Motorcycles for public transportation under study by DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   December 24, 2018   •   1660

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has created a technical working group (TWG) to study on the possible legalization of motorcycles for public transportation.

The idea was in consideration of the existing temporary restraining order (TRO) filed against the operation of motorcycle ride-hailing service ‘Angkas’.

The TWG is composed of members from the DOTR, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board; Land Transportation Office; the Metropolitan Manila Development Auhtority; and the PNP Highway Patrol Group.

Other members of the group include members from the Senate, the House of Representatives, commuters and road safety advocates, as well as motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle organization and members from law schools.

According to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, deliberations on the proposal will prioritize passenger safety as well as the responsibilities of the motorcycle driver in the event of an accident.

In his statement, Tugade sai that the agency “understand that a number of Filipinos patronize motorcycles as public transport.”

“But we should remember that there is a law against this, and the Supreme Court has issued a TRO. The law is the law, and the executive will not be the first to break it. But we at the DOTr know how to listen,” he added.

The DOTr and the LTFRB earlier maintained that under Republic Act 4136, the use of motorcycles for public transportation is prohibited in the Philippines.

As for the ride-hailing company ‘Angkas’, its management has already submitted their comment and is now awaiting the final decision from the Supreme Court as regards their operation. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

DOTr: No fare hike amid system rehab of MRT Line 3

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) maintains that minimum fare in MRT Line 3 will remain despite the ongoing rehabilitation works on the train system.

According to Transport Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, unless commuters experience full convenience and observe significant improvements in the MRT Line 3 system, there is no reason for any fare increase.

Meanwhile, the Department is expected to achieve its target train speed of 60 km. and the completion of its rehabilitation efforts including the replacement of new rail tracks and the addition of new train coaches by the year 2021.

Once completed, the MRT Line 3’s full operation is expected to accommodate up to 600,000 passengers every day. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Medal of Valor awardees, dependents to receive PH transport discounts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019

Medal of Valor awardees as well as their dependents will receive discounts on all public transportation in the Philippines.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is one of the participating agencies supporting the implementation of Republic Act no. 9049 or the Monthly Gratuity and Privileges to an Awardee of the Medal of Valor.

“The DOTr will grant a 20% discount to Medal of Valor Awardees and their qualified dependents for all public transportation systems covering air, sea, and land travel,” the statement reads.

This was after the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the said law was signed on Wednesday (July 31).

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the law “intends to upgrade the support of the government to our Medal of Valor awardees and their families and to perpetuate their heroism.”—AAC

DOTr targets partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021

Marje Pelayo   •   July 17, 2019

Proposed MRT 7 train

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.

On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.

According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.

The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.

MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.

The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.

It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.

To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.

Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano

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