By Nikko Dizon and Kristine Felisse Mangunay
A Malacañang official on Saturday apologized for the monster gridlock on the southbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and on the roads leading to the Port of Manila last Friday, saying the government was exploring ways to ease traffic in Metro Manila.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
Noting that Metro Manila’s traffic, infrastructure and housing problems can no longer be solved by the National Capital Region alone, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has come up with a “Dream Plan” for what it calls a “Greater Capital Region,” composed of the NCR and neighboring Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog.
By DJ Yap
More than 30,000 people living in isolated farming communities in Aurora and Quezon are expected to benefit from the newly constructed Umiray Bridge connecting the two provinces, according to agrarian reform officials.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
Amid ongoing territorial disputes with China, President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will loan $184 million for the purchase of 10 Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessels.
According to the 2004 Jica (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Report, a magnitude 8 quake in Metro Manila will result in the destruction of at least 2 percent of the high-rise buildings and 40 percent of the houses, and in the death of about 50,000 people –Architect Felino Palafox Jr., prominent urban planner and environmentalist