2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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LATEST LIST: DTI-Certified Brands of Motorcycle Protective Helmets

The list herein is last updated on September 4, 2012 and is culled from the Department of Trade and Industry official website.

Also, the Department of Trade and Indsutry (DTI) has announced that imported protective helmets without the ICC/BPS stickers but passed the standards in the United States and Europe should be honored by the law enforcement agencies implementing the Motorcycle Helmet Act (RA10054).

DTI Usec Zenaida Maglaya said yesterday (Jan. 3, 2013) that enforcers will honor helmets bearing stickers of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the European Economic Community (EEC) even without the ICC/BPS sticker.

Maglaya said they will instruct enforcers to honor the helmets with DOT and EEC stickers since these are presumed compliant to the safety standards.

Several motorcycle owners who owned an imported helmet without the ICC/BPS stickers lamented why the brand of their helmets are not in the list even if it passed the standards in the U.S. and in Europe while there are cheaper helmets from China that are included in the list.

Maglaya made a clarification yesterday during a media interview.

For more info about the motorcycle helmet, read the following articles in my blogs:

ATM Withdrawal Charge to increase

ATM Withdrawal Charge to increase

Beginning October 22, 2012 BPI ATM Debit card holders shall pay additional P5 for every withdrawal done in other bank’s ATM (Bancnet, Expressnet, and Megalink). From the present P10, it shall become P15 for every withdrawal. However, withdrawal at BPI ATMs shall remain free.

Payment using the BPI ATM cards using the Express Payment System in stores shall also remain free.

DTI Implements Family Name and Number Coding on Motorcycle Helmet Registration

DTI Implements Family Name and Number Coding on Motorcycle Helmet Registration

DTI Usec Zenaida Maglaya has announced that beginning this month motorcycle owners in Metro Manila can secure their ICC stickers for their helmet according to their family names and motorcycle license plate number. This is implemented by DTI to avoid “last-minute” registration.

However, the coding is optional in the provinces.The registration is only up to November while the month of December is by appointment for corporations and groups.

Here is the schedule according to the first letter of the family name of the motorcycle owners and the ending number of the license plate:

September : A to F
October     : G to O
November  : P to Z
December  : for corporation and groups

Monday : 1, 2
Tuesday: 3,4
Wednesday : 5,6
Thursday : 7,8
Friday : 9, 0

Click the link above for more of this announcement from the DTI.

Helmet Stories Topped in MyBlog Stats

Yesterday was the busiest day of this blog-having cornered 2,028 views, the highest in the almost 5-year history of this personal blog. This is all because of the views on my articles about the motorcycle helmet.

 Topping the list of the recently most-viewed articles are:

Except for the last item which posted in myTech Blog–iStoryang HaaayTek!, all are published in this personal blog.

I have committed to further write about the motorcycle helmet story to update the public. The latest announcement from the Land Transportation Office is a little bit a sigh of relief for the motorcycle owners as the enforcement agency is withholding the apprehension of non-prescribed motorcycle helmet by August 1, 2012.

The LTO has responded to the call of the Department of Trade and Industry to postpone the implementation of the Mandatory Motorcycle Crash Helmet Act. However, there was no date until when the suspension shall remain.

Earlier in Central Visayas, the regional office of the DTI has announced that the processing of the helmet shall be extended until the end of the year while the free processing and free sticker shall be until September 30.

The LTO regional office also announced their operatives will not apprehend motorcycle drivers wearing the prescribed helmet even without the required ICC/PS stickers. However, they will still pursue the apprehension of the non-prescribed helmet.

The local enforcement bodies of the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, CITOM and CTMS respectively, vowed not to implement the Helmet Law as long as the motorcycle drivers wear any helmet.

Some enterprising motorcycle drivers whose helmets have not passed the requirements for a standard helmet have found a way to trick the enforcers. Some are detaching the ICC stickers from locally-sold electrical tapes and transfer it to their helmets. The sticker is almost the same with that of the ICC stickers issued for the motorcycle helmets. Check the picture below.

Courtesy of Ferdinand Mañus in his Facebook wall.