New navigation system to boost operations, night flights at Bohol-Panglao airport

Robie de Guzman   •   September 4, 2019   •   292

Bohol-Panglao International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The operations and number of flights at the country’s first eco-airport, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), is expected to increase with the installation of new navigation systems, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Wednesday.

Beginning Sept. 1, the BPIA has extended its operating schedule from 12 hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to 16 hours (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) due to the installation, full calibration, testing and operationalization of several ground-based navigational equipment, such as distance measuring equipment (DME), localizer antenna, ground-based radio navigational aid, and instrument landing system (ILS).

In a statement, the DOTr said the newly-installed systems provide precise and systematic launching and landing of aircraft.

These complement the existing satellite-based navigation system at the BPIA, which has limited capacity at night and in the occurrence of weather disturbances.

The department believes that with both navigation systems in operation, more flights can be accommodated and airfare will be reduced providing additional travel options to the people and guests of Bohol province.

The Bohol-Panglao International Airport is the first airport in the Philippines that uses renewable and sustainable structures.

The airport was inaugurated in November 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte.

It can accommodate up to two million passengers – double the number of the passengers in the Tagbilaran Airport which officially closed last year.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco said the extended hours of BPIA operation are part of the airport’s continuing development towards a more efficient and optimum utilization of its facilities.

“The more flights we can accommodate, the more benefits we can offer to our air passengers. This has always been the focal guidance of (Transportation) Secretary Art Tugade – to enhance the connectivity, mobility, and comfort of the Filipino people,” Sydiongco said.

Tugade, for his part, expressed enthusiasm over the improvements at the Bohol-Panglao International airport, noting their forthcoming impact on the economy of Bohol.

“We do not just stop with building airports. We also continuously upgrade them to truly enhance the travel experience of Filipinos. The improvements we made here at BPIA will ultimately impact on regional economic growth and development. That is what our President meant when he told us to give Filipinos a comfortable life,” Tugade said.

DOTr says QC-Bulacan MRT-7 project almost 50% complete

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

Commonwealth Avenue

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reported that the construction of the Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22 percent complete more than three years after construction started.

In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr said that civil works of the underground/depressed, at-grade, and elevated guideway are in various stages of construction, while civil works of nine of the 14 stations are in full swing.

Trackwork installations are also ongoing.

“Likewise, the required rolling stock of 108 cars has been completed, and are awaiting shipment pending the availability of the depot/holding area,” it added.

PROGRESS REPORT: The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22% COMPLETE, as of October 2019!Based on the latest…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, 10 November 2019

The 22-kilometer MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.

The line is expected to reduce travel time to 35 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.

The project is eyed to be completed by 2021, the DOTr said.

Modern PUV units to start plying Nichols-PITX route on Nov. 11

Marje Pelayo   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program has started.

In line with this, a total of 15 modern PUV units will start plying the Nichols – Magallanes – Mall of Asia – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) route starting November 11.

The new Class 2 PUV units manifest the standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), equipped with air-conditioning units, CCTV, WiFi access, GPD and side entrance.

To comply with the environmental requirements, the modern PUV units use Euro-4 fuel.

On Thursday (November 7), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the turnover ceremony and inspection of the modern jeepney from engine manufacturer Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC). He was joined by Pasang Masda President Ka Obet Martin.

Tugade thanked the Pasang Masda for supporting the government’s modernization program.

“Mapapahayag ko ang aking pasasalamat sa Pasang Masda, kay Ka Obet, na winawagayway at kinakalat sa buong kapuluan ang paniniwala nila sa modernization program,” Secretary Tugade said.

For his part, Martin vowed to support the administration’s PUV modernization initiatives on the intention of providing comfort to the riding public.

 “Wala pong ibang hangarin ang ating Pangulo kundi mabigyan ng maayos na serbisyo, mabigyan ng maayos na sasakyan ang ating mga kababayan ganun din po ang panuntunan ng ating Kalihim,” Martin noted.

Meanwhile, Tugade also announced the Department’s plan to release a Class 1 PUV unit which is cheaper and with larger capacity of up to 13 passengers.

IPC President Hajime Koso, likewise, expressed confidence that their vehicles “will be able to provide a more durable, comfortable, and safe transport solution for the riding public,”

“I have always believed that the Isuzu PUVs are truly a vehicle made by the Filipinos for the Filipinos. As they say in Tagalog, ‘gawang Pilipino, para sa Pilipino,’ he said.

Secretary Tugade calls on other PUV drivers and operators to join in the government’s PUV modernization program for their benefit and the general public as well.

“Believe in the modernization program. Believe that the government will be one in you in giving the support and cooperation, so we can launch the modernization program to its really, good, ultimate culmination,” he concluded.

Local airlines offer free cargo space for Mindanao relief operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

Local airlines are offering free cargo space for the relief operations in Mindanao following the series of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit the region.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) announced they had an agreement with the representatives of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine AirAsia after a meeting on November 4.

READ: DOLE raises aid to P200-M for quake-hit workers in Mindanao

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said, “Those which can avail of the free cargo include agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) already accredited with the three airlines.”

Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia also committed to providing limited free transportation for relief workers or medical personnel and volunteers certified by the DSWD or DOH and endorsed by CAB.—AAC

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