DOTr eyes two more airports to decongest NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2018   •   3224

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is prioritizing two airport development projects after assessing what happened in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) due to the Xiamen runway mishap.

The plan includes building a new airport in Bulacan and developing the Sangley airport in Cavite.

In a statement, DOTr explained that its “airport complementation strategy is aimed at decongesting NAIA, give travelers more options, and spread development across Luzon.”

The proposed projects would accommodate flights from Manila should circumstances such as the runway crash-landing incident requires diversion. That way, DOTr argued, flight delays and cancellations would be avoided.

But these projects remain on paper and no construction has been initiated yet.

For Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal, flight cancellations could have been prevented if only NAIA had a parallel runway.

The problem, however, is the airport’s limited space, and so having a parallel runway is almost impossible for NAIA.

“Siguro the option now is to develop an airport for the future with a minimum requirement na dalawa po ang runway,” he said.

MIAA has started the transfer of several airlines from NAIA to Clark Airport in Pampanga as a measure to decongest airport. However, the route rationalization scheme is still on its initial phase. — Victor Cosare / Marje Pelayo

LIST: Active routes under DOTr’s free ride program for healthcare workers amid MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2020

MANILa, Philippines —  The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds health workers that the agency’s free ride program is still in full-swing despite the limiting of public transport under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces.

The Department stressed that to ensure safety while in transit, drivers and enforcers should wear full personal protective equipment gear in line with strict health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to leaving the pick up points, medical workers will be asked to fill out contact tracing forms, as well as undergo temperature checks.

All vehicle units for the program are being disinfected every loop, the DOTr assured.

The Department said that frontline medical workers can avail of the free ride program at the following routes which can also be viewed online through Sakay.ph:

  • Route 1: Meralco (Malanday) to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 2: Valenzuela Gateway Complex to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 3: SM City San Jose Del Monte to Centris
  • Route 4: SM Masinag to The Medical City Ortigas
  • Route 5: Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center to Rizal Medical Center
  • Route 6: MRT 3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital via MRT 3 Centris Station
  • Route 7: Pasig City General Hospital to Makati Medical Center
  • Route 7a: Medical City Ortigas to VRP Medical Center
  • Route 8: Starmall Alabang to St. Luke’s Medical Center – BGC
  • Route 9: Vista Mall Daang Hari to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 10: RITM to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 11: Starmall Alabang to Manila Doctors Hospital
  • Route 12: Dasmariñas Pala-Pala to Manila Doctor’s Hospital
  • Route 13: Starmall Alabang to Sea Oil Imus Daang Hari/Aguinaldo
  • Route 14: SM City Taytay to St. Luke’s Medical Center – QC
  • Route 15: SLEX Sucat Exit to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 16: MRT-3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 17: SM City San Jose Del Monte to SM Fairview/ Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center
  • Route 18: LRT-1 Monumento to Baclaran Market
  • Route 19: First Cabuyao Hospital and Medical Center to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 20: SM City Masinag to Lawton

List of allowed and prohibited public transport under MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds the public that as certain areas in the country reverts back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), limitations on public transportation will again be imposed.

For areas placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), public transportation is not allowed, and some transportation services will remain limited.

This applies to Metro Manila or the National Capital Region and Region 4A specifically Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal as approved by President Rodrigo Duterte and announced on Sunday (August 2).

READ: Duterte reverts NCR, nearby areas to MECQ beginning Tuesday, August 4

Only public shuttles for frontline workers or those who will return to work in allowed industries under the MECQ will be allowed. 

Meanwhile, all other public utility vehicles (PUV) like buses, jeepneys, taxis, transport network service vehicles (TNVS) will not be allowed.

Exemptions for tricycles, however, will be determined based on the guidelines set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government units. 

Trail operations will remain suspended to include the services of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3.

In the private sector, only company shuttles are allowed with 50% passenger capacity and a special permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Meanwhile, personal vehicles owned by persons or workers in permitted sectors are also allowed with only two person passenger capacity.

Other vehicles like bicycle, motorcycle, or e-scooter are allowed but only for authorized persons outside residence (APOR) with a maximum passenger capacity of one person.

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DOTr warns bus drivers vs reckless driving

Marje Pelayo   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) directed its affiliate agency to conduct an immediate investigation on the recent incident of reckless driving on EDSA Busway that put at risk the safety of motorists. 

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will conduct the probe and issue the necessary show cause order to the operator of MSJ Tours bus following an incident involving one of its drivers who violated road transport rules and safety as captured in a dashcam video that was posted on social media. 

The posted video shows the MSJ Tours bus, with conduction sticker no. U1 L782, recklessly speeding along the EDSA Busway hitting a concrete barrier in its way.

The driver was issued a show cause order on Monday (July 27) by the LTO, through Transportation Asec. Edgar Galvante.

The DOTr reiterates that it will not hesitate to impose the same appropriate sanctions as warranted against the operator of MSJ Tours and the driver involved in this incident.

“Let this serve as a warning to all our road transport partners that the DOTr, LTRB and LTO will never tolerate this irresponsible and reckless manner of driving by authorized PUBs which poses a danger to life and possible damage to property,” the agency warned.

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