DOTr opens one-stop-shop for PUV modernization

Marje Pelayo   •   June 6, 2018   •   5654

Jeepney Modernization

A modernized version of the iconic jeepney

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) opened on Wednesday, June 6, a one-stop-shop for applicants of the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.

The one-stop-shop is located on the 16th Floor of Columbia Tower in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, near the building of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) along EDSA.

The facility houses government agencies concerning the PUV modernization for faster and efficient processing of franchise and new route applications among others.

Applicants may also ask from agency representatives if they wish to apply for a loan to upgrade their old units or buy a new one.

“Iyong mga gustong maging legal na colorum, tutulong kami as long as mag-comply sila sa omnibus franchise guidelines na inilabas namin last year,” said Undersecretary Tim Orbos.

(We will help those who want to legalize their “colorum” units, as long as they comply with the  omnibus franchise guidelines that we released last year.)

DOTr’s one-stop-shop is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. on these dates – June 6, 14, 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20, 27. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

Provincial bus operators, umapela sa pamahalaan na payagan nang makabyahe

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Umaapela sa Department of Transportation (DOTr) ang mga operator ng provincial buses upang payagan na silang makabyahe ngayong naibaba na sa general community quarantine (GCQ) ang quarantine restrictions sa Metro Manila.

Anila, marami na sa kanilang hanay ang hindi na makabayad ng pwesto ng terminal at sapilitan nang nagtatanggal ng kani-kanilang empleyado.

Reklamo ng Provincial Bus Operators Association, limang buwan na silang walang byahe at walang kinikita. 

Pakiusap ng presidente ng grupo na si Alex Yague, sana ay payagan na silang bumalik sa operasyon kahit paunti-unti. 

“Napakaraming OFW at saka mga locally stranded individual na naipit dito sa Metro Manila na kailangan nilang makabiyahe pauwi sa kani-kanilang probinsya,” pahayag nito na sinasabing maari nilang maihatid ang mga ito kung papayagan lamang sila.

“Pangalawa, kung kailangan natin na mabuksan ang ekonomiya natin, kailangan natin ng public transportation sa dalawang bagay na iyon. Kailangan nating gradual, provincial bus operations entering and going out of Metro Manila,” dagdag nito.

Ayon pa kay Yague, dumarami umano ngayon ang mga colorum na sasakyan na nangongontrata ng mga pasahero mula Metro Manila papuntang probinsya.

Aniya, sakaling payagan sila ng pamahalaan ay maiiwasan ang mga ganitong modus operandi dahil handa ang provincial buses na sundin ang health protocols at mas mapapadali pa aniya ang contact tracing.

Kwestionable naman para sa kanila kung bakit pinapayagan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang pagbyahe ng mga Point-to-Point (P2P) buses mula Bulacan, Cavite o Laguna sa rutang galing ng Metro Manila.

Paliwanag ng LTFRB, hindi pa nila pwedeng payagan ang mga provincial buses galing ng National Capital Region (NCR) dahil maraming probinsya at lokal na pamahalaan ang mahigpit pa rin sa quarantine restrictions.

Marami sa kanila ang ayaw pa ring magpapasok ng mga tao mula Metro Manila dahil sa COVID-19.

“Since we’re talking about moving of people we also need to coordinate with LGUs concerned. We already had a meeting with umbrella organization of the locally elected officials kung saan nagsabi sila na a large majority of the provinces are still not willing to open their borders,” pahayag ni LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III.

“Back in August 4, two weeks ago, nagpalabas rin ng resolution ang Region 3 na humihiling  na ihinto muna ang provincial bus routes coming from Metro Manila,” dagdag nito.

Nilanaw rin ng LTFRB na ang mga pinapayagang P2P buses mula probinsya ay nagsasakay lamang ng mga pasahero na araw-araw bumibiyahe papasok at palabas ng Metro Manila dahil sa trabaho.

Iba pa ito sa mga bus na bumibiyahe ng malayuan para sa mga pasahero na minsanan lamang kung pumunta ng probinsya.

Ayon pa sa LTFRB, sa ngayon ay pinapayagan naman ang pagbiyahe ng provincial buses sa ibang mga rehiyon na tumatawid sa ibang mga probinsya kung saan mababa na ang kaso ng COVID-19.

Pagtiyak ng ahensya, patuloy ang pakikipagugnayan ng LTFRB sa mga pamahalaang panlalawigan upang maiayos ang mga itatakdang bus stops sakaling payagan na ang kanilang operasyon. MNP (sa ulat ni Joan Nano)

LIST: Active routes under DOTr’s free ride program for healthcare workers amid MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2020

MANILa, Philippines —  The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds health workers that the agency’s free ride program is still in full-swing despite the limiting of public transport under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces.

The Department stressed that to ensure safety while in transit, drivers and enforcers should wear full personal protective equipment gear in line with strict health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to leaving the pick up points, medical workers will be asked to fill out contact tracing forms, as well as undergo temperature checks.

All vehicle units for the program are being disinfected every loop, the DOTr assured.

The Department said that frontline medical workers can avail of the free ride program at the following routes which can also be viewed online through Sakay.ph:

  • Route 1: Meralco (Malanday) to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 2: Valenzuela Gateway Complex to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 3: SM City San Jose Del Monte to Centris
  • Route 4: SM Masinag to The Medical City Ortigas
  • Route 5: Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center to Rizal Medical Center
  • Route 6: MRT 3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital via MRT 3 Centris Station
  • Route 7: Pasig City General Hospital to Makati Medical Center
  • Route 7a: Medical City Ortigas to VRP Medical Center
  • Route 8: Starmall Alabang to St. Luke’s Medical Center – BGC
  • Route 9: Vista Mall Daang Hari to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 10: RITM to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 11: Starmall Alabang to Manila Doctors Hospital
  • Route 12: Dasmariñas Pala-Pala to Manila Doctor’s Hospital
  • Route 13: Starmall Alabang to Sea Oil Imus Daang Hari/Aguinaldo
  • Route 14: SM City Taytay to St. Luke’s Medical Center – QC
  • Route 15: SLEX Sucat Exit to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 16: MRT-3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 17: SM City San Jose Del Monte to SM Fairview/ Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center
  • Route 18: LRT-1 Monumento to Baclaran Market
  • Route 19: First Cabuyao Hospital and Medical Center to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 20: SM City Masinag to Lawton

List of allowed and prohibited public transport under MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds the public that as certain areas in the country reverts back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), limitations on public transportation will again be imposed.

For areas placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), public transportation is not allowed, and some transportation services will remain limited.

This applies to Metro Manila or the National Capital Region and Region 4A specifically Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal as approved by President Rodrigo Duterte and announced on Sunday (August 2).

READ: Duterte reverts NCR, nearby areas to MECQ beginning Tuesday, August 4

Only public shuttles for frontline workers or those who will return to work in allowed industries under the MECQ will be allowed. 

Meanwhile, all other public utility vehicles (PUV) like buses, jeepneys, taxis, transport network service vehicles (TNVS) will not be allowed.

Exemptions for tricycles, however, will be determined based on the guidelines set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government units. 

Trail operations will remain suspended to include the services of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3.

In the private sector, only company shuttles are allowed with 50% passenger capacity and a special permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Meanwhile, personal vehicles owned by persons or workers in permitted sectors are also allowed with only two person passenger capacity.

Other vehicles like bicycle, motorcycle, or e-scooter are allowed but only for authorized persons outside residence (APOR) with a maximum passenger capacity of one person.

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