DOTr asks for immediate completion of LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project

admin   •   May 5, 2017   •   11445

MANILA — Based on Light Rail Manila Corporation’s (LRMC) original plan, the LRT Line-1 Cavite Extension project is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2021.

However, transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade wants to complete the project in 2019 or 2020 for the benefit of thousands of commuters who take LRT-1.

“Their assumption of construction is 8 hrs a day, sabi ko pwede ba yung construction gawin nating 24 hrs, without sacrificing quality of construction,” Secretary Tugade said. (Their assumption of construction is eight hours a day. I asked them if construction can be done 24 hours without sacrificing quality of construction.)

LRMC said it will work doubly hard to complete the LRT-1 extension project earlier than its expected completion.

Under the project, eight stations will be constructed linking Parañaque City, Las Piñas City and Cavite.

The stations are Aseana, Mia, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote and Niog station in Bacoor, Cavite.

Upon completion of the project, the two-hour travel time from Cavite to Metro Manila will be shortened to 40 minutes.

LRMC added that the project completion might coincide with the arrival of the new trains for LRT Line-1.

At present, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Japan International Cooperation Agency are on bidding process for the planned acquisition of new trains.

The LRMC administration assures this will not be the same as what happened to MRT-3 where 48 new coaches bought by the previous administration from China could not be utilized due to technical issues.

“As early as now, we are getting involved dun sa procurement process, sabi kasi namin imagine ang na-inherit namin sa gobyerno is 3 kinds of trains meron galing ng Belgium, merong galing Korea, meron galing Japan, may darating na pang-4 baka iba na naman configuration nito patay kami sa pyesa, patay kami sa maintenance, iba-ibang specifications,” LRMC President Rogelio Singson said.

(As early as now, were are getting involved in the procurement process. As we have said, imagine, we inherited three kinds of trains from the previous government. There are trains from Belgium, Korea, Japan. There are more to come perhaps with different configurations, it will be hard for us. As to the issue on parts, maintenance and other specifications.) — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

DOTr suspends inauguration of LRT-2 East extension due to new COVID-19 restrictions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has suspended the inauguration of the LRT-2 East Extension Project from its original schedule on April 26 and set it to a much later date of June 23, 2021.

In a statement, the department said the adjustment is due to the new COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the health and safety of rail workers and the riding public.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan also reported that foreign rail experts who are necessary for the final stages of installation, testing, and commissioning works for the project have been unable to report for work or enter the Philippines due to stringent restrictions being enforced.

“As much as we would like to open the project earlier, kailangan pong unahin ang kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga rail workers at mananakay (we need to prioritize the health and well-being of our rail workers and passengers),he said.

LRT-2’s new stations, the Marikina Station and Antipolo Station will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back.

According to the DOTr, “the project is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Antipolo from the previous three (3) hours by bus or jeepney, to only 40 minutes.” AAC

DOTr warns vs fake Sec. Tugade Facebook account

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified in a statement on Thursday that the Facebook page/account bearing the name Sec Art Tugade does not belong to the transportation chief.

“Please be informed that Secretary Tugade *DOES NOT HAVE A PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE or ACCOUNT*, and is *NOT* involved in creating, managing, and handling the said page or other similar accounts,” the department stressed.

“Anything related to Secretary Tugade in his function and designation as Cabinet Secretary, and head of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is posted *ONLY* in the *OFFICIAL* DOTr social media accounts,” the DOTr added.

The agency also encouraged the public to immediately report to the DOTr any suspicious activity involving this unauthorized account, or any similar accounts for that matter. AAC

Around 1,000 repatriated seafarers from Norwegian cruise ship arrive home

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation  (DOTr) reported on Tuesday that around 1,000 Filipino crew members aboard a Norwegian cruise ship arrived in the Philippines on Sunday (April 11).

The DOTr and its marine sector facilitated the arrival of approximately 1000 Filipino crew members aboard the MV “Norwegian Encore” at the Port of Manila.

The repatriated Filipino seafarers underwent profiling from the Department of Health and will undergo the mandatory quarantine and testing protocols set by the national government.

The said vessel will be used as the quarantine facility under the strict supervision of the Bureau of Quarantine.

The seafarers shall also undergo swab testing on the sixth day of their quarantine proper. Expenses for the swab tests will be subsidized through the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

“The Philippines, having positioned itself as a crew change capital in the world through the DOTr and its maritime sector, commits to provide world-class services to international vessels needing fresh crew onboard amid the pandemic,” the DOTr said. -AAC

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