DOTr’s Tugade meets with Tolentino on emergency powers bid vs PH traffic woes

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2019   •   2521

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday met with Senator Francis Tolentino to discuss plans on refiling an emergency powers bill to solve the country’s traffic woes, particularly in Metro Manila.

Tugade said he met with Tolentino to tackle the measure that has been pending in both chambers of Congress for more than two years.

The transportation chief said he will do his best to convince lawmakers to pass the bill, which he sees as a vital solution to the country’s perennial problem on traffic.

“‘Wag po nating pabaunan ng duda ‘yung deliberasyon, pababaunan ko yan ng kaliwanagan sa pag-uusap. Naniniwala ako na kung ang mga mag-uusap ay may kaliwanagan, magkakaroon ng kooperasyon, pwede po nating mapadali ito,” he told reporters in an interview.

(Let us not cast doubt on the deliberation, I will shed light on its importance during discussion. I believe than when it is tackled by people who understand it, there will be cooperation. This can be fast-tracked.)

Tolentino earlier said he will push for the emergency powers bid once the incoming 18th Congress convenes on July 22.

The lawmaker said his version of the bill focuses on strengthening the mandate of concerned agencies and local government units to address the traffic crisis.

“Nalagyan natin ng ibang detalye na wala dati, for instance ‘yung working hours, ‘yung adjustment ng oras ng pagpasok at yung role ng mga local government units,” he said.

(We have placed there details that are not present in the previous bill, for instance the working hours, adjustment of working hours and the role of local government units.)

The bill seeking to ease the worsening traffic situation was first filed after Duterte said in his 2016 State of the Nation Address that traffic problems should be legitimately addressed if Congress could accord him emergency powers.

He eventually gave up on his plan after some lawmakers said that the emergency powers might be used for corruption.

Under the proposed Traffic Crisis Act, previously filed in the 17th Congress, the Transportation Secretary will be designated as Traffic Chief with power of control and supervision over land transportation agencies. He will also have the authority to harmonize and enforce all traffic rules and regulations to implement a unified traffic system throughout each of the metropolitan areas and implement programs that will have significant impact on addressing the traffic crisis.

The bill was approved on third and final reading of the House of Representatives while its Senate version reached the plenary but was not approved until the 17th Congress adjourned.

Although there is a need to resolve the worsening traffic woes in the country, the DOTr said that once the bill is refiled, they will not ask the president to certify it as urgent.

“Kung magkasundo po kami sa mga datos at detalye, hindi po ba mas magandang pumunta kami kay pangulo na handa na yung detalye kaysa blanket na hihingin na wala pang detalye?  Hindi ho ba mas magandang proseso yung ganun?” he said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

DOTr asks Google to include PH bike lane routes in map app

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday said it has requested Google to include the country’s bike lane routes in the dashboard of its popular real-time navigation app Google maps.

The DOTr said the inclusion of bike lanes on Google maps will help cyclists on their daily commutes.

“This will be a very good innovation for Google Maps considering that many Filipinos now are riding bikes as their main mode of transportation which brings significant health and environmental benefits especially amid the pandemic,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement.

Google has yet to approve DOTr’s request but Tugade expressed confidence the tech giant will most likely pursue the suggestion as it is a supporter of active transport.

“We have asked Google to consider this suggestion top priority considering the increasing number of Filipino cyclists. We are confident that we can win their support on this,” said Tugade.

The DOTr said it has already completed its 500-kilometer bike lane network in metropolitan cities across the Philippines.

The bike lane network includes Metro Manila (313.12 kilometers), Metro Cebu (129.47 kilometers), and Metro Davao (54.74 kilometers).

Bike lanes have pavement markings, physical separators, solar-powered road studs, thermoplastic paints, road signages, and bike racks.

The project was funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, the DOTr said.

Presyo ng baboy, posible pang tumaas habang papalapit ang holiday season – DA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tumaas ang presyo ng karne ng baboy sa ilang pamilihan sa Metro Manila.

Sa ulat ni Aileen Cerrudo sa UNTV C-News, sinasabing umaabot sa P20 hanggang P60 ang presyo ng karne ng baboy.

Sa Mega Q Mart, nasa P420 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo, P350-P360 naman ang halaga ng kada kilo ng kasim.

Sa Commonwealth Market, hanggang P320 ang halaga ng liempo at nasa P360 naman ang kasim.

Nasa P390 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P300 to P340 ang presyo ng kasim sa Malabon Central Market.

Sa Munoz at Guadalupe Market naman, umiikot sa P360 hanggang P380 ang kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P320 at P330 naman ang kasim.

Ayon sa Department of Agriculture (DA), ito ay bunsod ng kakulangan pa rin sa supply ng baboy dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Ayon sa DA, posible pang tumaas ang presyo ng baboy sa pagsapit ng buwan ng Disyembre dahil sa inaasahang pagtaas ng demand kaugnay ng holiday season.

Polisiya sa pagpasok ng mga bata sa mall, dedesisyunan na ng NCR mayors

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Patuloy nang tinatalakay ng mga alkalde sa National Capital Region (NCR) ang polisiyang nararapat ipatupad kaugnay ng pagpasok ng mga bata sa mga mall at kahalintulad na lugar sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng COVID-19.

Ngayong Huwebes, magpupulong ang mga alkade upang pag-usapan kung hihigpitan ba ang mga panuntunan sa pagpasok ng mga menor de edad sa mga mall at iba pang pampublikong lugar, partikular na sa Metro Manila.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng panawagan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na pagbawalan muna ang mga batang may edad 12 taon at pababa sa pagpasok sa mga mall at iba pang kahalintulad na lugar.

Ginawa ng Panguio ang panawagan matapos mapaulat na isang 2-taong gulang na bata ang nag-positibo sa COVID-19 matapos umanong mamasyal sa mall.

Una nang sinabi ng Metro Manila Council na nakikipagpulong na sila sa health experts at stakeholders kaugnay ng isyu para sa gagawing rekomendasyon.

Isa sa mga isinaalang-alang ng konseho ay kung papayagan ang pagdadala sa mga sanggol sa mga mall at iba pang lugar na sakop ng 3Cs category (closed, crowded, close contact settings) dahil hindi angkop sa mga ito ang pagsusuot ng face mask.

Para naman sa Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI), may negatibong epekto sa ekonomiya ang pagbabawal sa mga bata sa mga mall.

Ayon kay CCPI President Jose Luis Yulo Jr., malaki ang epekto ng bata sa consumer spending lalo na ngayong lumalakas na muli ang bentahan bunsod ng papalapit na holiday season.

kaya apela ng grupo ng mga negosyante sa pamahalaan, pag-aralang maigi ang usapin bago magpatupad ng polisiya.

Mula nang isailalim sa COVID-19 Alert Level 2 ang NCR ay naging mas maluwag na ang restrictions sa paggalaw ng publiko.

Mas maraming negosyo na rin ang pinayagang mag-operate sa limitadong kapasidad. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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