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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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LTFRB Accredits 2nd Ride-Hailing Company

91F93946-9D4E-48E6-95DC-0BC012B4D302.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipino commuters have been complaining that since Uber bowed out of the ride-hailing business in the Philippines, leaving Grab to be the monopoly, they have experienced difficulties in booking rides, while having to deal with rude drivers, exhorbitant surcharge fees and other problems.

But thanks to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Grab now has some serious competition.  LTRFB  just accredited a second firm, a move that it expects will improve services in the ride-hailing business.

The new firm, owned by a group of Chinese Filipinos, is called Grabé.

The business name seems to ridicule the Grab monopoly which has received a lot of flak for its business practices and customer service.  We have heard customers complain, saying “Grabe ang service, grabe ang presyo, at grabe ang waiting time para makapag-book!” (The service, price and waiting time to book are ridiculous!)

So, for commuters who like to use the ride-hailing serivce, be rest assured that you will have better experience with not just one, but two companies accredited to try their best to earn your business.

 

Entire PH To Be Linked By Bridges; Journalist Karen Davila Asks Finance Secretary The Most Important Question

759ABD3B-3187-499A-AA21-C3C2DBA74B32MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ three main islands Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will eventually be all connected, thanks to the government’s plan to build eight new bridges. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the projects will cost a total of P269.19 billion.

Included in the plan is the building of a 20-kilometer bridge connecting Leyte and Mindanao islands through a long-span overhead or an underwater tunnel.

During a live television interview with Dominguez, veteran TV journalist and anchor Karen Davila asked:  “Will the underwater tunnel be above or below ground?”

Before Dominguez could respond, the news program cut into a commercial.

Davila’s question seems to be a reprise of a 2015 question she asked then MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino if the proposed subway along EDSA would be built above ground or underground.