DOTr-TWG to recommend discussion on Angkas foreign ownership issue

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 9, 2020   •   578

The Technical Working Group of the Department of Transportation (DOTr-TWG) wants to recommend in Congress a discussion on Angkas’ foreign ownership issue.

The issue stemmed from the DOTr-TWG discovering that ride-hailing Angkas is “99.9 percent” owned by a Singaporean national.

DOTr-TWG Group Consultant Alberto Suansing said based on the documents submitted by Angkas in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) an Angeline Tham owns 99.98% shares of the company.

On UNTV’s Huntahang Ligal, Suansing said the law prohibits foreigners from owning a transportation business in the Philippines.

“Singaporean iyan, hindi pwede (She is a Singaporean so it is not allowed). Sa transportasyon una (In transportation first is) citizenship, financial, capability and public need,he said.

Atty. George Garcia said there are precautions needed for the public’s safety.

“Kasi tatandaan natin life ang involved dito, aba’y mamaya foreign citizen iyan bigla nalang mawala, (Because we have to remember life is involved. We may never know, a foreign citizen might immediately leave the country),” Garcia said.

Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca already defended that he owns 60% of the company while the remaining 40% is divided into five others including Tham.

“Non-compliance with the nationality requirement, we know. So that has been rectified already,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

IATF approves implementation of service contracting of PUVs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the implementation of service contracting of public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Proposed by the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the service contracting scheme for public transport aims to subsidize public transport operations, incentivize PUV operators to return and serve commuters, and restore the livelihood of displaced transport workers, among others.

“The proposed stimulus bill has allocated budget to carry out a more financially-viable contracting scheme that will better benefit operators of public transportation units, the commuting public, and the overall public transport sector,” the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

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The measure will soon be implemented with the signing of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the “Bayanihan 2” bill into law.

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Steve Pastor said the measure will not only help operators and drivers with their livelihood but it can also help in limiting the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“We are pushing for the use of service contracting as these would allow for efficiency of travel and the reduction of transmission,” he said. AAC

DOTr warns against malicious websites using Tugade’s name as clickbait

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is warning the public against malicious websites that use the name of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade as clickbait.

In an advisory, the department said these websites use Tugade’s driver’s license to lure internet users to a bitcoin website. The website requests users to supply personal information including phone numbers, email address, and passwords.

“The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is warning the public not to access and engage a malicious web page that uses a photo of a fake driver’s license of Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade as clickbait,” the advisory reads.

ADVISORYThe Department of Transportation (DOTr) is WARNING the public NOT TO ACCESS AND ENGAGE a malicious web page…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The DOTr reiterates that the department and Secretary Tugade are not connected or affiliated with the said websites.

The department also reminds the public to be careful in accessing websites and providing information since it can be used for criminal purposes. AAC

3 dagdag na median bus stops sa EDSA, bubuksan sa Setyembre 5

Robie de Guzman   •   September 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tatlong karagdagang median bus stops sa EDSA busway ang nakatakdang buksan ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) at Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa Sabado, Setyembre 5.

Sa isang pahayag ngayong Biyernes, sinabi ng DOTr na ang dagdag na median bus stops ay matatagpuan sa North Avenue, Quezon Avenue at Nepa Q-Mart.

Ang pagbubukas ng dagdag na bus stop ay nangangahulugan ng mas maraming loading at unloading areas para sa mga pasahero ng bus na bumabaybay sa EDSA Busway.

Sa ngayon ay mayroon lamang apat na median bus stops – Guadalupe, Ortigas, Santolan, at Main Avenue – kung saan pinapayagang tumigil ng panandalian ang mga bus upang makapagsakay at makapagbaba ng pasahero.

“Sa pagbubukas ng tatlong median bus stop, magiging mas madali, maayos at ligtas ang pagbaba at pagsakay sa mga bus para sa mga pasahero sa mga nasabing lugar,” wika ni DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor.

Sa kabuuan, magkakaroon ng 29 na bus stops sa EDSA Busway, 15 dito ay kumpleto na, ayon sa ahensiya.

“Ang mga nalalabi ay unti-unting bubuksan matapos kumpletuhin ang mga kinakailangang imprastraktura at kagamitan upang masiguro na ito ay magiging ligtas sa mga pasahero,” dagdag pa nito.

Ang EDSA Busway ay isang dedicated lane sa gitnang bahagi ng EDSA upang mapabiis ang biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus.

Paalala naman ng DOTr sa mga motorista na tanging mga bus at emergency vehicles lamang ang maaaring dumaan sa EDSA Busway. Ipinagbabawal din dito ang reckless o kaskaserong mga bus drivers.

Ang inisyatibo ay isa rin umano sa mga nakikitang paraan ng pagpigil ng pagkalat ng COVID-19. Dahil mas mabilis na ang paglalakbay, binabawasan nito ang risk ng pagkahawa dulot ng matagal na exposure ng mga pasahero sa virus ng COVID-19.

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