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France funds study on proposed Metro Manila cable car system

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

IN PHOTO: The Department of Transportation (DOTr), with the help of the French Government, jumpstarts the feasibility study for an urban cable car project in Metro Manila, in a program held at the DOTr Clark Office in Pampanga today, 14 November 2018.

MANILA, Philippine – The Philippines and the French government has begun the conduct of a feasibility study on the proposed cable car system for Metro Manila.

Representatives from both governments kicked off the first technical meeting for the €450,000 (P27M) transport project on Wednesday (November 14) at the regional office of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in Clark, Pampanga.

Based on the initial discussions, the technical working group proposed the construction of the cable car system in Metro Manila.

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, however, suggested that the cable car system be established in La Union-Baguio route or in Caticlan-Boracay route. – UNTV News and Rescue

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LTO begins distribution of license plates

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) began on Thursday (July 5) its distribution of license plates in LTO regional offices for car owners who registered their vehicles in 2016.

The license plates may be claimed at LTO authorized district offices. Car owners may also coordinate with their respective dealers for the license.

The ceremonial plate distribution was led by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante at the LTO Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City.

“Iyong tinatawag nilang republikang walang plaka ay hindi na totoo pagkat ngayong araw na ito maguumpisa ng maisyu at mairelease yung mga plaka,” Tugade said.

Based on LTO’s record, the agency was able to produce more than 200,000 license plates through the agency’s newly opened plate-making facility. These number covers car registrations up to December 2016.

LTO, however, clarified that the distribution of plates will not be done in bulk but by schedule to ensure proper and appropriate distribution.

Meanwhile, vehicles registered from 2013 to 2016 are not covered by the distribution pending approval from the Commission on Audit (COA). LTO said they are still awaiting COA’s resolution on the three million backlog plates included in a contract in question.

“May napipintong resolusyon ito  at as soon as the COA disallowance is resolved makakapagproceed na kami on how to treat the previous contract,”

Likewise, there is no distribution of plates for motorcycles, according to LTO, pending finality of a legislation approving the change in the size of motorcycle plates. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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LTFRB Bicol exec, employees fired over allegations of corruptions

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

An LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) regional director (RD)and three other LTFRB employees have been fired over corruption charges.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III last Friday, April 20, personally served the order against Bicol Regional Director Jun Abrazaldo, and promptly appointed Ret. Col. Vladimir Kahulugan as the latter’s replacement.

“We don’t tolerate corruption under this administration. When your top official such as an RD is allegedly involved what can you expect from the entire office? Madaling makahawa yan (It’s contagious),”said Chairman Delgra.

This comes on the heels of a suspension order issued against Atty. Mary Jil Caurel, Hearing Officer IV of LTFRB Bicol over allegations of grave misconduct and other administrative offenses.

Caurel is being accused of accepting bribes to expedite applications for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC); extorting money in exchange for the release of impounded vehicles; delaying franchise applications; and falsifying entries in her daily time records.

A show cause order against them will also be issued against two of her administrative aides, Christine Yan and Erlisa Sedano, to explain their alleged role in the charges.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has previously directed all offices and agencies under the Department of Transportation to get rid of corrupt officials and employees which he tagged as “termites” in the organization. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Independent audit team to release result of study on Dalian trains next week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: A Dalian train on a test run

MANILA, Philippines —A video recently went viral on social media. It shows Dalian trains properly running during a test run.

It drew positive comments, and some netizens even asked why the said trains are not being used.

In response, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said they could not just use the Dalian trains without proper assessment.

Batan explained that they still have to properly examine the trains’ signaling system, compatibility, and power supply to ensure that these are safe for public use.

“We are talking about half a million passengers every day. Hindi po basta-basta dapat nagdedesisyon (It should not be hastily decided upon),” said the transportation undersecretary.

The independent audit team, TUV Rheinland continues to conduct a series of tests on the Dalian trains.

It is expected to release the result of its examination on March 10.

The government will then use the results as basis on whether or not to use said trains.

It has been two years since these coaches were delivered to the Philippines from China.

However, passengers have yet to benefit from the said trains considering that Metro Rail Transit (MRT) operations frequently experience glitches.

Meanwhile, the DOTr said, operations of MRT did not experience disruptions from February 22 to 28.

“Siguro sinuswerte tayo. Nandiyan yung spareparts na kailangan. Na-adressan kaagad. Walang mga taong nagbubukas ng pinto. Sana magtuloy-tuloy,” DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade said.

(We are getting lucky. The spare parts are already here. We have already addressed the concerns. There are no more people forcibly opening the train doors.)

For now, only seven to nine MRT trains are running daily. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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