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A plan to modernize the nation’s jeepneys

SEVENTY years after enterprising Filipinos transformed the American military jeep into the Filipino jeepney for mass transport in the country, it remains ubiquitous as ever all over the land. One would have expected modern buses and trains to take over in big cities like Metro Manila by this time, but the jeepney still runs today in city streets, incidentally contributing a sizeable share of the traffic problem.

The Duterte administration has rolled out a strategy of launching a massive infrastructure program which his economic planners believe will be the linch pin to a sustained and inclusive growth.

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The Land Bank of the Philippines is putting up a P1 billion credit facility for a pilot project that would allow cooperatives and transport organizations to seek loans which aims to modernize their jeepney fleets.

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Senator Manny Pacquiao said Tuesday that Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez has a 50-50 chance of getting the nod of the Commission on Appointments for her Cabinet post.

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Of his many personal traits, President Rody Duterte’s candor easily stands out. He admits to lack of knowledge of economics.

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THE Commission on Appointments (CA), along with the Senate and the House of Representatives, went on recess last Wednesday for the traditional observance of Holy Week. It will next meet on May 3. The six-week period should give everyone concerned sufficient time to consider the various ramifications that have come up in connection with the CA hearings on Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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