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Amending the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines is a Must

By admin On November 18, 2014 No Comments

There were two items which came out in today’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (links to the articles below) that justify the importance and urgency of amending the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP). The proposed amendment was at the forefront of reforms that I had been pushing for while I was still in the BOC. Doing so will not only eliminate or reduce the opportunities for corruption in the system but will make the Philippines more competitive in the global trading arena.

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The MRT Challenge : To Ride or To Fix?

By admin On August 31, 2014 No Comments

Picking up from the worldwide success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge , Filipino netizens, fed up with the woes that commuters have been experiencing with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), have put up the MRT Challenge, where government officials are challenged, cajoled, or urged to ride the embattled mass transit system in order for them to experience what the ordinary commuter goes through everyday.

This is a valid call, because indeed, the best way to learn and understand the situation is to experience it first hand. I’m certain that most, if not all of these officials have experienced riding urban rail systems in other countries. I wouldn’t be surprised if in fact, it’s their preferred mode of transportation whenever they’re in Hong Kong, Singapore or other cities abroad precisely because it’s efficient (you can rely on the published arrivals, departures and travel times), cheap and safe.

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Random Blessings

By admin On July 30, 2014 No Comments

I was contemplating on life and its mysteries while having a latte when one of the cafe’s staff meekly approached and asked if I’m Ruffy Biazon. I confirmed his suspicion and he requested if they could have a photo with me.

I gladly agreed, as I always do with anyone who requests. We had photos taken with a cellphone that belongs to one of them. I also requested a photo using my cellphone, to have a souvenir of that moment when I was able to give a little amusement and perhaps joy to random strangers.

Ever since I first opened up my life to the public by serving, it has become a personal goal to bless others not just by material means but even simple things that will not cost me anything but cause happiness to others.

In my contemplation in

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