DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020   •   493

MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).

This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.

3 vehicles impounded in intensified anti-colorum operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three vehicles were impounded during an anti-colorum operation of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) on Thursday (April 8).

Authorities conducted the operation in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The three vehicles impounded were two shuttle vans and one jeepney – all operating illegally for not having special permits.

“The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) is enhancing its anti-colorum activities as illegal transport activities pose health hazards and increased virus transmission during community quarantine season,” according to I-ACT.

Last week, an LTFRB-led operation had apprehended colorum vehicles and trucks which were used to transport civilians amid the travel restrictions imposed during the quarantine period.

Seventy-nine passengers of the said apprehended vehicles s were found out to be positive of the COVID-19 virus.

I-ACT said it will increase its road inspections especially its anti-colorum operations as a response to the increasing illegal transport activities in the region. -AAC

DOTr to heighten security against colorum vehicles

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will strengthen its security to apprehend colorum or unauthorized vehicles.

This was after a video went viral showing a closed van from Southern Tagalog illegally ferrying passengers out of Metro Manila.

DOTr Asec. Mark Steven Pastor said the department is alarmed by the report especially when there is a surge of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Nakakalungkot po na ibalita sa inyo na sa kabila ng pagtaas ng bilang ng COVID-19 cases. May mga kababayan pa rin po tayong pumupuslit sa iligal na pamamaraan particular ho dito sa Bicol na pinipili pong sumakay ng colorum. Dahil nga po sa colorum, wala pong health screening, wala pong nagbabantay kung APOR [Authorized Person Outside of Residence] po sila (It is saddening news despite the rising COVID-19 cases. We have fellow Filipinos illegally travelling, especially in Bicol, there are passengers opting to board colorum with no health screenings and they are not monitored if they are APOR),” he said.

The department already identified the persons of interest in the said viral video and already sent a show-cause order to them.

Other law enforcers also apprehended other colorum vehicles transporting passengers in and out of Metro Manila.

The DOTr said proven violators will be meted out a fine ranging from P50,000 to P1 million. -AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DOTr chief Tugade orders testing of all railway personnel

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – All railway personnel have been ordered to undergo testing for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of commuters and further avert the spread of the viral respiratory disease, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

In a statement, the DOTr said its railway sector is continuing with the mass testing of personnel from the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), the Philippine National Railways (PNR), and the Light Rail Transit lines 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and LRT-2) in line with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade’s directive.

The department said at least 860 MRT-3 personnel underwent swab tests. Of which, 131 tested positive.

Of the PNR’s personnel, 131 were found positive out of 1,013 who were tested.

The LRT-1 reported 171 COVID-19 positive out of 377 tested personnel, while 143 out of 571 LRT-2 workers were infected with the virus.

The DOTr said the testing of railway personnel contributed to the line’s limited operations since the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal was extended on Monday, 5 April 2021.

The MRT-3 line is operating with 14 train sets while the LRT-1 line is dispatching 17 trains. The LRT-2 line is operating with five trains.

Passengers affected by the limited train operations are being accommodated by bus augmentations on several routes, the DOTr said.

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