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DOTR-LTFRB: P10.00 minimum jeepney fare not yet effective

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) clarified confusion on the official implementation of the P2.00 increase in minimum fare on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

In a decision issued by the LTFRB, the P2.00 fare increase is broken down to “additional one peso for the first four kilometers or a minimum fare of ten pesos from the original fare of eight pesos.”

The decision covers PUJs in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and in the Southern Tagalog Region.

However, the DOTr stressed that the P2.00 fare hike is not yet executory and will only take effect on the first week of November.

This, after a copy of the order leaked on social media that bears no final and official signature.

 “We request drivers to wait until the LTFRB releases the official document on the fare hike before charging any additional fare. Thank you for understanding.” The DOTR-LTFRB’s statement said.

It was in September 2017 when transport groups filed a petition for a fare increase for PUJs citing uncontrollable increase in prices of oil products.

The LTFRB granted the P1 provisional fare increase for jeepneys in Metro Manila and the regions concerned in July this year thus making the minimum fare for jeepneys P9.00.

With an additional P1.00 increase, the minimum fare is now set at P10.00 – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MRT-3 to halt operations this Lenten season

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 12:52 PM

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 will be closed during the Lenten season for a week-long maintenance work.

In an advisory posted on its Twitter account, the management of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) MRT-3 said its operations will be suspended from April 15 (Monday) to April 21 (Sunday).

“MRT-3 will have its annual general maintenance shutdown (Holy Week shutdown) from Holy Monday, April 15, to Easter Sunday, April 21,” the DOTr-MRT-3 said.

“Maintenance works that will be done during the one week suspension of revenue operations include rail grinding, rail cascading, replacement of turnouts, structural testing, and other general maintenance activities on our trains, electrical systems, and other MRT-3 subsystems,” the agency added.

The MRT-3 revenue operations will resume on April 22 (Monday).

The advisory follows the ‘smoke’ incident on March 18 (Monday) where hundreds of its passengers were forced to disembark between Cubao and Santolan interstation around 6:02 p.m after one of its coaches began emitting smoke.

The DOTr-MRT-3 said it has launched an investigation into the cause of the smoke.

READ: MRT-3 operations back to normal after ‘smoke’ incident

The agency has appealed for patience from its passengers for the imminent maintenance shutdown of MRT-3 operations this April.

“We ask for the understanding and patience of our commuters as we take the necessary maintenance measures towards making MRT-3 more reliable and efficient, parallel with our comprehensive rehabilitation and overhaul of the entire system,” the DOTr-MRT-3 concluded. – Robie de Guzman

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MRT-3 operations back to normal after ‘smoke’ incident

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 10:30 PM

MRT passengers forced to get off the train and walk along the trails after one of the coaches emitted smoke | Image grabbed from video shared by @sntl007

The management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 said it has launched an investigation into the cause of the smoke in one of its coaches that offloaded hundreds of its passengers on Monday evening.

Passengers were forced to alight the train between Cubao and Santolan interstation after one of its coaches began emitting smoke.

The Department of Transportation-MRT-3 management said in a statement that normal operations resumed around 30 minutes after the incident.

“At around 6:02 p.m., a train unloaded passengers at Cubao and Santolan interstation due to reported emission of smoke from underneath thee train. Passengers were assisted by the train driver and security personnel,” the statement read.

The train regained traction at 6:35 p.m. and was moved to the pocket track in Shaw Station, the DOTr-MRT-3 added.

“DOTr MRT-3 is investigating the cause of the incident, and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused to our passengers,” the agency said. – Robie de Guzman

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Motorcycles for public transportation under study by DOTr

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 24 December 2018 11:44 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has created a technical working group (TWG) to study on the possible legalization of motorcycles for public transportation.

The idea was in consideration of the existing temporary restraining order (TRO) filed against the operation of motorcycle ride-hailing service ‘Angkas’.

The TWG is composed of members from the DOTR, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board; Land Transportation Office; the Metropolitan Manila Development Auhtority; and the PNP Highway Patrol Group.

Other members of the group include members from the Senate, the House of Representatives, commuters and road safety advocates, as well as motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle organization and members from law schools.

According to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, deliberations on the proposal will prioritize passenger safety as well as the responsibilities of the motorcycle driver in the event of an accident.

In his statement, Tugade sai that the agency “understand that a number of Filipinos patronize motorcycles as public transport.”

“But we should remember that there is a law against this, and the Supreme Court has issued a TRO. The law is the law, and the executive will not be the first to break it. But we at the DOTr know how to listen,” he added.

The DOTr and the LTFRB earlier maintained that under Republic Act 4136, the use of motorcycles for public transportation is prohibited in the Philippines.

As for the ride-hailing company ‘Angkas’, its management has already submitted their comment and is now awaiting the final decision from the Supreme Court as regards their operation. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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