Modern jeepneys to ply streets of Quezon province this May

Robie de Guzman   •   May 23, 2019   •   4276

Fifteen jeepneys that are compliant with the government’s new standards will soon start servicing commuters in Quezon Province.

These modern public utility jeepneys were secured by the Lucban Genesis Transport System Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LGTSMPC) to phase out their old models.

The jeepneys will ply the streets of Lucban to Lucena City and back starting next week.

“Unang-una hindi na ho ito mausok kagaya ng dating sasakyan,” said Renwick Rutaquio, Regional Director of LTFRB Region 4A and 4B.

“At meron po tayong tinatawag na side door hindi na back door, so lahat na ng modernong jeep ngayon nasa side na ang labasan,” he added referring to the new design of public jeepneys under the government’s modernization program.

These units are also air-conditioned and equipped with CCTV cameras and Global Positioning System (GPS) which promote passenger safety.

Raul Gambino, the chairperson of LGTSMPC, stressed that the use of these modern jeepneys is important in providing quality, safe and environment-friendly public transportation.

“Sa panahon ngayon, kailangan ng pagbabago lalo’t higit sa transportasyon ngayon, ang dami kasing napapabalita na kung anu-ano mga aksidente. Maraming bagay na apektado ‘yung mamamayan, ‘yung mananakay, gayun din yung may-ari ng sasakyan na mga luma na,” he said.

The minimum fare for ordinary public jeepneys for the first four kilometers in Quezon Province is P9, with additional P1.50 for every succeeding kilometer.

The standard minimum fare for the modernized jeepney is P11, with additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

The distribution of modernized public utility jeepneys is part of the government’s program to phase out public vehicles that are at least 15 years old.

Some transport groups have opposed the program because their drivers cannot afford to get a modernized unit.

“Hindi po kami pabor doon katulad ko po isang driver wala po kaming kakayanang makapagprovide ng P100,000 na pang-down payment sa kanilang modernization,” said driver Edgar Saludes.

He, however, expressed hope that the government will look for ways to assist drivers in complying with the new system.

“Eh baka sakaling may magagawa sa amin ang gobyerno na para ‘yung maraming driver na mawawalan ng trabaho ay mabigyan din ng pabor ng gobyerno,” he said.

Rutaquio, meanwhile, assured they are working on a program that would allow ordinary jeepney drivers to secure a modernized jeepney unit.

“Nakikipag-coordinate kami sa mga bangko, sa mga manufacturers, sa OTC at CDA para sa ganun mapagkaisahan naming na tumulong sa mga kooperatiba na gustong kumuha ng mag modernong sasakyan,” he said.

The additional 63 modernized jeepneys for the Quezon province are expected to be delivered in the coming months. (with details from Japhet Cablaida)

Construction of Sangley Airport now 72% complete — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

Courtesy: the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Sangley Airport in Cavite is almost done, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The new airport is now 72% complete as construction works run 24/7 for the general aviation and turboprop operations of the airport.

Structural works have been continuous for the prompt completion of the passenger terminal building as well as the grade preparation for the hangar’s concrete slab.

Roofing and gutter installation is almost complete, according to DOTr, as well as the ramp and taxiway construction including the drainage system at the airport’s landside area.

The ongoing construction is in line with the directive of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to make sure that the facility will be completed in time for the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte which is in November of this year.

Once completed, the Sangley Airport is expected help decongest airport traffic at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

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.

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