Mass transit system palakasin

TUMPAK ang sinasabi ng mga eksperto na ang sobrang dami ng mga pribadong sasakyan ang dahilan ng trapik sa Metro Manila.

Kaya kahit pa gumastos ang gobyerno ng bilyon-bilyong piso para sa pagpapatayo ng mga bagong kalsada at  tulay ay hindi gagaan ang daloy ng trapiko sa kalakhang Maynila dahil araw-araw ay nadadagdagan ang bilang ng mga sasakyan sa kalsada.

Sa inis sa trapik, napipilitan bumili ng sariling sasakyan ang mga taga-Metro Manila sa akala na makakaiwas sila sa abala.  Pero nabibigo sila dahil pare-pareho pa rin tayong natatrapik at nabubuwisit, may kotse man o wala.

Ang solusyon, ayon sa mga eksperto, ay palawakin ang serbiyo ng ‘mass transit system’ tulad ng tren at mga bus kung saan mas marami ang nakakasakay.

Kung mas maraming tren at bus na nakakapagbigay ng kumportableng biyahe, hindi malayo na igagarahe na lamang ang mga kotse at lahat tayo ay sama-samang gagamit ng pang-masang transportasyon.

Hindi ba luluwag ang mga kalsada kung mawawala ang mga pribadong sasakyan?

Ganito ang ginawa ng mga bansang nagkaroon ng problema sa trapiko tulad ng dinadanas ng Metro Manila ngayon. Sa pagpapatupad ng mas malawak at maayos na mass transit system, nawala ang trapik sa kanilang mga lungsod. Walang biro.

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Another kiosk of the Government Service Insurance System was activated  in Zamboanga City to bring the pension fund’s services closer to its members and pensioners.

The GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk was positioned  at the Integrated Bus Terminal in Barangay Divisoria.

Aside from this, a dialog between GSIS chairman Rolando Macasaet and pensioners was held in the same place.  Around 100 members and pensioners, which included representatives of government agencies such as the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and Department of Labor and Employment, attended the dialogue.

GSIS has been holding dialogues to elicit concerns of its members and pensioners. In turn, these are used by management as inputs in improving the pension fund’s services and programs.

Macasaet also shared his dream of putting up a day care center in GSIS, where members can leave their children ages three to eight years old; allowing teachers to avail of loans immediately upon entering government service; including barangay officials as GSIS members; offering the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan to all members; and increasing the number of GSIS scholars.

Meanwhile, he said around 2,000 pensioners who must renew their active status and members who need to apply for loans as well as check their membership and loan records will benefit from the GWAPS. This means saving them time, money, and effort.

He added that the kiosk location offers greater accessibility and security for those residing within the area and plying the Zamboanga-Pagadian-Dipolog route.

The GWAPS kiosk in Bgy. Divisoria is the second to be installed in Zamboanga in a span of less than two months. The first kiosk was installed in Sangali Community Health Center in Barangay Sangali, 70 kilometers away from the GSIS Zamboanga Branch Office.

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