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Bulto ng sasakyang dadaan sa SLEX, inaasahan sa araw ng Miyerkules

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

FILE PHOTO: Ang ilan sa mga dako sa South Luzon Expressway na minu-monitor ng mga kawani ng SLEX sa pamamagitan ng mga CCTV cameras. (UNTV News)

FILE PHOTO: Ang ilan sa mga dako sa South Luzon Expressway na minu-monitor ng mga kawani ng SLEX sa pamamagitan ng mga CCTV cameras. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Nag-umpisa nang maghanda ang pamunuan ng South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) para sa “Oplan Ligtas Biyahe” ng Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) para sa mahabang bakasyon.

Nasa 210-libong mga sasakyan ang regular na dumadaan sa kahabaan ng SLEX araw-araw, ngunit sa darating na Miyerkules ay inaasahang aabot sa 250-libong mga sasakyan ang dadaan dito.

Dahil dito, magdaragdag ng mga ambulant teller ang Manila Toll Expressway System (MATES) sa Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Sta. Rosa at Calamba toll plazas.

Nanawagan naman ang pamunuan ng SLEX sa mga motorista na bumiyahe nang maaga at huwag sumabay sa rush hour upang makaiwas sa pagdagsa ng mga sasakyan sa Miyerkules.

“Please don’t beat the rush hour laging hilig nating ganun eh beating the rush hour, you can plan you could monitor also situation natin sa SLEX so that you could form comfortable travel,” pahayag ni Col. Inosencio Silbol, Operation Manager ng MATES.

Paalala pa sa mga motorista, laging tiyaking nasa maayos na kondisyon ang mga sasakyan at huwag magmamaneho ng nakainom ng alak o kaya naman ay inaantok upang makaiwas sa aberya at disgrasya. (Sherwin Culubong & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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LIST: Heavy Traffic expected on major tollways next week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The operator of Skyway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and STAR tollway is set to implement measures to ease the heavy traffic expected during the Lenten break next week.

SMC Tollways said additional ambulant tellers and traffic patrol teams will be deployed this week as vehicle volume is expected to increase by 10 percent during this season.

Temporary toll collection booths will also be added and all road works will be suspended.

All field personnel will also be required to be on standby and vacation leaves will be cancelled.

SMC said that beginning April 16 (Tuesday) to April 22 (Monday) heavy traffic is expected in the following areas:

Skyway Southbound At-grade 

April 16-18 & 20 (P.M.)

  • C5-Alabang At-grade

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Amorsolo to Magallanes Area

Skyway Northbound At-grade

April 21-22

  • Alabang Viaduct to Skyway On Ramp (Skyway Main Plaza B) Elevated

NAIAX Westbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza B

NAIAX Eastbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza a

SLEX Southbound

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 18

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 20

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

Northbound

April 21-22

  • Ayala Toll Plaza
  • Calamba Toll Plaza Entry
  • Exits in Filinvest
  • Exits in Alabang Viaduct

STAR Tollway

Southbound April 17 (P.M.)

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 18

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 20

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

Northbound

April 21-22 (A.M.)

  • Toll Plazas in Sto. Tomas

TPLEX

Northbound

April 17-19

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

Southbound

April 21-22

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

SMC Tollways, together with Petron Lakbay Alalay, will also set up Motorist Assistance Stations at:

  • TPLEX – Petron KM 134 Northbound and Southbound
  • TPLEX Toll Operations Compound Northbound
  • Skyway – C5 and Merville Southbound
  • Sucat Lay-by At-grade Northbound
  • SLEX – San Pedro Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Northbound
  • STAR – Petron Malvar Southbound
  • Malainin Lay-by KM 92 Southbound
  • Petron Lipa Northbound
  • Lapu-Lapu Lay-by KM 90 Northbound

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DPWH begins construction of SLEX Toll Road 4

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Courtesy: DPWH

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to begin the construction of the P13.1-billion South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4 (SLEX TR4) after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Tuesday (March 26).

The SLEX TR4 will connect the provinces of Batangas and Quezon through seven interchanges — Sto. Tomas, Batangas; Makban and San Pablo City in Laguna; Tiaong, Candelaria, Tayabas, and Lucena City in Quezon Province.

The project will be done in six packages: Package A from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Makban, Laguna (11.32-kilometers); Package B from Makban to San Pablo, Laguna (12.75 km.); Package C from San Pablo to Tiaong, Quezon (7.5 km.); Package D from Tiaong to Candelaria, Quezon (15 km.); Package E from Candelaria to Tayabas, Quezon (10.21 km.); and Package F from Tayabas to Lucena City, Quezon (9.96 km).

The project is in partnership with San Miguel Corp. (SMC) through its subsidiary South Luzon Tollway Corp. (SLTC).

“Noong pumasok kami wala pang na-acquire na right of way. Wala pang permit to enter sa mga properties. So, ngayon lang, kita n’yo naman po naka-mobilize na ‘yung equipment at nakakuha na kami ng permit to enter. So, wala ng magiging delay sa implementation ng TR4,” DPWH Secretary Mak Villar said during the groundbreaking ceremony.

The DPWH expects to complete the construction of the 66.74-kilometer SLEX extension within three years and inaugurate it by 2022.

Villar said the travel time between Sto. Tomas in Batangas to Lucena City in Quezon will be lessened from four hours to one once the road is completed.

“During rush hour, motorists have to endure a long 4-hour drive due to the lengthy and busy Daang Maharlika between Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena City, Quezon. This will only take an hour once TR4 is completed,” he said. 

An estimated 17,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the toll road every day.

The DPWH believes the road project will bring progress and new business, and growth to small enterprises in the provinces of Batangas and Quezon.

The Toll road is among the Luzon Spine Expressway Network projects under the Duterte government’s “Build, Build, Build” program that aims to connect and cut down the travel time between North and South Luzon. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Japhet Cablaida)

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Graft charges filed vs. ex-DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, 30 others

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 23rd, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – The lawyers of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) filed a graft complaint before the office of the Ombudsman against former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and several other former officials of the said agency.

The complaint stemmed from the alleged anomalous contract they entered into for the maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit or MRT-3.

Among those included in the complaint are former DOTC Undersecretary for Operations Erwin Lopez, Undersecretary for Planning and Head Negotiating team Rene Limcauco, Undersecretary for Procurement and Administration Catherine Jennifer Gonzales, former Assistant Secretary for Bids and Awards Committee Camille Alcaraz, former MRT-3 General Manager Roman Buenafe, and several officials of the Busan Universal Rails Incorporated (BURI).

Based on the 29-page complaint, the DOTr questioned the alleged P3.81-billion contract the then DOTC entered into with BURI, when in fact, the company if should had negotiated with was the Busan Joint Venture.

DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Reiner Yebra explains it is a clear violation of the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act since the two companies are different.

“The Busan Joint Venture participated in the public bidding and it was whom the contract was awarded to however now, as presently, instead of forming a joint venture required by law what they did was they formed a special purpose company called BURI, we felt that in itself is anomalous or something irregular,” Yerba said.

The DOTr officials want Abaya and his co-accused explain why they entered such a transaction.

In a text message, Abaya said he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint but argued the contract they entered with BURI is in accordance with the procurement law.

Meanwhile, former MRT General Manager Roman Buenafe and BURI refused to give their sides regarding the allegations stated in the said complaint. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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