DOTr relaunches service contracting program for PUV drivers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2021   •   376

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday, September 10, relaunched the service contracting program (SCP).

The SCP aims to provide temporary livelihood to pandemic-displaced workers in the transportation industry as well as assist healthcare workers and Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) with their daily commute to work through the “Libreng Sakay” program.

The initiative was approved under the Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Under the program, public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators will receive performance-based incentives weekly— based on the number of trips made per week, whether they have a passenger or not.

Meanwhile, the government intends to implement service contracting as a regular program to provide sustainable livelihood to transport workers, with the end view of enhancing efficiency and quality of public transportation.

DOTr, DOLE sign MOA to provide livelihood assistance to transport workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday, October 12, signed a memorandum of agreement to provide livelihood assistance to  transport workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program.

The eTSUPERneur program is a long-term solution that provides transport workers with entrepreneurial-related training, business management orientation, business capital, and micro-insurance.

Participants who wish to join the program will be trained in various skillsets as they enter businesses related to food, mechanical and others. Each participant will receive an amount of P30,000 as one of the benefits.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the program can help workers in the transport sector earn an extra income, while providing service to the commuting public.

Nakapakalaking bagay para sa mga naghahanap-buhay sa pampublikong sasakyan na magkaroon ng karagdagang kaalaman upang mapabuti ang kanilang serbisyo, o hindi kaya ay magkaroon sila ng kakayahan sa pagnenegosyo at para sa iba pang pagkakakitaan para makabangon sa gitna ng pandemya (It is a big deal for transport workers to have additional knowledge to improve their service or have the capability to start a business as an alternative livelihood amid the pandemic),” he said. AAC

 

PNR Clark Phase 1: On track for completion — DOTr

Maris Federez   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced the nearing completion of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos).

In its Facebook post, the DOTr said the PNR Clark Phase 1 is on track for completion as the first trainset of the rolling stock contract is now undergoing a series of factory acceptance testing (FAT) in Japan.

Through the said testing, the newly manufactured trainset will undergo verification if it meets its intended purpose.

It shall also determine if the trainset is compliant with several international standards, such as the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS).

The DOTr expects the trainset to arrive at the Malanday Depot on the first week of December 2021 as it is scheduled to depart the Yokohama Port this month.

“Aligned with the BUILD, BUILD, BUILD Program of the Duterte administration, the PNR Clark Phase 1 project aims to serve around 300,000 passengers daily and is expected to reduce travel time between Tutuban in Manila and Malolos in Bulacan from 1 hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes,” the statement said.

The DOTr said it remains committed to WORK, WORK, WORK through vital transport infrastructure projects, noting that it now has 264 calendar days to go “to fulfill the promise of a comfortable life to Filipinos”.

Tugade on not filing COC: Tuloy ang trabaho sa pagtatapos ng proyekto

Maris Federez   •   October 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Saturday announced that his decision to no longer file his certificate of candidacy (COC) was prompted by multiple reasons.

Tugade said that not filing his COC will emphasize that the efforts of the DOTr in finishing projects are not, in any way, in aid of election.

“It is just in doing and completing what we sincerely and honestly think is good for the country, the people, and the sambayanan,” the official said on his Facebook post.

“Tuloy ang trabaho sa pagtatapos ng proyekto. Tuloy ang pagtawag pansin sa mga tamang gawa,” he added.

Tugade, meanwhile, expressed his gratitude for the trust that he received from his supporters.

“Maraming maraming salamat po sa tiwala, suporta at dasal. Sana po ay tuloy-tuloy ito hanggang matapos ang mga proyekto,” he said.

Tugade was among the senatorial line-up of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Cusi-wing for the 2022 national elections. —/mbmf

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