DOTr on heightened alert for class opening on June 3
Robie de Guzman • May 31, 2019 • 1152
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday placed all transportation hubs in the country on heightened alert in line with the opening of classes for the school year 2019 to 2020 on June 3 (Monday).
Under the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Balik Eskwela,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered sectoral offices and attached agencies to ensure safe and orderly commute for learners and school personnel ahead of expected heavy traffic due to class opening.
“Ayaw ‘ho natin ng dagdag na aberya sa pagbabalik-eskwela ng ating mga mag-aaral,” said Tugade in a statement posted on DOTr’s Facebook page.
“Sa pakikipagtulungan ng ating Road Transport at Railways sectors at I-ACT (Inter-Agency Council for Traffic), titiyakin po nating may pampublikong transportasyong masasakyan ang mga estudyante’t guro para sila’y tututok na lamang sa panibagong yugto ng edukasyon,” he added.
The Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Balik Eskwela was launched on May 27 and will run until June 8, 2019.
Tugade also ordered for the establishment of help desks in major transportation terminals, particularly in train stations, as well as the deployment of additional ticketing booth and security personnel.
Transport agencies were also mandated to post updates on their social media accounts about the situations in terminals for the information of commuters.
The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier said more than 27 million learners from kindergarten to Grade 12 are expected for the incoming school year.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reported that the construction of the Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22 percent complete more than three years after construction started.
In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr said that civil works of the underground/depressed, at-grade, and elevated guideway are in various stages of construction, while civil works of nine of the 14 stations are in full swing.
Trackwork installations are also ongoing.
“Likewise, the required rolling stock of 108 cars has been completed, and are awaiting shipment pending the availability of the depot/holding area,” it added.
The 22-kilometer MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.
The line is expected to reduce travel time to 35 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.
The project is eyed to be completed by 2021, the DOTr said.
MANILA, Philippines – The government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program has started.
In line with this, a total of 15 modern PUV units will start plying the Nichols – Magallanes – Mall of Asia – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) route starting November 11.
The new Class 2 PUV units manifest the standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), equipped with air-conditioning units, CCTV, WiFi access, GPD and side entrance.
To comply with the environmental requirements, the modern PUV units use Euro-4 fuel.
On Thursday (November 7), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the turnover ceremony and inspection of the modern jeepney from engine manufacturer Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC). He was joined by Pasang Masda President Ka Obet Martin.
Tugade thanked the Pasang Masda for supporting the government’s modernization program.
“Mapapahayag ko ang aking pasasalamat sa Pasang Masda, kay Ka Obet, na winawagayway at kinakalat sa buong kapuluan ang paniniwala nila sa modernization program,” Secretary Tugade said.
For his part, Martin vowed to support the administration’s PUV modernization initiatives on the intention of providing comfort to the riding public.
“Wala pong ibang hangarin ang ating Pangulo kundi mabigyan ng maayos na serbisyo, mabigyan ng maayos na sasakyan ang ating mga kababayan ganun din po ang panuntunan ng ating Kalihim,” Martin noted.
Meanwhile, Tugade also announced the Department’s plan to release a Class 1 PUV unit which is cheaper and with larger capacity of up to 13 passengers.
IPC President Hajime Koso, likewise, expressed confidence that their vehicles “will be able to provide a more durable, comfortable, and safe transport solution for the riding public,”
“I have always believed that the Isuzu PUVs are truly a vehicle made by the Filipinos for the Filipinos. As they say in Tagalog, ‘gawang Pilipino, para sa Pilipino,’ he said.
Secretary Tugade calls on other PUV drivers and operators to join in the government’s PUV modernization program for their benefit and the general public as well.
“Believe in the modernization program. Believe that the government will be one in you in giving the support and cooperation, so we can launch the modernization program to its really, good, ultimate culmination,” he concluded.
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