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"River run" - Article published in The Philippine Daily Inquirer (inquirer.net) on March 9, 2014
The revival of the Pasig River Ferry comes across as an afterthought, but it's a welcome idea just the same in view of the traffic gridlock feared to occur when an estimated 15 road projects get underway all at the same time in Metro Manila. (As it is, the traffic situation is a recurring nightmare.)
"Try breaking a leg..." - Article published in Manila Bulletin (mb.com.ph) on March 7, 2014
Chairman Francis Tolentino's version of a "Ferry" boat ride was not pretty but it certainly showed what a "Can Do" attitude can do. The MMDA head was clearly trying to send the message down the Pasig River that we need the ferry system and it can be done if the administration simply prioritized it. In the meantime, I would suggest to Chairman Tolentino to unload the van and replace them with monobloc benches that can be bolted on to the floor of the tug. Then he can go to Shell Canvass or to Divisoria and buy gauge 200 tarp, a few 3/4" GI pipes and have a canopy made. I'll even volunteer to supervise it!
Government officials who display a willingness to listen as well as a "Can Do" attitude deserve our support. Keep it up Chairman.
"MMDA launches 2014 Metrofest" - Article published in The Philippine Star (philstar.com) on March 7, 2014
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently launched the annual Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines (MMFFP) simultaneous with an appreciation dinner for winners of last year's film festival.
"Pasig River Ferry Run Starts Next Month" - Article published in The Malaya Business Insight (malaya.com.ph) on March 7, 2014
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yesterday said by last week of April, its fleet of passenger boats will start its operations together with some private companies.
"The MMDA shouldn't blink" - Article published in The Philippine Star (philstar.com) on September 4, 2013
With all due respect to the strong-willed MMDA chairman, the Honorable Francis Tolentino, our unsolicited advice as he is faced with all sorts of protests, mostly from bus operators is "not to blink and go for it."
"Palace lukewarm to Metro proposal" - Article published in Manila Bulletin (mb.com.ph) on August 1, 2013
"We believe that Chairman Tolentino has done a good job of coordinating with the mayors and making sure that all the mayors are in agreement with the solutions provided by MMDA and that MMDA Chairman Tolentino is also open to the recommendations of the city mayors," [Lacierda] added.
"Cavite Mayors Support MMDA's Southwest Integrated Terminal" - Article published in The Daily Tribune (tribuneonline.org) on August 1, 2013
Mayors in Cavite province have pledged support to the Southwest Integrated Terminal project of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which, they said, will put order to the operations of the legitimate passenger buses plying the Cavite-Manila route.
"MMDA honors wounded workers" - Article published in The Philippine Daily Inquirer (INQUIRER.net) on April 18, 2013
They often come within inches of passing vehicles as they tend to the plants or wield a broom. But on some unlucky days, they end up down on the curb, hurting and bleeding. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) drew attention to the largely unheralded services rendered by its army of street cleaners, with a ceremony on Monday honoring those who had been injured or stricken with disease in the line of duty.
"Ibawal din ang alak" - Editorial published in Pilipino Star Ngayon on January 17, 2013
HINDI lamang baril ang dapat ipagbawal sa election time kundi pati na rin ang alak. Kung gaano kahaba ang gun ban ganundin kahaba ang ipairal sa pagbabawal sa alak. Ito ay para matiyak na magiging mapayapa ang pagdaraos ng May 13, 2013 elections. Kapag ang alak ay hindi nailagay nang maayos sa tiyan, gulo ang idinudulot. Marami nang katibayan na ang alak ay nagiging ugat ng karahasan. At kung ang alak ay isisilbi sa panahong may election, maaaring maging ugat ng mga kaguluhan.
"Finding MMDA" - Article published in Tempo on December 13, 2012
Has Metro Manila finally found a manager – his title is chairman – who understands what drivers, commuters, and pedestrians want? I never thought I'd say it, but MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino seems to have gotten over his learning curve – he's actually solving or has solved a lot of problems.
"The hanging gardens of EDSA" - Article published in The Philippine Star on November 28, 2012
That headline is from Charie Villa. I took it from her Facebook post in her Tao Po page. It is about the laudable attempt of MMDA to blunt the sharp edge of our concrete jungle by introducing some greenery on EDSA. If we can't help being stuck on EDSA traffic, it would be nice to see something cool and green.
"Showbiz is all praises for MMDA's Francis Tolentino" - Article published in The Manila Times.net on November 16, 2012
At the announcement of official entries to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on Monday, the most applause was neither given to Superstar Nora Aunor or box office comedy actors Ai-Ai delas Alas and Vice Ganda who generously graced the jam-packed news conference.
"Bravo sa bike lanes!" - Editorial published in Abante on November 16, 2012
Sa wakas! Natupad din ang matagal nang "kwentong kutsero" na paglalagay ng bicycle lanes. Sa ngayon ay sa lungsod ng Maynila pa lang pero sinisiguro ng Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na gagawan ng bike lanes ang bawat kalye ng Metro Manila.
"The MMDA frenzy" - Article published in The Philippine Star (philSTAR.com) on July 16, 2012
How can you expect MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino to solve our traffic frenzy? Other government sectors especially the LTO and LTFRB must come into the picture to help and support this fight. But it seems that no one is lending a hand. The public only sees Chairman Tolentino doing all the work. Susmariosep! The LTO, LTFRB, DPWH, DOTC and the LGUs should start working together with the MMDA to get rid of this horrific problem.
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