MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen modern jeepney units have begun plying the roads Pasay City.
Unlike the old iconic models, the new ones are similar to passenger buses. The door is in front and is fully air-conditioned. It has front-facing seats that can accommodate up to 30 passengers. It has CCTV, GPS, and uses a euro-four engine.
In modern jeepneys, passengers use automated mode of payment or beep cards.
Minimum fare for modern jeepneys is P10 and an additional of P2 for every succeeding kilometer.
The jeepneys will ply Star City and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex going to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
It will also traverse the area of GSIS building and Senate going to SM Mall of Asia and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).
The Senate Employees Transport Cooperative will manage the operation of the new jeepney units as well as the salary of the drivers.
“Its drivers will no longer have to vie for passengers. For the first eight hours, they have a fixed income. They will have benefits like SSS, PhilHealth, and Pagibig as mandated by law,” said SETSCO Chair Venturina Remedios.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets to launch up to 500 units of modern jeepneys before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte in July.
Meanwhile, the DOTr will also begin distributing fuel vouchers to jeepney drivers next month.
Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos said that the government will provide a P5,000 subsidy to each driver through a debit card.
“For the first year, the government will give close to a billion pesos. Drivers should have legitimate franchise per unit. But in the next two years, they should have modern vehicles,” said Orbos.
The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) awaits the complete list of drivers who could receive a fuel voucher.
The move is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to aid Filipinos affected by the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday met with Senator Francis Tolentino to discuss plans on refiling an emergency powers bill to solve the country’s traffic woes, particularly in Metro Manila.
Tugade said he met with Tolentino to tackle the measure that has been pending in both chambers of Congress for more than two years.
The transportation chief said he will do his best to convince lawmakers to pass the bill, which he sees as a vital solution to the country’s perennial problem on traffic.
“‘Wag po nating pabaunan ng duda ‘yung deliberasyon, pababaunan ko yan ng kaliwanagan sa pag-uusap. Naniniwala ako na kung ang mga mag-uusap ay may kaliwanagan, magkakaroon ng kooperasyon, pwede po nating mapadali ito,” he told reporters in an interview.
(Let us not cast doubt on the deliberation, I will shed light on its importance during discussion. I believe than when it is tackled by people who understand it, there will be cooperation. This can be fast-tracked.)
Tolentino earlier said he will push for the emergency powers bid once the incoming 18th Congress convenes on July 22.
The lawmaker said his version of the bill focuses on strengthening the mandate of concerned agencies and local government units to address the traffic crisis.
“Nalagyan natin ng ibang detalye na wala dati, for instance ‘yung working hours, ‘yung adjustment ng oras ng pagpasok at yung role ng mga local government units,” he said.
(We have placed there details that are not present in the previous bill, for instance the working hours, adjustment of working hours and the role of local government units.)
The bill seeking to ease the worsening traffic situation was first filed after Duterte said in his 2016 State of the Nation Address that traffic problems should be legitimately addressed if Congress could accord him emergency powers.
He eventually gave up on his plan after some lawmakers said that the emergency powers might be used for corruption.
Under the proposed Traffic Crisis Act, previously filed in the 17th Congress, the Transportation Secretary will be designated as Traffic Chief with power of control and supervision over land transportation agencies. He will also have the authority to harmonize and enforce all traffic rules and regulations to implement a unified traffic system throughout each of the metropolitan areas and implement programs that will have significant impact on addressing the traffic crisis.
The bill was approved on third and final reading of the House of Representatives while its Senate version reached the plenary but was not approved until the 17th Congress adjourned.
Although there is a need to resolve the worsening traffic woes in the country, the DOTr said that once the bill is refiled, they will not ask the president to certify it as urgent.
“Kung magkasundo po kami sa mga datos at detalye, hindi po ba mas magandang pumunta kami kay pangulo na handa na yung detalye kaysa blanket na hihingin na wala pang detalye? Hindi ho ba mas magandang proseso yung ganun?” he said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Seventeen commercial airport projects have been completed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s first three years in office, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported on Tuesday (July 9).
In a statement, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade underscored the importance of advancing air connectivity throughout the country and with the world, as the DOTr’s Aviation and Airports Sector and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) completed 17 commercial airport projects, with 28 more ongoing, in the first half of Duterte’s term.
“Connectivity and mobility in transport are key components in socio-economic development. By building new airports and rehabilitating existing ones, the transportation sector contributes to both regional and national progress,” Tugade said.
Tugade said that during the first half of Duterte’s term, two new international airports have been built, namely, the Lal-Lo International Airport in Cagayan, and the country’s first eco-airport, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.
Fifteen other existing gateways have also been upgraded, two of which are international and thirteen domestic.
Under rehabilitated international airports, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) opened its new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) last year, boosting annual capacity to 13.5 million passengers. The airport was hailed as the world’s friendliest resort airport.
The Puerto Princesa Airport’s PTB was also expanded, and its runway extended to accommodate larger aircraft.
The DOTr added that domestic airports have not been left behind because last July 5, 2019, Ormoc Airport opened new facilities, including a renovated PTB and a widened runway. The new facilities were inaugurated by the President himself.
“Additionally, infrastructure developments for the domestic airports of Virac, Marinduque, Tuguegarao, San Vicente, and Busuanga in Luzon; Maasin, Tacloban, and Catarman in the Visayas; and Ipil, Camiguin, and Siargao in Mindanao, have been accomplished,” the agency said.
The DOTr, along with CAAP, said it is also accelerating the ongoing infrastructure development in 27 commercial airports and one military air base. The government is also set to build one more international airport, it further said.
The department likewise reported that rehabilitation works for the terminal 2 of the Philippines’ main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) continues.
“These include the expansion of departure check-in hall and arrival baggage area; architectural improvements in passenger movement areas; upgrade of aerobridge areas and elevated roadway; new glass wall panels and partitions; upgrade of air-conditioning system, power, lightings, fire protection, and electronics and communications systems; installation of an improved flight information display system and a new public address system; and waterproofing works for building exterior, among others,” the DOTr said.
As the NAIA rehabilitation continues, the government said it is also working on decongesting the main gateway through complementary infrastructure development.
“Additional facilities at the Sangley Airport in Cavite are now under 24/7 construction to meet the November 2019 deadline of the President for the military air base to commence general aviation and turboprop operations,” the DOTr said.
Construction is also ongoing for the second PTB of the Clark International Airport (CRK).
The department said its expansion is seen to increase the CRK’s overall capacity to 12.2 million passengers annually. An additional runway is also set for construction.
To further aid in the long-term decongestion of NAIA, the DOTr said plans are underway for the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan. Bidding for the project will open on July 31.
Meanwhile, the Bicol International Airport is now more than halfway complete. The airport is expected to accommodate two million passengers per year, and is targeted for completion in 2020, the agency said.
International airports in Davao, General Santos, Zamboanga, Iloilo, Kalibo, and Laoag are also undergoing improvements.
Development projects continue, as well, for domestic airports in Busuanga, Cauayan, Naga, and Tuguegarao in Luzon; Bacolod-Silay, Calbayog, Catbalogan, Dumaguete, and Tacloban in the Visayas; and Bukidnon, Ipil, Laguinduingan, Mati, M’lang, Ozamiz, Sanga-Sanga, Siargao, and Surigao in Mindanao.
Aside from developing the nation’s airports, major programs and initiatives have been launched to further uplift aviation and airports services, such as the establishment of new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management System (CNS/ATM) that now covers 100% of Philippine airspace, and the night-rating of 15 more commercial airports to further ease decongestion in major gateways.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said it is possible to finish the construction of the Sangley Airport by September.
The contractor already increased their personnel and construction will be done 24/7.
“Sabi ng pangulo November. Habulin natin ng November but knowing me [it will be] September, pinapa-advance ko (The president said November. We will aim for Novemberbut knowing me, it will be September. I advanced the deadline),” according to Tugade.
Based on the contractor’s report, the airport’s drainage is already 70 percent complete, while the passenger terminal building is only 40 percent complete.
Once the construction is finished, several domestic flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be transferred to Sangley Airport. This is the government’s solution to decongest NAIA.
Meanwhile, according to Philippine Airlines Inc. officer-in-charge Vivienne Tan, they are still unsure as to how many or which flights will be transferred.
“What we will do is to do a careful study, of course, we would really support the government on decongesting our airport traffic,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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