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DOTr pushes for truck modernization program

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Aside from the jeepney modernization program, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is also pushing for the truck modernization program.

According to the DOTr, fatal road accidents will be reduced if trucks plying the metro will use advanced safety technology.

In line with this, DOTr ASec. Mark de Leon led the inspection of several truck units that are using active brake assist safety feature. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Over 300 airport screening officers receive job status upgrade

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Security personnel at Clark International Airport screening passenger luggage

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) Transport Security Office on Wednesday, May 9, revealed that over 300 airport security screening officers (SSOs) across the country were recently promoted from job order to contractual status.

The Office for Transportation Security (OTS)sees the decision as a continuation of the agency’s rationalization plan and is in alignment with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive on “endo” and contractualization.

With the promotion, these individuals will get to enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees such as allowances, bonuses and other privileges.

OTS Administrator Undersecretary Arturo Evangelista reminded the newly promoted SSOs that “public service is about sacrifice and most of the time, this is what is expected out of government employees,” warning them against extortion and corruption at the airport.

The partial number of promoted personnel were assigned at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Caticlan Airport, Laguindingan Airport, Davao International Airport, Zamboanga Airport,Ozamis Airport, San Jose Airport, IloIlo Interntional Airport, Bacolod-Silay International Airport, Legazpi Airport and Tablas Airport. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Modern jeepneys to ply in Metro Manila routes starting June

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

Modernized jeepney

 

MANILA, Philippines — After the launch of modern jeepneys in some provinces, 20 modern jeepney units are set to ply various routes around Metro Manila in June as part of the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program being pushed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Gusto kong mangyari, makita na hindi lang yung bagong sasakyan, modernong sasakyan, kundi tatakbo yung buong sistema under the modernization program,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.

(Other than the modernized units, we want to show how the system will run under the modernization program.)

The transportation department also plans to launch the following routes for the new jeepneys: CCP to Mall of Asia;  Fort Bonifacio Taguig to Guadalupe, Makati; Pasayto Pateros, and Cogeo to Cubao, Quezon City.

Delgra added that the Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines are currently processing the financing program that is being offered to those operators who want to avail the modern jeepney units.

Delgra also said the local government units are now focusing on the creation of their route rationalization plan, which will become the basis of the numbers and areas where they will provide modern PUJs.

Despite various consultations, Delgra admitted that some transport operators are still worried about the implications of modernization on their livelihood.

Delgra also said that some transport leaders continue to insist that they be allowed to rehabilitate their jeepneys instead of buying new units.

But he argued that the rehabilitation of their units will only be allowed within the three-year transition period.

After that, jeepney operators will still be required to comply with the specifications required under the PUV modernization program.

The DOTr targets to finish the whole PUV modernization program on jeepneys by the year 2020. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Chinese firm confident Dalian trains will pass weight test

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

Weight testing of the new trains purchased by DOTR from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Co

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has begun the weight testing on 48 light rail vehicles (LRV) the agency purchased from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Co.

The tests are being conducted by an independent audit team TUV Rhineland to check if the LRVs are overweight.

During the testing, an LRV was loaded with sandbags to determine if the train is safe to run on tracks.

Each sandbag weighed 17.5 kilograms equivalent to the weight of 394 persons, the ideal capacity of each train.

DOTr is still waiting for the result of the system audit and recommendation from TUV Rhineland as to whether or not to use the LRVs.

“We’d like to wait for our auditors report on that before we give definite answer. Different factors kasi yung pumapasok dun sa tanong kung acceptable ba siya or hindi,” explained Undersecretary for Railways John Batan.

Meanwhile, Dalian Locomotive’s general manager for overseas business Li Depu is confident that their trains will pass the weighing test.

The total required weight for each train should be 46.4 tons. DOTr previously said each Dalian train weighed 49.7 tons.

The audit result and recommendation is expected to reach DOTr next month. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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