This week in good news (August 11-15)

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More than 30 people were injured when a defective MRT train slammed into the safety barrier at Taft Avenue Station last Wednesday, August 13.  A newspaper columnist had noted that the MRT is a disaster waiting to happen. The government is planning to investigate whether the accident was caused by human or technical error.

Before you get too riled up over this fiasco, read about some of the good things that happened this week.


AFP wants cruise ship tours to Spratly Islands

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has expressed interest in developing the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea into a tourism destination, by putting up a cruise ship tour that would go around six islands.


DA-RFO8 receives seed aid, targets far-flung uplands

The Department of Agriculture in eastern Visayas distributed vegetable seeds to remote upland communities that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Over 4,000 seeds were donated by Harbest Agribusiness Corp. in partnership with Known You Seeds Philippines Inc. Small farmers in the remote communities in eastern Visayas have had little access to government programs, and this donation aims to help farmers recover by providing access to short-cycled crops.


How Jeepney’s ‘Chori Burger’ beat other burgers in NYC

A burger from a Filipino restaurant in New York took home the Golden Burger trophy at the the Battle of the Burger event by Time Out New York. Jeepney’s Chori Burger beat out burgers from other famous restaurants such as Shake Shack, Five Guys, and Steak and Shake.


Transparency: It takes a village to do it

Brgy. San Antonio in San Pedro, Laguna has made a website which gives visitors access to the village’s financial records. A barangay official said they do not need to wait for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill to practice transparent and accountable governance “even just at the village level.”


6-yr-old Ythnmthw joins Mt. Mayon triathlon

A six-year-old boy named Ythnmthw from Daraga, Albay wowed the crowd during the first-ever Mt. Mayon Triathlon in Legaspi. Although he swwam, cycled, and ran shorter distances, Ythnmthw, who also joined IronMan Philippines this month, triumphantly finished the race.