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    LTO apologizes for system glitch

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has apologized to the public after the Land Transportation Office (LTO) experienced a glitch in its online system earlier.

    The glitch caused delays in the processing of several transactions at all offices of LTO across the country, which resulted to long queues and inconvenience among individuals renewing and applying for drivers’ license.

    The online services of LTO returned to normal at three in the afternoon. – UNTV News & Rescue

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    Cong. Ruffy Biazon gets stuck in MRT

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

    Cong. Ruffy Biazon

    MANILA, Philippines – Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon personally experienced technical glitches while onboard a train of the MRT-3 earlier Tuesday.

    The train had been on a stop for eight minutes at the Boni Station and all passengers were told to descend the train when it arrived at the Shaw Boulevard Station due to a technical glitch.

    He said some passengers even felt unwell because aside from the thick crowd inside the trains, its electricity also went down.

    The lawmaker calls on the Department of Transportation to immediately act on the glitches that happen in MRT so passengers will no longer experience another inconvenience.

    “We are calling DOTr to fast track the solution they are saying regarding the maintenance contractor which they blame as the reason for all of this. Proceed as fast as they can to replace, if needed, the maintenance contractor,” Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said. – UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    DOTr plans return 48 Dalian trains to China

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

     

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has sent letters to four international certifiers to examine the construction of 48 new train coaches for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) bought by the Philippines from China.

    DOTr Undersecretary for Rails, Cesar Chavez said the international third party will examine the 48 Dalian trains to determine its safety for passenger use.

    The process will take three months. Once the international third party finds the coaches not compatible to the signaling system of the current trains used in the MRT, the DOTr will opt to return the coaches to China.

    “If they say these are not operationally reliable, we will return it to China without spending any amount. Our option is to return these to China and have them fix it,” Chavez said.

    Aside from the signaling system, there are also problems on the wheels of the new trains as these are bigger than the size of the rails of MRT.

    The 48 Dalian trains are worth P3.8-billion.

    The Philippines has already paid an amount of P800-million to the Chinese government.

    The DOTr said the Philippine government will not ask for a refund of the amount, but instead it will ask the Chinese to repair the trains so it could still be used in the MRT.

    The trains arrived in the Philippines in 2015.

    However, after 2 years, the trains remain unusable for the millions of passengers of MRT.

    On Wednesday, MRT operations encountered glitches six times, injuring two passengers when the train suddenly stopped.

    In the Senate hearing on the proposed 2018 budget of the DOTr, Senator Grace Poe said officials involved in the purchase of the trains should be held liable in court.

    The DOTr plans to return the Dalian trains to China before the end of the year. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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    DBP to allocate P1.5-B for DOTr’s public utility vehicle modernization program

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) entered into an agreement last September 11, 2017.

    Under the agreement, the DBP will allocate P1.5-billion for the implementation of the government’s public utility vehicle or PUV modernization program.

    “Program assistance to Support Alternative Driving Approaches or PASADA Financing Program will provide qualified borrowers the means to acquire brand new public utility vehicles under of consolidation and management model,” DBP Financial Resource Sector Executive VP Fe Susan Prado said.

    The agreement aims to help PUV drivers and operators to comply with the policies of the new program without being buried in debt.

    “We want for all the jeepney operators to form themselves into a consortium so they would have tougher financial capability as well as improved service to the public,” DOTR USec. Thomas Orbos said.

    The loaned amount can be used for the construction of facilities such as garages and terminals as well as the purchase of equipment for the operation and maintenance of PUVs.

    To avail of the said financing program, cooperatives and corporations should have registration with the office of the transport cooperative.

    Transport groups, meanwhile said the program would not be burdensome if the DOTr would also provide assistance to individual drivers and operators.

    “We are opposing this because the government is not helping us. The reason why transport groups are protesting because they know old jeepney units will soon be phased out,” Confideration Transport Group president Danny Yumul said.

    However, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has once again argued that the PUV modernization program will not be a burden to jeepney drivers and operators.

    “It is not designed to phase out the jeepneys or the jeepney business, it is actually designed to strengthen, to guarantee the profitability of these jeepney business to move on and go on,” said Tugade.

    The government targets to launch the DBP PASADA in October, in which, 700 to 800 prospective borrowers might have the opportunity to borrow money to purchase new vehicles for their livelihood.  – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

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