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DOTr begins construction of Tutuban-Marilao station as part of PNR’s Manila to Clark Project

by UNTV   |   Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and local government officials of Bulacan led the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of the construction of the first phase of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark project.

The first phase of the project covers the installation of new rails and construction of new stations from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.

It will be 38 kilometers in length with its station located at Socorro, Marilao Bulacan.

The Tutuban to Marilao PNR station is the first phase of the Manila to Clark Railway Project the government targets to finish by the year 2022.

The DOTr said that the current 2-hour travel from Tutuban Manila to Bulacan will be shortened to 35 minutes once construction on the first phase of the Manila to Clark PNR project is completed.


DOTr explained that phase one which covers Tutuban up to Malolos will be operational by 2021 while phase 2 which covers Clark International Airport and new Clark City will be operational by 2022.

Based on the estimates of the transportation department, the PNR Manila to Clark project can accommodate up to more than 300,000 passengers.

Also present at the ground-breaking ceremony were Senators Joel Villanueva and Joseph Victor Ejercito who are both residents of Bulacan.

According to Senator Villanueva, the project is a huge help in creating more jobs.

“In the Build Build Build, what follows are more jobs. There will be a huge demand for carpenters, construction workers. It will create more jobs for our citizens,” he said.

Daily commuters will soon see the great benefits  of the project once it is completed.

“If the train will be completed, the traffic will be decongested. They said each town will have an exit,” said Bulacan resident, Rudy Farinas.

“Traffic will finally ease up because at present, it is too heavy. This project is going to be a huge help,” said Marlyn Macasmo, a local resident of Bulacan.

The Manila to Clark PNR project is among the projects under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


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Senate commends Senate Defenders for winning UNTV Cup Season 6

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

(Left-Right) Senate Defenders’ Senator Sonny Angara, Sen. Joel Villanueva, Sen. Franklin Drilon and Sen. Migz Zubiri celebrate at the awarding ceremony being the champion of the 6th season of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup. Sen. Bam Aquino was also in the venue to support their team. (Marjhon Obsioma‎ / Photoville Interanational)

MANILA, Philippines — At the plenary session on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proudly sponsored a resolution congratulating the Senate Defenders for bringing home the championship title in Monday night’s UNTV Cup Season 6 finals game against Malacañang-PSC Kamao.

“Mr. President, the UNTV Cup was conceptualized by Kuya Daniel Razon in 2012 as a charity basketball league dubbed as “Liga ng Mga Public Servants” to better serve the public thru sponsorship camaraderie and health competition sponsored by the Members of Church of God [International] (MCGI) headed by Bro. Eli Soriano,” said Drilon.

Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara expressed gratitude to their colleagues and employees of the Senate who supported them during the league.

“That four million cash price that we won last night will go straight to Tahanang Mapagpala, Kyth Foundation. These are cancer survivors and Pangarap Foundation,” said Villanueva.

“The fact that we defeated Malacañang Kamao shows that the principle of check and balances is very much alive, Mr. President,” said Angara.

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“Lampaso po yung kalaban. This is not the close game,” said Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.

The team’s manager, Senator Ralph Recto even joked about Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s key player, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go by asking Sen. Drilon, “Would the gentleman know the reason why Mr. Bong Go is interested running for the Senate?”

To which Drilon quipped, “So he can join the Senate Defenders basketball team,” sending everyone in the room laughing.

All senators became co-sponsors of the resolution which was eventually approved by the plenary. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue




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Government needs 100,000 construction workers for its ‘Build, Build, Build’ program

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A construction worker (NASH SAHAGUN / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines —The government is in need of 100,000 construction workers for its Build, Build, Build program.

Applicants will undergo training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and will work primarily in the construction of the Metro Manila subway system, flood control system and other bridges such as in the province of Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, and Leyte among others.

TESDA will open the application process starting Tuesday. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Philippines suffers P3.5-B loss in revenue a day due to traffic woes — JICA

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Traffic on a rainy day at MRT Boni Avenue station northbound

MANILA, Philippines — With P2.4 billion losses in 2014, the Philippines suffers up to P3.5 billion losses in revenues as a result of the daily traffic problems in Metro Manila this year.

Based on a study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2017, worsening traffic problems in nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna have been contributory to the losses.

According to JICA, in 2015, the population in Metro Manila and in neighboring provinces reached 23.6 million. This number is expected to balloon to about 38.5 million by 2035.

JICA, meanwhile, warned that if the traffic woes are not resolved, the country will suffer more and more losses, which in turn will result to lesser funds for government projects and lower salary rate for ordinary workers.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), on the other hand, said that they are continuously rooting around for solutions to traffic problems.

This is aside from the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) construction of new roads.

“Yung traffic naman hindi na nabuild yan in one day, overnight. It’s 30 or 40 years ago. Hindi nagkaroon ng planning, nung napuno saka tayo nag plano. Dumadami ang kotse walang kalye,” said jose MMDA general manager Arthuro “Jojo” Garcia.

(The traffic problem did not happen in a day or overnight. It’s 30 or 40 years ago. There was no planning. Only when it got crowded did we start planning. Cars continue to increase but there are not enough roads.)

The MMDA also reiterated what big help it would be in easing traffic woes if motorists were disciplined.

“Ang short term talaga natin dito (The short-term plan) really is discipline and enforcement of the law. We cannot do anything about it. Sa infrastructure puro long-term yan (As for infrastructures, those are for long-term)” said Garcia.

According to the transportation department, they are fast-tracking the construction of infrastructure projects in Metro Manila, which includes the Taguig-Paranaque Integrated Transport Exchange, South East Metro Manila Expressway, and other railway projects. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue


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