Cavite Number Coding Scheme

Cavite number coding scheme

It’s now official. Starting January 9, 2017 the Number Coding Scheme in the Province of Cavite will start its dry run. During the dry run period, only warning tickets will be given to violators. Strict implementation will begin on February 1, 2017 so full penalties and fines will be imposed.

It follows the same schedule in Metro Manila based on the license and conduction sticker ending in the following numbers:

  • 1 and 2: Monday
  • 3 and 4: Tuesday
  • 5 and 6: Wednesday
  • 7 and 8: Thursday
  • 9 and 0: Friday
  • The number coding scheme is in effect during the following time windows: 6AM to 9AM and 3PM to 7PM. It applies to all private cars, vans, motorcycles and trucks. The roads covered by the number scheme are as follows:

    Aguinaldo Highway – covering the stretch of Bacoor to Dasmarinas-Silang boundary
    Governor’s Drive – covering the stretch of Carmona to Trece Martires City-Tanza boundary
    Molino-Salawag-Paliparan Road – from Zapote, Bacoor, to Paliparan, Dasmarinas
    Molino Boulevard – covering Talaba 4, Niog 3, Ligas 2, Ligas 3, Bayanan, Mambog 4, Molino 2, Molino 3, San Nicolas 1, and San Nicolas 3 in Bacoor.
    Daang Hari Road – covering the stretch of Aguinaldo Highway, Imus to Molino, Bacoor

    Exemptions

    • All public utility vehicles – jeeps and buses
    • Ambulance, firetrucks, police patrol cars, military vehicles with permanent marking indicating the vehicles as such. Privately owned firetrucks and ambulances are also exempted.
    • Vehicles carrying person/s needing immediate medical attention
    • Government vehicles with government plates
    • Vehicles delivering perishable goods in commercial quantity, which include fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers; raw meat and fresh seafood; ice products; baked products with shelf life of 24 hours; medicine/vaccine expiring within 24 hours; and cooked food/catering
    • Vehicles used by medical practitioner in an emergency
    • Duly franchised school buses and company shuttle service vehicles
    • Vehicles on mission to carry relief goods to identified calamity or highly depressed areas.

    Penalty
    Violators will be fined Php 300.00

    Will this number coding scheme solve the horrendous traffic situation in Cavite? Let’s wait and see…

    Source

    DLSUD’s flexible tuition fee payment scheme

    Starting this 2nd semester, DLSUD is now implementing a more flexible tuition payment scheme wherein students can now pay for just 20% of their total tuition and school fees to be considered as enrolled in the university. The rest of the balance would be paid out in monthly installments for the rest of the semester.

    DLSUD's new monthly tuition payment scheme
    DLSUD's new monthly tuition payment scheme

    This is opposed to the old scheme of having to pay for 40% of one’s total tuition and school fees upon enrollment then paying for 20 % before the Pre-lim examinations then the final 20% before the Mid-terms or the Finals examinations.

    DLSUD's old tuition payment scheme
    DLSUD's old tuition payment scheme

    It’s definitely good news for all students and parents of DLSUD. Paying for tuition fees are no longer as taxing as before. With the world economy still in a bleak situation and with the local economic conditions no different, it’s a positive step in helping students and their families access a Lasallian education.

    However, I think that’s not all there is to it. Competition from other universities and colleges in the CALABARZON area has contributed to the adoption of this new payment scheme. Many are saying that the biggest local competitor to DLSUD is Lyceum of the Philippines University – Cavite Campus (LPU-Cavite) in Gen. Trias which has just recently opened a couple of years ago. With lower tuition fees compared to DLSUD coupled with the worsening economic conditions, families are finding ways to lower their expenses and these schools are attractive alternatives.

    Students are not the only one looking for alternatives. I’ve heard consistent buzzwords from some DLSUD faculty that I know, even alumni, that LPU-Cavite is also aggressively headhunting teachers with a higher pay and a chance to be a pioneer at their new so-called “resort campus.” Day by day, I keep on seeing more LPU-Cavite students at local hangouts like SM Dasmariñas and even Walter Mart.

    So what can DLSUD do to keep its students and faculty and attract new ones? Lowering the tuition and school fees would be a pipe dream and a dream it will remain. Improving its services (and it doesn’t mean more facilities per se) and academic excellence is a more doable option. But I know DLSUD will come through, as it has always had.

    Thousands of families in Cavite affected by typhoon Ondoy

    It’s because of insufficient media coverage that most people think that those in Central Luzon and Metro Manila were the only ones who suffered the wrath of typhoon Ondoy. With a much higher population density, meaning more people are living in particular area compared to others, and with prominent middle to upper class, star-studded villages in the Metro Manila hit by the floods, the public’s attention would undoubtedly be focused on it.

    Unfortunately, the generous public’s resources and donations are seemingly focused only on Metro Manila. Here in Cavite, little has been reported that almost 80,000 families in the coastal towns of Kawit, Noveleta, Bacoor, Ternate and Cavite City have also been devasted by typhoon Ondoy.

    Tragically, if there’s a sea of relief goods flowing into the affected areas and evacuation centers in the nation’s capital, there’s a shortage and slow delivery of help to the devastated families and communities in the Cavite towns I’ve mentioned.

    I’ve come to know of this because I’m among the core volunteers that run the relief operations of DLSU-D and according to our own field inspections and ocular visits, Cavite has also suffered as much as Metro Manila.

    Like in the town of Bacoor, which is a low-lying, coastal municipality 16 km south of Manila, neck-high floods has left nearly 2,500 families devastated in just two of the 73 barangays that make up the municipality. What’s more troubling is that according to the affected residents themselves, the local government has been very slow to provide them with the relief they so badly needed.

    In Noveleta, a coastal town 26 km away from Manila, almost 3,000 families were devastated by typhoon Ondoy both by flooding and storm surges that caused the sea to swallow up much of the existing beaches and take away not only their houses but also their fish pens and fishing boats living them with nothing to depend on for a living.

    Damaged houses at Ternate, Cavite

    It’s the same situation in Ternate were a barangay we’ve visited had lost all of their fish pens and entire houses when almost 500 meters of the coast was taken over by sea. We were told that there were more barangays that had taken a hit meaning more families were in need of help.

    Sadly, we Lasallians from DLSUD could only do so much. We’ve been working very hard since last Monday and up to now, we’ve been able to provide relief goods to around 150 families in Dasmariñas. At present, we have almost 1,500 family packs on stock but after assessing the damages and families in need around Cavite, we’ve still got a long way to go.

    That’s why we are still trying our best to reach out to the local community for donations, particularly for rice and canned goods because we have more than enough man power, student and faculty volunteers, to get the job done, but we need more resources to meet the demands of those devastated families in Cavite.

    If you’d still like to help out, or know someone who would like to. Please get in touch with the Lasallian Community Development Office of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas through the following telephone numbers: (046) 416-4531 local 3068 (046) 416-4596 (direct line).

    Donations of cash or in kind are very much welcome. We are prioritizing donations of rice & canned goods, food that they so urgently need. Of course, useful clothing and other basic commodities are also accepted. The families who will receive such help from you would be so grateful for your kind generosity.

    Tutulan ang Ternate Landfill!

    *Here is the statement of the people of Ternate, Cavite expressing their disapproval of the planned sanitary landfill to be established in Brgy. Sapang. The fight to protect the integrity, welfare and preservation of the environment and of the people of Ternate and Cavite in the whole continues to this day.

    Layon ng mga Caviteño ang proteksyon ng kapaligiran para sa pagpapatuloy ng sangkatauhan.

    Kami, ang mga mamamayan ng Ternate, kaisa ang mga nagmamalasakit na institusyon, ahensya at organisasayon mula sa iba’t-ibang sektor ng lipunan sa Cavite, ay labis na tumututol sa iminimungkahing Sanitary Landfill sa Brgy. Sapang, Ternate, propwnent nita na ENVIRONSAVE, Inc.

    Ang panawagang ito ay aming isinasagawa dahilan sa mga sumusunod:

      1. ISYUNG PAGKAPALIGIRAN. Ang panukalang lugar para sa naturang imbakan ng basura ay kabahagi ng tinatawag na kawa o lunas ng tubig o Ground Water Basin Area, ayon sa pag-aaral ng Japanese International Cooperating Agency (JICA) at Local Water Utilities Authority (LWUA). Bilang isang imbakan ng tubig, makakapinsala ang posbileng pagtagas ng dumi na magmumula sa katas ng mga basurang itatambak sa naturang lugar.

      Ang naturang lugar ay idineklara din bilang bahagi ng bufferzone ng Mt. Palay palay – Mataas na Gulod Forest Reservation/National Park, (Proclamation No. 1594). Bilang isang deklaradong lugar para sa konserbasyon ng likas na yaman at turismo, ang Ternate ay hindi dapat pahintulutang malapastangan, bagkus ito ay patuloy na dapat maproteksyunan. Kasabay nito, ang Ternate ay naitalaga bilang Environmentally Constrained Area, ayon din sa Provincial Developmental Plan ng Cavite. Ito ay nangangahulugan na hindi maaaring gumawa ng anumang aktibidades o proyekto na maaaring makaapekto o makapagpabago sa natural na estado ng naturang lugar.

      Idagdag pa dito ang katutuhanang ang lupa sa naturang lugar ay volcanic, na ang uring ito ay makakapagpalala lamang ng pagsira ng lining ng isang landfill, dahilan ng pagtagas ng mga nakalalasong katas ng basura. Kung sa gayon, ang Ternate ay hindi tugmang lugar para sa isang tambakan ng basura. At ayon din sa mga pag-aaral, tulad ng ginawa ng United States – Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA), kahit pa sa isang normal na uri ng lupa at mataas na kalidad ng liner, ang kahit anumang landfill ay magkakaroon ng pagtagas ng mga nakalalasong katas, dahil na din sa mga kemikal na dulot ng mga itinambak na basura.

      2. ISYUNG PAGKALUSUGAN. Base sa karanasan mula sa Carmona, ang operasyon ng isang imabakan ng basura ay nagdudulot ng polusyon na nakakapinsala sa kalusugan ng mga taong direktang nakapaligid dito, gayundin ang karatig bayan. Ayon pa din sa pag-aaral na isinagawa ng mga eksperto, tulad ng US-EPA, ang mga nakakalasaong hangin o likido na nagmumula sa landfill ay maaaring magdulot ng kanser sa gall bladder, baga at tiyan, leukemia, at iba pang abnormalidad sa kalusugan ng tao.

      3. ISYUNG PANLIPUNAN. Labis ang pagtutol ng mga Ternateños ukol sa proyekto. Ito ay ayon na din sa naging resulta ng inisyal na pakikipagdayalogo na isinagawa ng taga-pagsimula ng proyekto. Ang naturang pagtutol ay isang senyales ng labis na pagmamalasakit ng mga mamamayan ukol sa pangangalaga sa kapaligiran.

      At dahil sa mga naturang kadahilanan, kami ay labis na tumututol sa pagbubukas ng isang sanitary landfill sa Brgy. Sapang, Ternate, at hinihiling sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) na huwag magbigay ng isang Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) sa nagpapanukala ng naturang proyekto. Kasabay nito, aming iminumungkahi ang mga sumusunod:

      1. Pagpapatupad ng mga probisyon sa Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001. Ayon sa naturang batas, ang pangunahing pangangasiwa ng basura ay kinapapalooban ng apat na R: reduce (pagbabawas), re-use (muling paggamit), recycle (pagpapanibagong gamit) at respond (pagtugon). Ito ay isinasagawa sa pamamamagitan ng konsultatibong paraan, pagbubuo ng Solid Waste Management Board, pagtatag ng materials recovery faciltiy sa bawat pamayanan, at pagpasa ng mga kinakailangang ordinansa ukol sa pagpapatupad ng wastong pangangasiwa ng basura.

      2. Patuloy na pagpapatatag at pagtataguyod ng lahat ng pagsisikap para malutas ang problema sa basura. Kabahagi nito ay ang isang mas malalim at mas seryosong pagbubuo at pagsasagawa ng mga programa o proyekto na lubusang magbibigay ng solusyon sa problema ng basura, na kung saan ay lalong magpapatibay sa mga gawaing may kinalaman sa pangangalaga ng kapaligiran.

    Bilang mga malaya at makakalikasang Caviteño ay buong tapat na itinatalaga ang aming mga sarili para sa pangangalaga at pagpapanibagong buhay sa kalikasan bilang isang daan upang makamtan ang katarungan at kagalingang panlahat. Tinatawagan namin ang pamahalaan na kumilos ng walang kinikilingan kaugnay sa nasabing usapin. Tinatawagan naming lahat ng mga Caviteño at buong sambayanang Pilipino na maging mapagbantay at mapagpasya upang maipagpatuloy ang pangangalaga ng kapaligiran at maipagtanggol ang preserbasyon ng sangkatauhan!!

    Reading past the storm

    Alas, after four days of twisting and turning, and cursing at Meralco’s sucky service, power has returned to my corner of Silang, Cavite. (It used to be “my corner of Cavite” but since our bloc was the last to have its electricity restored – our beloved town mayor and his close neighbors got theirs two days ago – talk about who’s in charge eh?) I’m back online and I can’t believe how much mail – both important and junk – I have to sift through.

    Times like these make me reconsider my future plans and opt to get myself a laptop in the near future before getting a brand new mobile phone. (My sturdy, and rock-solid Nokia 3530 has already shown signs it wants to retire.) Of course all these would largely depend upon my financial status and how well I’m at ease with my relatives. Maybe I should orchestrate a grand plan to convince my parents and godparents to finally get me a laptop this coming Christmas? Hmm…decisions…decisions…(evil grin)

    I’ve often heard and read that life – some things in it – are a matter of trade-off; I may have been agonizingly unable to get online for the past 4 days thanks to the world-class (you wish!) service of the commercial power monopoly that is Meralco, I was able to catch up on my offline reading. I wasn’t only able to catch up, I was able to finish reading all the new books I bought last month. In the span of that 4 days of living life to the basics, thanks to Ambeth Ocampo and his Bones of Contention: The Bonifacio Lecture, I finally understood the origins of the term ‘Filipino‘ and why Andres Bonifacio has always referred to his fellow Katipuneros as “Tagalogs” some hundred years ago when the Philippine nation was born – right before it was sacked and perverted by Uncle Sam which is another story.

    The rumors that President Ramon Magsaysay was the ‘American boy’ were confirmed and brightfully illustrated to me by Renato Constantino’s “The Philippines: The Continuing Past” even though by the time I got to that part of his brilliant and timeless book, it was already dark for it was late in the afternoon. Now I wonder if it is really too late for the country and our people to be truly independent to chart our own destiny or as the late great Ka Pepe Diokno would have it, free to sing our own song.

    Finally, now I understand and fully appreciate why the Man-blog came in to existence. Butch Dalisay’s “Man Overboard: Essays by, for and of the smart Filipino male” drives home the point right in the bull, or would I rather say, carabao’s eye. If you want to know the difference between ‘Beards and birds’, appreciate the value of ‘barkada’ – both the special bunch and the word itself, and understand your ‘life according to spam’; I suggest picking up a copy for yourself in case another storm blows in knocks the crap out of the grid or for some strange reason you can’t get online to read the Man-blog. Trust me, it will be worth your time while you wait for a miracle or Meralco to work its magic.

    Supplies are truly limited

    Submitted as a school paper for General Ecology class, on the topic of Populations and the Environment

    EnvironmentAs of the July 2005 estimates, there are approximately 83.05 million Pilipinos living in the country. Compare that to the 2000 census wherein is was estimated that there were 76.50 million of us living in the country, that means that in the last five years our population has increased by 6.55 million people. That’s twice the rate of population increase over the same period of five years compared to Malaysia and Thailand.

    In Metro Manila alone, there are some 11 million Pilipinos living in the 636 km2 area occupied by the metropolis, that’s 17,751 people per km². Here in Cavite, there are 2,063,161 people as of 2000,(5th largest in the country) with 1,590 per km² (the highest in the country) all that people living in an area of 1,297.6 km² which is the 9th the smallest(!) in the country and last I heard, more and more people are moving in to the province from neighboring Manila and other provinces. Soon enough, true-blooded Caviteños would be far outnumbered by

    Clearly, ours is a population on the rise, in fact figures from the National Statistics Office indicate that as of the year 2000, three (3) babies were born every minute nationwide. With all these mouths to feed-in a manner of speaking, where would we put them, where would get the food to feed them and what other resources would they consume? The question that really begs to be answered is, ‘Is there enough for everyone?’

    Fortunately, the Philippines has been blessed with a remarkable abundance of natural resources. The Philippines ranks 2nd in the world for gold endowment (grams per ton), 3rd in copper and 6th in chromite. The Philippines is also a known producer of minerals worldwide ranking 8th in the production of gold, 9th in Chromite and 10th in copper. We have a coastline that is twice that of the United States of America with seas teeming with very diverse marine life. Our forests are among the most highly diverse and unique in the world. Our lands are among the most fertile and most suited for agriculture due to the volcanic nature of out geography.

    Unfortunately, these resources are fast being depleted, destroyed, and over exploited due to population and economic growth demands. What’s more distressing, is that foreign corporations are getting the lion’s share of some of our most valuable and vital of natural resources. Corporate mining let loose by the flawed Mining Act of 1995 has resulted in destruction of water bodies, health deterioration, cropland ecosystem destruction, and deforestation. In 1903, there were more than 21 million hectares of forest in the Philippines more than half of the total land area of the whole country. Today, less than six million hectares of forest is left. Logging operations, mining activities and land development projects have all contributed to the alarming rate of forest destruction in the Philippines. Its effects are even more troubling; soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, disruption of water cycle and displacement of Indigenous Peoples’ communities.

    Our booming population has demanded lands be converted to agricultural use however, globalization and the rising trend of land use conversion which has been targeted for industrial, commercial, recreational and residential uses are mostly irrigated agricultural lands. This has threatened the country’s food security and has added more pressure to the ecosytem due to the added pollution and resource consumption by industrial, commercial, recreational and residential demands and activities. The end result is appalling, reduced soil quality, emergence of species resistant to these chemicals, pesticide poisoning, genetic erosion, and decimation of hundreds of indigenous rice varieties with the use of HYVs

    I could go on and tell more about the state of our rivers, lakes and other water resources but I believe that what I have expounded upon above is enough to paint a picture, a gloomy yet alarming picture of our country’s environmental and its natural resources’ status. Both of which are placed at high levels of stress even destruction by our booming population and insatiable thirst for material wants, comforts, and commercial mindset. All made worse by our unsustainable practices and loathesome attitude towards mending our ways and adopting a new and sustainable mindset which would then be expressed in concrete practices.

    To conclude this exposition, I’d like to remind everyone, every decent human being that we are living in an island we cannot leave, and that in this island, supplies are truly limited. So please, let us use only what we need.

    References:

    Philippine Environmental Primer. Center for Environmental Concerns. Accessed August 08, 2006. Website: http://www.psdn.org.ph/cec/cec.htm

    Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. (2006, February 13). FL: Wikipedia Foundation, Inc. Accessed August 08, 2006, from http://www.wikipedia.org