Baguio City, DOTr eyeing cable car system to La Union

Robie de Guzman   •   October 3, 2019   •   231

MANILA, Philippines – The City government of Baguio said it is currently studying the possibility of putting up a cable car system as an alternative transportation to ease the traffic congestion in the country’s summer capital.

In a statement, the city said it is coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the proposal to set up a cable car system that would link the prime tourist spot to Pugo in La Union.

City Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced during the Sept. 23 Executive-Legislative meeting that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade offered for the city to enter into an agreement for the cable car line project.

The cable car system, first broached by Tugade in 2016, was reportedly the subject of a P26-million study funded by the French government targeted for completion this year.

Magalong also said that Tugade offered to help the city should it decide to pursue the monorail project.

The city government said the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera earlier proposed the multi-billion monorail project that will connect Baguio to La Trinidad town in Benguet.

A pre-feasibility study showed that the 5.2-kilometer line of the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) from the provincial capital to the Slaughterhouse Compound in Baguio would cost P3.8 billion while the 2.1-kilometer line from the Bonifacio rotunda up to the SM City Baguio passing through the central business district area would require P2.9 billion.

The monorail project has been presented in 2017.

La Union prepares for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The local government of San Juan, La Union is in full gear to finish their preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

San Juan will be the venue for the surfing competition of the 2019 SEA Games which will begin from December 1 to 10.

The local government has already increased the pacing to complete the road repairs and drainage canal improvements in Barangay Urbiztondo.

Street lights in national highways will also be repaired.

According to SEA Games organizer in La Union, Cristina Antonio, 46 international delegates will compete in the surfing competition.

“Basically nandito na by mid-November (Basically, arriving by mid-November) are the media team and also some of the athletes for practice,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy 500 policemen in the area of the surfing competition to maintain the safety of the athletes and the spectators.

The local government will also implement road rerouting starting December 1. Only small vehicles will be allowed to pass through national roads while trucks and buses will have to take the diversion road.

The 2019 SEA Games will begin on November 30 and will end on December 11.—AAC (with reports from Toto Fabros)

Mechanic found dead in a ravine in La Union

admin   •   February 21, 2019

A policeman examines the lifeless body of Felix Apilado

The lifeless body of a man was found in a ravine at Brgy. Guinabang, Bacnotan, La Union Tuesday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m.

The authorities have identified the victim as Felix Apilado, a resident for Panicsican, San Juan, La Union. He was a vehicle maintenance personnel at an electric company.

Based on the investigation conducted by Scene Of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) the victim had a nylon cord tied around his neck and a puncture wound on his left chest.

Brgy. Kagawad Benido Ganolla told police, he saw a white multicab at around two in the afternoon with three men on board wearing the same uniform as the victim.

Apilado’s body will undergo autopsy while investigation will continue to look into the motive and possible mastermind of the crime. — Freema Salonga (with reports from Toto Fabros)

France funds study on proposed Metro Manila cable car system

Marje Pelayo   •   November 15, 2018

IN PHOTO: The Department of Transportation (DOTr), with the help of the French Government, jumpstarts the feasibility study for an urban cable car project in Metro Manila, in a program held at the DOTr Clark Office in Pampanga today, 14 November 2018.

MANILA, Philippine – The Philippines and the French government has begun the conduct of a feasibility study on the proposed cable car system for Metro Manila.

Representatives from both governments kicked off the first technical meeting for the €450,000 (P27M) transport project on Wednesday (November 14) at the regional office of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in Clark, Pampanga.

Based on the initial discussions, the technical working group proposed the construction of the cable car system in Metro Manila.

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, however, suggested that the cable car system be established in La Union-Baguio route or in Caticlan-Boracay route. – UNTV News and Rescue

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