Biyahe mula Quezon City patungong Bulacan, mapapadali na oras na matapos ang konstruksyon ng MRT 7

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QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES — Matapos ang ilang taon, uumpisahan na ang konstruksyon ng MRT Line 7.

Ito ang linya ng tren na magdudugtong sa bayan ng San Jose del Monte, Bulacan hanggang sa Quezon City.

Pinangunahan ni Pres. Benigno Aquino III ang groundbreaking ceremony kaninang umaga sa Quezon City Circle.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa pakikiisa ng pribadong sektor at programa at proyekto. Patunay lang ito sa kumpiyansa nila sa isang gobyerno na hindi sila lalamangan at nakatutok sa kapakanan ng nakararami,” pahayag ni Aquino.

Magkakaroon ng labing-apat na istasyon ang MRT 7 na magsisimula sa EDSA North Avenue na dadaan sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth patungo sa San Jose del Monte, Bulacan

Sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue itatayo ang University Avenue Station ng MRT 7. Kapag natapos sa taong 2020, ang mahigit dalawang oras na byahe mula Bulacan hanggang Quezon City ay aabutin na lamang ng tatlumpung minuto.

Kayang magsakay ng MRT 7 ng mahigit tatlong daang libong pasahero araw-araw. At kapag natapos pa ang ibang upgrade ay kakayanin na nitong magsakay ng hanggang walong daang libong pasahero.

Nakipag-ugnayan na ang San Miguel Corp. sa MMDA upang matulungan sila sa pag-aayos sa daloy ng trapiko kapag naumpisahan ang konstruksyon.

Idudugtong ang MRT 7 sa LRT line 1 at di kalaunan ay sa MRT line 3.

Subalit isyu pa rin ang lugar ng pagtatayo ng common station. Base sa concession agreement sa tabi ng SM North Edsa itatayo ang common station taliwas sa pahayag ng Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) noon na magkakaroon rin ng common station sa Trinoma.

Bahagi rin ng proyekto ang isang intermodal transportation terminal o ITT na itatayo sa Balagtas, Bulacan na kayang mag-accomodate ng anim na pung bus gayundin ang isang access road mula Balagtas, Bulacan hanggang San Jose del Monte.

Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa mga taga-Bulacan dahil makakapagpasok ito ng mas maraming investor na makakapagpalago sa ekonomiya ng lalawigan

Sa ngayon ay may problema pa sa right of way sa San Jose del Monte. Subalit sinosolusyunan na ito ng lokal na pamahalaan.

“Mayroong tao ang DOTC at San Miguel na nakikipagusap doon. Ang akin, mamagitan lamang at tumulong magpaliwanag dahil ito sa kaunlaran ng siyudad na dapat maunawaan ng iba,” sabi ni alkalde ng San Jose del Monte na si Mayor Rey San Pedro.

ang San Miguel Corp. ang nakakuha ng kontrata sa naturang proyekto sa pamamagitan ng public private partnership ng pamahalaan.

(MON JOCSON/UNTV NEWS)

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LTO refutes COA report of license plate backlogs from 2014 to 2020

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) reported in its 2020 Annual Audit Report that more than eight million motorcycle plates dating back from 2014 to 2020 remained undistributed.

The report also said that from 2015 to 2020, 2.6 million motor vehicles still need replacements of their license plates.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), however, said the agency has already taken measures to address the issue and has, in fact, reduced the backlog.

“I think nung ginawa yon, medyo audit ng much earlier dates yon eh. Kaya mayroon nang pagbabago doon. Kaya siguro yung 8 million na yon, na-reduce na. Para i-explain din namin kung ano na yung nai-comply namin out of that,” LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvantez said.

“But again, we honor the report of COA and we’ll attend to the issues that have been pointed out in that report,” he added.

Asec. Galvantez said one of the problems they encounter is the funding to be used for the production of replacement license plates based on the new measurement implemented in 2018.

The LTO has also released a statement on Friday afternoon to further clarify the issue.

It said that the contract in question was signed in 2014 between the then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and PPI-JKG Philippines, Inc. (PPI-JKG) for the delivery of 5.2 million pairs of Motor Vehicle (MV) plates and 9.9 million pieces of motorcycle plates, to supply the LTO license plate requirements up to 2017.

The LTO said that out of the deliverables, over 4 million pairs of MV plates and more than 7.2 million pieces of MC plates were undelivered.

In 2015, LTO’s payment to the PPI-JKG was disallowed by COA which resulted in the suspension of the payment to the supplier which, in turn, led to the stoppage of the production and delivery of the license plates from the LTO.

The agency added that due to the disallowance, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on the distribution of the produced plates following scrutiny by several lawmakers.

The statement further said that the Duterte administration was confronted with the production and distribution backlog of millions of license plates when it took over in 2016.

DOTr granted the request of the LTO to acquire funds for a new contract for the production of license plates while waiting for the resolution on the COA disallowance of the previous contract.

It was in 2018 when the Notice of Disallowance was lifted. In the same year, the agency started the rehabilitation of the LTO Plate Making Plant that expedited the production of license plates that used to be outsourced.

It was also in the same year that the DOTr-LTO started the release of motor vehicle plates registered in July 2016.

Currently, the statement said, the LTO, continues to prevent a recurrence of backlogs in the issuance of MV license plates and MC plates.

In its latest data, LTO recorded a total of 3,940,705 pairs of motor vehicle plates produced as of 10 August 2021.

For motorcycle plates, LTO’s latest record shows that as of 10 August 2021, a total of 6,019,150 pieces were produced by the agency from 2014. Of this number, 3,649,114 were produced from 2018 featuring the new design of MC plates.

The LTO further said that the reported backlog in the production of plates is due in large part to the lack of budget of the LTO.

From the budget it requested for 2020 amounting to PhP1,869,274,000, only PhP696,747,000 was granted.

And for the budget that the agency requested for 2021 of PhP3,574,755,000, only PhP925,412,000 was allocated.

The LTO stressed that out of this allocation, only PhP 736,747,000 was actually released to the agency which, it said, would only be sufficient to supply the license plates for the calendar year 2021, and not the backlog.

To date, the LTO has requested a budget allocation of PhP2,616,364,198.17 for the calendar year 2022 so that the agency can meet the demand to produce 16 million license plates by June 30, 2022.

The agency assured that the current LTO administration is doing everything it can to address all the MC and MV plate backlogs. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

QC gov’t to remove cease and desist order vs MRT-7 station construction

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2020

The Quezon City government will remove the cease and desist order against the construction of the MRT-7 station 2 in Quezon City Memorial Circle.

This was after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will release a new design for the MRT-7 station 2.

“Sa Friday po, February 28 ay naktakda po na i-present iyong proposed redesign ng station 2 (And on Friday, February 28, we will present the proposed redesign of station 2),” according to DOTr Usec. for Railway Timothy John Batan.

The Quezon City government previously released a cease and desist order against the MRT-7 station 2 construction after the design was not the one approved by the local government.

The cease and desist order also aims to preserve the city’s landmark. Quezon City LGU Representative Atty. Mark Dale Perral said they will review the new design on Friday.

“We will analyze this on Friday and rest assured that in cooperation with DOTr and San Miguel Corporation, we will immediately lift order of stoppage of the above works construction,” he said.

Meanwhile, Batan said the construction of the MRT-7 remains on schedule.

The MRT-7 project is worth P75 billion and will operate from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan to Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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MRT-7 above-ground construction at QC circle halted for ‘historical’ concerns

Marje Pelayo   •   February 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Government issued on Wednesday (February 19) a cease and desist order against the above-ground construction at the Quezon Memorial Circle in relation to the ongoing establishment of MRT Line 7.

The order was prompted by discussions with environmentalists and historians citing the historical significance of the park above ground.

Despite this, however, Mayor Joy Belmonte clarified that underground construction will push through.

“We issued a cease and desist order for the superstructure or the above-ground structure which you can call probably the station, so the project itself is ongoing,” the Mayor said.

“They are still constructing the project. There will be no delays,” she clarified.

The Quezon City government wants to preserve the structures above ground of the QC Circle where the remains of former President Manuel L. Quezon lies.

Also, the QC government discovered some irregularities on the part of the project’s contractor.

Based on the approved clearance and permit granted to San Miguel Corporation and the EEI Corporation, MRT-7’s designated contractor, the floor area of the construction should only be 2,457 square meters as agreed upon by the local government of Quezon City.

However, it was discovered that the contractor already covered up to 10,791 square meters of the area.

“The way the structure looks to me is that of a commercial structure and I think a commercial structure has no place in a green space or a park,” Mayor Belmonte argued.

“That is there for leisurely purposes and for the enjoyment of the people. It’s a heritage park as well,” she added.

The local government is set to summon the contractor and representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to explain the matter.

The meeting will also have members of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA), members of the Quezon-Avancena family and representatives from the Quezon clan.

The DOTr, in response, agreed to attend the scheduled meeting while it assured the QC government that the construction of MRT-7 will go as scheduled.

“Definitely, we’ll not allow it to basically delay the whole project of MRT-7. The secretary strictly follows and monitors the strict implementation based on accepted schedule,” noted DOTr Assistant Secretary Giovanni Lopez.

Hindi po pumapayag ang ating kalihim na may mga ganiyang pangyayari at maantala ang ating proyekto (The Secretary does not allow such matter to delay the project),” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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