• Economy,  News & Current Events

    The High Cost of Electricity Bills Are Within The Control of Consumers? Seriously?

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is now telling the public consumers that it is within their control how much their electricity bills would cost. Helen B. Arias, DOE-Consumer Protection and Welfare Office chief, said that housekeeping measures, which do not need any investment usually cut your bills by 10 percent. “When you make investments in energy efficiency such as switching to more efficient lighting and appliances then you can reduce your bill by as much as 20 to 30 percent,” she added. Basically, Arias pointed out that refrigerators should be defrosted regularly and check its door if need gasket replacement or adjusting. Another common electricity drain at home is putting…

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    Fare Hike Again?

    Few weeks ago, most of the oil firms rollback their prices. But the groups of drivers and operators are too quiet to initiate fare rollback. This week, fuel prices went up again and Efren de Luna, president of the Alliance of Concerned Transport Operators (ACTO) with other transport groups, are very alert on seeking a minimum jeepney fare in Metro Manila of P10 for the first four kilometers of every trip! Luna insisted that their petition at the LTFRB [Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board] should be immediately approved after the diesel prices increased by P1.40. ACTO’s petition was filed together with fellow transport groups including Pasang Masda, the Federation…

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    Regular Salary for Bus Drivers

    It was long overdue. The Philippine government should have already implemented giving regular salaries for bus drivers and conductors instead of daily commissions. At least, it is not too late to impose it starting today. However, will these new regulations really address the problem on road accidents? Most of the drivers are recklessly running through busy streets, especially in Metro Manila, because they want to acquire more commissions from what they will earn in a day. They have been dangerously racing with other buses to get the passengers first. And if the new salary and some incentives were imposed, will it be enough for the family of drivers and conductors?…