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'End of an Era' as the mighty AUVs make final run this 2017
The AUV workhorses are set to ride off into the sunset.

The Isuzu Crosswind, Mitsubishi Adventure and the L300 are being retired this year, following the scheduled phase out of select car models that couldn’t comply to the government's stricter fuel emission standards.

Having shifted to Euro 4 emissions standard since last year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set a December 31, 2017 deadline for the initial (new car) registration of these vehicles and other non-Euro 4 compliant vehicles in the country.

By January 2018, only cars equipped with Euro 4 compliant engines will be allowed to enter the market, as the DENR will no longer accept Euro 2 Certificates of Conformity (COC) as a basis of initial registration with the Land Transportation Office or LTO.

This means all new Euro 2 standard vehicles which haven't been registered cannot be registered anymore.

New engine needs new parts, new assemblies

The AUVs cannot just replace their engines with Euro 4 engines. If so, car manufacturers will need to change most of the vehicle's parts and assemblies. The new engine will need new transmissions, new exhaust systems, and new modified engine supports and chassis. The brakes will have to be changed, too, to accommodate faster speeds. And because almost every parts and assemblies will have to be new, a new onboard diagnostics system would have to replace the old ones.

Replacement vehicles

According to Top Gear Philippines, the Adventure will no longer be sold beginning next year. But, the good news is, there's a replacement—sort of—coming for the Adventure. Mitsubishi Motors haven't pegged its name yet, but it will certainly be an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) in the likes of the Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Avanza and the Honda Mobilio.

As for Isuzu, they said they will be offering a line-up of Euro 4 emissions compliant vehicles by the time the government deadline arrives.

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What every Uber, Grab driver must know about the new LTFRB order
Get documented or else!

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start apprehending colorum Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers on July 26, 2017, the regulatory board announced on Friday, July 14.

This after the LTFRB learned during the show-cause order hearing on July 11 that about 80% of Grab/Uber drivers are driving without either a provisional authority (PA) permits or a certificate of public convenience (CPC) franchise.

Currently, there are more than 20,000 TNVS drivers with half of them (about 10,000 drivers) rejected to get PA permits, and a third (about 7,000 drivers) who are still in the process of acquiring them.

The LTFRB stopped releasing PAs since July 21, 2016 to limit the inflow of new TNVS drivers even as the government tries to craft better guidelines for TNCs.

The LTFRB show-cause order demands the following from Uber and Grab:

  • Pay P5 million for their negligence to oversee colorum drivers
  • Include in the applications the permit case number issued by the LTFRB
  • Screen their drivers before recommending them to LTFRB
  • Include photographs of recommended applicant drivers for LTFRB
  • Display each driver's trade address in their mobile application
  • Only allow drivers who have permits to use their applications to give rides

Starting July 26, undocumented Grab and Uber drivers may be fined as high as P120,000 and detained for as long as 3 months.

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Jinri Park on the cover of FHM's July 2017 issue
Feel like riding the Korean wave?

Jinri Park returns on the cover of FHM this July, 2017.

Born and raised in South Korea, the 29-year-old model landed #23 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2017.

Also featured in this month's issue: Marcus Adoro, the Marawi siege and a guide to stage plays.

FHM July 2017, which comes with the 100 Sexiest Women in the World supplement, will be available in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!

Jinri Park FHM July 2017

Jinri Park black bra medium shot

Jinri Park close-up shot

Jinri Park black bra on chair

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Here are 3 factors why your country is poor and others are rich
Why do some countries usually end up poor?

A hundred and ninety-six countries, 25 of which are rich - the rest are poor.

The Philippines is one of the emerging markets and is the sixth richest in Southeast Asia by GDP per capita values, after the regional countries of Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

But, poverty in the country has always remained a critical social problem that calls to be addressed, where 21.6% of the current population lives below the poverty line.

A YouTube video from the School of Life channel lays down the reasons why the poor countries stay poor and the rich countries rich.


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FAQ: The basics of the 'new' Anti Distracted Driving Act windshield, dashboard rules
Here's a small guide to the do's and don'ts of driving via ADDA mode.

RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) makes it unlawful for drivers to use communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing gadgets while their vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or an intersection.

Amid the confusion it sowed when it first came out, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) released a revised implementing rules and regulation of ADDA, with a new provision on the "safe zone," where dashcams or cellular phone placements are allowed.

This so-called "safe zone" is counting 4 inches from the vehicle dashboard into the windshield. Beyond the 4-inch safe zone will be considered part of the "line of sight," where gadgets and objects are not allowed.

But, vehicles with built-in OEM navigational systems and LCD screens, such as those found in Mazdas, Mercedes-Benzes, and other vehicles, will not be found in violation of the ADDA, even if they exceed the 4 inch limit.

Rosaries, statues of saints, car fresheners, bobble-heads and the like, will be allowed for the meantime as the focus of apprehension will initially be on cellphones and gadgets.


Anti Distracted Driving Act windshield, dashboard safe zone


1. What is RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act?
RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act is a new law that prohibits motorists from using communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing gadgets while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or an intersection. A motorist, as defined under this law, is a person who is driving a motor vehicle.

2. What vehicles are covered by this Act?
This act covers both public and private vehicles. It also covers wheeled agricultural machineries, construction equipment, and other forms of conveyances such as bicycles, pedicabs, trolleys, “habal-habal”, “kuligligs”, wagons, carriages, and carts that may either be human-powered or pulled by an animal as long as the same are operated or driven in public thoroughfares, highways or streets.

3. What does this law prohibit?
Prohibited acts made while driving include but not limited to: making or receiving calls, writing, sending or reading text-based communications, playing games, watching movies, performing calculations, reading e-books, composing messages, and surfing or browsing the internet.

4. What are the actions exempted from this law?
Motorists are allowed to use their devices to make or take emergency calls to authorities in cases of a crime, accidents, bomb or terrorist threat, fire or explosion, instances needing immediate medical attention, or when personal safety and security is compromised.

5. Can we use hands-free devices like microphones and earphones?
Yes. Motorists can use the aid of hands-free function and applications as long as these do not interfere with the driver’s line of sight. This means that no communication or electronic gadget should be affixed on the car’s dashboard and steering wheel. In addition, drivers are only allowed to wear earphones when making or receiving calls. Using earphones to listen to music falls under “similar acts” in Section 4B of the law, in addition to reckless driving violation penalized under other relevant laws.

6. Can we still use traffic and navigational apps like Waze and Google Maps while driving?
Yes. Although motorists are being advised to set their preferred destination on these applications prior to their departure. Gadgets with these applications may be installed in areas that will not obstruct the driver’s view. In cases when motorists need to find alternate routes while in traffic, they are advised to first pull their vehicles aside.

7. Who are authorized to apprehend violating motorists?
The DOTr - Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the lead implementing agency of the Act. The LTO also has the authority to deputize members of the PNP, MMDA, and LGUs to carry out enforcement functions and duties.

8. How will we know if drivers of private vehicles with heavily-tinted windshields are violating the law?
Aside from high-definition cameras that can monitor lights from devices inside heavily-tinted vehicles, the law will also be strictly enforced by enforcers on the ground who were well-trained to determine from the movement of the vehicle whether or not a driver commits distracted driving. A Memorandum Circular setting specifications on the regulation of tints shall be released by LTO soon, upon consultation with tint manufacturers.

9. What are the penalties?
Violators will be penalized with a fine of five thousand pesos (Php5,000) for the first offense, ten thousand pesos (Php10,000) for the second offense, and fifteen thousand pesos (Php15,000) for the third offense with a three-month suspension of driver’s license. Violations incurred beyond the third offense shall be penalized with the revocation of driver’s license and a fine of twenty thousand pesos (Php20,000).

10. Are operators of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) also liable for violations made by drivers?
Yes. Operators and owners of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) and other commercial vehicles shall both be held liable for the violations committed by their drivers.

11. When will this be implemented?
The Anti Distracted Driving Act shall be implemented nationwide fifteen days after its general publication (or sometime between June 28, 2017 to early July, 2017).

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