NLEX vows to resolve RFID mess ASAP after business permit suspension

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2020   •   679

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the operator of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corp., on Tuesday vowed to implement measures to immediately resolve issues connected to the RFID installation following the suspension of its business permit by the Valenzuela City government.

MPTC chief communications officer Atty. Romulo Quimbo admitted there were problems in the implementation of the cashless collection system and that they are working on improving their service.

“We actually acknowledge na meron tayong mga technical problems in the implementation of RFID 100. We intend to address this technical problems as soon as possible,” he said.

“Gusto namin humingi ng pang-unawa sa mga taga-Valenzuela na medyo naka-experience ng pagsisikip ng trapiko especially along Mc Arthur Highway Karuhatan and dun po sa Mindanao Avenue toll plaza,” he added.

On Monday afternoon, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian officially served the city government’s order to suspend the business permit of NLEX due to the RFID mess that caused heavy traffic in the city.

Gatchalian served the suspension order in the Mindanao Avenue Toll Plaza after NLEX failed to meet the 5 p.m. deadline to resolve issues hounding the cashless payment system. 

The mayor, however, clarified that they are not suspending any type of NLEX operations as he has no authority to do so, stressing that they only suspended the tollways’ collecting power.

He also said that toll gate barriers should remain raised, allowing motorists to pass toll plazas within Valenzuela City without having to pay any fee.

“Number one, suspended na ‘yung business permit nila. Number two, itataas nila yung mga barrier dahil tuloy ang kanilang operations,” he said.

“Hindi naman natin sinu-suspend ang operations ng NLEX kasi wala akong kapangyarihan nun. Binabawi lang natin ang business permit nila,” he added.

Gatchalian said the duration of the suspension of NLEX business permit would depend on how soon the toll operator will address issues regarding the RFID installation. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

PNP dismisses Valenzuela cop who shot teen with special needs

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The police officer assigned in Valenzuela City who was involved in the death of a teenager with special needs has been dismissed from the service, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered the removal of Police Senior Master Sergeant Christopher Salcedo from the service following a review of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) recommendation.

The review was conducted by the Discipline, Law and Order Division- Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DLOD-DPRM) and the Office of the Chief PNP.

“I have signed the order for the dismissal from the service of PSMS Salcedo for grave misconduct and less grave irregularity in the performance of duty,” Eleazar said in a statement.

The PNP said Salcedo was administratively charged for the death of 18-year-old Erwin Arnigo during an anti-illegal gambling operation conducted by Valenzuela City Police personnel last May 23.

The National Bureau of Investigation is still conducting a probe for the filing of a criminal complaint against Salcedo, it added.

In dismissing Salcedo, Eleazar said he has taken into consideration several factors that aggravated his offense, including violation of the police operational procedure as well as the fact that the teenager was a person with special needs.

“Arnigo should not have been arrested by Valenzuela City police personnel, particularly Salcedo, the teenager having no involvement with the tupada (illegal cockfighting) ,” he said.

“Being a person with autism spectrum disorder, he could not have knowingly taken part in the illegal gambling activity,” he added.

The IAS previously recommended a 40-day suspension against Salcedo citing the accidental nature of the fatal shooting and his awards and citations as mitigating factors.

Meanwhile, Eleazar affirmed the dropping of the administrative cases of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty against four other Valenzuela City police personnel who took part in the anti-illegal gambling operation.

He said that there was no substantive evidence to support their supposed administrative offenses of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty.

Motorists warned of one-week drainage works on portion of NLEx in Valenzuela City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect heavy traffic flow along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) starting Monday (September 27).

The NLEx management is doing drainage enhancement works along the northbound lane of the expressway specifically in Valenzuela City area.

Specifically, a 200-meter portion of the rightmost lane of NLEx Valenzuela area will be closed to motorists.

Warning signs are installed to guide the public of the ongoing maintenance works for safety.

The NLEx management said maintenance works will last until Saturday (October 2).

Valenzuela City begins student health profiling ahead of vax drive for minors

Marje Pelayo   •   September 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In anticipation of the mass vaccination for minors, the city of Valenzuela on Wednesday (September 22) began the process of student health profiling for students aged 12 to 17 across the city.

In its advisory, the city government is encouraging parents of public school children to coordinate with their respective class advisers or school principals to obtain a copy of the student health profile information sheet which can be accessed through Google form

Meanwhile, parents of private school students may ask their respective school heads for the information sheet.

For students residing in Valenzuela City but are studying in schools outside the city, parents will be provided with a link to where they can access and submit their children’s student health profile.

The city government reminds all residents of Valenzuela that only parents or authorized guardians may fill out or accomplish the student health profile sheet.

It also emphasized that vaccination for minors may only be given to Grade 6 to Grade 12 students. Students who are non-residents but are studying in schools within the city may also be vaccinated.

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