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Senators appeal to DOTr to consider procurement of new coaches for MRT

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 has yet again experienced another breakdown at 10, Thursday morning.

According to MRT officials, the train encountered electrical failure which forced them to unload about 800 passengers at the northbound lane of Santolan-Annapolis station.

The defective train was immediately brought to the depot and the passengers loaded onto the next train.

As of 11 am, there were only seven trains in operation with 11 minutes arrival gap at each station.

Learning about the incident, some senators believe that with the continuous problems in the MRT operation, it is high time for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to consider buying new coaches and return the 48 unused Dalian trains to China.

“So I think siguro umpisahan ni secretary. Desisyunan na lang niya kung anong gagawin sa Dalian na yan. Kung hindi na pwedeng gamitin, di mag-order na lang tayo ng train na bagay dun sa MRT,” said Senator Nancy Binay.

(So I think it should be initiated by the [Transportation] Secretary. He should just decide on what to do with those Dalian trains. If we cannot use those anymore, we should just order trains that are compatible with MRT.)

“Hindi talaga kasya, ‘wag nang pilitin. Mag-umpisa na tayong mag-order ng mga bago at isauli natin dahil nagawa iyan ng Singapore sa Dalian, sinauli sa kanila,” said Senator Grace Poe.

(It really doesn’t fit, don’t force it anymore. We should start ordering new ones and return the [Dalian trains] because it has been done by Singapore with Dalian, they returned it.)

Poe, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services said that the DOTr should also decide now on the issue of MRT-maintenance provider.

“Tanungin na rin natin kung totoo bang merong interes ang Sumitomo o ang Japan na mag-takeover. Anong ginagawa nila, tuloy-tuloy na ba ang pag-uusap niyan? Kasi hanggang sa ngayon hindi pa rin malinaw kung sino ang papalit sa maintenance,” said Poe.

(Let’s also ask if Sumitomo or Japan is really interested in taking over. What are they doing? Are the talks still ongoing? Because until now, it’s still unclear who will take over maintenance.)

The 48 Dalian-train coaches are worth P3.8 billion.

The Philippine government has initially paid Dalian locomotive and rolling stock corporation P800 million.

These trains, however, remain unused as they are not compatible with the current system of the MRT. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Over 300 airport screening officers receive job status upgrade

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Security personnel at Clark International Airport screening passenger luggage

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) Transport Security Office on Wednesday, May 9, revealed that over 300 airport security screening officers (SSOs) across the country were recently promoted from job order to contractual status.

The Office for Transportation Security (OTS)sees the decision as a continuation of the agency’s rationalization plan and is in alignment with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive on “endo” and contractualization.

With the promotion, these individuals will get to enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees such as allowances, bonuses and other privileges.

OTS Administrator Undersecretary Arturo Evangelista reminded the newly promoted SSOs that “public service is about sacrifice and most of the time, this is what is expected out of government employees,” warning them against extortion and corruption at the airport.

The partial number of promoted personnel were assigned at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Caticlan Airport, Laguindingan Airport, Davao International Airport, Zamboanga Airport,Ozamis Airport, San Jose Airport, IloIlo Interntional Airport, Bacolod-Silay International Airport, Legazpi Airport and Tablas Airport. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Modern jeepneys to ply in Metro Manila routes starting June

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

Modernized jeepney

 

MANILA, Philippines — After the launch of modern jeepneys in some provinces, 20 modern jeepney units are set to ply various routes around Metro Manila in June as part of the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program being pushed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Gusto kong mangyari, makita na hindi lang yung bagong sasakyan, modernong sasakyan, kundi tatakbo yung buong sistema under the modernization program,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.

(Other than the modernized units, we want to show how the system will run under the modernization program.)

The transportation department also plans to launch the following routes for the new jeepneys: CCP to Mall of Asia;  Fort Bonifacio Taguig to Guadalupe, Makati; Pasayto Pateros, and Cogeo to Cubao, Quezon City.

Delgra added that the Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines are currently processing the financing program that is being offered to those operators who want to avail the modern jeepney units.

Delgra also said the local government units are now focusing on the creation of their route rationalization plan, which will become the basis of the numbers and areas where they will provide modern PUJs.

Despite various consultations, Delgra admitted that some transport operators are still worried about the implications of modernization on their livelihood.

Delgra also said that some transport leaders continue to insist that they be allowed to rehabilitate their jeepneys instead of buying new units.

But he argued that the rehabilitation of their units will only be allowed within the three-year transition period.

After that, jeepney operators will still be required to comply with the specifications required under the PUV modernization program.

The DOTr targets to finish the whole PUV modernization program on jeepneys by the year 2020. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOTr pushes for truck modernization program

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Aside from the jeepney modernization program, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is also pushing for the truck modernization program.

According to the DOTr, fatal road accidents will be reduced if trucks plying the metro will use advanced safety technology.

In line with this, DOTr ASec. Mark de Leon led the inspection of several truck units that are using active brake assist safety feature. — UNTV News & Rescue

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