Building of LRT-1 Cavite extension project kicks off

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2019   •   2730

The 4G mock-up of the 4-car light rail vehicles for the LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension project before the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday (May 7, 2019) in Las Piñas City.

The construction of the Light Rail Transit line-1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension finally kicked off on Tuesday (May 7), nearly five years after it was awarded to Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC).

A ceremony was held in Parañaque City to mark the beginning of the actual construction of the 11.7-kilometer railway extension of LRT-1.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday (May 6), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified that Tuesday’s ceremony was conducted to signal the project’s full-blast construction and that its groundbreaking ceremony was actually held back in May 2017.

Sa wakas, magsisimula na ang ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION ng LRT-1 Cavite Extension!Excited na kaming simulan ang pagtatayo ng…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, 5 May 2019

“Ang isinagawa noong May 2017 ay isang groundbreaking ceremony kung saan minarkahan natin ang simula ng pre-construction activities para sa LRT-1 Cavite Extension. Isang masalimuot na problemang inayos ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) at Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) sa pre-construction phase ng proyekto ay iyong tinatawag na Right of Way Acquisition (ROWA),” the statement read.

The DOTr said the project construction was delayed due to issues on right-of-way acquisition which began in 2007.

“Noong pumasok ang kasalukuyang administrasyon noong July 2016, 0% pa lang dito ang na-certify na “Free and Clear” ng Independent Consultant. As in zero. Pero hinabol natin ito, at sa wakas ay nagawa rin,” it added.

The agency also said they have since addressed issues fronting the project, including the relocation of informal settlers, utilities and the clearing of the construction yard.

“Maliban sa ROWA, nakumpleto natin ang relocation ng Informal Settler Families (ISFs), utilities, at ang paglilinis ng construction yard,” DOTr said.

The LRT-1 extension will start from Baclaran in Parañaque City to Bacoor, Cavite. It will consist of eight stations: Redemptorist, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Avenue, Asia World, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote, and Niog.

The DOTr said the railway extension’s partial operability is targeted to start within the fourth quarter of 2021 when the construction is completed.

The agency added it has prepared all the project requirements, including the mock-up of 120 Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) which were delivered in January 2019.

“Lahat ng kinakailangan para matuloy ang proyektong ito ay nakahanda na. Ang 120 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs), na kung saan na-deliver na ang mock-up nito noong January 2019, ay on-track nang maipapadala para sa pagsisimula ng partial operations ng extension line sa 4th Quarter ng 2021,” it said.

“Napirmahan na rin nitong February 2019 ang kontrata para sa expansion ng Baclaran Depot at pagtatayo ng bagong Zapote Depot, at handa nang simulan ang mga ito,” it added.

The DOTr is also poised to begin the building of viaducts and stations of the LRT-1 Cavite extension to be managed by the LRMC.

“Ready na rin ang pagtatayo ng mga viaduct at mga istasyon sa pangangasiwa ng Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), dahil certified na as “FREE AND CLEAR” ng Independent Consultant (IC) ang mahigit 90% ng Right of Way (ROW) ng Package 1,” the agency said.

The LRMC, for its part, said it will make use of a freecast yard system to prevent heavy traffic while the construction is ongoing.

“’Yung construction methodology po ay gumagamit ng freecast yard system, so ‘yung freecast components po ‘no ay hindi dadalhin sa street level po, hindi gagamitin sa wala pong traffic,” LRMC chief executive officer and president Juan Felipe Alfonso said during the ceremony.

Once the LRT-1 Cavite Extension is operational, the daily passenger traffic is expected to expand to 800,000 from the current 458,000.

The travel time will also be reduced by more than half, from one hour and 10 minutes to 25 minutes. (with details from Benedict Samson)

DOTr says QC-Bulacan MRT-7 project almost 50% complete

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reported that the construction of the Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22 percent complete more than three years after construction started.

In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr said that civil works of the underground/depressed, at-grade, and elevated guideway are in various stages of construction, while civil works of nine of the 14 stations are in full swing.

Trackwork installations are also ongoing.

“Likewise, the required rolling stock of 108 cars has been completed, and are awaiting shipment pending the availability of the depot/holding area,” it added.

PROGRESS REPORT: The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22% COMPLETE, as of October 2019!Based on the latest…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, 10 November 2019

The 22-kilometer MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.

The line is expected to reduce travel time to 35 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.

The project is eyed to be completed by 2021, the DOTr said.

Modern PUV units to start plying Nichols-PITX route on Nov. 11

Marje Pelayo   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program has started.

In line with this, a total of 15 modern PUV units will start plying the Nichols – Magallanes – Mall of Asia – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) route starting November 11.

The new Class 2 PUV units manifest the standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), equipped with air-conditioning units, CCTV, WiFi access, GPD and side entrance.

To comply with the environmental requirements, the modern PUV units use Euro-4 fuel.

On Thursday (November 7), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the turnover ceremony and inspection of the modern jeepney from engine manufacturer Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC). He was joined by Pasang Masda President Ka Obet Martin.

Tugade thanked the Pasang Masda for supporting the government’s modernization program.

“Mapapahayag ko ang aking pasasalamat sa Pasang Masda, kay Ka Obet, na winawagayway at kinakalat sa buong kapuluan ang paniniwala nila sa modernization program,” Secretary Tugade said.

For his part, Martin vowed to support the administration’s PUV modernization initiatives on the intention of providing comfort to the riding public.

 “Wala pong ibang hangarin ang ating Pangulo kundi mabigyan ng maayos na serbisyo, mabigyan ng maayos na sasakyan ang ating mga kababayan ganun din po ang panuntunan ng ating Kalihim,” Martin noted.

Meanwhile, Tugade also announced the Department’s plan to release a Class 1 PUV unit which is cheaper and with larger capacity of up to 13 passengers.

IPC President Hajime Koso, likewise, expressed confidence that their vehicles “will be able to provide a more durable, comfortable, and safe transport solution for the riding public,”

“I have always believed that the Isuzu PUVs are truly a vehicle made by the Filipinos for the Filipinos. As they say in Tagalog, ‘gawang Pilipino, para sa Pilipino,’ he said.

Secretary Tugade calls on other PUV drivers and operators to join in the government’s PUV modernization program for their benefit and the general public as well.

“Believe in the modernization program. Believe that the government will be one in you in giving the support and cooperation, so we can launch the modernization program to its really, good, ultimate culmination,” he concluded.

Local airlines offer free cargo space for Mindanao relief operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

Local airlines are offering free cargo space for the relief operations in Mindanao following the series of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit the region.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) announced they had an agreement with the representatives of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine AirAsia after a meeting on November 4.

READ: DOLE raises aid to P200-M for quake-hit workers in Mindanao

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said, “Those which can avail of the free cargo include agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) already accredited with the three airlines.”

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia also committed to providing limited free transportation for relief workers or medical personnel and volunteers certified by the DSWD or DOH and endorsed by CAB.—AAC

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