Category Archives: Safety

Single Solution to Complex Issues?

I always believe that in every problem or issue there’s always an answer to it. It may be either a simple or complex solution. But there’s one project that I am very much concerned of when authorities believe that the construction of Laguna Dike is the solution in mitigating the flooding issues that’s been bombarding Southern Metro Manila and Laguna itself. And since we all know that it has been a long standing problem along those areas and its nearby communities when massive bad weather disturbance comes, I have a strong feeling that this enormous dike does not only serve as flood control but it could also become the problem itself if it is not done appropriately and the right way.

Take a look on what happen to the levees and flood walls that suppose to protect the people and properties in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. And what about the mega dike in Pampanga that was damage when it was continuously pounded by torrential rains. These are just a couple of the many situations that can and may cause tremendous destruction if it is not done properly and if we continue to rely on a single solution to complex issues.

When the administration of President Benigno Aquino III announced the construction of Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike during his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA), it became the biggest project so far in his six-year term presidency. It will be implemented through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) under the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. DPWH will bid out this flagship project before the end of 2014 then construction will start in the later part of 2015 and will be completed in 2021, according to the reports that I’ve read.

As I read thoroughly about this massive project, I was so amazed of the enormity of the so called flood control system along the shores of Laguna de Bay because when completed, it also includes a 47-kilometer long six-lane expressway that will be built on top of the dike. It will also have bridges, pumping stations and flood gates, according to official documents from DPWH. But will it be the long term solution of the real flooding issues? Which I doubt, since we all know that flooding in the Philippines is a multifaceted issue that needs a complex solution and don’t have a single answer.

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Practicing Car Seat Safety

I could still remember and still very fresh in my mind the good idea created by one organization in giving away tens and thousands of car seats at no extra cost so everyone have the chance to have one for safety reason. That move was very commendable and very laudable, in fact, they should be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for such a great act. In this industrialized age world were motorized vehicles are increasing in staggering numbers, and no holding up, it is just wise to put our kids on car seats when we are traveling with them in the car.

And I am a very big advocate of safety first than comfort, so kids below 8 years old must be on car seats all the time when moving unless the child exceeds the height/weight limits set by the manufacturer. At the same time, no child below 13 years old should be sitting in the front seat at all times until they reach the height/weight limits too or when the regular seat belts are fitting properly already on your child.

Those are not my own guidelines but the basics of car seat safety set by safety authorities and regulators. According to experts, generally, kids should be at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and between the ages of 8 and 12 years before they can graduate from booster seats then be allowed to use adult seat belts. And most importantly, no child should ever be sitting free and unharnessed while riding in a car or even sitting on someone’s lap. So if you value the life of your child or if you still want to see them grow older then you should not exchange comfort from safety.

I brought up this topic once again because just a few days ago while driving in the city streets, I saw a child (pictured above) sitting on the lap of her/his mother in the front seat. Probably this child is just a year old or less yet the parents allowed it to be in the front. So it’s a big blow to the noble project of the organization that I mentioned above. They have tried their best to come up with solutions to promote safety by giving away car seats for free and it seems that it is still a long way in solving this increasing problem. And we will continue to see horrific fatalities from car accidents this kind of attitude and if we don’t start practicing car seat safety.

Global Toyota Recall

In the most recent vehicle issues, Toyota recalls about 6.39 million vehicles globally due to several issues that could cause potential safety risk and injury for the driver or passengers. The only good thing is that, there have been no reported crashes and injuries related to the various problems of the recalled vehicles according to the published reports. Although there two fires that are linked to one of the reported problems of the vehicles which is a defective engine starter.

So if you have a Toyota vehicle in the following models, then make sure to contact your dealer and have it check if it is part of the Toyota recall 2014. There are 27 Toyota models that includes Corolla sedan, RAV 4 SUV, Matrix, Yaris subcompact, Highlander and Tacoma that may have defective engine starter, faulty steering column bracket, driver’s seat rail defect, airbags that might no inflate, faulty power window switches and some issues in the windshield wiper motors.

It has been reported that the defective seat rails may cause the seat to slide forward in a crash, the airbag may fail to inflate due to a spiral cable that could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned and the engine starter defect that can keep the motor running that may cause fire.

And here are the figures of the Toyota recall across the world, 1.09 million in Japan, 2.3 million in North America, 810,000 in Europe and 62,000 in China. And the rest of the numbers are scattered among the regions of Africa, South America and the Middle East. So if you have one of the models and are currently in the above mentioned country then most likely the car that you are driving could be included in the recall.

But that’s not all there is, as the said defects were also found in Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia. The models mentioned are affected as it was produced at Toyota’s US factory which was jointly owned with General Motors and uses common parts of its entire vehicle lineup. So I highly urged you to stop reading now and give your dealer a call.

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Nestle Recalled Hot Pockets

Probably many Americans and Canadians until now are still glued on their TV to check the schedule for the live simulcast of USA vs Canada Hockey matchup on Friday. While some health conscious individuals are actively monitoring the food markets for advisory regarding product recalls as it is now very common. And the recent one is the recall by Nestle in one of their products Hot Pockets over substandard beef concerns, according to reports.

It has been reported that Nestle has voluntarily recalled two varieties of their Hot Pockets namely, Philly Steak and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese. It is part of a larger beef recall that the company believes that the meat is deemed unfit for human consumption which was processed for sale. Nestle announced that the products recalled may have been affected by a meat recall by Rancho Feeding Corp. that was announced last week. They have been recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products after regulators said that it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full inspection.

So if you are a regular customer of the above mentioned products then it is better to examine it and perhaps return the product where you bought it considering that the USDA also says that the products were unfit for human consumption. Nestle also revealed that a small quantity of the mentioned meat was used at their California production facility that makes the recalled Hot Pockets. The good thing though is that, no illnesses so far have been reported that is related to the recalled Nestle products.

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