After a long wait
Seven years since the government signed the public-private partnership (PPP) with San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT7) finally broke ground on Wednesday, April 20 at Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
SMC eyes to complete the 23-kilometer elevated railway from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan "by 2020."
Graced by President Benigno Aquino III and SMC President Ramon S. Ang, the groundbreaking signals the start of the project, delayed seven years due to the SMC-backed Universal LRT Corporation BVI Limited's failure to secure a performance undertaking from the finance department and a row over a component of the PPP deal.
Aquino said that projects like MRT7 (worth P69.3-billion or $1.50-billion) are not like candies that you can just buy in sari-sari (variety) stores. “Careful study is needed,” he said in Filipino.
MRT7 have 14 stations and an expected initial daily capacity of 350,000 passengers. It will also be connected to the existing yet ailing MRT3 and Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) via a common station at EDSA.
MRT7 is eyed to accommodate 28,000 passengers per hour and per direction—scalable to 38,000. It is targeting to serve over 800,000 passengers, daily.
Do not be too excited yet, as while the project broke ground already, Ang said the Department of Transportation and Communications has not fully delivered right-of-way acquisition yet, something that could cause new delays to MRT7 completion.
Twelve thousand people worldwide or 28% of those surveyed have shared confident information by accident, global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab said in a study.
And what were those accidentally shared? Photos of themselves (45%); contact details (42%); photos of another person (32%); sensitive personal details (30%); and work-related data (20%).
One in every six respondents (16%) said to have shared confidential information; 9% communicated private information about another person; and 8% shared sensitive financial details.
Also, 28% of those surveyed admitted to have accidentally shared confidential data and one in 10 respondents have suffered as a result.
The consequences included losing friends (20%); being bullied (17%); suffering financial loss (15%); ruining relationships (13%); and being dismissed from their job (13%).
But Kaspersky Lab said that despite such consequences, 13% still do not take any precaution to keep their online activities and information safe.
And a dismal 39% double-check all messages and posts before clicking send.
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