Construction for MRT-4 project to begin in 2021 – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   January 2, 2020   •   1531

MANILA, Philippines – The construction for the 15.56-kilometer Metro Rail Transit (MRT)line 4, which will link parts of Metro Manila and the province of Rizal, will begin next year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

This is after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) approved the project during its meeting on December 20, 2019, the DOTr said in a statement on Tuesday.

The P59.3-billion MRT-4 project will run from Cainta, Rizal to Mandaluyong City. It will traverse Quezon City, San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong and the Ortigas Center, and link the eastern Metro Manila with the neighboring municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal.

“Considering how densely-populated these areas are, which is made more difficult with the lack of road capacities and ever worsening traffic conditions, MRT-4 will be of great help in moving commuters between eastern Metro Manila and Rizal,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The line system will serve 11 stations with an initial daily ridership projected at 234,433 passengers, the DOTr said.

The construction of the line will be funded by an official development assistance package from the Asian Development Bank.

It is expected to start operation in 2025.

Infastructure Cluster Chairman and Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar meanwhile said the approval by the ICC-CabCom of the MRT-4 project and other key transport and infrastructure projects, will assure their completion within the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“After passing the ICC-CabCom, we’ll be able to release the projects by early next year, allowing us time within the Duterte administration to significantly complete these game-changing projects. It’s crucial that we start these projects—we’ll be working on the procurement, that’s why we fast-tracked all these projects before the end of the year so that next year, we can focus purely on the detailed engineering and procurement of these big-ticket projects,” Villar said.

The department also revealed that NEDA has approved some unsolicited proposals during the December 20 meeting, including those for the Davao International Airport, Laguindingan Airport, the EDSA Greenways Project and the Maritime Safety Enhancement Program.

DOTr to turn 2GO passenger vessels into quarantine ships

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has partnered with 2GO shipping for the use of the latter’s passenger vessels as quarantine ships.

In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr announced that they will use 2GO’s passenger vessels as quarantine ships for returning seafarers and Overseas Filipino Worker (OFWs) who will undergo the 14-day quarantine.

2GO shipping has agreed to convert two of their ships which can accommodate up to 1,500 patients and are set to be operational by next week.

According to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, most of the hospitals in Metro Manila have already reached their full capacity and are seeking assistance.

“Most hospitals in Metro Manila have already pleaded for help in attending to COVID-19 patients. We will deploy these ‘quarantine ships’ to help our hospitals, our health workers, and our countrymen,” he said. AAC

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MRT-3 orders sanction on security guard caught jogging on train tracks

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

The management Merto Rail Transit (MRT-3) has ordered Kaizen Security Agency to sanction the security guard caught on video jogging on the MRT-3 train tracks.

Based on the management’s initial investigation, the individual in the viral video is a security guard from Kaizen Security Agency who is assigned at MRT-3 Ortigas Station.

“This action is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Thus, the MRT-3 Management has immediately directed Kaizen to apply the necessary sanctions against the guard involved,” their statement reads.

The MRT-3 reminded their personnel to be more cautious of their actions and “follow all rules and regulations enforced by the management to avoid this kind of scenario.” AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Deadline for renewal of licenses, franchises extended to April – DOTr

UNTV News   •   March 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that the deadline for renewal of permits, licenses, and franchises has been extended until the end of April.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said he has already issued the order to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We know and understand that our country is now in a difficult and trying situation. We have to step up and extend our help to the Filipino people the best way we can,” Tugade said.

The DOTr chief also said he has instructed LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante to reiterate and update the memorandum that the latter issued earlier this month directing LTO Regional Directors not to collect penalties for late registration of motor vehicles, and for the renewal of driver’s licenses that will expire during the enhanced community quarantine period. The validity of all student permits will also be extended.

Meanwhile, based on the guidelines issued by the LTFRB, all public utility vehicles with plate numbers ending in 3 and 4 will be allowed to confirm their units until 15 May 2020 with all penalties being waived.

With this, the DOTr said that the insurance policy under the Personal Passenger Accident Insurance Program (PPAIP) will also be automatically extended until 15 May 2020 without any additional fees on the part of the operators,

“Applications for Extension of Validity for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) that will expire from 17 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 can be filed until 15 May 2020 also with waiver of penalties,” it said.

“Provisional Authorities (PA) and Special Permits (SP) issued to TNVS, PUBs, TH, Taxi, and UV Express, with expiry dates covering the period of 17 March 2020 to 15 April 2020, will also be extended until 15 June 2020 with waiver of fees,” it added.

As for the Compliance Orders, Resolutions, and Decisions which direct operators to comply within a certain period and that fall between 17 March 2020 until 15 April 2020, the DOTr said it will allow compliance until 15 May 2020 with waiver of penalties, if there is any.

“The guidelines will apply to the Central Office and the National Capital Region-Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office, and all Regional Franchising and Regulatory Offices in Luzon,” it said. — ROBIE DE GUZMAN

Note: Sourced from DOTr statement

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