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Modern jeepneys to ply streets of Quezon province this May

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

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)

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New PH law requires free internet, clean restrooms in terminals

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Transport terminals in the country are now required to have clean sanitary facilities and free internet services for passengers after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11311.

Duterte signed the law on April 17, a copy of which was released by Malacañang on Wednesday.

The law mandates the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and other concerned stakeholders, to ensure that free internet services are provided in land transportation stations and roll-on/roll-off (RORO) terminals.

Terminal owners, operators or administrators are also ordered to have separate restrooms for persons with disabilities, male and female passengers, as well as lactation station for breastfeeding mothers.

The law also states that collecting fees from passengers for the use of regular sanitary facilities is unlawful. A passenger must also show the paid bus ticket for the day in order to avail of the free use of sanitary facilities.

The measure, however, does not cover well-appointed or deluxe sanitary facilities that are operated solely for commercial purposes and for the convenience of passengers who require and prefer such terminal facilities.

Terminal operators and administrators who fail to comply with the law shall be fined with P5,000 for each day of violation; another P5,000 each day for collecting fees from passengers for the use of sanitary facilities.

Another P5,000 fine each day will also be imposed if operators fail to provide and maintain a lactation station in transport terminals.

The fines will be subject for review every five years by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Any necessary adjustments on the amount will be subject to the approval of the DOTr Secretary.

The measure mandates the DOTr, in coordination with the DICT, LTFRB, Department of Health, the Philippine Ports Authority and other stakeholders, to release the implementing rules and regulations within 60 days that the law has become effective.

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Fire hits residential area in Lucena, over 30 homes destroyed

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2019

A fire hit a residential area in Barangay Ibabang Dupay in Lucena City on Sunday afternoon (June 16).

Over 30 homes were destroyed according to the Bureau of Fire Protection in Lucena City.

Authorities reported that the fire reached 3rd alarm before it was put under control around 6:00 p.m. Fire marshal, FSI Garynel Julian said they had difficulty in putting out the fire.

“Nahirapan po ang ating responders na kaagad na maapula dahil nga po masyado nang mainit ang paligid. Kaya little by little ang aming pagpatay, pagsugpo sa apoy, (Our responders had difficulty to control the fire because the temperature of the surrounding area was too high. So we had to put out the fire little by little)” he said.

Based on the initial reports of BFP Lucena City, the cost of damage from the fire is estimated at P2.4 million.

The BFP Lucena declared a fire out around 9:00 p.m. Authorities are still investigating the possible cause of fire.

Meanwhile, Julian reminds civilians to maintain order during a fire so as not to disrupt the operations of the fire department.

“Pagdating po sa sunog po, [huwag] pong masyadong maging unruly para kahit papaano ay maging tuloy-tuloy ang operation ng ating mga bomber, (During a fire, don’t be too unruly so that the operations of our bombers will proceed smoothly),” he said.

The barangay has provided temporary shelters to the affected residents while the families call out for assistance from the government.—(with reports from Japhet Cablaida)

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Tugade allays flooding concerns amid construction of Sangley Airport

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

File photo: DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday allayed fears of flooding amid the ongoing construction of the Sangley Airport in Cavite.

During an inspection led by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade at the construction site, he said there was no trace of flooding in the area despite rains that occurred overnight.

“Umulan ng malakas kagabi hanggang kaninang madaling araw, pero kita niyo naman, walang baha dito sa airport,” Tugade said in a statement posted on Facebook.

IN PHOTOS: DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inspection on the construction progress of Sangley Airport in Cavite…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, 13 June 2019

He also assured that the airport development will continue despite inconveniences to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: DOTr orders 24/7 construction of Sangley airport

Tugade earlier ordered the 24/7 construction of Sangley Airport to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to reduce congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Let us not see shadows when there is no sun. If we are all to answer the ‘perhaps’ and the ‘maybes,’ nothing will happen in this country,” he said.

“We should not stop development simply because we are afraid of future inconveniences. Bear in mind that the price of development is an inconvenience,” he added.

During Friday’s inspection, Tugade checked the completed asphalt overlay of the runway, as well as the ongoing construction of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), the drainage system, and the hangars.

He also inspected an area for the landing berth of the ferry operations.

The DOTr reported that the construction of additional facilities at the Sangley Airport, which started last year and is now at 48.68% completion rate.

The inspection was conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy.

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