Construction of Sangley Airport now 72% complete — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019   •   859

Courtesy: the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Sangley Airport in Cavite is almost done, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The new airport is now 72% complete as construction works run 24/7 for the general aviation and turboprop operations of the airport.

Structural works have been continuous for the prompt completion of the passenger terminal building as well as the grade preparation for the hangar’s concrete slab.

Roofing and gutter installation is almost complete, according to DOTr, as well as the ramp and taxiway construction including the drainage system at the airport’s landside area.

The ongoing construction is in line with the directive of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to make sure that the facility will be completed in time for the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte which is in November of this year.

Once completed, the Sangley Airport is expected help decongest airport traffic at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Sara Duterte urges DOTr to require pre-departure COVID-19 test on airline passengers

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Davao City government is proposing for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to impose a policy requiring airline passengers to undergo a health screening before departure.

In an interview at the Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday, Mayor Sara Duterte said the city government has been eyeing to implement this requirement for people flying out of Davao City to ensure that all airline passengers are free from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Duterte said they have already proposed this to the DOTr considering that it is more difficult to conduct contact tracing if ever one passenger later turns out positive of the dreaded disease.

She said the screening should be done one to three days before the scheduled flight.

“During sa discussion namo, niingon ang doctor, kung diri ta mag-check ang mahitabo ana kung duna’y positive, mahurot ka-quarantine ang mga airport employees and pati mga airline crew. Nagsulti ang doctor dapat daw ang testing should be done before departure dili upon arrival,” she said.

(During our discussion, the doctor said that if we do the testing here, the worst case scenario is if one will test postive, all airport employees and airline crew will be placed on quarantine. The doctor said that the testing should be done before departure and not upon arrival.)

“So nagsulat mi sa DOTR ug sa national level, nagpadala ta og mga suggestions, nag-ingon ta nga diri sa Davao we will prepare testing before departure, so dapat ang tanang airports ang testing nila is before departure. So kung naa tay makuha nga positive sa mga pasahero, dili na siya makasakay,” she added.

(So we wrote a letter to the DOTr and to the national level, we sent suggestions that here in Davao, we will prepare testing before departure, so it should be done in all airports before departure. So if we find one positive possanger, then he/she ca no longer board the plane.)

Currently, the city only implements testing of passengers arriving via sweeper flights.

Mayor Sara also said that bus and van trips should also be arranged first before allowing commercial flights to resume.

“Nagsulti pud mi nga before i-resume ang commercial flights, ayuson sa ang bus trips ug vans, because kung naa ta’y commercial trips nga moabot ang [mouliay gawas sa Davao City] ma stranded siya sa airport tungod limited ang bus ug vans,” she said. 

(We also informed them that before commercial flights resume, bus and van trips should be fixed first because if we allow commercial flights without transportation outside of Davao City) then they will be stranded here due to limited bus and van trips.)

The city currently allows one bus trip every day and it will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Augmentation buses provided at selected MRT stations for commuters missing train rides

Marje Pelayo   •   June 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTR) is mobilizing augmentation bus service for workers and the general public who will not make it on MRT trains due to the expected surge of commuters on the first day of general community quarantine or GCQ in Metro Manila on Monday (June 1).

Starting today, two lanes in EDSA will operate exclusively for augmentation buses, specifically the ones near the MRT stations. 

Initially, the Transportation Department has allowed 90 bus units to operate from June 1 to 15 with limited passenger capacity.

“According to DOTr rail sector, kailangan nila ng 90 buses. Iyan po ang sinabi nilang kakulangan sa transportasyon along the rail line [The DOTr Rail Sector asked for 90 buses. Those are what they need for transport augmentation along the rail lines],” said Atty. Martin Delgra, chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Designated bus stops are also placed under selected MRT stations where these buses may load and unload passengers. 

These bus stops are in MRT north Avenue, MRT Quezon Avenue station, Ayala station and Taft station. 

Ang mangyayari po dito ang mga pasahero po ay ipi-pick up sa North Avenue at Quezon Avenue. Doon na lang po ang magiging drop-off at pick-up points papasok sa special lane na ibinahagi o ibibigay sa buses na ito. Diretso na po iyan,” noted Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago.

Ang babaan na lamang po nila ay ang Ayala Station at ang Taft Station. Pagdating doon lalabas na po doon papunta sa sidewalk para makababa po ang mga commuters,” she added.

Lanes in EDSA will also be reorganized, according to the DOTr, with the outer lanes to be assigned for bicycles and motorbikes while the middle lanes for private vehicles.

Meanwhile, cashless payment is also being encouraged among public transport vehicle owners to avoid direct contact. 

At present, several taxi and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) operators have installed automated collection systems in their respective units. 

The DOTr assured that no fare increase will be allowed for now among mass transport vehicles. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

Cavite, Rizal governors ask IATF to allow motorcycle backriding for married, cohabiting couples

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines — Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla initiated an appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 to allow motorcycle backriding particularly for married or cohabiting couples.

In his open letter addressed to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Remulla explained that because of the impact of the outbreak on businesses, many companies couldn’t prioritize providing shuttle services for their employees, at least in Cavite, and mass transportation remains limited which adds to the burden of workers and employees going to and from workplaces.

He noted that while he agrees with the national government in implementing strict social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which prompted a ban on motorcycle backriding, he appealed that exemptions be given to married or cohabiting couples.

Ang nais ko pong idulog ay mapayagan ang backriding sa kaso ng mga mag-asawa at nagsasama (I ask that you allow backriding for married and cohabiting couples),” Remulla said given that married couples live under one roof and sleep on the same bed.

“Kung hinahayaan po natin silang sumakay sa de aircon na kotse, bakit hindi po sila maaring sumakay sa iisang motorsiklo? Kung pareho sila ng kamang tinutulugan, bakit hindi sila puwedeng magbyaheng magkasama? (If we allow them to ride an air-conditioned car, why not allow them on the same motorcycle? If they sleep on the same bed, why can’t they travel together?]” he argued.

The Cavite governor said the provincial government is willing to provide a ‘Couple’s Pass’ which married couples may support with a marriage certificate.

Meanwhile, Acting Rizal Governor Dr. Reynaldo San Juan Jr. also made a similar appeal in an open letter to the IATF.

Governor San Juan argued that since transportation is limited during the quarantine period, motorcycles are the “cheapest and fastest” way of getting to work or to a destination. 

He specifically noted the plight of women who are compelled to walk long distances just to get to work.

Dahil hindi pinayagan ng IATF ang backrider, napipilitang maglakad ang mga kababaihang asawa ng mga nagmo-motorcycle ng ilang oras para lamang makarating sa kanilang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan, (Because IATF has banned backriding, the wives of motorcycle riders are forced to walk for several hours just to get to work)” San Juan said.

San Juan ascertained that they will enforce the necessary measures for the protection of the riders and the general public should the IATF grant his appeal.

These include the strict implementation of wearing masks, presentation of proper identification cards, travel pass and marriage certificate to make sure that the proposed policy will not be abused or taken advantage of.

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