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DOTr plans return 48 Dalian trains to China

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has sent letters to four international certifiers to examine the construction of 48 new train coaches for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) bought by the Philippines from China.

DOTr Undersecretary for Rails, Cesar Chavez said the international third party will examine the 48 Dalian trains to determine its safety for passenger use.

The process will take three months. Once the international third party finds the coaches not compatible to the signaling system of the current trains used in the MRT, the DOTr will opt to return the coaches to China.

“If they say these are not operationally reliable, we will return it to China without spending any amount. Our option is to return these to China and have them fix it,” Chavez said.

Aside from the signaling system, there are also problems on the wheels of the new trains as these are bigger than the size of the rails of MRT.

The 48 Dalian trains are worth P3.8-billion.

The Philippines has already paid an amount of P800-million to the Chinese government.

The DOTr said the Philippine government will not ask for a refund of the amount, but instead it will ask the Chinese to repair the trains so it could still be used in the MRT.

The trains arrived in the Philippines in 2015.

However, after 2 years, the trains remain unusable for the millions of passengers of MRT.

On Wednesday, MRT operations encountered glitches six times, injuring two passengers when the train suddenly stopped.

In the Senate hearing on the proposed 2018 budget of the DOTr, Senator Grace Poe said officials involved in the purchase of the trains should be held liable in court.

The DOTr plans to return the Dalian trains to China before the end of the year. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un hold talks in Beijing

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping raise a toast in Beijing, China, in this undated photo released June 20, 2018 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. KCNA via REUTERS


Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, held talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Beijing on Tuesday.

The two leaders had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the current development of China-DPRK relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

They agreed to safeguard, consolidate and develop China-DPRK relations, and jointly push forward the sound momentum of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula to make a positive contribution to safeguarding world and regional peace, stability, prosperity, and development.

Xi said that China was pleased to see the important summit between Comrade Chairman and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore achieve principled consensus and positive results in realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishing a lasting peace mechanism on the Peninsula. — Reuters

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15 modern jeepneys begin plying Pasay roads

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen modern jeepney units have begun plying the roads Pasay City.

Unlike the old iconic models, the new ones are similar to passenger buses.  The door is in front and is fully air-conditioned. It has front-facing seats that can accommodate up to 30 passengers. It has CCTV, GPS, and uses a euro-four engine.

In modern jeepneys, passengers use automated mode of payment or beep cards.

Minimum fare for modern jeepneys is P10 and an additional of P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

The jeepneys will ply Star City and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex going to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

It will also traverse the area of GSIS building and Senate going to SM Mall of Asia and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

The Senate Employees Transport Cooperative will manage the operation of the new jeepney units as well as the salary of the drivers.

“Its drivers will no longer have to vie for passengers. For the first eight hours, they have a fixed income. They will have benefits like SSS, PhilHealth, and Pagibig as mandated by law,” said  SETSCO Chair Venturina Remedios.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets to launch up to 500 units of modern jeepneys before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte in July.

Meanwhile, the DOTr will also begin distributing fuel vouchers to jeepney drivers next month.

Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos said that the government will provide a P5,000 subsidy to each driver through a debit card.

“For the first year, the government will give close to a billion pesos. Drivers should have legitimate franchise per unit. But in the next two years, they should have modern vehicles,” said Orbos.

The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) awaits the complete list of drivers who could receive a fuel voucher.

The move is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to aid Filipinos affected by the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Chinese scientists make breakthrough in nano technology

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Various of PPT introducing nano technology. Image grabbed from Reuters video

Chinese scientists have recently made a breakthrough in nanotechnology research, injecting new momentum into new energy and material development in China.

A news conference was held by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Wednesday to announce the significant results of the nano research special project which was launched five years ago.

The all-solid-state lithium-ion battery developed by the project can provide a stable supply of electricity to the deep-sea research of the Mariana Trench with a single maximum power supply time of 20 hours. This breakthrough indicates that China has mastered the core technology of 10,000-meter power supply. It also lays a solid foundation of energy supply for deep-sea space station experiment.

“We have done more than 1,000 cycles of third-party testing. In security testing, we have adopted a stricter testing standard than the power batteries, and they all passed the test. So we think this will be a very important technology for the future,” said Li Hong, a researcher at Institute of Physics, CAS.

After five years of hard work, Chinese researchers have made a major breakthrough in basic studies and turned their results in research into mass production and industrial applications. A series of nano-core technology innovation has been achieved in power lithium-ion batteries, green printing, nano-catalysis, health care, drinking water treatment and other industries. The technology breakthrough has provided a strong support for China’s new energy, new materials and other emerging industries of strategic importance.

“We have now played a leading role in formulating two international standards. We have six others which are in the process of further improvement. We also have more than 30 national standards. They cover the standards of testing high-energy-density power batteries. The promulgation of these standards worldwide will provide a reference for the manufacturing of these products by our peers in other countries, and at the same time help our products to get access to the international market,” said Wang Chen, principal investigator of the nano special project. — Reuters

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