Tell it to SunStar: Safety of kids aboard motorcycles

I WOULD like to air my disappointment over Republic Act 10666 or An act Providing for the Safety of Children Aboard Motorcycles. It applies to a perfect world where roads are paved, cars are affordable and a working mass transport system exists.

I live in the mountainside of Tisa. I had four kids at that time who studied at the Labangon Elementary School. They rode “habal-habal” or tricycles, costing P25 to P30 per child for fare.

To be able to save, I loaned a motorcycle (China-made) for P1,500 a month. Danger on the road is a given. I just had to carefully navigate the dangerous roads.

I would like to offer more information. Texas doesnt have a helmet law for motorcycle riders. The speed limit is 120 to 128 kilometers per hour. But drivers are given written exam and actual road test to pass, and penalties are $240 subtracted from your paycheck per violation.

Drivers consider motorcycles as cars. They occupy one lane. how about that?

It is more dangerous for little kids to walk along sidewalks or roadsides. They follow trails in mountain barangays where many child predators lurk.ds. --letter sender’s name withheld upon request

Mandaue City College

In a media interview, Commission on Higher Education regional director Freddie Bernal erred in stating that the original Mandaue City College (MCC), headed by Dr. Paulus Mariae Cañete, does not give or issue actual diplomas but only pieces of rolled paper to its graduates. As emcee of the series of commencement exercises of MCC, I myself had personally seen and touched those actual diplomas with the names of individual graduates written on them.

But what puzzles me is this: Why was the other MCC (supported by the city government) allowed by the Ched regional office to offer Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management courses when it has no actual facilities like a mini-hotel and a mini-restaurant? Did Bernal and his staff inspect the city-supported MCC first before granting it the permit to offer such courses? Bernal must be sleeping on his job.

And how about the P10M that the Mandaue city government allocated for the MCC on a yearly basis since the time of then Mayor and now Rep. Jonas Cortes? With such amount, the school could have already built a mini-hotel and mini-restaurant. So where did the total of P100M (for 10 years now) go?

Finally, should those 28 graduating students from the city-supported MCC decide to transfer to the original MCC, Cañete is definitely giving them free education until they graduate in March next year.--Sam Costanilla, consultant on media affairs, Original MCC
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