DOTr to consider grievances of drivers, operators on the Jeepney Modernization Program

UNTV News   •   December 12, 2017   •   4586

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

 

 

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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