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

admin   •   March 2, 2018   •   4475

 

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

Students’ exemption from PH airport terminal fees to begin August 1

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that beginning August 1, students will no longer have to pay terminal fees at all airports owned and operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, the DOTr said a memorandum circular stipulating the waving of terminal fees for students has been signed by CAAP director general Jim Syndiongco.

LOOK: ‘MALASAKIT,’ AS PROMISED!Starting tomorrow, 01 August 2019, students will be exempted from paying terminal fees…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, 31 July 2019

This policy applies to students who are currently enrolled in preschool to college, including in trade, arts, technical and vocational schools and training centers.

“Qualified students who will avail of the exemption shall apply for a student exemption certificate at Malasakit Help Desks located in airports,” the DOTr said.

Student passengers with flights starting August 1, 2019 and purchased tickets previously within a period of one year may “seek for refund of the terminal fee that was integrated into their airline tickets purchased at point of sale or online.”

The DOTr said refund may be claimed in all Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports.

“All Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports shall serve as refund counters until such time the airlines are able to facilitate the exemption in their booking system,” it said.

The DOTr earlier announced that students would get free rides from government-operated railway lines and exemption from terminal fees in seaports and airports across the country.

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees

The agency said this initiative is part of the government’s efforts to provide Filipinos comfortable lives.

DOJ, DOTr discuss immigration issues at airports

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Transportation (Dotr) discussed on Tuesday (July 23) immigration issues at airports.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has suggested providing a rapid response or strike force composed of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) personnel who will undergo training.

These personnel will assist in immigration procedures without compromising security.

Tugade also suggested additional e-gates and manpower for all immigration counters.

“There should not be a time where immigration booths are to be unmanned. Let us collaborate. Let us work with each other. What is at stake here is the image of our country,” Secretary Tugade said.

Both departments also discussed the preparations for the upcoming SEA Games.

“Issues have to be addressed. We really need to do something about it.  Filipinos who are known for our hospitality, pagdating pa lang ng turista, ipakita na natin sa kanila (We should show it to tourists),” according to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra.—AAC

DOTR signs order permanently allowing hatchbacks, sub-compact cars to operate as TNVS

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Hatchback-type and sub-compact cars will now be allowed to operate as transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Friday.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the department order which was announced by Transport Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran to media.

“Sec. Tugade signs the Department Order permanently allowing hatchbacks and sub-compact cars as TNVS units,” Libiran told reporters in a message.

A copy of the order has yet to be furnished to the media.

The formal signing of the department order follows Tugade’s directive on Thursday for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to implement its Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-005, which allows hatchback units to operate as public transport on certain conditions.

Tugade issued the instruction following complaints from stakeholders on the matter.

“Kung kailangang baguhin ang ilang dokumento, baguhin. Kung kailangang i-improve, dapat i-improve,” Tugade said in a statement.

DOTr TO LTFRB: IMPLEMENT MC; ALLOW HATCHBACKS, DELISTED TNVS TO OPERATE ANEWDepartment of Transportation (DOTr)…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, 18 July 2019

Under MC 2018-005, all accredited hatchback units shall be allowed to operate as public transport provided that they only operate during the transition period of three (3) years, only in Metro Manila, and charge a lower fare.

However, only hatchback units that were among the 55,000 units in the masterlist and whose applications were filed from March 5 to December 15, 2018 are entitled to the benefit granted by MC 2018-005.

DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Richmund de Leon earlier said the LTFRB will need to amend its memorandum to allow the permanent classification of hatchbacks as TNVS units, and to re-enlist TNVS units that were previously removed from the masterlist.

He further cited that the inclusion of hatchbacks in the TNVS fleet will greatly benefit the commuting public.

“We are giving the commuters their transport options. Kung gusto niya na mas mura ang biyahe niya, mag-hatchback siya,” he said.

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