Authorities nab over 170 vehicles in anti-colorum operations in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020   •   350

Over 170 vehicles were apprehended during the one-time big-time anti-colorum operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The operation was conducted in 15 areas in Metro Manila on Tuesday evening (February 4).

According HPG Director PBGen. Eliseo Cruz, it was carried out under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa.

“[There was] cooperation [with the] LTO [and] HPG to train our personnel [so] eventually our HPG personnel will deputize with the LTO, to implement to enforce traffic law and regulation,” he said.

Apprehended vehicles include those with no plate number and those using unauthorized blinkers. Authorities also apprehended overloaded trucks.

Among the over 300 trucks inspected, 78 of them were overloaded. Meanwhile, 68 vehicles received temporary operations permit due to various violations including not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Nasa 40,000 PUV drivers, maaari nang tumanggap ng ayuda mula sa pamahalaan — LTFRB

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Maaari nang makatanggap ng ayuda mula sa pamahalaan ang nasa 40,000 public utility vehicle drivers sa Metro Manila na naapektuhan ng enhanced community quarantine kontra novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon sa Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), ang mga kwalipikadong tumanggap ng cash assistance ay maaari nang pumunta sa pinakamalapit na branch ng LandBank ngayong Miyerkules simula alas-8:30 ng umaga hanggang alas-tres ng hapon.

Bago pumunta sa bangko, dapat munang siguruhin kung kasama sa listahan ng mga mabibigyan ng ayuda.

Kung nakalista ang pangalan sa inilabas na datos ng LTFRB, kailangang dalhin ang mga sumusunod na requirements para makuha ang ayuda:

  • Driver’s license
  • Kopya ng driver’s license na may dalawang pirma.

Kung nakumpiska naman ang lisensiya, dapat dalhin ang mga sumusunod:

  • Temporary Operator’s permit
  • Government-issued ID na may pirma at litraro
  • Kopya ng kanilang ID na may dalawang pirma.

Para naman sa PUV drivers na expired nang hindi lalampas sa September 30, 2019 ang lisensya, mangyaring magdala lamang ng mga sumusunod:

  • Driver’s license
  • Kopya ng lisensiya na may dalawang pirma

Para naman sa mga drayber na hindi makakapunta sa bangko pero nais magpadala ng representative na kaanak o kapwa drayber para i-claim ang ayuda, dapat dalhin ang mga sumusunod:

  • Letter of Authority na may pirma ng benepisyaryo
  • Driver’s license o government-issued ID ng benepisyaryo
  • Kopya ng driver’s license o government-issued ID na may dalawang pirma ng benepisyaryo
  • Valid government-issued ID ng representative

Kaninang tanghali, sinabi ng LTFRB na aabot na sa 1,000 PUV driver ang nakapag-avail ng cash assistance.

Nilinaw naman ng ahensiya na partial pa lang ang inilabas nilang listahan ng pangalan ng PUV drivers para sa Metro Manila.

Pinapayuhan ang PUV drivers na maghintay ng susunod na anunsiyo para sa bagong batch ng mabibigyan ng ayuda.

Una nang naglabas ang LTFRB ng listahan ng mahigit sa 4,000 Transport Network Vehicle Service drivers sa Metro Manila na kwalipikado sa cash subsidy program.

Mahigit sa 400,000 drivers ang target na mabigyan ng pinansiyal na ayuda sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis.

Ang cash assistance para sa mga drayber ng pampublikong sasakyan na hindi makapasada dahil sa quarantine ay ibinibigay ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng social amelioration program na nakasaad sa Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Bahagi ito ng P200 bilyong subsisidiya na inilaan ng pamahalaan para sa mga mahihirap na pamilyang lubhang naapektuhan ng COVID-19 quarantine.

Ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang naatasang manguna sa pamamahagi nito, katuwang ang LTFRB, Department of Transportation, at ang LandBank.

Task Force COVID-19 Shield taps HPG to manage dedicated control points for cargoes

Robie de Guzman   •   April 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield on Friday said it has tapped the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to conduct the inspection of cargo vehicles and ensure the unimpeded flow of supplies during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said the HPG teams will manage the dedicated control points (DCP) established on provincial boundaries along national highways where cargo vehicles usually pass through.

“Ang ating mga control points ay pangungunahan na lamang ng Highway Patrol Groups at lahat ng mga local police ay tinanggal na sa kanilang functions dito sa mga control points na ito,” Banac said.

Among those identified as DCPs are checkpoints set up along the South and North Luzon Expressways, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, Maharlika Highway and McArthur Highway.

Banac said local police will only manage checkpoints within their areas of responsibility.

“Ang pananatilihin na lamang ng mga Provincial police at municipality police ay yung kanilang mga interior na mga boundaries at yung kani-kanilang mga jurisdiction. Pero pag national highway yan, tanging ang HPG lamang ang siyang mamamahala,” he said.

In an advisory, the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield said that with the establishment of DCPs, all vehicles carrying cargoes, including delivery trucks, vans, pick-up and jeepneys will be exempted from being inspected at the Quarantine Control Points of local police.

Cargo vehicles will be inspected in DCPs at provincial boundaries only when necessary.

The task force said the measure is aimed at ensuring that deliveries of food and other essential goods will not be delayed and subjected to redundant inspections.

For concerns involving cargo deliveries, the HPG may be reached at its hotline number 0926-2255474. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

DPWH to convert public buildings to health facilities in 10 days

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is proposing to convert state-owned buildings to health facilities to accommodate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the plan was to convert the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the World Trade Center (WTC), the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, and the Philippine Institute of Sports Multipurpose (Philsport) Arena as quarantine sites.

They began the conversion of the PICC, the WTC, and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

Villar also posted design plans for a nurse’s station as well as the floor plan for the PICC facility.

He said the buildings will be used to address hospital shortage due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.

The buildings can accommodate a total of 2,905 possible patients. They already began the conversion on Wednesday (April 1) and expect completion in 10 days. AAC

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