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

by UNTV News   |   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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Man run over by PNR train in Makati City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Man run over by PNR train in Makati City | Video courtesy of PSSUPT Rogelio P. Simon

MAKATI CITY, Philippines — A man died after being hit by a train of the Philippine National Railway along Osmeña Highway, Makati City at 9:36 a.m. on Tuesday, October 02.

The victim was identified as alias Daniel, a 34-year-old street dweller from Samar.

Daniel’s friend and fellow street-dweller, Leo Palanon, told police that the victim was drunk when he crossed the railroad track in an effort to avoid the clearing operation being conducted by the Department of Environmental Services (DES) Makati.

Daniel was hit by the oncoming train and died on the spot.

The identity of the train driver has been withheld in compliance with PNR’s standard operating procedure according to Train Marshall Valeriano Vicente Jr. He also clarified that they are willing to cooperate with the investigation. — UNTV News & Rescue

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: DA’s Piñol relieves 2 NFA execs in Region 3

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol during his interview with UNTV’s Get it Straight with Daniel Razon

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines –Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has relieved from their positions the Region 3 director of the National Food Authority (NFA) and the agency’s manager in Bulacan.

This was after the Secretary discovered hundreds of thousands of rice bags inside big warehouses in their area during a surprise inspection in Marilao, Bulacan.

“Today, actually I have ordered the relief of the director in Region 3, NFA. And I have also ordered the relief of the manager of NFA Bulacan. Sapagkat ako, hindi ako naniniwala na hindi nila alam kung ang bodega diyan na may itinatagong bigas,” Piñol said during an interview with the program “Get it Straight with Daniel Razon” on Monday (September 24).

Based on its website, the agency’s regional director for Region 3 is Piolito C. Santos and the NFA’s manager for Bulacan is Elvira C. Obaña.

The DA has previously announced a P250,000 bounty for whoever who could provide information against rice hoarding in the country.

During the interview, Secretary Piñol also announced his plan to formalize the creation of a task force that will conduct a nationwide inspection of warehouses in the country.

The task force will be headed by the current head of DA’s Internal Affairs Division retired Marine Colonel Danilo Luna.

The team will be working with representatives from the DILG, PNP, and BOC among others.

According to Secretary Piñol, the move is part of DA’s intensified crackdown against rice hoarders.

Those who will be caught hoarding rice supply will have their stocks confiscated and are likely to face life imprisonment for charges of economic sabotage. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

 

 

 

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Malacañang confident of PHL peso’s recovery vs US dollar

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

With the holiday season just around the corner, Malacañang is optimistic that the Philippine peso will be able to recover against the US dollar.

“We are confident that the peso will rally because this is now the season that our OFWs remit more than usual amounts to their loved ones in the Philippines” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The statement was made following the release of the projection report which estimates the exchange rate to reach P58 per US dollar due to the increasing trade-in-goods deficit prompted by the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program of the Duterte Administration.

As of Tuesday, September 18, exchange rate is still P54 per US dollar. — Rosalie Coz

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