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P2P bus riders continue to increase

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, 24 February 2018 02:03 AM

A Poin-to-Point (P2P) bus commissioned by the Department of Transportation

MANILA, Philippines — There used to be 15 Metropolitan Rail Transit (MRT) trains operating the entire day. But now, only six to seven trains are able to serve the riding public.

This is why commuters have begun patronizing the once-ignored point-to-point (P2P) buses at the MRT North Avenue station.

At about nine in the morning on Friday, there were still several passengers who wanted to catch the last P2P bus trip.

“Kasi konti na lang yung bagon na umaandar na MRT, so yung pag-aantay ko nakapila dun, sakay na lang ako ng bus (There have been lesser train coaches that operate so, instead of spending a long time in line, I prefer to take the bus),” said Michael Cruz, a P2P passenger.

“Mas mabilis po kasi dito kaysa sa MRT, pipila ka pa, mas matagal yung pipila ka pa (This is faster than taking the MRT where you have to spend time waiting in line),” said Michelle Loi, another P2P regular.

“Based on the information we got, MRT passengers patronize our P2P buses because they are able to sit and it’s comfortable, and two, they get to their destination fast,” said  Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada

Based on the data from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), from February 1 to 22, the bus augmentation program was able to serve up to over 56,000 MRT passengers.

To date, there are only about 250,000 commuters who take the MRT trains daily.

This number is lower compared to that in 2017 which was at about 400,000 daily.

In February alone, there have been at least 11 incidents of MRT glitches.

The MRT management, meanwhile, assures that repair work among its trains has been underway as the spare parts that have been ordered by the DOTr have begun arriving.

The MRT management targets to have 15 trains operating in may after the conduct of a general maintenance.

The DOTR, on the other hand, said that several Japanese railway engineers will begin the review and audit on the entire MRT system, in line with the planned taking over Sumitomo as the new maintenance provided of the MRT.

The DOTr is also considering the P30 billion buy-out of the Metro Pacific investments corporation to improve the MRT system. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


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DOTr, PNP-HPG formally ink collaboration for stricter traffic law enforcement

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 05:27 PM

The Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has taken on the task of becoming the lead traffic law enforcement arm of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

This, after the DOTr and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on March 11, 2019.

DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade and DILG Sec. Eduardo Año signed the said commitment that will authorize the PNP-HPG to impose traffic rules and regulation within Metro Manila and nearby regions, with the full support of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT).

As part of the agreement, the PNP-HPG is set to deploy 300 uniformed personnel, composed of 25 Police Commissioned Officers and 275 Police Non-commissioned Officers, for the National Capital Region and Regional Units that are tasked to augment logistical mobility support to empower i-ACT’s enforcement operations, as well as to ensure the effective implementation of the agreement.

Aside from the personnel augmentation, the group also committed its 24 mobile cars and 82 motorcycle units.

Tugade noted that the collaboration of the said agencies was the former HPG Chief and current LTFRB Board Member Antonio Gardiola’s idea with an objective to strengthen and empower the enforcement of traffic laws.

The transportation department will be in charge of the designation of i-ACT task force chief, who will be responsible for the PNP-HPG’s personnel deployment and logistical support in their respective posts.

Moreover, an Inter-Agency Technical Working group shall be established within 30 days upon the effectivity of the commitment to draft the implementing guidelines.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) also extended its assistance to the operations of i-ACT.

PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino immediately responded by assigning 25 PCG personnel to aid the i-ACT.

The PCG personnel are fresh graduates who went through LTO training in preparation for their field assignment. Another batch of PCG personnel are set to undergo training in the following weeks.

i-ACT, with the support of the PNP-HPG and PCG, will carry out its nationwide apprehension of illegal public utility vehicles (PUVs) or “colorum” vehicles to ensure road safety for the riding public.

The DILG’s commitment, through PNP-HPG, is now effective following the signing ceremony. — Freema Salonga-Gloria

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Electrical failure delays MRT-3 operation anew

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:26 PM

Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) heading south from Quezon Avenue station was once again stalled at around noon on Wednesday (February 20).

The MRT-3 management said there was an electrical failure in the train’s motor which caused it to stop at around 12:48 in the afternoon.

More than four hundred passengers were unloaded in the said station, and were able to take the next ride after 15 minutes.

The MRT Management once again issued an apology to the riding public for the said glitch. — Maris Federez

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PNP honors cop in viral taho-throwing incident

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 04:54 PM

PO1 William Cristobal receiving the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ 

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’  during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).

PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.

Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.

Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.

Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.

The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.

The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.

PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault.  — Lea Ylagan

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