DOTr eyes to open Sangley Airport operations on November 7

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2019   •   541

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday conducted an operational dry run at Sangley Airport in Cavite in preparation for its inauguration slated on November 7.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, together with local officials, inspected the airport’s new facilities, including the pre-departure area, passenger terminal building, hangar and the runway. They also inspected the temporary ferry terminal set up in a Coast Guard wharf near the airport.

Tugade said the dry run will last for a week before it will be fully operational in November.

“The dry run will be finished in seven days. After seven days, it will be operational as an ideal operating identity,” he told reporters after the inspection.

“Of course, kailangan natin i-inaugurate ‘yan, pero gusto ko maging operational talaga as a normal airport in seven days,” he added.

Once operational, the airport would only be able to accommodate cargo freight and general aviation operations and not passenger flights.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines explained the airport could not yet receive bigger aircrafts as some of its structure is yet to be completed.

For now, only Cebu Pacific have committed to use Sangley Airport as its cargo air freight hub.

During the operational dry run on Tuesday, Cebu Pacific’s ATR 72-500 cargo freighter operated by CebGo landed in Sangley Airport.

“We’ll always look at where the infrastructure is if it can handle the passenger flow. Of course, we will look at it, study it and make sure that there is a market in place that we can service,” Cebu Pacific vice president for Cargo Division and CebGo president Alex Reyes said.

According to Tugade, commercial flights will be available in Sangley Airport next year. Once it fully operates, it is expected to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Kapag nagbawas ka ng mga lumilipad sa isang lugar at nilipat mo sa isang lugar, hindi ba luluwag dun sa mga tinanggalan mo ng mga flights?” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte in June said he wants the airport to be operational by November.

The DOTr committed to meet the deadline by ordering the 24/7 construction of the airport.

Last week, it reported that the airport construction is already 95% finished with completed works including asphalt overlay and clearing of end of the runway, concrete pavement reblocking, installation of drainage system, ramp construction, landscaping and streetlight installations, as well as the construction of access road, installation of CCTV Surveillance System, counter, weighing conveyor, Meteorological equipment setup, and mobilization of two modern fire trucks.

Sangley Airport can be accessed via a 20-minute ferry ride from Pasay City.

The DOTr said a Point-to-Point (P2P) bus service, which will carry two routes from Sangley to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, was also made available to provide additional accessibility.

The department is also looking to build access roads to Sangley Airport, as well as deploy “water jeepneys” with a planned route from Cavite to Divisoria by December. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Presyo ng face shield sa merkado, dumoble dahil sa taas ng demand

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Dumoble ang presyo ng face shield sa ilang pamilihan sa Divisoria at Baclaran kasunod ng pagtaas ng demand para rito.

Ayon sa ilang mamimili, nagulat sila sa biglang pagtaas ng presyo ng face shield sa maikling panahon lamang.

Mula sa P23 bawat piraso noon lamang Sabado, umakyat umano ang presyo nito sa P40 hanggang P65.

Sinasabing tumaas ang demand sa face shield matapos i-anunsyo ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na oobligahin na simula sa August 15 ang pagsusuot ng face shield para sa mga sasakay ng pampublikong sasakyan.

Batay ito sa inilabas na administrative order ng DOTr na may layuning mapigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Sa taas ng demand, pahirapan na rin umano ang pagkuha ng supply nito ngayon ayon sa ilang tindahan.

Ayon sa face shield vendor na si Rudy Iglesias, dati ay pasampu-sampu o singkwenta lang ang nabebenta niya pero ngayon ay libu-libo na ang hinahanap sa kanila ng mga mamimili kaya nahihirapan na silang kumuha ng supply.

“Sa ngayon mahirap po. mahirap po talaga. Sa dami pong naghahanap mula nung inano ng ating presidente na kailangang gumamit tayo ng ganito,” ani Iglesias. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

Rail sector promotes use of bicycles, installs free-to-use racks at train stations

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Community quarantine restrictions have limited the mode of transport in the country especially in Metro Manila.

For this reason, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through its rail sector, has started installing bicycle racks at LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and Philippine National Railway (PNR) stations to promote the use of bicycles. 

Aside from convenience, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade supports the benefit of bicycle rides to commuters and the environment. 

“I fully support the establishment of the bike lanes as this active transport mode promotes a healthy lifestyle and clean environment. We will make this protected to ensure the safety of our cyclists,” Tugade stressed.

For safety and order, cyclists are reminded of the following rules:

  • Bike racks may be used free of charge.
  • Cyclists should bring their own personal padlocks.
  • Bicycle racks may be used from 5:00AM to 8:00PM only. 
    • LRT-2 – Parked bicycles beyond 8:00PM may still be claimed until the close of operations at 10:00PM.
    • PNR – Claiming of bikes is within operating hours.
  • No personal belongings such as bags or carry-ons should be left with the bicycle while parked at the rack.

Bicycle racks already in operation may be found in the following stations:

LRT-1 line

  • Central
  • Libertad Stations
  • EDSA Taft 

LRT-2 line

  • Legarda station 

MRT-3 line

  • North Avenue
  • Quezon Avenue
  • GMA Kamuning

The DOTr said cyclists are allowed to bring their folded bicycles inside the train car with a fare from origin to destination equivalent to one person, and subject to disinfection.

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MRT-3 to deploy 90 augmentation buses during suspended weekend operations

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 90 bus units will be on standby at end terminals of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to ferry passengers who will be affected by the suspended weekend operations of the train system. 

The first trip will be at 5:30 am and the last trip will be at 8:00 pm from North Avenue to Taft Avenue station and vice versa.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier announced the temporary suspension of weekend operations to facilitate the replacement and installation of new rails. 

READ: No MRT-3 operations in four weekends from July to September – DOtr

Maintenance works at the stations are expected to be completed by December 2020. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

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