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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.