down the more than 9-meter skyway.

An MMDA spokesperson detailed the design revisions approved by the agency:

  • Construction of an elevator from the ground to the top level of the footbridge
  • Construction of an enclosure for the entire span of the bridge
  • Installation of airconditioning for the bridge enclosure
  • Installation of multi-colored strobe lights inside the enclosure to make for a pleasant journey up and down the footbridge
  • Installation of of 3-D audio visual display upon reaching the top level of the bridge

With these improvements, MMDA is confident that the EDSA-Kamuning footbridge will become popular not only among local pedestrians — seniors and PWDs included — but also tourists from all over the world.

The MMDA spokesperson refused to give The Adobo Chronicles the cost estimates for the improvements to this P10 Million street project.

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Senators Kiko Pangilinan And Risa Hontiveros File Bill To Abolish 13th Month Pay

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When you get your 13th month pay this December, don’t spend it all for your Christmas shopping.  This could be your last.

Opposition Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros have co-sponsored a bill that would abolish the 13th month pay beginning next year.

Many will recall that the law requiring employers to pay their employees a 13th month pay equivalent to their monthly salary was a brainchild of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Hontiveros told The Adobo Chronicles that the rationale behind their bill is to correct Philippine history and to nullify as many proclamations and executive orders issued by the late dictator.  She and Pangilinan believe that many of the laws passed under the Marcos regime were  unconstitutional.

Other Opposition Senators like Antonio Trillanes, Franklin Drilon, Bambam Aquino and Leila De Lima have indicated that they will support and endorse the new bill.

 

Philippine Government To Outsource Lawmaking

F1D4C0A4-4826-4906-8EEC-6B0B4647BE4BMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the near future, rice, the staple of Filipinos will be fully outsourced, thanks to a proposed bill in Congress that strips the National Food Authority of its monitoring, distribution and importation of the commodity.  The bill opens up rice importation to anyone in the private sector.  In effect, rice supply and prices will be fully controlled by private entrepreneurs.

Now, there is a growing clamor among the rice-eating Filipinos to outsource lawmaking in the Philippines, and the Duterte government is very receptive to the idea.

The clamor stems from frustration among Filipinos regarding their do-nothing Congress. Billions of pesos are spent on elections and billions more are spent to pay for salaries of lawmakers and their staff. Yet all that comes out of the legislature seem to be endless and fruitless hearings.  The Filipinos have had enough.

Bidding for the lawmaking outsourcing is set for early 2019.  It wasn’t clear how this would affect the May, 2019 national and local elections.