DOTr inaugurates modernized Calbayog Airport in Samar

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2021   •   676

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) formally inaugurated the modernized Calbayog Airport in Calbayog City, Samar on Wednesday (May 5).

The improvement and modernization of the Calbayog Airport include the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), new apron, and new taxiway.  Completed works also include the widening of the runway.

Once operation begins, Calbayog Airport will serve as the ‘complementary airport’ of the Tacloban Airport and will be able to accommodate a total of 450 passengers from the previous 76 passengers. It will also cater to jet aircraft operations.

CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco said the modernized Calbayog Airport can boost the Eastern Visayas region’s economic development.

Over 300 more direct jobs will be opened once the new developments are operational. AAC

Unvaxxed, partially vaxxed NCR workers allowed to use public transport for 30 days

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2022

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated employees in industries and establishments allowed to operate in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be allowed to ride public transport for 30 days, starting January 26.

In a joint statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the decision was reached during their meeting last Friday, January 21, after considering the vaccination coverage in the capital region.

“Within the 30-day window, partially vaccinated workers are still allowed to board public transportation,” the statement read.

“However, since partially unvaccinated individuals are still at risk given that they do not have complete protection against the virus as clarified by the Health Department, they are also not allowed to use public transportation if vaccination remains incomplete within the 30-day window,” it added.

The DOTr is implementing a “no vaccination, no ride” policy in public transportation vehicles while the NCR is under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and up. The NCR and other areas with high infection rates have been placed under Alert Level 3 until January 31.

DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Service and official representative to the IATF Artemio Tuazon Jr. said that 30 days following the announcement of the new protocol, only workers in the NCR who are fully vaccinated are allowed to use public transportation.

Fully vaccinated refers to those who have completed the 2-dose primary series vaccination such as for the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, or Moderna brands; or the one-dose vaccination such as for the Janssen brand.

Tuazon added that the joint decision made by the DOLE, DILG, and the DOTr supports the government’s ongoing thrust to ramp up vaccination efforts, especially amid the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

“This joint decision is also meant to support the vaccination drive of the entire government,” he said.

“We want our workers to get fully vaccinated especially now that there is no longer a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, and there is a threat of highly transmissible variants of the virus. We are giving our workers the time to get themselves vaccinated,” he added.

The DOTr official also maintained that the “no vaccination, no ride” policy is not discriminatory.

“As jointly decided by the DOLE, DILG, and DOTr, workers who will remain unvaccinated 30 days after the announcement are not being barred from their workplaces. They are simply not allowed to use public transportation, but can still use other means such as active transport, private vehicles, or company shuttle services,” said Tuazon.

Online system para sa libreng seaman’s book, inaayos na – MARINA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) na inaayos na nito ang online system para sa pagkuha ng libreng seaman’s book.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng anunsiyo ni Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade na libre ang first issuance ng seaman’s book bilang ayuda ng pamahalaan sa mga seafarer.

“Pina-approve ho namin na tulong sa ating mga seafarers at mga seamen sa pandemya ngayon yung mga first-time seamen na kukuha ng seaman’s book—ang halaga nito, P1,000 to P1,800 depende kung saan mo kukunin—libre na ho iyon dito sa termino ninyo Mr. President,” ang pahayag ni Tugade sa pagpupulong kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Lunes.

Ang seaman’s book ay nagsisilbing pasaporte para sa mga nagtatrabaho sa barko at iba pang sasakyang pandagat na lumalayag sa labas ng bansa.

Magbibigay rin ng 50 porsyentong diskwento ang MARINA sa seafarers na magpapa-renew ng kanilang seaman’s book.

Epektibo ang discount hanggang Disyembre ngayong taon.

Inaasahang maglalabas ang MARINA ng implementing guidelines hinggil sa libreng issuance ng seaman’s book.

PITX to serve as COVID-19 vax site for 5 days

Maris Federez   •   January 24, 2022


MANILA, Philippines — The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) opens its doors Monday (January 24) to serve as a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination site until Friday.

The PITX management will give priority to transport workers and passengers who will avail of the program for their first, second, or booster dose.

This is part of the vaccination drive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) that seeks to provide and ensure safe trips as the country implements the ‘no vaccination-no ride’ policy.

The site is expected to provide service to up to 500 walk-in individuals each day from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said this will help in making vaccination sites accessible to the public and encourage transport workers and passengers to get vaccinated, adding that the same project will be launched in other government transport facilities.

“Sa mga susunod na araw din ay ilulunsad ng DOTr ang vaccination sites sa mga istasyon ng tren, pantalan, at maging sa tollways,” he said.

DOTr Usec. For Administrative Service Atty. Artemio Tuazon Jr. confirmed the said government plan.

“Pinag-utos po rin ni Secretary Tugade na magbukas na rin po kami ng mga vaccination areas sa mga puerto, sa airport po, sa mga terminal ng mga iba pa pong terminal ng pampublikong sasakyan, sa atin pong mga stasyon ng tren at pati na rin po sa ating mga expressways po ay hahanap po kami ng lugar at magbubukas na rin po kami ng vaccination centers,” Tuazon said.

The Department, he said, is now coordinating with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) concerning the installation of vaccination stations on toll roads.

In a message sent to UNTV News and Rescue, TRB spokesperson Julius Corpus said they have brought the matter to the toll operators and are now awaiting feedback. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)


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