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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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LTFRB Bicol exec, employees fired over allegations of corruptions

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

An LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) regional director (RD)and three other LTFRB employees have been fired over corruption charges.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III last Friday, April 20, personally served the order against Bicol Regional Director Jun Abrazaldo, and promptly appointed Ret. Col. Vladimir Kahulugan as the latter’s replacement.

“We don’t tolerate corruption under this administration. When your top official such as an RD is allegedly involved what can you expect from the entire office? Madaling makahawa yan (It’s contagious),”said Chairman Delgra.

This comes on the heels of a suspension order issued against Atty. Mary Jil Caurel, Hearing Officer IV of LTFRB Bicol over allegations of grave misconduct and other administrative offenses.

Caurel is being accused of accepting bribes to expedite applications for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC); extorting money in exchange for the release of impounded vehicles; delaying franchise applications; and falsifying entries in her daily time records.

A show cause order against them will also be issued against two of her administrative aides, Christine Yan and Erlisa Sedano, to explain their alleged role in the charges.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has previously directed all offices and agencies under the Department of Transportation to get rid of corrupt officials and employees which he tagged as “termites” in the organization. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Door failure disrupts MRT-3 ops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: An MRT train

MANILA, Philippines — Over 1,000 passengers of Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) were offloaded at Ortigas Avenue Station, southbound lane at 1:17 pm on Thursday.

According to the MRT management, the train experienced door failure thereby forcing them to offload the passengers.

They explained that a possible cause of disruption in train operations is the surge of passengers who forcibly open train doors.

The passengers were transferred to the next train after six minutes. — UNTV News & Rescue

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LRT rehab will not affect commuters — LRMC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018

Some LRT coaches for rehabilitation

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-four light rail vehicles (LRVs) of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) will undergo rehabilitation before August.

This project will be the first overhaul of the propulsion system of generation 2 trains since its procurement in 1999.

The propulsion system is responsible for the train’s operation.

According to the operator of LRT-1, Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), commuters can expect better service after the mass rail system rehabilitation.

“Reliability is even higher. And they’re not only replacing ‘yung propulsion. Lahat ng system nito, air-conditioning, lahat, pati brake systems, talagang maayos,” said LRMC COO Engr. Rudy Chansuyco.

(Reliability is even higher. And they’re not only replacing the propulsion. All systems including air-conditioning, brake systems — everything.)

The management said passenger surge can reach up to 500,000 a day.

The rail operator ensured that passengers will not be affected by the two-year rehabilitation program.

“Well, rest assured walang dapat ipangamba yung mga passengers natin kasi ‘yung time table natin naka set na. Lahat naman ng kailangan ng time table, required number of trains, tumatakbo lahat ‘yan. Actually, may reserve pa tayo,” said the officer.

(Well, rest assured the passengers have nothing to worry because our time table has already been set.  All the requirements of the time table, required number of trains, they’re all functioning. Actually, we even have reserves.)

The management allotted over P500,000-billion for the repair.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed last month the procurement of 120 new LRVs for delivery in 2020. — UNTV News & Rescue

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