Sep 06, 2017

Improve motoring and lives of motorists and pedestrians

There are presently a lot of things on the table in this administration. And quite a slew is aimed to improve motoring in the country and the lives of motorists and pedestrians alike.

Like there's this legislation, which has been approved by the House of Representatives on second reading that would require all public utility vehicles (PUVs) to install close-circuit television (CCTV) and global positioning systems (GPS) trackers to prevent crimes and gather information to help prosecute criminals.

Once signed into law no PUV will be allowed to operate without the required aforementioned devices under penalty of stiff fines and penalties from driver's license and operator's franchise suspension or revocation to possible imprisonment. They should be authenticated and sealed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The measure requires at least two CCTV camera units to be installed on every type of PUV. Replacing damaged or stolen devices will also undergo the same process of installation, authentication and sealing.

PUVs already in operation before the law is enacted should comply with the requirements upon renewal of registration or not later than six months after the promulgation of the implementing rules and regulations of the law.

The law though, no matter how airtight it has been crafted would only achieve its objective if and when it is implemented and implemented strictly without fear or favor.

Aside from the previously mentioned general objectives of the proposed legislation, the requirement of having GPS devices installed can help readily and handily track colorums or PUVs operating out of its franchise-mandated routes or without any franchise at all. Actually, during the installation itself, when done the way it should be done, PUVs without the legitimate papers can already be easily determined.

But then come to think of it there are laws in place against the operation of colorums, yet they still abound in our midst. I just hope this proposed legislation when enacted into law would not suffer the same fate-it's there but it's just there taken for granted with impunity.

Then there's this government allocation that runs into billions of pesos to implement a mass transport system that, again if properly designed and implemented can dramatically impact on the present state of disarray that our public transport traffic system is currently in.

An estimated Php 10.2 billion has been earmarked for the construction of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, split between two projects in Metro Manila and one in Cebu.

BRT Line 1 which starts from the Quezon Memorial Circle all the way to the Manila City Hall is expected to handle291,000 passengers daily while the EDSA BRT or Line 2, which will serve approximately 1.6 million passengers daily is designed with a pedestrian and bicycle greenway network. It is planned to have four routes to service EDSA Ayala Avenue toWorld Trade Center, Ortigas to Bonifacio Global City and NAIA terminals.

The Cebu BRT system (route unidentified) is expected to give daily service to 330,000 passengers.

BRT systems are designed with less polluting hybrid buses, which are scheduled to come in 5-minute intervals.

Our prayer for these projects is that no losing bidder would come forward and work for a nuisance TRO just to get back at the winning bidder and should there be any no judge would turn a blind eye to see it as it really is-a nuisance TRO.

But what's not just on blueprints but have been actually started is the planting of palm trees along commuter routes implemented by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

It has been reported that the MMDA has so far planted1,000 palm trees along NAIA road inPasay City and actually aims to plant a total of10,000 to lessen pollution and transformMetro Manila into a "Green Metro".

Great job! And also in its own way helps improve the life of motorists and pedestrians alike and indeed a good sight for the tourists too.

Harley-Davidson of Manila shines worldwide

I have written about this outstanding feat pulled by my good friend,Felix Ang some weeks back but it was in Los Angeles, California during the 2017 Harley-Davidson Dealer Meeting held last August 23 where Harley-Davidson of Manila was officially recognized as the " Asia Emerging Markets' Dealer of the Year 2016" at the Harley-Davidson Global Awards Recognition Evening .

Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson International gave the highly distinctive award at the Platinum Ballroom ofJW Marriott, Los Angeles. TheHarley-Davidson of Manila with Mr. Felix Ang at the helm as president is the first authorized dealership in the Philippines to earn this award.

The Dealer of the Year award is a nod to excellence across all areas of dealership operations. Dealers are assessed across a strict criteria including;

business growth, customer experience, marketing and events including management/staff training.

Way to go, Felix!

Willy expands MINI

After more than seven years since MINI Global City stamped its mark of presence in the local auto industry and introduced a unique world of motoring experience thorough the various exciting MINI automobile models it has decided to expand its geographical presence in the metro by opening theMINI Alabang Pop Up Store at theMolito Complex, Madrigal Business Park in Muntinlupa City.

"We are excited to open this brand new MINI Pop Up Store and offer MINI enthusiasts in Alabang and surrounding areas an opportunity to engage with the brand," remarked Willy Tee Ten, president of British United Automobiles, Inc., the country's importers and distributors of MINI automobiles.

Watch at home or on your phone

Motoring enthusiasts and car buffs now have all the opportunity and convenience to watch the country's foremost motoring and car electronic magazines either at home or while on the move online at any time of the day via 'TV streaming on demand'.

Motoring Today, which is now on its 31st year of broadcast making it the Philippines' longest running motoring program continues to dwell with various facets of motoring like road safety, vehicle maintenance, driving tips, motor sports, traffic management, etc. airs all its past and present episodes on its website

While Auto Focus is on its 20th year showing car reviews, head-to-head comparisons of brand new models, the latest auto industry news, developments and events continuous to be regarded as the premier auto news and features electronic magazine that is exclusive to the automobile and its industry and can be watched on

Netizens have the option to watch entire episodes or selected portions merely by a click.

Happy Motoring!!!

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Ray Butch Gamboa graduated from the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Sto. Tomas. It was a course that should have been preparatory to a law degree, but the call of broadcasting aborted his plans.

At the age of 16, while still a student, Butch tried his hand at disc jockeying, landing a job at Mareco Broadcasting Network’s AM stations DZBM and DZLM. From there, Butch moved on with his illustrious career as a popular disc jockey, riding the airwaves of Bob Stewart’s middle-of-the-road music at DZXX, and ending his disc jockeying career at ABS-CBN’s DZYL and DZQL.

From there, he stayed on with ABS-CBN, covering live the proceedings at the Manila Stock Exchange and eventually entered into the world of television sales as an account manager for the premier channel of ABS-CBN Channel 2.

In the early 70’s, at the outbreak of Martial Law, Butch was one of the thousands of professionals who woke up jobless when then President Marcos declared the new status of the nation. With the closure of ABS-CBN, Butch ventured into different fields outside of broadcast. He tried his hand and with ease and success at export (Costume jewelry), real estate (brokerage), and restaurants (fast food).

In 1987, after the revolution, with the broadcast industry back to its free state, and with its irresistible call ringing in his ears, Butch made his inevitable comeback and pioneered in a local motoring show, producing Motoring Today on Channel 4 and co-hosting with local motor sports’ living legend Pocholo Ramirez.

After 4 years, he ventured into another pioneering format by producing and hosting Business & Leisure, which was originally aired on ABS-CBN’s Channel 2. The format eventually espoused similar ones in other different channels. But the clones in due course faded away leaving the original staying on airing on Channel 4 and eventually on Shop TV on Sky Cable’s Channel 13.

The following year, the pioneering spirit in Butch spurred him to produce another TV show, Race Weekend, also on Channel 4, covering circuit racing at the Subic International Raceway after the motor sport’s hiatus of 17 years. But when similar shows with duplicated formats sprouted, he decided to give way and ended the program after a year, although still enjoying unparalleled viewership.

In 1998, when the local automotive industry was in a slump, Butch contributed his share to help the ailing industry by producing another popular motoring-related show, this time exclusive to the automobile and its industry—Auto Focus, which became a vehicle for local automotive assemblers and importers to showcase their products and dwell on the industry’s latest technological developments.

In 2003, Butch teamed up with his brother, Rey Gamboa who was a former Shell executive and presently one Philippine Star’s business columnist to co-produce and co-host the TV show Breaking Barriers on Channel 13. It is a talk show that features guests who are in the news and in the middle of controversies. The program ventures to draw deeper insights into current issues to learn how they impact to our daily lives.

Today, Motoring Today on its 28th year of service to the general motoring public still enjoys its unprecedented loyal vierwership nationwide while Auto Focus, after 16 years has firmly established its niche viewership among automobile enthusiasts and on the other hand Business & Leisure is on its 24th year dishing out current business issues and lifestyle features.

Today, aside from writing weekly columns for the Philippine Star (Motoring Today on Wednesdays and Business & Leisure on Saturdays) and executive producer / host of weekly TV shows (Motoring Today, airs Sundays on Solar Sports Channel 70, Business & Leisure, airs Tuesdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13 and Auto Focus airs Thursdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13, Ray Butch Gamboa is currently the Chairman and CEO of Sunshine Television Production and Marketing Services Corp., President of Gamcor Management and Development Corp., Chairman of Asia-Pacific Realty Corporation, President and Chairman of Socio-Communication Foundation for Asia and Founding Chairman of the Society of Phil. Motoring Journalists (SPMJ)