DOTr to consider grievances of drivers, operators on the Jeepney Modernization Program
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Some transport groups have once again expressed their concerns on the implementation of the Jeepney Modernization Program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) next year.
They claim many drivers are concerned about losing their livelihood once the program begins.
“Ang jeepneys ang sumalo sa dapat na tungkulin ng pamahalaan (the jeepneys shoulder what should be the government’s responsibilities),” Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) national president, George San Mateo said.
Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) national president, Efren De Luna fears that their units will fall short in the examination.
“Ang pinagbabatayan nila sa examine yung mga bago nang makina. Mga surplus po kami, baka di kami maangkop na baka pagdating ng January walang pumasa sa MVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection System),” said De Luna.
(In the examination, they use latest engine models as the standard. Ours are only surplus, we might not be deemed suitable that come January we will not pass the MVIS.)
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, meanwhile, explained the said program underwent consultation.
Tugade said the groups cannot use as an excuse the P1.5-million tag price of modern jeepneys because there are also models that cost P800,000.
The Transportation chief also said that jeepney drivers and operators should not be afraid to invest but rather think of the return of investment they can get with the new jeepney models.
Senator Vicente Sotto III suggested easing up on the implementation of the program.
“Let the river flow. Pupunta at pupunta sila diyan sa moderno pag nakita na nila. Pero ngayon pa lang eh dinidiktahan nating ganyan, mahihirapan tayo (Let the river flow. They will eventually go with modernization once they see it. But if we force it on them, we’ll have difficulty),” Sen. Vicente Sotto III said.
Tugade responded, “That will be recon and deliberated upon and considered within that time frame of 3 years.”
The DOTr vowed to take into consideration the concerns of various stakeholders in the implementation of the said program.
Senator Grace Poe, meanwhile, appealed to the Transportation chief to also allow old jeepney units to operate if these will pass safety standards.
Tugade reminded Poe of the safety standards that must be followed such as having the door on the side and not on the back.
The senator urged the DOTr to allow the transport sector to adjust to the new program before fully implementing it.
Magkaroon muna ng pilot projects. Hindi pwedeng sabay-sabay lahat ng areas. Siguro kung compliance sa safety, roadworthiness at saka yung emissions, pwede munang iyon ang unahin (There should be pilot projects first. You can’t have it in all areas simultaneously. If its compliance with safety, roadworthiness and emissions, maybe we can start with that),” Poe said. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Airline companies have agreed to use Sangley Airport in Cavite for general aviation, freight turboprop operations, and commercial turboprop operations, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Thursday.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made the announcement after he met with airline officials to discuss the immediate operationalization of Sangley airport and the government’s move to address aviation concerns.
The DOTr said general aviation refers to the operation of a civil aircraft other than a commercial air transport operation or aerial work operation.
“General aviation users will be notified to fully relocate in a year’s time to Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga and Sangley Airport to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA),” Tugade said.
Tugade said the move will free up space in the four terminals of the NAIA to allow for improvements and additions in the main gateway.
The transportation chief added that during the meeting, airline companies have pledged to cooperate with the government’s move to open Sangley Airport, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“It was a productive and mutually beneficial meeting. Airlines expressed their willingness and commitment to support the government’s thrust to utilize Sangley Airport. This is a solid demonstration of their trust and confidence in the administration of President Duterte,” Tugade said.
The DOTr said airline companies will sign a pledge of commitment and support on June 24, 2019 as a manifestation of cooperation with the government’s initiative.
At the meeting on Thursday, Tugade was joined by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla, Michael Tan of Philippine Airlines, Lance Gokongwei of Cebu Pacific, and Capt. Dexter Comendador of AirAsia.
Tugade earlier ordered the 24/7 construction of the Sangley Airport to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte in decongesting NAIA.
Tugade earlier ordered the 24/7 construction of Sangley Airport to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to reduce congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Let us not see shadows when there is no sun. If we are all to answer the ‘perhaps’ and the ‘maybes,’ nothing will happen in this country,” he said.
“We should not stop development simply because we are afraid of future inconveniences. Bear in mind that the price of development is an inconvenience,” he added.
During Friday’s inspection, Tugade checked the completed asphalt overlay of the runway, as well as the ongoing construction of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), the drainage system, and the hangars.
He also inspected an area for the landing berth of the ferry operations.
The DOTr reported that the construction of additional facilities at the Sangley Airport, which started last year and is now at 48.68% completion rate.
The inspection was conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy.
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