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LTO apologizes for system glitch

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


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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Senators appeal to DOTr to consider procurement of new coaches for MRT

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 has yet again experienced another breakdown at 10, Thursday morning.

According to MRT officials, the train encountered electrical failure which forced them to unload about 800 passengers at the northbound lane of Santolan-Annapolis station.

The defective train was immediately brought to the depot and the passengers loaded onto the next train.

As of 11 am, there were only seven trains in operation with 11 minutes arrival gap at each station.

Learning about the incident, some senators believe that with the continuous problems in the MRT operation, it is high time for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to consider buying new coaches and return the 48 unused Dalian trains to China.

“So I think siguro umpisahan ni secretary. Desisyunan na lang niya kung anong gagawin sa Dalian na yan. Kung hindi na pwedeng gamitin, di mag-order na lang tayo ng train na bagay dun sa MRT,” said Senator Nancy Binay.

(So I think it should be initiated by the [Transportation] Secretary. He should just decide on what to do with those Dalian trains. If we cannot use those anymore, we should just order trains that are compatible with MRT.)

“Hindi talaga kasya, ‘wag nang pilitin. Mag-umpisa na tayong mag-order ng mga bago at isauli natin dahil nagawa iyan ng Singapore sa Dalian, sinauli sa kanila,” said Senator Grace Poe.

(It really doesn’t fit, don’t force it anymore. We should start ordering new ones and return the [Dalian trains] because it has been done by Singapore with Dalian, they returned it.)

Poe, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services said that the DOTr should also decide now on the issue of MRT-maintenance provider.

“Tanungin na rin natin kung totoo bang merong interes ang Sumitomo o ang Japan na mag-takeover. Anong ginagawa nila, tuloy-tuloy na ba ang pag-uusap niyan? Kasi hanggang sa ngayon hindi pa rin malinaw kung sino ang papalit sa maintenance,” said Poe.

(Let’s also ask if Sumitomo or Japan is really interested in taking over. What are they doing? Are the talks still ongoing? Because until now, it’s still unclear who will take over maintenance.)

The 48 Dalian-train coaches are worth P3.8 billion.

The Philippine government has initially paid Dalian locomotive and rolling stock corporation P800 million.

These trains, however, remain unused as they are not compatible with the current system of the MRT. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


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Intensified LTO inspection, trouble for some jeepney drivers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The “Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok” campaign of the government does not end with just restricting the daily operation of public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Even the renewal of the registration of public utility vehicles and heavy trucks at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is just twice as hard and twice as strict.

Some jeepney drivers said that the intensified inspection now being conducted by the LTO is only causing them much trouble.

According to them, it is a big sacrifice to line up for inspection and not being able to earn for the day.


“Bagsak yung usok, 2.5. Kailangan ipapalinis yung ano, walang usok. Linis muna tapos balik dito,” said Genelito Leduna, a jeepney driver.

(Failed the emission test at 2.5. It has to be cleaned first then we’re coming back here.)

“Sa smoke lang po. Yung preno naman po walang problema,” said Abraham Cruz.

Some of the drivers whose vehicle did not pass the inspection will have to go back for another try after having their vehicles fixed.

“Kagabi, alas otso umalis na kami ng bahay dumating kami 9:30 hanggang ngayon wala kaming tulog, sakripisyo talaga,” said jeepney driver Neri Purigay.

(Last night we left home at 8 and got here at 9:30. We haven’t slept yet. It’s really a sacrifice.)

But according to Fernando Eligio, chief of LTO-NCR Law Enforcement Unit, the government is serious in its implementation of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign.

“Mas pinag-igting pa po natin yung ating operasyon kontra nga doon sa mga bulok na sasakyan o may bulok na piyesa ng sasakyan,” said Eligio.

(We have intensified our operations against dilapidated vehicles and motor parts.)

The chief added they are also conducting internal cleansing in their unit.

“Sa ngayon wala na po talaga yung magbibigay, maglalagay para lang po makalusot yung mga ganyang gawain,” said Eligio.

(This time there are no more incidents of red tapes and bribing to get away with corrupt practices.)

Due to the strict inspections conducted, along the line of the vehicles has occupied one lane of the three lanes of East Avenue in Quezon City and has reached the Elliptical Road.

The inspection and registration of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and heavy trucks with plate numbers ending with one are extended to Friday, February 2.

Vehicles that did not pass the inspection and still could not register on the said date, will be meted a penalty.

The inspection service of LTO in Quezon City and Pasay City operates from 5 am to 8 pm. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOTr to study memorandum order limiting the number of operating TNVS

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018



MANILA, Philippines – The new regulation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) continues to draw criticisms.

The regulation seeks to limit the number of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) the LTFRB will allow to operate on roads.

Based on the Memorandum Circular 2018-03, the agency will limit the number of TNVS in Metro Manila to 45,000, 500 in Cebu and 200 units in Pampanga.

The new order takes effect on February 3.

However, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the LTFRB to review the said regulation.

Tugade explained that the agency should ensure that its implementation is reasonable on the part of both TNVS drivers and commuters.

This allays concerns of TNVS drivers who might lose their jobs should LTFRB push through with the implementation of the said order.

They insisted that they are following the policies of the LTFRB, but they call on the agency to withdraw its plan to impose a cap on the number of operating TNVS on roads.

“What if I become one of those who would lose jobs? What will happen to my family, and to my dialysis?” said TNVS driver Mang Glen.

“I represent the lady drivers who rely solely on this for livelihood and extra income,” said TNVS driver Arlyn Camorongan.

According to Brian Cu, the country head of Grab Philippines, the supply cap may result in higher fare rates, and difficulty of booking rides due to the huge number of TNVS that might be slashed.

“Passengers will have difficulty getting TNVS rides. Higher fares will become frequent due to surges, even though there is still a surge cap in place,” Cu said.

Based on the figures submitted by Uber and Grab to LTFRB, they have 125,000 units operating across the Philippines.

Overall, the number of TNVS drivers who might no longer operate would reach more than 79,000.

Meanwhile, LTFRB will begin accepting new applications for TNVS on February 5. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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