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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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LTO to begin distribution of over 3-M backlog plates in March 2018

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


MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) awarded to the German company, Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and JH Tonnjes Joint Venture on December 1 the more than P1-billion contract for the production of new license plates.

According to LTO Executive Director Attorney Romeo Vera Cruz, the agency plans to begin distribution of more than 3-million license plates on backlog in March of 2018.

These will cover motorists who applied for registration of their vehicles from the period of July 2016 to December 2017.

The first batch of applicants who might receive the new license plates includes about 1.7 million motorcycle riders and over 1.5 billion drivers of various vehicles.

“We hope that by March next we will start issuing this plates. It’s not one-time, we will start the issuance because we will be producing this plates,” LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz said.

Aside from the 3-million backlog, the LTO also vowed to issue license plates to motorists who are applying for the registration of their vehicles next year.

According to LTO, the new license plates will have a unique security feature.

The agency also promised not to impose additional fees for vehicle registration.

Meanwhile, the LTO awaits the decision the Commission on Audit (COA) and Supreme Court will release regarding the more than 700-thousand unused vehicle plates after its supplier failed to pay import duties.

“While the notice of disallowance in COA remains unresolved as well as the case in Supreme Court, were waiting for the resolution,” LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz said.

The LTO vowed to do all it can to resolve the problem in the license plates of new vehicles. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOTr to consider grievances of drivers, operators on the Jeepney Modernization Program

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

MANILA, Philippines — Some transport groups have once again expressed their concerns on the implementation of the Jeepney Modernization Program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) next year.

They claim many drivers are concerned about losing their livelihood once the program begins.

“Ang jeepneys ang sumalo sa dapat na tungkulin ng pamahalaan (the jeepneys shoulder what should be the government’s responsibilities),” Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) national president, George San Mateo said.

Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) national president, Efren De Luna fears that their units will fall short in the examination.

“Ang pinagbabatayan nila sa examine yung mga bago nang makina. Mga surplus po kami, baka di kami maangkop na baka pagdating ng January walang pumasa sa MVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection System),” said De Luna.

(In the examination, they use latest engine models as the standard. Ours are only surplus, we might not be deemed suitable that come January we will not pass the MVIS.)

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, meanwhile, explained the said program underwent consultation.

Tugade said the groups cannot use as an excuse the P1.5-million tag price of modern jeepneys because there are also models that cost P800,000.

The Transportation chief also said that jeepney drivers and operators should not be afraid to invest but rather think of the return of investment they can get with the new jeepney models.

Senator Vicente Sotto III suggested easing up on the implementation of the program.

“Let the river flow. Pupunta at pupunta sila diyan sa moderno pag nakita na nila. Pero ngayon pa lang eh dinidiktahan nating ganyan, mahihirapan tayo (Let the river flow. They will eventually go with modernization once they see it. But if we force it on them, we’ll have difficulty),” Sen. Vicente Sotto III said.

Tugade responded, “That will be recon and deliberated upon and considered within that time frame of 3 years.”

The DOTr vowed to take into consideration the concerns of various stakeholders in the implementation of the said program.

Senator Grace Poe, meanwhile, appealed to the Transportation chief to also allow old jeepney units to operate if these will pass safety standards.

Tugade reminded Poe of the safety standards that must be followed such as having the door on the side and not on the back.

 

The senator urged the DOTr to allow the transport sector to adjust to the new program before fully implementing it.

Magkaroon muna ng pilot projects. Hindi pwedeng sabay-sabay lahat ng areas. Siguro kung compliance sa safety, roadworthiness at saka yung emissions, pwede munang iyon ang unahin (There should be pilot projects first. You can’t have it in all areas simultaneously. If its compliance with safety, roadworthiness and emissions, maybe we can start with that),” Poe said. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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DOTr eyes return of Sumitomo Corporation as MRT-3 maintenance provider

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – The maintenance and rehabilitation work is expected to begin before the year ends.

There is huge chance that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) might bring back Sumitomo Corporation and its technical partner Mitsubishi heavy industries in the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit or MRT-3.

This has been the statement of the Department of Transportation or DOTr, Wednesday. It also assures the public that the government is doing its best to improve the services of MRT.

According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Rails Timothy John Batan, Sumitomo Corporation is the first company being considered by the Transportation Department as the maintenance provider of the rail system.

“That’s part of the options the Department of Transportation is looking into. Because you know, that joint venture is the one that designed and built the MRT-3 in 1998 until 2000 and they are ones maintaining the MRT since 2000 until 2012,” Batan said.

The DOTr targets to get the services of the said company through government to government agreement and not by bidding.

Philippine Transport officials are currently coordinating with the Japanese Government regarding the matter. The agreement is expected to be signed before the year ends.

“The G2G agreement will pave way for the Official Development Assistance or ODA that can be used by the DOTr to look for a maintenance service provider.

The DOTr said the contract would also contain the rehabilitation of MRT so the trains could return to its original performance.

However, the Transportation Department has yet to determine the amount it will pay Sumitomo for its services.

Sumitomo was the maintenance provider of MRT in the first 12 years of its operation.

It was also the company that designed the MRT.

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation conducted another inspection earlier at the depot of MRT.

The inspection is in connection with the NBI’s investigation on the decoupling of coaches last November 16.

In the said inspection, MRT engineers showed NBI the system of attachment of trains. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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