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, April 24th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Clark International Airport on Wednesday will resume its operations after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake damaged some of its facilities and paralyzed its flights and services for nearly 48 hours.
Airport authorities said the processing of affected passengers in terminals will start at 4 p.m. while the first flight out the airport will begin at 7:40 p.m.
Clark International Airport President Jaime Melo said power, flight information systems, and CCTVs have also been fully restored.
He also reminded affected passengers to coordinate with their respective carriers for their flight schedules.
“Clark airport is business as usual, from counters to manifest to boarding gates. May we remind the riding public to kindly check or coordinate with their respective airlines for confirmation of their flight schedules via Clark beginning April 24,” Melo said in a statement.
He said the damage caused by the strong earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday has been repaired and cleared. Nets were also installed on the ceiling inside the pre-departure area to protect passengers from any falling debris.
A huge portion of the ceiling in the old terminal building collapsed on Monday after the quake. Water leakage was also detected after the tremor affected the fire alarm.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said fully repairing the damage will cost around P30 to P50 million.
Clark Airport officials said an investigation will be launched into the contractor of the old terminal building following allegations that the airport was constructed using substandard materials. – Robie de Guzman
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has advised passengers to prepare for delayed flights this long holiday.
Earlier on Tuesday (April 16), several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 4, en route to El Nido, Palawan and Tagbilaran, Bohol, were delayed by over 30 minutes. As of 12:00 noon, around 69 flights were delayed.
One of the passengers, Erwin Monongol said they were supposed to leave by 11:10 a.m.
“Delayed daw ang flight ewan ko kung anong dahilan baka congested iyong airport dito sa loob sabi nila (The flight got delayed, I don’t know. Maybe the airport was congested),” he said.
The CAAP said the delayed flights are mostly due to the congestion of air traffic and the influx of passengers traveling this long holiday.
According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the on-going repairs of the taxiway in NAIA is also causing delays.
“This is the taxiway of the main runway hindi makadaan ang eroplano (airplanes cannot pass through) coming from terminal 3 going to its departure runway 06 using Charlie,” he said.
The CAAP had begun conducting repairs last March which is expected to finish in two months.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) reminds passengers experiencing delayed flights about the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.
According to the CAB, passengers have the right to ask for compensation or ticket refund if the airline has proven accountability for the flight delay.
Executive Director of CAB Atty. Carmelo Arcilla, however, said the cause of the delay should be validated first.
“Ngayon ang kailangan muna natin i-distinguish ano ba ang dahilan ng delay kasi nagkaroon tayo ng mga upgrade sa airport pansamantalang pagkaka-delay ng mga flights natin (Now we first need to distinguish the reason of the delay because we have airport upgrades. That’s one reason for delayed flights).”
Despite the expected flight delays, authorities still remind passengers to still arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled flight.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)
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