Why MRT is Falling Apart

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, former Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) General Manager Al Vitangcol III, and 19 others were charged with graft over an alleged anomalous contract for the state-run transit system. In a complaint filed before the Ombudsman Thursday, September 25, the Ombudsman Field Investigation Office (FIO) alleged that Abaya and Vitangcol are criminally liable for awarding an MRT3 interim maintenance contract without public bidding.

The 6-month contract was awarded to Philippine Trans Rail Management and Services Corporation-Comm Builders and Technology Philippines Corporation (PH Trams-CB&T) through what the Ombudsman called an unjustified negotiated procurement. I am not surprised that Graft Charges like this I hope no one forgets the allegation of the Czech Ambassador to the Philippines, Joseph Rychtar. No less than the Czech Ambassador to the Philippines, Joseph Rychtar, has written to President Aquino of a demand by DOTC officials for $30 million for an award of 48 MRT coaches.
Last year Czech Ambassador wrote President Aquino that the demand for the $30 million was made by DOTC officials appointed by then DOTC Sec. Mar Roxas but retained by Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya. Continue reading


Government Should Work Together With MRTC

The owner of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) is calling on government to coordinate with the private owners of the MRT to provide a safer and more efficient railway system for the public.

Robert John Sobrepeña, the former chairman of MRT Corp. (MRTC), said private companies which own the MRT are open to a dialogue with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on how to address technical issues as well as congestion woes that have been hounding the 15-year-old system.

They should  have a dialogue with government so  they can improve the system, the spare parts condition, improve the maintenance, bring about new trains—together. Because that’s how it was envisioned in the agreement. They own it, they operate. They have to work together.  Sobrepeña said MRTC and its holding firm MRT Holdings have been “out of the loop” in discussions on how to improve the MRT, which it built and own.  Continue reading


Peregrine Development International Inc contract with GGDC remains valid

Peregine Development International Inc. (Peregrine) on Tuesday said its contract with Global Gateway Development Corp. (GGDC) remains valid pending a final decision from the Court of Appeals.

Peregrine, in a statement, said the CA issuance of temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of GGDC does not authorize for the takeover of the Global Gateway Logistics project at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga. The Global Gateway Logistic City project is a 177 hectare mixed use logistics and business center. Peregrine, the local contractor and the project owner GGDC are embroiled in a dispute. GGDC committed to fund and finance the 177 hectare green-field site adjacent to the Clark International Airport.
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DOT gears up for Visit the Philippines Year 2015


The Philippines is all set to become the ultimate destination next year with the launch of Department of Tourism’s Visit the Philippines Year (VPY) 2015, an invitation for all to experience the enduring promise of “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.” Encouraging nationwide participation, DOT hopes to inspire 10 million foreign tourists to discover, explore and fall in love with the Philippines.

Department of Tourism announces 2015 as Visit the Philippines Year. Image courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Visitors to the country will not run out of reasons to visit the Philippines as 2015 proves to be an exciting year for the country. From the Papal Visit in January to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meetings and Leaders’ Summit, VPY 2015 will feature an exciting mix of events and activities, as well as the unveiling of more historic treasures, natural wonders, and unforgettable adventures.  And of course, its people’s hospitality and optimism make the Philippines the best place to be on the planet next year. Continue reading


The Difference is Gaggenau.


With its lavish LED lighting concept and perfected details, the new Gaggenau Vario cooling 400 series offers all the benefits of modern storage technology. The 14 cooling appliances in the first modular system of fully integrated built-in appliances introduced in 2007 can be combined in countless ways to create a stylish cooling wall. Illuminated by LED lighting, their stainless-steel interiors, designed for optimum use of space, are bright and practical.


Precision-crafted select materials guarantee the longevity of the appliances.

The quietest in their class, practically all models are rated in energy efficiency class A+ or A++. The new series has been available since October 2013.

As the epitome of exclusive culinary culture and sophisticated lifestyle, Gaggenau constantly focuses on professional standards. And the Vario cooling 400 series now takes the company’s cooling culture a step further. The refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezer combinations and wine climate cabinets are equipped with precisely controlled climate zones to create the ideal conditions for fresh and frozen produce, preserving the freshness of delicate food items, and for storing fine wines.


Exclusive features.

 The interiors of all appliances are entirely clad in stainless steel. The material is hygienic, and in combination with oxygen, also neutralizes odors. LED light pillars supply bright lighting; they are particularly economical and generate no heat at all.

The shelves in hardened safety glass can be manually and some motor-adjusted, even when fully loaded. The drawers are fully extendable. All appliances in the series are equipped with No-Frost technology, thus dispensing with the tiresome chore of defrosting and preventing ice forming on frozen produce. Ultra convenience is offered by the refrigerators with an integrated fresh cooling zone close to 0 °C, which keep seven delicate food items fresh for twice as long as in traditional cooling systems.

 Decisive details.

 In addition to the exclusive LED lighting, the Vario cooling 400 series offers further assets, like its exceptionally durable aluminum door racks which are machined with millimeter precision and fitted by hand. The bottom door rack in the RB/RY 492 fridge-freezer combination, for instance, has a loadbearing volume up to 25 kg. Heavy-duty hinges allow a door opening angle of 115 degrees for convenient access to the interior. They also ensure that heavy furniture fronts are reliably secured for decades of service. The appliances can be customized with door fronts in stainless-steel or aluminum as a special accessory. At a height of 213.4 cm the fully integrated appliances in the series can be built in with doors hinged on the right or left. With its professional cooling and storage technology and iconic design, the Gaggenau Vario cooling 400 series sets new standards in function and beauty.

 The Vario freezers RF 471/461/411 and RF 463/461 in the 400 series.  A large 4-star freezer compartment with LED lighting offers all the latest freezing convenience. A feature of all appliances, the integrated ice maker with a fixed water inlet connection produces a daily supply of fresh ice, and can store up to 4 kg.

 The five appliances can be selected in widths of 45.7 cm, 61 cm and 76.2 cm, and a net volume of 222 to 421 litres. They are all rated in energy efficiency class A+. Accessed on the interior, the ice makers on models RF 471/461/411 produce a maximum of 1.4 kg of ice daily and store up to 4 kg. Models RF 463/461 is fitted with a dispenser for ice and water. Matching the Vario cooktops 400 series they are fitted with a 3 mm stainless steel frame. Glasses and large jugs can be conveniently filled with ice cubes, crushed ice or chilled water while the freezer door is closed. The ice maker can produce around 1.9 kg of ice per day and stores a maximum of 3 kg.

 The Vario fridge-freezer combinations RB 492/RY 492 and RB 472 in the 400 series.

These fridge-freezer combinations offer a high standard of functionality. Conventional cooling takes place on top, with a separate spacious 4-star freezer drawer that can be fully extended on the bottom. The exclusively fitted stainless steel interiors are brightly and lavishly illuminated by LED surface luminaires.


The 91.4 cm wide RB 492, also available as a double-door model RY 492, has an ample net volume of 532 litres; the more compact 76.2 cm wide model RB 472 holds 438 litres. Both large appliances are rated in energy efficiency class A+, while the RB 472 achieves an A++ rating. The appliances’ cooling compartment has an electronic temperature control from +2 °C to +8 °C. The temperature in the fresh cooling zone can be set up to 3 °C lower. Meat, sausage and cheese can thus be kept fresh for nearly twice as long. The practical and spacious 4-star freezer drawer with a net volume of 146 litres on the wider appliances, and 119 litres on model RB 472 supply temperatures of –14 °C to –25 °C. Additional convenience is provided by a fully extendable drawer inside. The integrated ice maker with a fixed water inlet connection produces around 1.7 kg of ice per day and stores a maximum of 3 kg. Enhancing their flexibility fridge-freezer combinations RB/RY 492 are equipped with one asymmetrically divided glass shelf, while another is motorized and can be effortlessly adjusted by a sensor button integrated on the LED light pillars even when fully loaded.

 Gaggenau_02_Vario_cooling_400_series_02Vario wine climate cabinets RW 464/414 in the 400 series.

 Offering conditions akin to that of a wine cellar these exclusive wine cabinets provide professional storage facilities in a domestic setting. They feature two separately regulated climate zones in which temperatures are precision-controlled and humidity can be regulated. The stainless steel interior with LED lighting and exclusive fittings, not to mention virtually vibration-free operation, ensures perfect wine enjoyment at home.

 With widths of 45.7 cm and 61 cm, and doors hinged on the right or left, the wine climate cabinets can be fully integrated or fitted with a glass door. Both wine climate cabinets are rated in energy efficiency class B. The two separate climate zones are precision-controlled for temperatures of +5 °C to +20 °C which are reliably maintained at a constant level. Humidity levels can be controlled individually. The ventilation system allows air to circulate once it has passed through an antibacterial active carbon filter which absorbs and locks in odor particles. The appliance interior thus always remains odour-free. A glass door with UV protection prevents undesirable aromas caused by exposure to daylight. Thanks to the cushioned compressor suspension, wines are stored virtually free of any vibrations.

 Up to 99 standard bottles, including even magnum-size bottles can be accommodated.

The ten fully extendable aluminum bottle trays with rounded beech rods protect fragile wine labels. Integrated LED lighting ensures bright interiors, and can be switched on or off in the various zones, either separately or for all zones. Both climate zones also feature a presentation light for showcasing fine wines.

 Appropriate special accessories are available for professional storage of open bottles and decanters. Perfectly chambréd wine can therefore be served at any time.

 Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 330 years, has revolutionized the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality. Gaggenau has been a subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich since 1995 and is currently represented in more than 50 countries with flagship showrooms in major cities around the world. In 2012, Gaggenau reached a turnover of more than 180 million euros.

 The difference is Gaggenau.


Respect Court decision and fund Clark project, Peregrine tells GGDC


 Prime contractor and developer Peregrine Development International (Peregrine) wants Global Gateway Development Corp. (GGDC) to respect the law and fund the continuing development of Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) project in the Clark Freeport Zone.
Peregine, in a statement said GGDC should comply with the court orders and fund the the working capital account to complete the Medical City hospital and other work while the arbitration process proceeds.
To recall, last June 3, 2014 all work on the GGDC project at the Clark Freeport Zone was suspended indefinitely.  This was the direct result of GGDC unilaterally removing all project development funds used by Peregrine from a  WCA used by Peregrine for project development and construction.   Continue reading