I know that most of us are still soaked with the saturating mud of nightmare brought by Ondoy; while some are still covered with the rubbles of broken dreams, lost livelihood, and most especially, loved ones. Surrounded by misfortunes, I believe that people around the globe, not only Filipinos, have once again proved that the spirit of peace, unity, and generosity still exists in our world until today. And with the widespread prayer offerings occupying substantial pages of the internet lately, I am also certain that trials and tragedies in life really bring us closer to the Almighty.
While the entire Philippines is praying and hoping for sunshine after the rain, it is also the best time for National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro to shine and prove his worth to become the next president of the country. For me, his name is not as nationally famous as his cousin’s name- Noynoy Aquino (who is also aspiring for the presidency in 2010), but being the current chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council this is an opportunity for Sec. Gibo to improve his popularity and move closer to his dream.
Honestly, because of the natural calamities in the Asia-Pacific Region, I am now unaware of any development regarding the proposed implementation of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for all motor vehicles in the Philippines. I have been working and living in Australia for nearly 33 months now, and have purchased a second-hand vehicle lately but I haven’t encountered this kind of thing in this first-world country. I, actually, couldn’t believe that the Land Transportation Office of a third-world country is so confident to ‘switch on the ignition’ of this 2-billion peso project without undergoing a thorough consultation among the transport groups and the business sectors.
Two thumbs-up for the DoTC for doing its best in strengthening the system of the LTO to wipe out all ‘colorum’ vehicles; and in helping other government agencies such as the DILG for the anti-carnapping campaign, and the DENR for the Clean-Air Act... but, I will give them my PMA and PNPA-style salute as soon as another 2 billion (or more) peso is allocated for more LRT and MRT railcars in Metro Manila (to avoid this scenario); or by simply implementing stringent Maritime Industry rules and regulations to avoid or lessen sea accidents; or even simpler- a strict monitoring and surveillance of the Philippine telecommunication law to achieve an affordable means of communication so every Filipino could enjoy the opportunity to get closer to their loved ones despite the geographical distance from each other.
How about my introductory statement: “There are beautiful places in this world that are luckily spared from the heavy rains, flood, earthquake and tsunami...”? Sorry, I got carried away; I’ll focus on this topic on my next post.