List: Airports allowed to resume commercial flights as of June 27

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020   •   289

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has updated the list of airports that have been allowed to resume commercial flights following issuance of clearance from their respective local government units (LGUs). 

As of Saturday (June 27), a total of 23 airports across the country received the authority to resume commercial airport operations. 

The DOTr also announced that additional 10 airports will be allowed to accept commercial flights on later dates.

However, the DOTr reminds passengers that some airports are still subject to different LGU restrictions as regards the resumption of commercial flights in their area of jurisdictions. 

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No penalty for motorists without RFID stickers until Jan. 11 — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The full implementation of cashless transactions in all major expressways in the country is all set for December 1.

This means all tollways will no longer accept cash payment in line with the government’s effort to curb the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This is the reason why motorists are encouraged to secure RFID stickers as early as possible.

Motorists using the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) and the Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAEx) are required to have the Easy Trip RFID sticker.

Meanwhile, motorists plying the Skyway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), Star Tollway and the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX) are required to have the Autosweep RFID sticker.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified however, that the December 1 deadline is set only for tollway operators and it does not apply to motorists.

“Iyong pagkakabit po kasi ng RFID stickers ay magpapatuloy kahit matapos na ang December 2020 lalo na para doon sa mga first time toll users sa mga bagong sasakyan,” said DOTr ASec. Goddess Hope Libiran.

“Kung puno na ang slots sa online appointment systems doon ka po sa tollgate kakabitan,” she added.

The DOTr will have a transition period for motorists to have ample time to adapt to the system.

From December 1 to January 11, 2021, motorists without RFID stickers will not be penalized even if they pass the tollways.

“After January 11 hindi na po lahat ng lanes sa tollgate ay pwedeng maconvert na stickering lane. Maari lang po silang ma-tiketan kung sila po ay pipila doon sa RFID only lane lalo na kung sila ay magdudulot po ng aberya o ng abala dun sa mga sasakyan na nasa likuran nila,” Libiran said.

As the deadline approaches, the DOTr will intensify its RFID installation making it operational 24/7 aside from the online appointments and special lanes so that more motorists will be able to avail.

Meanwhile, tollway operators advised motorists to refrain from purchasing RFID stickers online to avoid problems and make sure the stickers are installed properly.

“We’re just imposing few more controls because ang pagkakabit ng sticker by the customers themselves. We also found out medyo prone to mistakes. Sa dami po ng klase ng sasakyan natin meron pa ring margin of error na pagdating po natin sa toll lane magkakaproblema,” reminded Atty Romulo Quimbo Jr, MPTC Chief Communications Officer.

DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).

This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.

Motorists can set appointment online to get RFID stickers – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists who have yet to install radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers can soon schedule an appointment to secure one, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr said the EasyTrip Services Corporation (ESC) has launched an online appointment system for faster and hassle-free RFID application.

Called Online RFID Reservation and Appointment System (ORRAS), motorists will be required to scan a QR code in order to book an appointment.

After accomplishing the registration process, applicants can then pick their preferred date, time and location for the sticker installation.

“With this, expressway motorists can now skip the long lines, and can now easily book their RFID sticker installation appointment online,” the DOTr said.

To secure an appointment via ORRAS, applicants must follow these steps:

  • Scan the Easytrip QR code found in the NLEX, CAVITEX, CALAX FB pages, Twitter, Instagram and website; Easytrip FB page and website.
  • Accomplish the registration.
  • When registration is successful, choose your preferred date, time, and location. Motorists are advised to ensure completeness and accuracy of data.

Once the process has been completed, a confirmation QR code will be sent to their email address.

On the day of the appointment, applicants are advised to present the email confirmation and their QR code at the installation site.

The department stressed that social distancing should be observed, and applicants should refrain from alighting their vehicle as a personnel will approach them to scan their QR code.

Upon validation, they will be required to pay the initial load of P 200 for CAVITEX and CALAX, and P 500 for NLEX. The RFID sticker will then be installed.

The EasyTrip appointment-only RFID sticker installation will be opened in selected locations:

  • Cavitex Paranaque Plaza Northbound
  • Cavitex Paranaque Plaza Southbound
  • C5 South Link Westbound
  • CALAX Greenfield (Mamplasan)
  • Shell Pamplona, Alabang-Zapote Rd., Las Pinas City
  • Shell Panapaan, Bacoor, Cavite (in front of Puregold Bacoor)
  • Shell Real 2, Aguinaldo Highway, Imus, Cavite (near Maynilad – Welcome to Imus Arch)
  • NLEX Drive and Dine, Canumay West, Valenzuela City

More online appointment-only locations will be added in the coming months, the DOTr said.

The DOTr also reminded motorists that there is “no need to panic” as the RFID installation will continue beyond December 1 for infrequent tollway travelers.

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