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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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DOTr closely monitors rehabilitation and maintenance works in MRT Line 3

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Officials of the Department of Transportation or DOTr presented earlier the steps the government would take to improve the services of the Metro Rail Transit or MRT-3.

According to DOTr officer-in-charge, Undersecretary for Rails, Timothy John Batan, the agency has already received confirmation from the Japanese government regarding its cooperation in terms of the rehabilitation and maintenance of the entire system of MRT.

Batan said the government has already ordered spare parts from other countries that will be used to help increase the number of operating trains.

According to the Department of Transportation, delivery of spare parts is expected to begin next month in line with the train system’s rehabilitation works to increase the reliability of MRT-3 trains.

Aside from this, the management of MRT will also implement an earlier general maintenance of trains during the long holiday in April.

“Iinaasahan namin na marami dun sa mga spare parts na inorder natin ay dumating na at inaasahan natin na makakapagrestore tayo ng additional (We expect most of the spare parts we ordered to arrive soon and we hope to restore additional [trains]) ,”Batan said.

“Inayos na namin yung (we’ve prepared the) Holy Week schedule maintenance which the body recommends. This year, we will start Wednesday.  So Wednesday palang wala ng operations ang MRT (so as early as Wednesday, MRT operations will already be suspended) to give more time for us to do our maintenance,” MRT 3 Director for Operations Engr. Michael Capati said.

MRT will also hire more engineers and consultants to help them in terms of repairing the trains.

Meanwhile, the MRT management is now studying the possibility of bringing back the train schedule to the previous one. It can be recalled MRT’s operation before usually begins at 5 in the morning and ends at 11 in the evening.

Passengers are hoping the plans of the government for MRT this time will not remain just a promise.

“Is it for real? I have been riding MRT for a very long time now. Every time I ride here, it’s no longer convenient, it’s more of a hassle,” said Miles Halia, a regular MRT commuter.  – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue


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Construction of Southeast Metro Manila or C6 expressway to begin soon

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Another major expressway will be built by the government this year to ease travel to the southern part of Metro Manila.

On Monday, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Southeast Metro Manila expressway or the C6 expressway.

The construction of the road will begin in April and is expected to be finished in just two and a half years.

According to Secretary Villar, aside from easing up traffic, the project will also help the economy.

“Base po sa study ng JICA, ang nawawala po sa atin ay 2.4 billion pesos a day sa productivity. Isipin niyo na lang po yung oras natin sa traffic (Based on JICA’s study, we lose P2.4 billion a day in productivity. Just think of the time we spend in traffic),” said Sec. Villar.

He added that the project will help decongest C5 and EDSA.

“Travel time from Quezon City to Taguig will soon take up to 35 minutes with the construction of C6 expressway. That is about two and a half hours faster than the current three hours ride,” he said.

According to Tugade, this plan is long overdue and it will come true.

“Ngayon binibigyang buhay natin yan. Binibigyang buhay natin upang sa ganun matugunan yung isyu ng connectivity, matugunan yung isyu na mobility (We are now turning this into reality. We are actualizing this to address the issue of connectivity and mobility),” said the DOTr secretary.

The 34-kilometer C6 expressway is under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration with a P450-billion budget.

The expressway is expected to be ready for use by 2020. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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Pres. Duterte to certify anew other tax reform packages as urgent – DOF

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration targets to pass the 2nd tax reform package or the Corporate Income Tax Reform and Fiscal Incentives.

Package three is also set to be passed within the year.

Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez said that if Congress will pass the bill as law, this will fund the 25 percent of the 8-trillion peso target budget for the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program of the government.

“We would like to raise more or less something in the area of two trillion pesos for this, around 25 percent of the total,” said the finance secretary.

The official is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the bills as urgent measures.

Dominguez added that the effect of these tax reform packages on inflation will only be less than one percent.

The official also insisted that the tax due to taxpayers will not be very high.

“Because the other tax packages are not so much increasing taxes. It is just making it fair,” said the finance secretary.

If the Congress fails to approve the said bills, the target three percent of GDP deficit will not be maintained and the government must resort to cut its spending. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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