HOR suspends DOTr’s truck phase-out order

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2018   •   3471

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House of Representatives (HOR) on Monday (December 10) suspended the implementation of an order issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) phasing out trucks 15 years old and above.

According to House Committee on Metro Manila Development, the suspension was due to lack of comprehensive study on its implementation by the agencies enforcing the order.

“(Were) there studies made prior to issuance of this department order, studies that reflect that after 15 years, certain vehicles in the country resulted in accidents breakdowns of trucks?’ asked COOP-NATCO Party list Rep. Anthony Bravo.

“On my personal knowledge po wala po. Hindi ko po alam sa DOTR. Ang alam ko po nag trigger nito yung mga dumadaming aksidete ng units,” replied Board Member Ronaldo Corpuz of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Corpuz argued that vehicles 15 years old and above are already prone to accidents since the metals could be worn out already due to age.

“Ikino-consider din po diyan ang metal fatigue. Kahit po sabihin natin na kunwari ang isang unit ay nagpa-ganda pero iyong kalamnan niya ay medyo marupok na rin,” Corpuz argued.

But the House panel and a group of truckers are not convinced by LTFRB’s argument.

“Ang naaaksidenteng nakikita natin nakakatulog lang yung drivers,” said Senior Citizens Party list Rep. Francisco Datol.

“Ang problema po ang disiplina ng mga driver natin. Kung minsan kung makipagbalagbagan sa kalsada kala mo sidecar ang dala,” added Rep. Michael Lopez of Manila.

For the Alliance of Philippine Brokers and Truckers, the standard of the vehicle is not measured by its age.

“There could very well be trucks that are 5 years old and yet not be road worthy…it appears that the standard being used is not reasonable,” argued Atty. Ferdinand Mañebo, the group’s legal counsel.

The House committee suggested that the DOTr should work more on purchasing new motor vehicle inspection service units to make sure that all vehicles are properly checked before travelling.

“Two years ago we [Congress] allocated funds for the purchase of MVIS.  However, because of the bureaucratic delay of your office, hindi po nare-realize ang beauty ng implementation ng MVIS,” explained Committee Chair Rep. Winnie Castelo.

Castelo has ordered the committee secretary to notify the DOTr of the suspension of the order on truck phase out. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

Cayetano assures no delay in passing 2020 proposed National Budget

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano assured that there will be no delays in the passage of the proposed National Budget for 2020 in the House of Representative (HOR).

However, there will be slight changes in the budget of several agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Energy and Health.

The Lower House also vowed to scrutinize the funds for infrastructure projects to prevent ‘cuts’ or corruption in the government’s projects.

“There will be no post budget enactment intervention by any member of Congress dyan,” Cayetano said.

“So iyong ‘no pork, no parking, no delay,’ iyan na rin ang mantra namin, ( ‘No pork, no parking, no delay, that is our mantra now to),” Cayeteno said. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

Construction of Sangley Airport now 72% complete — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

Courtesy: the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Sangley Airport in Cavite is almost done, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The new airport is now 72% complete as construction works run 24/7 for the general aviation and turboprop operations of the airport.

Structural works have been continuous for the prompt completion of the passenger terminal building as well as the grade preparation for the hangar’s concrete slab.

Roofing and gutter installation is almost complete, according to DOTr, as well as the ramp and taxiway construction including the drainage system at the airport’s landside area.

The ongoing construction is in line with the directive of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to make sure that the facility will be completed in time for the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte which is in November of this year.

Once completed, the Sangley Airport is expected help decongest airport traffic at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

DOTr: No fare hike amid system rehab of MRT Line 3

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) maintains that minimum fare in MRT Line 3 will remain despite the ongoing rehabilitation works on the train system.

According to Transport Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, unless commuters experience full convenience and observe significant improvements in the MRT Line 3 system, there is no reason for any fare increase.

Meanwhile, the Department is expected to achieve its target train speed of 60 km. and the completion of its rehabilitation efforts including the replacement of new rail tracks and the addition of new train coaches by the year 2021.

Once completed, the MRT Line 3’s full operation is expected to accommodate up to 600,000 passengers every day. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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