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Six weeks to study key issues at DENR

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.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the President has raised a total of $33 billion worth of investments and loans from his recent trips to China, Japan, and other countries.

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CONGRESS last year enacted a bill creating a Department of Transportation (DoTr) and a separate Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT). Transportation alone is such a big area that the DOTr is today up to its neck in the difficult problem of traffic gridlock in Metro Manila and other urban centers in the country. As for the DICT, it must plan for the great new world of digital communication in the cyber universe that knows no bounds on our planet.

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ALONG with the United States and the rest of the Western world, we celebrated New Year’s Day last January 1, with the usual fireworks and family gatherings at “Media Noche” midnight dinners. Today, January 28, we join China and much of the rest of Asia in celebrating the Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) also with fireworks and family gatherings.

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President Duterte is looking for a “win-win solution” to resolve the impasse over the proposed pension increase for Social Security System members.

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Metro Manila is congested. Its major arteries are blocked and it is causing high blood pressure to motorists and residents. But a bypass will not save the metropolis, it requires a new heart. In fact, we do not need multiple bypass, we need new hearts.

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