Dalian trains to go on simulation run prior to 2018 debut

Marje Pelayo   •   October 1, 2018   •   3499

MANILA, Philippines – Railway engineers from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), MRT-3, the Philippines National Railways, and CRRC Dalian recently convened to discuss the conduct of a simulation run of Dalian trains this October.

The said test run aims to review the reliability and compatibility of Dalian trains before officially hitting the tracks by the end of the year.

The MRT management, meanwhile, assured that the simulation run will not affect the MRT-3’s regular train services.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade previously said that they plan to inaugurate the official operation of the 48 Dalian trains before the end of 2018 only if they pass safety and security standards. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

DOTr clarifies: PUV Modernization will push through

Marje Pelayo   •   November 21, 2019

(L-R) DOTr Sec. Arthur P. Tugade and a fleet of modernized jeepney units

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified that it is not holding off the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

In a statement released Wednesday (November 20), the agency rectified earlier reports that it has plans to defer the said program following the Senate deliberation on the Department’s P147-billion proposed budget for 2020.

Walang sinabi ang DOTr na hindi nito itutuloy ang pagpapatupad ng PUV Modernization Program, (The DOTr did not say that it is dropping the implementation of the PUV Modernization Program),” the DOTr said in a statement.

The agency explained that what transpired during the Senate deliberation was a condition in case operators of old PUV units fail to modermize their units come July 2020.

“Ang nabanggit ay kung sakali mang mabigo ang mga operator ng mga lumang jeepney na mag-modernize ng kanilang mga unit pagsapit ng Hulyo 2020, pansamantala ay pahihintulutan muna sila ng DOTr na makapamasada sa kondisyong papasa ang kanilang mga lumang unit sa roadworthiness test sa ilalim ng technology-based Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS), na walang human intervention,” the DOTr clarified.

(What was said was, in case operators of old jeepney units fail to modernize their units until July 2020, the DOTr will allow them to operate temporarily with their old units provided that their old units pass the road-worthiness test under the technology-based Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS), without any human intervention.)

If they pass the MVIS, the Department said, “the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will grant them Provisional Authority (PA) valid for one year only, as they need to undergo road worthiness check via MVIS every year as well.”

To secure a PA, PUV operators need to submit a petition for consolidation on or before June 30, 2020 including a petition expressing their intention to join the PUVMP.

If they fail to submit on deadline, the “prior operator rule” will lapse and their franchise will be given to cooperatives who are PUVMP compliant.

“Oras na may PUVMP-compliant na kooperatiba o korporasyon na ang mabigyan ng prangkisa sa rutang tinatakbuhan ng lumang jeepney, automatic na makakansela na ang PA na ibinigay ditto,” the DOTr stressed.

(Once the franchise line is given to PUVMP-compliant cooperative or corporation, the PA granted to old units will be automatically cancelled.)

The DOTr remains firm that the PUVMP, a directive by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, is necessary to ensure the safety of commuters as the modernized jeepney units are equipped with safety features and designs in protection and convenience not just of the commuters but of the drivers as well.

Likewise, the program aims to curb pollution and to improve the income and livelihood of operators and drivers in the country.

MRT-3 says train smoke emission due to short circuit in traction motor

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The smoke emission incident at a Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) train that prompted the unloading of some 530 passengers at northbound Santolan Station on Nov. 4 was due to a short circuit, its operator said Thursday.

In a statement, the MRT-3 management said a short circuit in one of the traction motors (broken bearing cover) caused the incident according to the investigation of its maintenance provider Sumitomo.

“It also showed on the affected parts that high current flowed in the circuit, causing significant damage to the electrical box and adjacent parts,” it said.

To prevent the recurrence of such incident, the MRT-3 management said it has placed countermeasures such as crack testing on bearing cover of traction assembly, checking of protecting device during emergency and regular maintenance, thorough cleaning of electrical boxes and insulation tests on high voltage cables.

“We appeal to the riding public’s understanding while the massive rehabilitation of MRT-3 system is ongoing,” it said.

NCRPO chief removes Regional Mobile Force from MRT, LRT stations

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2019

NCRPO chief BGen. Debold Sinas

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief BGen. Debold Sinas confirmed on Tuesday (November 5) that his office is gradually removing the members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion from guarding the MRT and LRT stations.

Providing security in MRT and LRT stations will now be under the jurisdiction of the local police districts.

The police district will be the one to assign police personnel in the stations covered by their office.

“Pinababa ko na yung around 400 doon sa istasyon, kasi ang idea ang may juridiction niyan lahat local. Pag may nahuli diyan local po magpa file ng case. Imaginin niyo yung mobile force namin na may long firearms at fatigue, ayaw niyo sigurong makita yun,” Sinas explained. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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