Sunday, December 19, 2010

In the news

Let's see...

It appears that Mayor Lani is hell bent on winning the the award for the worst LGU website. From the start of her administration,  the Taguig website  has been used mainly for announcements of the bids and awards committee. Really, we can't do better than say, Caloocan or Pateros?

On a more positive note, it looks like Taguig's budget for 2011 has been approved. Kudos to the Mayor and the councilors for setting aside political differences to get this done. I wonder how much of that has been allocated for the non-Fort Boni side of Taguig?

The Hafele head office and warehouse along Levi Mariano Avenue was officially inaugurated. Let's hope that in the coming year, more businesses set up operations outside Fort Bonifacio. Columnist Babe Romualdez of the Philippine star had recently noted the exodus of businesses from Makati to Taguig due to better tax incentives.

Finally, a sad Christmas for some residents of Ususan, Taguig who got hit by a fire a few days ago.

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For those willing to help, I will try to find links to relief operations being conducted.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cement plant in Taguig accused of improper waste disposal

I stumbled into this report, released October this year, from GMA-7's Imbestigador.


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I hope Imbestigador makes good on its promise to monitor compliance.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Myth of the Human Body Exhibit

Businessworld has an article on the Myth of the Human Body Exhibit presently on view at the Neobabylon Building, 9 Bayani Road, Taguig. Entrance is at Php 350.00. Open Monday to Sunday, 10:30am to 8:30pm.

Here's GMA-7's feature:


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Check out the Facebook page of the exhibit.

Update 23 October 2011: Once you get to Bayani Road, you won't miss it. Facade of the building looks like this:

Taguig: How Not To Create a Local Government Website

According to the Citizen-Centric Website Development Guide issued by the Commission on Information & Communications Technology, the following are the general guidelines to be observed by a local government unit in designing it's website:

The most crucial element of having an online presence is good content . This means that your website must be rich in relevant, up-to-date content that caters to the needs of different users, be they residents, visitors or investors.

Next to content comes presentation. In a citizen-centric website, content must be effectively presented in a way that reflects the needs of the citizens rather than the organizational structure of the LGU.

With these in mind, make an initial assessment of your existing website prior to constructing your new site. Sit down and sort out its existing contents and re-classify them according to the site map prototype provided in this document . Then, based on the results of your assessment , gather all other pertinent data to complete the given site map.

The general rule of thumb for government websites is that they must provide the public with accurate, timely and comprehensive information and services. Side by side with having an online presence is the responsibility to ensure that this rule is adhered to at all times.

Lastly, your website will be your home in cyberspace. From a global point of view, it will serve as the doorway to your LGU. As such, you must take pains to highlight the best assets of your place. Information must not only be properly sorted out but every article to be posted in the site must also be well written and concise.

A cursory glance at the websites of Makati, Quezon City, Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, Marikina, Caloocan and Paranaque will show that the local governments have taken steps to comply with the foregoing guidelines.

In contrast, the Taguig local government's official website has only one distinction - it is pink.


Apart from that, it is not even close to being citizen-centric. There is no content, apart from a Supplemental Bid Bulletin which refers to a bidding process which should have ended on 28 September 2010. It was last updated on 9 September 2010, the administrator apparently unaware of the guideline to provide "relevant, up-to-date content." A person unfamiliar with the city will not even know who the elected public officials are, the contact numbers of the city, the location of the city hall and the programs of government. Again, a reference to the Guide reveals that contact information is one of the most important bits of information which must be indicated in an LGU website:

One of the more important bits of informat ion commonly sought by users about an LGU is its contact information. Thus, make sure that you include your LGU's complete mailing address as well as telephone and fax numbers. Indicate also your LGU's official email address, if any. Be sure to include a mail to link in the email address so users won't have to go far to be able to send their comments or feedback regarding the LGU's services.

Telephone and fax numbers must be preceded by your area code and must be entered using
the following format: (###) ###-####.

Example:
City Government of Zamboanga
City Hall
N.S. Valderroza Street
7000 Zamboanga City
Philippines
Telephone Numbers: (062) 991-4526, 991-2295
Fax Number: (062) 991-1889
Email: mayor@zamboanga.gov.ph

Moreover, immediately below the contact informat ion, provide a feedback form where
users can directly enter and submit their comments, suggestions, queries or complaints
regarding the local government, its services, projects and even employees.


Four months into office, the present crop of local officials can't even come up with a decent website.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Know your public servants-Part 1

For those interested, the following won in the May 2010 local elections in Taguig:

Mayor: MARIA LAARNI LOPEZ CAYETANO
Vice-Mayor: GEORGE AQUINO ELIAS


1st District composed of Bagumbayan, Bambang, Calzada, Hagonoy, Ibayo-Tipas, Ligid-Tipas, Lower Bicutan, New Lower Bicutan, Napindan, Palingon, San Miguel, Santa Ana, Tuktukan, Ususan and Wawa

Congressman: ARNEL CERAFICA

Councilors:

RONNETTE OSORIO FRANCO
GAMALIEL NATIVIDAD SAN PEDRO
RODERICK CARLOS BERROYA PAPA
BALTAZAR TIÑGA MARIATEGUE
JAIME ROLDAN LABAMPA
BABY GLORIA VALENZUELA DE MESA
RODIL CARLOS MARCELINO
CARLITO MAGUNDAYAO OGALINOLA

2nd District composed of Central Bicutan, Central Signal Village, Fort Bonifacio, Katuparan, Maharlika Village, North Daang Hari, North Signal Village, Pinagsama, South Daang Hari, South Signal Village, Tanyag, Upper Bicutan and Western Bicutan

Congressman: SIGFRIDO TINGA

Councilors:

AURELIO PAULO REYES BARTOLOME
MILAGROS FLAVIER VALENCIA
ESTELA ACOSTA GASGONIA ESTEL
RICARDO JAMANDRON JORDAN
MICHELLE ANNE BALUYUT GONZALES
ERWIN GUMABO MANALILI
JEFFREY BOADO MORALES
EDWIN TORRE ERON

Next up, the winners in the barangay elections, assuming I can find the results somewhere.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bagumbayan, a hotspot no more?

The controversies during the May 2010 elections were so bad, Taguig was declared a hotspot for today's barangay elections. According to the report below, however, the elections held were relatively peaceful and orderly - primarily because, at least in Bagumbayan where all the media coverage was, the candidates ran unopposed.



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Perhaps to disabuse folks of the notion, a man was promptly shot outside a polling precinct in Taguig.

Update on the barangay elections

GMA News is reporting that supporters of some candidates in Taguig were still distributing campaign materials this morning, on the day of the elections. As usual, the culprits claimed to be unaware that what they were doing is prohibited by law.


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The last thing we need...

We, Taguig residents, are so lucky to have a great bunch of "public servants."

Let's see, our Mayor is being sued by the BIR for failing to present the city's books of accounts for 2008.

There's an ongoing war between the councilors, a majority of whom are supporters of losing mayoral bet and former Supreme Court Justice Dante Tinga, and the Mayor. The Mayor is being sued by them too.

Showing she can dish it out as well, the Mayor has accused the former mayor of unlawfully giving away (by way of "midnight" donations) the city's properties, including lots, equipment and service vehicles to the barangays which supported the Tingas.

In the meantime, the criminals are holding court - there are daily reports of carnapping, hold-up,and men being shot at. But hey, politicians have no time to attend to these things. They're too busy fighting amongst themselves.




Garbage in, garbage out

I'm starting to see some positive signs from Mayor Lani. During the transition period between the old and new administrations, it was a common sight to see piles of uncollected garbage being indiscriminately dumped by irresponsible citizens on sidewalks.

Recently, I started seeing garbage bins in these same areas. This, coupled with regular garbage collection have lessened the city's garbage woes. Kudos to all concerned!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Puregold in Taguig?

It looks like Puregold will be opening a store in Taguig soon. It's located along M. Almeda Street, near the Taguig City Hall. An approximate location has been posted at wikimapia, for those interested. It's not clear yet, however, what type of grocery will be opened - Puregold Jr., Puregold Extra or Puregold Price Club.

I pointed out the lack of groceries in Taguig in an earlier post. So this is actually welcome news for Taguig residents like me.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pink is the new Taguig

With the advent of the new administration, the "forward taguig" signs are fast disappearing, quickly being replaced by Mayor Lani's "i Love Taguig" logo.

Official Taguig LGU website now up (sort of)

Heads up, it looks like the official Taguig website is now up and running, at least the main page that is. None of the other links work though, so I guess it's still a work in progress.

Shades of the mayor's pink abound.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Apathy

Since June this year, there have been at least 4 instances when a portion of C-5 in Taguig, particularly the southbound lane, right after the Petron gas station and the McKinley Hill entrance/exit, has been flooded. The area is called Palar, very near Commando Link, which provides a tunnel to the other, non-Fort Bonifacio side of Taguig. The flooded area is small and short, not even 200 meters. However, as a result, C-5's 4 lanes is reduced to 1 passable lane. The traffic which results from the bottleneck stretches all the way back to Pasig. That's 4 times in the last 2 months.

It appears that there is no drainage system in that portion of C-5. Or at least none that works. Considering that C-5 is a major thoroughfare, the lack of a working drainage system is unforgiveable. It doesn't take a genius to realize that because the (usually flooded area) lies between McKinley Hill which, as its name implies, is a hilly area and the Commando Link tunnel, which is elevated, it is a catch basin for all the rain or flood water. Hence, the flood. Instead of putting up a drainage system, some wise guy decides to put up walls to hide the "informal settlers" living in the area.

When I first experienced the flood, I was stunned. I e-mailed the former MMDA Chairman and the (former) city administrator. I tweeted about it to the unofficial twitter account of the Taguig government. I posted about it in various forums. My reports were ignored, floating around amidst the chaos in the transition between the old and new government officials.

It appears that most people who live in Taguig, or pass by the area, know about the flooding. How then, is it possible, that nobody in power has done something about it?

My best hope is that one of these rainy days, either Mayor Lani Cayetano, Senators Pia or Alan Cayetano and heck, even MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino gets caught in the resulting traffic jam. The kind that takes them 1 hour to go through that 200 meters flooded portion. Maybe then they'll do something.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Grocery List

According to Wikipedia, as of 2007, Taguig City already had 613,343 residents.

To date, however, there are only 2 major groceries that I know of in Taguig. The Metro Gaisano Supermarket inside Market!Market! and S&R Membership Shopping in BGC.

On the other hand, Mandaluyong, which has a population of only 305,576 (half of Taguig), has gazillions of supermarkets. Off the top of my head, I can tell you that there's SM near Jose Rizal University and inside Megamall, Cherry Foodarama and Puregold along Shaw Boulevard, Rustan's inside StarMall, Shangri-La Mall (though this burned down a few weeks back) and in Boni Avenue and Robinson's Supermarket inside Robinson's Pioneer.

This must explain why Metro Gaisano is always a zoo on weekends or on paydays. In the meantime, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the planned SM City Taguig will push through.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The new Taguig

It looks like the staff of Mayor Lani Cayetano is hard at work remaking Taguig.

First off, the official website of Taguig City is under construction. (Note: As of 13 July 2010, it's back online and unfortunately, still says the mayor is Freddie Tinga)

I'm guessing it means that the unofficial twitter account of the city (@taguig) will be next to go. I do hope they put up an official one, to make it easy for netizens like me to communicate with them.

We should also be seeing the last of ex-Mayor Tinga's "forward taguig" signs. I wonder what the new slogan will be.

One noticeable thing under the new administration is the assignment of traffic enforcers at Commando Link in Palar during the mornings. This has considerably lessened the chaos caused by jeepneys obstructing the street while they await passengers. For some reason, though, the traffic enforcers are absent during rush hour traffic at night. Let's hope this is rectified soon.