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Divisoria to become an international shopping mall!

The famous, sometimes notorious Divisoria, perhaps the oldest "shopping mall" and known for its cheap merchandise and bargains, will be converted into a world-class shopping mall, and if plans are pushed through, this will be realized before the end of this year!

The vision of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to transform the chaotic Divisoria into a modern shopping district has been entrusted to First District City Councilor Dennis Alcoreza.

He heads the newly-formed Task Force Divisoria charged with the implementation of plans to convert Divisoria into a shopping district like Mong Kok in Hong Kong and Bangkok's famous street markets.

There will be well-organized shopping lanes and shoppers will be free from muggers or pickpockets. Further, there will no longer be extortions, even as traffic within the district will be properly directed.

And no illegal vendors will also be smuggled in. Identification of present vendors are now being undertaken as they will be given priority when the new Divisoria is finally ready and open for business! Indeed, this will be one of the greatest legacies of Mayor Estrada not only for Manilenos but also for Filipinos in general! (Posted January 17, 2014) 



"COLORUM" buses, passenger jeepneys and vans, off Manila streets!

This was announced by Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno during the regular Monday breakfast news forum at the Diamond Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Manila.

"Colorum" passenger buses, jeepneys, vans or taxis have no franchises, hence, they are illegal as public transportation. The "colorum" is a big business, depriving the government millions of pesos in taxes!

The traffic scheme now being implemented by Mayor Estrada is an eye-opener for other local government units and the national government.

The traffic scheme requires that the operator of every passenger bus, for instance, that passes through Manila must apply for a permit by presenting a franchise document issued by the Land Transportartion Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Surprisingly, an operator known to own about a hundred buses cannot apply for a permit because he has no franchises for his buses! Hence, they cannot ply the streets of Manila!

If every local government unit applies the same traffic scheme, the well-entrenched "colorum" business will disappear fast! The "colorum" business has long been well-entrenched in the country because national officials in charge of franchises have been sleeping in their jobs or are simply - your guess is as good as mine!

Thanks to Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and his traffic czar, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, traffic is being put into its legitimate and orderly system which is now benefitting the public as well as the legitimate operators of passenger buses, jeepneys, taxis and vans! (Posted July 29, 2013)