LTFRB, LTO probe vehicle accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2019   •   2337

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are now investigating on the fatal road accident in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday (May 6).

READ: 3 killed, 73 injured in road accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Three were killed while 73 were injured when an AMV Travel and Tour Bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road.

Based on the initial investigation, “human error” is the cause of the accident.

The LTFRB also discovered that the tour bus was traversing in an authorized route. They will also file a preventive suspension order against the other bus units of AMV Travel and Tours.(with reports from Joan Nano)

Phivolcs downgrades Quezon town quake to magnitude 5.3

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has downgraded the magnitude of an earthquake that hit Burdeos town in Quezon Province to magnitude 5.3 on Friday afternoon.

Phivolcs originally placed the magnitude at 5.5 before eventually revising it to 5.3.

Based on the latest earthquake information posted on Phivolcs website, the tectonic quake struck at 4:28 p.m. with a depth of 62 kilometers. Its epicenter was traced 39 kilometers northeast of Burdeos.

Phivolcs recorded varying quake intensities felt in the following areas:

  • Intensity 5 – Burdeos and Infanta, Quezon; Los Baños and Pakil, Laguna
  • Intensity 4 – Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Marikina City; Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Alabat and Gen. Nakar, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 – Guinayangan, Quezon; Muntinlupa City; Manila City; San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; Bacoor, Cavite; Maddela, Quirino; San Mateo, Rizal; Baler, Aurora; Lucena City
  • Intensity 2 – Dingalan, Aurora; Mandaluyong City; Apalit, Pampanga; Taguig City; Lucban, Quezon
  • Intensity 1 – San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Gapan City; Meycauayan, Bulacan

Instrumental Intensity were recorded in the following areas:

  • Intensity 5 – Polillo, Quezon
  • Intensity 4 – Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte; Quezon City; Alabat and Mauban, Quezon
  • Intensity 3 – Guinayangan, Quezon; Marikina City; Baler, Aurora; Tagaytay City; Quezon City; Navotas City
  • Intensity 2 – Mulanay, Lucban and Gumaca, Quezon; Malolos and San Ildefonso, Bulacan; Guagua, Pampanga; Las Pinas City; Pasig City; San Juan City; Caloocan City; Malabon City; Muntinlupa City; Calumpit, Bulacan
  • Intensity 1 – Talisay, Batangas; Olongapo City; San Jose, Nueva Ecija

Phivolcs said that due to the magnitude of this quake, the islands of Polillo, Jamalig, and Burdeos may suffer damages.

Aftershocks are also expected and may be felt in areas near the epicenter.

Based on earthquake information posted on Phivolcs website, aftershocks of varying magnitudes have been recorded: magnitude 2.4 at 5:02 p.m., magnitude 4.7 at 5:18 p.m., magnitude 2.9 at 5:20 pm.; and magnitude 1.5 at 6:27 p.m. – All were felt in Burdeos, Quezon.

The temblor caused the temporary suspension of railway services and classes in several schools in Metro Manila.

MMDA awaits SC decision on fate of provincial bus ban

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

File photo: MMDA personnel accost provincial buses traversing Edsa. (Photo courtesy of MMDA)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Wednesday that it leaves the fate of the proposed provincial bus ban up to the Supreme Court (SC).

MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview that “it will depend on the order of the Court if they will tell us to scrap the policy or to hold its implementation.”

He added that they are just waiting for the court order.

Nebrija made the statement after several lawmakers filed separate petitions before the SC to stop the implementation of MMDA Regulation No. 19-002.

The order seeks to ban all provincial buses from plying along Edsa, which one of the petitioners, Albay Representative Joey Salceda, believes as “oppressive and unfair.”

Read: Salceda urges SC to halt provincial bus ban on EDSA

Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.

“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.

The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.

Read: MMDA: Edsa bus ban one of the best options in decongesting Metro Manila

Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.

Read: Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

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3 killed, 73 injured in road accident in Atimonan, Quezon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2019

Courtesy: Google Map

A road accident in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday (May 6) has left 73 injured and three dead.

A tour bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday night.

Initial report said that the tour bus driver was trying to overtake several vehicles when it collided into the approaching truck.

The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Benedict Borja Belencio, and truck helper, 28-year-old Michael Gerona Sy, were both killed inside their vehicle. A bus passenger, 46-years-old Pio Jacob del Monte, died from serious injuries.

The injured passengers were brought to Doña Martha Memorial District Hospital and Nuestra Señora Delos Angeles General Hospital(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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