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Once the Philippines works....

By Jose Bayani Baylon

THE other day I received an email from Makati Dog and Cat hospital. It was an alert actually, reminding me of the scheduled deworming for my nearly 9 year old Shih Tiu, Hayden.

The email was followed by a text message on the day of our appointment, complete with the time of the schedule and the purpose of the visit to the vet. It was, I told myself, an excellent example of the advantages of information technology being used in a very productive way, one that made a customer feel not only deeply cared for but professionally cared for as well.

I suppose I shouldn’t expect anything less from the Makati Dog and Cat hospital.

But why can’t I expect the same from the government? 

Think about it: the database of drivers license holders is obviously at the fingertips of the government - of someone or at least of a few people who are in charge of it. That database should be able to tell those in charge of issuing our drivers licenses the following 1) how many licenses there are in existence; 2) when they will expire and 3) how many will expire on each day of the year. 

From these bits and pieces of information the planners in government should then be able to predict the demand for plastic drivers licenses based on current holders alone. They can add a certain number based on a projection of how many new drivers licenses will need to be issued, less a smaller number (perhaps) for those who will pass away within the same period of time. From the aggregate number, the policy makers can then set the number of plastic licenses they need to produce per month. And of course they’d know how long it will take to produce this number which gives them all the information they need to plan for the demand.

There shouldn’t be any reason why any applicant will have to wait months before he gets his license. 

The same applies for passports. To a certain extent you can apply the same to the issuance of car plates. 

But this isn’t reality in the Philippines, far from it. The reality is a government bureaucracy that seems unable to plan and plan properly so that drivers drive with paper licenses (and, like me, are unable to obtain rentals when abroad!); new vehicles are on the road sans proper license plates, and Filipinos wait and wait and wait just to get a proper passport. 

Why should we even wonder why successive Governments get blindsided by terrorists and radicals, when they couldn’t get their acts together just for our passports and drivers licenses and car plates? 

Once we get someone in office that gets the Philippines to work, believe me he (or she) can remain in office for life!

Basketball

  • Basketball is art – Timmons

    By Robbie Pangilinan

    LAS VEGAS -“To me, basketball is like art. It takes discipline and focus to create art,” says 26-year-old William Kristopher Timmons of Durham, North Carolina.

    The 6’7” tall, 180-pound guard from Shaw University has been playing basketball since he was 2 years old. He started pursuing the game competitively at the age of 5 in Kindergarten. He says the love he has for basketball extends far beyond the joy he gains from playing.

  • Thunder vs Mavericks, final score: OKC 2nd half surge tames Dallas, 112-99

    After a shaky first half, Thunder explode for 39 third quarter points.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder came into this game without Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams in the lineup against the Dallas Mavericks. However, Paul George and Russell Westbrook carried the load offensively and led the Thunder to a 112-99 victory over the Mavericks on Sunday night.

    Anthony missed tonight's game with a sore back and Adams missed his 2nd straight with a calf injury.

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Canada

Pinoy Calvelo wins 3rd in Canada Open chess
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Filipino Jelvis Arandela Calvelo settled for 3rd overall in the 2017 Canadian Open Chess Championship (Under 2200 section) at the Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

The Dasmarinas, Cavite native Calvelo tallied 7.0 points on six wins, 2 draws and a loss in 9 outings. The said event was held last July 6 to 16, 2017.

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Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal victorious in women’s half marathon of Ottawa Race

Running Olympian sets new Philippine record for 21K race

Ottawa, Canada – Logging another record-breaking feat, MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal has clinched first place in the women’s division of the half marathon category of the Ottawa Race. The elite runner from Cebu not only bested her personal record, she also marked a significant milestone for breaking the Philippine record time for the 21K race. The Ottawa Race slot was Tabal’s grand prize for winning the 40th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Iloilo last 2016.

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Moving in 2017

VANCOUVER, CANADA -  The new year always brings new hope, opportunities, and changes. “Move” looks like the theme of 2017.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Filipinos and Canadians make their new year’s resolutions and express their hopes for the year of the fire rooster.

OPM star Joey Albert who is now based in Canada prays for more concerts in Manila and more quality time for her two daughters who are both athletes.

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Boxing

  • Arum moving Crawford & Bradley to Showtime?

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is interested in moving several of his top fighters – Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko and Tim Bradley – to Showtime Boxing in order to get them fight dates. According to Arum, HBO doesn’t have the available budget to get fight dates for all of these guys.

  • Terence Crawford dominates Viktor Postol

    THIS is a match-up of the highest calibre. After winning a world title at lightweight against Ricky Burns, and subsequently defending in style against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ray Beltran, Terence Crawford stepped up to super-lightweight to win the WBO title there.

MMA

  • WSOF GLOBAL MMA FIGHTER FROM GENSAN MARIO SISMUNDO, MORE THAN JUST MANNY PACQUIAO’S DOPPELGÄNGER

    SISMUNDO READY FOR THE BIGGEST FIGHT OF HIS LIFE ON JULY 30 

    AT SMART ARANETA COLISEUM

    ONE LUCKY TICKET HOLDER ON JULY 30 WILL WIN ONE MILLION PESOS

    TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT TICKETNET.COM.PH

    19 July 2016 - MANILA: Mario Sismundo, who will fight on July 30 for the World Series of Fighting Global Championship 3: Philippines vs. the World card at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, says that he is more than just Manny Pacquiao’s doppelgänger.

    Mario, who once doubled for Manny Pacquiao for a TV commercial, and also hails from General Santos City, also has plans of his own to be a world-renowned fighter.   

    The resemblance is striking, in fact, when he trains at Fitbox Gym in Makati, he is often mistaken as Manny Pacquiao.

    Sismundo says, “Sobrang na inspire ako na kamukha ko si Manny Pacquiao kasi yung kamukha ko o kahawig ko ay di ordinaryong tao, kungdi, sikat sa buong mundo dahil sa kanyang galing sa boxing, at isa pa siyang Senador ngayon.  Baka sa pagtiyatiyaga at sipag sa mga laban ko, isang araw, masundan ko rin ang yapak ng idolo ko.”

    Sismundo continues, “Malaking bagay na nakasali ako sa ganitong kalaking organization, na galing pating Amerika.  Tulad sa akin, na galing sa General Santos City na matagal nang naghintay ng pagkakataon makalaban sa malaking audience, malaking bagay po talaga.  Matagal ko po itong pinangarap at dinasal.”

    This will be Mario Sismundo’s biggest fight in his entire boxing and MMA career, fighting for the first time in a 15,000-seater stadium in Quezon City, alongside fighters from all over the world.

    Sismundo says that his family, specially his father, has been supportive of his career all this time.  

    It is bittersweet though that at the biggest fight of his life, wherein his fight will be the co-main event on July 30, that his father won’t be able to watch it since he passed away just weeks ago. 

    “Sa pinakamalaking laban ng buhay ko, na matagal niyang hinintay, wala na siya…pero hindi iyon hadlang para ako manghina o mawalan ng gana lumaban, bagkos, lalo ko pang pag-iigihan ang training ko para manalo sa laban na ito, dahil inaalay ko sa kanya ang laban na ito”, Sismundo says.

    “At alam ko kahit wala na ang aking ama, manonood siya kahit nasa ibang mundo na siya”, adds Sismundo.

    WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at PHP300 with ringside seats available for PHP4000. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2988982/wsof-global-championship-3philippines-quezon-city-smart-araneta-coliseum. Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III ‘The Thrilla in Manila’.

  • Dana White responds to 'biggest dirtbag in all of sports,' Bob Arum: I look forward to continuing to kick his ass

    Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum recently took a handful of swipes at the UFC, claiming not only that the promotion is paying off lobbyists to avoid added government regulation but also that drug use in the sport far outweighed that of boxing.

Sports Bisaya

  • Blue girls beat Czechs

    The Philippines' Blu Girls  Softball Team beat strong opponent Czech Republic to remain in the top 16.

    The team is in Surrey, BC to compete against 30 other counties.

  • SI BUTLER O RUSSELL SA TIMBERWOLVES? CONGRATS HANNAH SAJULGA

    Ni Daniel Quindao Guden 

     

    Maple Grove City, Minnesota - DUHA ka mga NBA players ang gipili-an si Jimmy Butler o si D'Angelo Russell, kini ang gitutokan karon pag-ayo ni Tom "Thibs" Thibodeau ang bag-ong head coach ug president sa Basketball Operations sa Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Sa ni-aging semana nagbansiwag sa mga Mantalaan sa Minnesota State ug Online news ang taho nga si Chicago Bulls guard/forward Butler ang gitinguha sa Timberwolves management nga mahitapo sa Land of Ten Thousand Lakes Minnesota team bugti sa no. 5 overall pick sa rookie drafting sunod semana.

Lifestyle

  • Nazal is new Rotary Prexy

    By Robbie Pangilinan

    Robert Gerard Nazal II, president of YSA Skin Care Corporation, is the new President of Rotary Club of Sta. Mesa, Quezon City. He will assume leadership following the awards night at the One Shangri-la Place, Ortigas on July 27.

  • Sangyaw was a success
    By Robbie Pangilinan
    Tacloban City’s celebration of its 127th Sangyaw Festival was a success.

    The month-long festivities capped off with the inauguration and oathtaking of Mayor-elect Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez and the members of the local city government on June 30.