Category Archives: Problems

What About Them Manufacturing Plants?

It appears even informal settlers along the banks of Pasig River see the strangeness (actually the inequality) in removing them from their homes while factories and other big company infrastructure are allowed to remain where they are. (report from alertnet.org) … Continue reading

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The Truth About Pasig River Fun Runs

There’s going to be another fun run for Pasig River on October 10 and it seems it’s going to be another success for the organizer, ABS-CBN Kapit Bisig. A report on the website lopezlink.ph claims about 90,000 have already pledged … Continue reading

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The “Sachet Economy” in the Philippines and Its hidden costs

The “sachet economy” in the Philippines and its hidden costs Any resident of the Philippines can tell that a slice of Pinoy life guarantees an encounter with the ubiquitous sachet. There is just no avoiding it, and by all indications, … Continue reading

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Political Will To Ensure Pasig River’s Rehabilitation

A reader who goes by the name of “asapakayo” sent me an insightful comment on my article “Should The Government Remove Factories Along Pasig River?“. I’m reposting it here: Do you seriously think this administration will be able to revive … Continue reading

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Saw DingDong Dantes and Angel Locsin endorse a product? Then picture this, people!

Sometimes in order to make sense of very large numbers and fully appreciate certain realities, it helps to come up with some kind of visual equivalent similar to what was done in the documentary movie Super Size Me where there’s … Continue reading

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Support Higher Tax On Cigarettes

There’s a move to have the tax on cigarettes increased by a substantial amount. According to news reports, the proposed increase would drive up the price of a cigarette pack to P120. I think the average price now is about … Continue reading

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Pasig River and the bystander effect

When thinking of the very much polluted and technically dead Pasig River, one might be reminded of what is known as the “bystander apathy effect” or simply, the bystander effect. Consider the following excerpts from the Journal of Personality and … Continue reading

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“Tingi” Economy Helped Kill Pasig River With Sachets

Back in the centuries of Spanish rule, Pasig River was an important transport route in Manila. Today, due to societal and government negligence along with industrial activity surrounding Pasig River, it is now so polluted that it is said to … Continue reading

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Sachet, Sachet, Sachet

Manila Times columnist Dan Mariano wrote in his space Big Deal his observations during a recent trip to a diving site in Batangas. In his piece, he made a strong case case against sachets, which, incidentally, was also the subject … Continue reading

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It’s a small (and filthy) world after all

I’m still trying to learn how blogging works exactly. After setting this site up yesterday, I realized that there’s more to learn about it. For a person my age, technology — or the process of learning it — can really … Continue reading

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