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DOTr issues public apology for series of MRT glitches in recent days

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has issued a public apology for the series of glitches in the MRT operations this week.

It can be recalled that several MRT trains broke down which resulted in the offloading of passengers.

Last Wednesday, only about eight trains were operational.

“Kami po ay humihingi ng pang-unawa at dispensa at nararamdaman po namin ang kalbaryo at paghihirap ng ating mga commuter na araw-araw na nagtitiis sa mahabang pila sa MRT-3,” said the official.

(We are asking for understanding and forgiveness. We feel the suffering of commuters who endure the long queues at MRT-3 every day.)

DOTR-MRT3 Media Relations officer, Aly Narvaez said that a number of MRT coaches are no longer in good condition and should not be used for the operation.

“So, bakit maraming mga bagon ang hindi na maayos ang kundisyon? Nag-uugat ito sa poor maintenance ng dating maintenance provider ng MRT3,” he added.

(So why are there so many coaches that are in bad condition? It stems from the poor maintenance of the previous maintenance provider of MRT3.)

Narvaez also warned that the MRT might still experience glitches in the future.The agency, however, vowed that the MRT will soon provide better service once the procured spare parts arrive. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Dalian trains to go on simulation run prior to 2018 debut

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Railway engineers from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), MRT-3, the Philippines National Railways, and CRRC Dalian recently convened to discuss the conduct of a simulation run of Dalian trains this October.

The said test run aims to review the reliability and compatibility of Dalian trains before officially hitting the tracks by the end of the year.

The MRT management, meanwhile, assured that the simulation run will not affect the MRT-3’s regular train services.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade previously said that they plan to inaugurate the official operation of the 48 Dalian trains before the end of 2018 only if they pass safety and security standards. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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DOTr belies report of approved P12 minimum jeepney fare

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

The Department of Transportation has belied reports circulating on social media that the minimum jeepney fare is now P12.

A post by the Facebook page Philippinews Trend said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the P12 jeepney fare and will implement it starting November.

The DOTr refuted the claim and confirmed that the prevailing provisional fare for jeepneys is P9.00.

In a new post, Philippinews Trend apologized for the wrong information and explained that their FB account was allegedly hacked. They have since deleted the misleading article.

The DOTr reminds the public to be discerning about what you read online and to check official social media accounts instead for reliable information.

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Poe warns DOTr of budget cut over PUV modernization issues

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Senator Grace Poe via Facebook

 

Senate Committee on Public Services chairperson Senator Grace Poe has warned officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of a possible cut in next year’s budget if they fail to answer various concerns of jeepney drivers and operators regarding the public utility vehicle modernization program of the government.

“Kung hindi nila magagawa yan magkakaproblema sila pagdating ng kanilang budget. Nasa kapangyarihan ng Kongreso at Senado na gawin yan,” Poe said.

“Siyempre ayaw naman natin na basta ipitin dahil maraming apektado, pero kailangan muna nilang patunayan ang kanilang sarili na sa tamang paraan nila ginagasta ang pinapamahagi ng taumbayan.”

Among the issues that the senator wants to clarify is whether or not the P80,000 subsidy would be enough to allow the drivers and operators to comply with the program.

She also noted the slow-paced distribution of fuel vouchers and claimed that, to date, only 25 percent of the total population of jeepney drivers nationwide has received their vouchers.

Senator Poe was the guest of honor at Monday’s transport summit led by the transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON).

The event was attended by hundreds of jeepney drivers and operators who expressed their doubts and complaints anew against the PUV nmodernization program.

PISTON clarified that they support the proposed improvements in the public transportation sector, but not the current version of DOTr and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) wherein, he said, only big car manufacturers will benefit from it and not the jeepney drivers and commuters.

The group is grateful to Poe for understanding their concerns.

PISTON national president, George San Mateo said, “Kampante kami at natutuwa kami sa pahayag ni Senator Poe kasi yun naman talaga ang gusto namin mangyari – maimbestigahan ulit itong isyu ng pekeng modernization. Lalo na on the basis ng mga bagong sirkular na nilabas ng LTFRB.”

Piston is asking the Senate committee to investigate what they claim is a questionable provision under the omnibus franchising guidelines that forces the individual operators to purchase modern jeepney units.

The LTFRB on the other hand has been pushing for upgraded models of jeepney units to prevent road accidents. — Joan Nano

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