LTFRB to fast track pending franchise applications of TNVS

admin   •   July 19, 2017   •   5454

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has vowed to fast track the processing of thousands of pending franchise applications of transport network vehicle services (TNVS)

For this reason, the agency has put up one-stop-shop at its main office where more than 3,000 drivers who were first granted with franchises, will be able to apply for the renewal of their provisional authorities as well as certificates of public convenience (CPC).

On Wednesday the LTFRB’s technical working group had their meeting with the representatives of Uber and Grab, to tackle the issues about their system.

Uber and Grab management committed to provide the agency a complete list and detailed information of their operations.

This will serve as the basis of the LTFRB, to come up with a concrete plan on how to settle the problems with thousands of TNVS.

LTFRB clarified that as of now, they will prioritize the expedited processing of around 11,000 pending franchise applications that were filed even before the moratorium was issued.

Meanwhile the agency stood firm that it will resume arrests of “colorum” TNVS on July 26.

Transportation Department on the other pointed out that they understand the need for better public transportation, but insisted that there is an existing law that Uber and Grab must follow.

“Let’s take it as it is. We really have a problem with our public transportation but that doesn’t mean that we will bend the rules,” DOTr Road Transport Undersecretary Thomas Orbos said.

Some drivers are worried about the negative impact of these issues on their livelihood.

Grab driver Paulo Ortiz said, “We were given application to travel on the roads, however, we have this kind problem. How are we going to pay for our car loans?

Meanwhile, Uber driver Ronnie Francisco said, “If we had been informed about the moratorium, I think we would not have applied for a car loan.”

On July 26, all apprehended TNVS will be fined of P120,000 with vehicles subject for impounding for a period of 3 months. — Joan Nano |UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

Construction of Mindanao railway system to begin in 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2019

Image from Department of Transportation (DOTr)

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of the first phase of the Mindanao Railway System is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Monday.

The DOTr said the bidding for the construction of the project will be held on November 2019 while the groundbreaking is scheduled early next year, citing a Facebook post of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Manny Piñol.   

Phase 1 of the Mindanao railway project covers 102 kilometers linking the Davao region through its major cities Davao City, Tagum and Digos.

It is designed to accommodate around 110,000 passengers per day in its opening year.

During a briefing last Sept. 12, Piñol asked project planners to consider the coastal areas of Surigao down to Davao Occidental and Sultan Kudarat provinces in the railway project.

These coastal regions, according to Piñol, could be transformed into major food production and tourism areas if they are connected to the railway system.

The MinDA chief said his agency will provide the project’s engineering consultants a commodity map of Mindanao to help them identify key production areas in the region.

Piñol added that the groundwork for the succeeding phases of the 1,550-kilometer railway system is also being prepared by a group of Chinese engineering consultants.

The Mindanao Railway project is seen to be completed by 2022. It is projected to increase the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to 134,060 once it becomes operational.

The railway’s first segment is also envisioned to reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours.

MRT-3 resumes partial ops after Guadalupe station cable cut off

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it has restored partial operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) train service as of 9:45 a.m. after a cut in the overhead catenary system (OCS) caused the suspension of the entire operations earlier.

“MRT-3 resumes partial operations from North Avenue Station to Shaw Boulevard Station (both bounds) as of 9:45 a.m.,” the DOTr-MRT-3 said in an advisory.

“Repair works to restore full service in the entire line is ongoing,” it added.

MRT-3 operations were suspended around 6:42 a.m. Friday due to a reported OCS cable cut which caused insufficient power supply from Shaw Boulevard to Santolan.

The management then implemented provisional service from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard.

In its 10 a.m. update on Twitter, the DOTr-MRT-3 said that repair works is still ongoing to restore full service in the entire line before 5 p.m. Friday.

It also reported that as of 10:43 a.m., six trains are running in the mainline with 10 minutes headway, and passengers were able to board the train in partial operations from North Ave. Station to Shaw Boulevard.

The MRT-3 management assured that once the full operations have been restored, it will conduct an investigation to determine how the overhead catenary cable could have been cut.

“We will issue an advisory every hour today until Full Operations is resumed. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” it said.

DOTr defends bid to grant emergency powers to Duterte

Maris Federez   •   September 5, 2019

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday (Sept. 5) appealed to the House of Representatives (HOR) to grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte.

This is to give the government more latitude in addressing the traffic problems, particularly in Metro Manila.

While DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade agrees to the lawmakers that several traffic strategies can be implemented even without any grant of emergency powers to the executive, he said such implementation will be slow and might not still be completed even after their term in office has ended.

Tugade further said government projects that are aimed at solving the traffic problems in the country may even be stalled by the long processes in the bureaucracy and even by some laws, such as, on the Right of Way.

To which some members of the House disagree.

“In other countries, no emergency powers were granted to the executive to solve the traffic congestion,” said Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman.

Tugade, on the other hand, said, “emergency power is not forever. It has a defined time. In fact, sinasabi ho namin noon at uulitin ko ngayon, yung emergency power noon was between two to three years kung naibigay ho noon yan [we’d been saying ever since, and I’m saying it again, the emergency powers (we’ve been asking then) was between two and three years, if it had been granted then].”

Earlier on Thursday, the DOTr presented to the House their P147-billion proposed budget for 2020.

A major portion of this will be allocated to the railway sector with P108-billion budget, or equivalent to 98.78% of the department’s total budget.

The department believes that improving the railway sector will be a big help in easing the transportation problems not just in Metro Manila but in other key areas in the country as well. (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

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