Report: Urban planner recommends lowering PH city speed limits to 30kph

Report: Urban planner recommends lowering PH city speed limits to 30kph
(Topgear.com.ph) The slower a car is traveling, the less likely someone is to die after being involved in an accident with one. It’s not rocket science. Now, an urban planner and mobility group is using this logic to push for the lowering of urban speed limits in the Philippines.

According to a report by Inquirer.net, Move as One Coalition mobility expert Robert Siy raised the idea of bringing city speed limits down to 30kph in a bid to reduce traffic fatalities during a recent Department of Health (DOH) media forum.

The Urban planner cited data gathered by Australia-based pedestrian advocate group Victoria Walks that showed a 40% difference in the chances of death between being hit by a vehicle traveling at 50kph (20%) and one speeding at 80kph (60%).

“One key principle when we look all over the world for what is the top strategy to protect vulnerable road users, it has to do with speed limits,” Siy said, adding that lowering urban speed limits to 30kph or less would deliver dramatic results in terms of reducing the incidents of injury and fatality.”

Siy also suggested that road elements like humps and curves, which are designed to make cars slow down, may help, too.

“So how do we control speed limits? One is to have a sign saying maximum speed is 30kph but another way is to design our roads so that vehicles naturally slow down,” Siy said.

Following Joint Memorandum Circular 2018-001 issued by the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, and Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2018, local government units were tasked with classifying roads as either a ‘municipal or city street,’ a ‘barangay road,’ or a ‘crowded street.’ The first classification allows for a maximum speed of 30kph for passenger cars and motorbikes, while the latter two carry 20kph limits.

Obviously, urban thoroughfares like EDSA do not fall under those classifications. What do you think of this idea?.. Read More

COVAX to send AstraZeneca, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses in May

COVAX to send AstraZeneca, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses in May
(GMA News) The COVAX Facility is expected to deliver in May millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines by British firm AstraZeneca and US company Pfizer, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Wednesday.

“Maganda po ang volumes this coming May dahil may positive na nangyari na yung COVAX baka makapagdeliver ng Pfizer at Astrazeneca,” Galvez said in a Cabinet briefing presided by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“‘Yung second dose wala na po tayong problema. May makukuha tayong more or less na two million AstraZeneca,” Galvez added.

Galvez said he expected the government to receive 1.3 million vaccine doses of Pfizer vaccines also in May.

The Philippines has so far administered 2,065,245 vaccine doses as of May 4. Over 1.7 million Filipinos were inoculated with the first dose of vaccines.

Galvez said that an initial rollout of 193,000 shots of Pfizer vaccines would arrive on May 11.

He said there were about 20% to 30% health workers who have yet to be vaccinated because they were waiting for doses of vaccines made American firms Moderna and Pfizer.

Duterte tells Filipinos not to be choosy

Duterte said being picky about vaccines was “discriminatory,” adding that people should take whatever brand would be available.

“May problema tayo diyan. If you look at it, tignan mo talaga, silipin. Discriminatory,” Duterte said.

“Kaya ang akin… kung ano nandiyan, pagdating doon, kung ano maibigay na carton mo mapa- Sinovac, Sputnik, ‘yun na ‘yun para sa inyo,” he added.

Duterte ordered Galvez to assign vaccine deliveries to areas without regard for brands.

“Nobody should, iyo yan. I put to task ikaw (Galvez) mismo, just keep a blind eye, ito kunin ninyo, for Sta. Ana, for Bulacan. Huwag mo na tignan kung ano, because there will be a lot of complaints.

Galvez affirmed Duterte’s order, citing some Filipinos preferring Western brands of COVID-19 vaccines… Read More

Entertainment news editor Ricky Lo dead at 75

Entertainment news editor Ricky Lo dead at 75
(Coconuts Manila) Veteran entertainment columnist Ricky Lo has died, the Philippine Star, the newspaper where he had worked for decades, announced this morning.

His sister, Susan Lee, said he died at past 10pm due to a stroke, ABS-CBN reported. Lo started his career in the 1960s with the Manila Times and moved to the Star in 1986 when he was already considered well-established in the entertainment press. He was known for publishing rumors as blind items in his column called “Fanfare.” While many actors deny the veracity of his articles, almost all of his reports turn out to be correct.

Veteran entertainment columnist Ricky Lo has died, the Philippine Star, the newspaper where he had worked for decades, announced this morning.

His sister, Susan Lee, said he died at past 10pm due to a stroke, ABS-CBN reported. Lo started his career in the 1960s with the Manila Times and moved to the Star in 1986 when he was already considered well-established in the entertainment press. He was known for publishing rumors as blind items in his column called “Fanfare.” While many actors deny the veracity of his articles, almost all of his reports turn out to be correct… Read More

Philippines tells fishermen to ignore Beijing’s ban on fishing in South China Sea

Philippines tells fishermen to ignore Beijing's ban on fishing in South China Sea
(Reuters) The Philippines has rejected an annual summer fishing ban imposed by China in the disputed South China Sea and encouraged its boats to keep fishing in the country’s territorial waters.

The fishing moratorium imposed by China since 1999 runs from May 1 to Aug. 16 and covers areas of the South China Sea as well as other waters off China.

“This fishing ban does not apply to our fishermen,” the Philippines’ South China Sea taskforce said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The taskforce opposed China’s imposition of the ban over the areas within the territory and jurisdiction of the Philippines, adding “our fisherfolk are encouraged to go out and fish in our waters in the WPS (West Philippine Sea)” The Chinese embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manila, which refers to area as the West Philippine Sea, has for years been embroiled in a dispute over Beijing’s sweeping claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea.

An international tribunal in 2016 invalidated China’s claims, but China has rejected the ruling.

Tensions between the two countries have recently escalated after Manila accused China of territorial incursions by hundreds of its vessels in the resource-rich waterway… Read More

Maja Salvador recollects a stressful memory of the Coco Martin-Matteo Guidicelli brawl at Star Magic Ball

Maja Salvador recollects a stressful memory of the Coco Martin-Matteo Guidicelli brawl at Star Magic Ball
(Lionheartv) Actress Maja Salvador used to prioritize her career above her relationships. One of the biggest controversies that afflicted her career in showbiz was the brawl that happened between actor Coco Martin and her ex-boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli.

In an interview with G3 San Diego of Mega Entertainment, she recalled how stressful it was when Coco and Matteo had a fight.

Salvador once played the role of Krista in the series ‘Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin’. Back then she was paired with Coco in the said series while at that time, she was dating Guidicelli in real life.

“Si Krista sa ‘Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin’. ‘Dun yung nag-click talaga yung team up namin ni Coco. Kaya favorite ko siya, iconic rin kasi, girl version ako ni Robin Padilla. So ganun yung role ko so favorite ko siya and isa yun sa mga parang tumatak sa kanila,” she shared.

The undeniable and intense chemistry that she created with Coco on screen… Read More

Catriona Gray finally gets to visit parents in Australia

Catriona Gray finally gets to visit parents in Australia
(theHiveAsia) After having to live alone in the Philippines for the past year, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is elated to finally be able to reunite with her family in Australia.

On 4 May, the beauty queen-turned-singer posted a photo of the view through the window of her plane, writing, “After countless rescheduled flights, two flight cancellations, swab tests, stress, applications and waiting… I’m finally on my way to see my parents for the first time in one and a half years.”

Gray stated that she made a vow to herself three years ago that she would go and visit her father at least four times a year, but wasn’t able to do so due to the pandemic.

“It’s always been a fear of mine, having an older father, of not having enough time with him. I don’t want to one day be full of regret for not having given time to one of the most important people in my life… I’m really thankful to my brand and advocacy families, as well as my [Cornerstone] family for allowing me this time.”

She also expressed her hope that other families facing similar situations as her would be able to be reunited with one another soon.

It is noted that both of Gray’s parents reside in Australia, with her father Ian Gray being Australian of Scottish descent.

Australia has been closing its borders to non-citizens since March 2020, and only permitting limited international flights for citizens returning from abroad… Read More

PLM gets CHEd nod to hold limited face-to-face classes

PLM gets CHEd nod to hold limited face-to-face classes
(Manilatimes) PAMANTASAN ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) received approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to conduct limited face-to-face classes for medical and health allied programs in the university.

Last April, officials from CHEd assessed the school’s preparedness and observance of minimum public health standards and its compliance with CHEd’s guidelines.

“We thank CHEd for allowing our medical students to return to hands-on learning. This will definitely help PLM do its part in reinforcing the health care frontlines and ensure that our future doctors and nurses will be equipped with the proper training as they join our brave health workers in healing fellow Filipinos,” said PLM President Emmanuel Leyco.

CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera 3rd visited the Bicol University, College of Medicine for campus inspection.

“I will continue to go around other (HEIs), this year particularly … as we go around, we will do activities simultaneously, it will be very efficient,” said De Vera.

In total, 62 HEIs have been approved to conduct limited face-to-face classes.

This came after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) gave authority to colleges and universities to hold limited face-to-face classes… Read More

At halfway point, TNC, other Pinoy pros stand atop DPC SEA Upper Division season 2

At halfway point, TNC, other Pinoy pros stand atop DPC SEA Upper Division season 2
(Spin.Ph) AFTER three weeks of Dota 2 action, TNC Predator remains the team to beat, leading the pack with a record 3-1, while fellow Filipino team Execration is close behind with a 3-2 record — a tie with Indonesian Squad Boom ID at second.

We run down all the Pinoy teams — and teams with Pinoys — currently competing in the Dota 2 tilt! The new all-Pinoy TNC Predator looked dominant in the first two weeks of DPC, sweeping their first two matches (Execration and Omega Esports). The team also came out on top against new Pinoy powerhouse OB x Neon Esports (2-1) off a huge game from their mid-lane Beastmaster who finished the match with a 17/3/18 scoreline.

TNC Predator loss their week 3 match against T1 2-1, out of a stellar game 3 performance from T1’s Pinoy mid-laner Karl “Karl” Jayme’s Storm Spirit.

Despite the recent loss, the team looks to bounce back this week to widen their gap as they face current second placer BOOM ID on Wednesday May 5… Read More