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The 15-minute city model coming soon to cities near you

I was invited last week to speak before a forum on the state of transport and mobility in these times. Rather than discuss relevant transport models or required travel protocols,...

Climate change and green transport: Now or never

Typhoon Ulysses created havoc as it breezed through our nation’s area of responsibility, unleashing destructive winds and floods that caught many people off-guard. But in truth, we had been forewarned many years ago of the...

How a Biden presidency will impact Philippine transport

America has a new president with former VP Joe Biden securing the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.  And America being what it is to the rest of the world, the leadership change will...

The ‘almost’ walking dead

Walking is the most basic form of mobility. It is the first and last mile that we take toward any destination. Walking is free and good for our health as well as for our environment. It...

Enjoying the sound of silence in the city

In the early days of the pandemic lockdown, when authorities had everyone confined in their homes, a unique thing pleasantly happened in Metro Manila. In that period of time, we rediscovered the sound of nature in...

Sleeping with the enemy

What happened last week? In one fell swoop, the government relaxed a series of mobility restrictions. The move was seen pushing the economy along a long road to recovery. On the other hand, naysayers are worried...

Batang Frisco

I am a bona fide “Batang Frisco.” I spent my childhood years in San Francisco Del Monte. I remember the tricycle rides to the Frisco market. I can still see the memories of a clean...

Issues on terminals and cashless transactions

AS Metro Manila is set to enter the “new normal,” with hopes of being placed soon under a modified general community quarantine status, two significant news involving bus transportation came out last week. One was the...
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