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MRT-3 deploys 140 buses for maintenance shutdown

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

Photo Courtesy : Department of Transportation

Metro Rail Transit 3 has deployed 140 buses for its maintenance shutdown starting April 15 to April 21.

The deployed buses will operate from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in all MRT-3 Northbound-Southbound stations.

The MRT-3 has started with its annual maintenance Monday morning (April 15).—Aileen Cerrudo

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BJMP on red alert until Saturday

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is on red alert status to ensure the safety and security of jails during the Lenten week.

The measure is in view of the expected surge of visitors this holiday, according to BJMP director Allan Iral.

“I directed all our regional directors to supervise their jurisdictions to accommodate visitors and prevent any untoward incident,” he said.

Meanwhile, the official said the leave privileges of the BJMP personnel manning all 476 jails across the country are cancelled during the Lenten break.

Iral also directed wardens to intensify security and safety measures by conducting incident management or contingency plans in case of any untoward incidents while some inmates participate in Lent-related activities.

The jail official said the red alert status would be in effect starting Wednesday (April 17) until Saturday (April 20). – Marje Pelayo

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Expect flight delays this long holiday—CAAP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has advised passengers to prepare for delayed flights this long holiday.

Earlier on Tuesday (April 16), several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 4, en route to El Nido, Palawan and Tagbilaran, Bohol, were delayed by over 30 minutes. As of 12:00 noon, around 69 flights were delayed.

One of the passengers, Erwin Monongol said they were supposed to leave by 11:10 a.m.

“Delayed daw ang flight ewan ko kung anong dahilan baka congested iyong airport dito sa loob sabi nila (The flight got delayed, I don’t know. Maybe the airport was congested),” he said.

The CAAP said the delayed flights are mostly due to the congestion of air traffic and the influx of passengers traveling this long holiday.

According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the on-going repairs of the taxiway in NAIA is also causing delays.

“This is the taxiway of the main runway hindi makadaan ang eroplano (airplanes cannot pass through) coming from terminal 3 going to its departure runway 06 using Charlie,” he said.

The CAAP had begun conducting repairs last March which is expected to finish in two months.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) reminds passengers experiencing delayed flights about the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

According to the CAB, passengers have the right to ask for compensation or ticket refund if the airline has proven accountability for the flight delay.

Executive Director of CAB Atty. Carmelo Arcilla, however, said the
cause of the delay should be validated first.

“Ngayon ang kailangan muna natin i-distinguish ano ba ang dahilan ng delay kasi nagkaroon tayo ng mga upgrade sa airport pansamantalang pagkaka-delay ng mga flights natin (Now we first need to distinguish the reason of the delay because we have airport upgrades. That’s one reason for delayed flights).”

Despite the expected flight delays, authorities still remind passengers to still arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled flight.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Airport authorities brace for Lenten week exodus

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

File photo | Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals remains normal on Monday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

The MIAA said that based on observation, the surge of passengers for the Lenten season is expected on April 17 or April 18 since most of the travelers still have work on Monday to Wednesday.

Although the airport terminal situation remains normal as of this time, The MIAA said that stringent security measures in preparation for the huge volume of passengers on Lenten break have already been implemented at NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The agency said that its “Oplan Semana Santa 2019” has been imposed since April 7 and will last until April 27.

In line with the expected Lenten week exodus, the MIAA will implement tighter baggage inspection.

Departing passengers are also reminded not to include in their hand-carry luggage more than 100 milliliters (ML) of liquids, aerosol and gel (LAGs) in their flights to avoid confiscation at the final security check.

Bringing of pointed and bladed weapons is also prohibited.

Filing of vacation leave of airport personnel from April 7 to 27 were also cancelled, except for emergency situations.

The MIAA has also directed airline companies to add more personnel and check-in counters to avoid long queues of passengers. Help desks will also be set up to assist senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) and other passengers who may need assistance.

The MIAA also coordinated with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for the deployment of bomb and drug sniffing dogs while airport traffic personnel will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing the traffic situation around the NAIA complex.

A two-minute waiting time in loading and unloading of passengers will also be strictly imposed along NAIA’s dropping points to avoid congestion.

Airport authorities also advised passengers to head to the airport earlier, at least three to four hours before their scheduled departure to avoid getting stuck in traffic and missing their flights. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)

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