Today we are allowed to work. However, no public transportation system is available. Workers are now in a dilemma on this problem.This decision of the government is understandable because the authorities fear a “second wave” of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our public health system. The question is, in the absence of vaccine today, is our public health system ready to to handle a “second wave”? Or are we ready for this “new way of living” under fear of COVID-19 infection? After monitoring and analyzing the statistical data of the pandemic COVID-19 during my ‘lockdown’ days, I conclude that the Philippines should have a very very strong and efficient state of the art public health system. The closest model we should follow is Taiwan (Republic of China) whose public health system is one of the world’s best. With 440 infection of COVID-19 and 7 deaths. My blog would explain that the Philippines should have 600 to 1000 persons recovered per day to fight COD-19 in order “bend the curve” and to be one of the world’s top countries having a state-of-the-art public health system.
One-Way EDSA and Bus System
Whenever calamities come across our Country, the social, economic and cultural life are affected and immediately physical infrastructure takes the role as a solution thru science and engineering.
When traffic congestion brings hardship to commuters resulting to economic calamity that cost Metro Manila three billion pesos a day, physical infrastructure should take over to change our norm by having many different bus routes available to transport commuters to their destination. Today’s calamity brought about by COVID-19 will change how we live and travel. Just recently LTFRB has announce to rationalize bus routes and will allow only one bus route in EDSA. (Watch YouTube)
Rationalizing Bus Routes: One Bus Route for Edsa
The government thru the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has decided to rationalize ‘bus routes” and make EDSA a single ‘bus route’. This decision of the government is a big step towards solving the traffic congestion in Metro Manila. I have been advocating this for the last four years. (Watch You Tube @ANC One-Way EDSA Traffic). However it is easier said than done because it will require science and engineering to implement the bus transportation system. I know that the government will need help to ‘rationalize’ the bus system. Last year, I bought a top internationally known software that will create a master network for Metro Manila. The purpose is to formulate a traffic model for Metro Manila that will be the basis of decision-making on identifying and simulating bus routes. I have started the modelling and should have finished last April but due to this pandemic situation I have temporarily stopped. The reason for this is I have to use a drone to take a video of all intersections in EDSA and other possible bus routes. I am using also a computer-aided design file as my reference. I could finish the modelling within 90 days or less. [ This will be my next blog ]