As many would post and campaign against improper garbage disposal, only a few would really do something about it.
One of whom is a foreign girl named Emilie. Her act of kindness went viral on Facebook as a netizen named John Mentel Espina posted how he saw her picking up trash at the streets of Bonifacio Global City.
He talked to her and immediately apologized about the mess and thanked her for what she’s doing.
“Agad agad, humingi ako ng tawad at sinabing nahihiya ako dahil sobrang kalat talaga dito sa Pilipinas. Nagpasalamat din ako sa ginagawa niya.”
Emilie just replied, “Well someone has to do and initiative, right?”
Espina expressed his surprise and wrote that he wanted to help her but he’s quite in a hurry. He just asked for permission to take a photo of her and post it on Facebook.
The netizen then said a short message to Emilie, apologizing as he was not able to help her.
“Sorry, Emily, I was not able to help you clean. 🙁 I am really ashamed of myself for not really stopping and help you pickup trash. But I promise that I will do my part as a Filipino citizen to throw my trash in the right place.”
He hoped that this will be an eye opener to everyone.
Naglalakad ako sa BGC Forum papuntang SM Aura nang makita ko ang isang foreigner (girl) na namumulot ng mga kalat sa mga…
The netizen then learned that Emilie is from Hordaland in Norway and is currently based on Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) shared their proposed plans for the upcoming year.
One of the ideas to improve road safety is to make the lanes smaller.
According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, the agency is proposing the narrowing of lanes on EDSA. Shrinking it down from 3.4 meters in width to 2.8 meters. She added that the proposal was already submitted to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“We patterned it to the study of World Resources Institute (WRI) stating that roads with max speed of 60kph should have 2.8 meters width per lane/per direction while highways with max speed of 80kph can have 3.4 meters width per lane.”
The 2016 WRI study shows that cities that use 2.8 to 3.25 meter lanes have fewer recorded accidents per 100,000 residents when compared to those who have wider lanes.
Mentioned cities include Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris, Toronto, Berlin, and Copenhagen.
“For decades, transport engineers and planners have considered wider lanes safer, as they provided higher maneuvering space within the lane and were said to help prevent sideswipes among cars.
“Yet, in an urban setting, this means cars may go faster, and, when cars go faster, the likelihood of crashes and injuries increases,” says the WRI study.