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
MMDA clears sidewalk along Col. Bonny Serrano avenue in QC
MMDA personnel dismantling structures that block the sidewalk
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) launched clearing operations along Santolan-Bonny Serrano Avenue in Quezon City Wednesday, May 16.
Authorities towed illegally parked vehicles, dismantled chain blocks, dog cages and structures encroaching on the sidewalks that were supposedly for pedestrians.
The operation was led by Task Force Bravo which was created amid the growing number of complaints over road blockages in the area that cause traffic congestion. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
LTFRB Bicol exec, employees fired over allegations of corruptions
An LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) regional director (RD)and three other LTFRB employees have been fired over corruption charges.
LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III last Friday, April 20, personally served the order against Bicol Regional Director Jun Abrazaldo, and promptly appointed Ret. Col. Vladimir Kahulugan as the latter’s replacement.
“We don’t tolerate corruption under this administration. When your top official such as an RD is allegedly involved what can you expect from the entire office? Madaling makahawa yan (It’s contagious),”said Chairman Delgra.
This comes on the heels of a suspension order issued against Atty. Mary Jil Caurel, Hearing Officer IV of LTFRB Bicol over allegations of grave misconduct and other administrative offenses.
Caurel is being accused of accepting bribes to expedite applications for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC); extorting money in exchange for the release of impounded vehicles; delaying franchise applications; and falsifying entries in her daily time records.
A show cause order against them will also be issued against two of her administrative aides, Christine Yan and Erlisa Sedano, to explain their alleged role in the charges.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has previously directed all offices and agencies under the Department of Transportation to get rid of corrupt officials and employees which he tagged as “termites” in the organization. — UNTV News & Rescue
Door failure disrupts MRT-3 ops
FILE PHOTO: An MRT train
MANILA, Philippines — Over 1,000 passengers of Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) were offloaded at Ortigas Avenue Station, southbound lane at 1:17 pm on Thursday.
According to the MRT management, the train experienced door failure thereby forcing them to offload the passengers.
They explained that a possible cause of disruption in train operations is the surge of passengers who forcibly open train doors.
The passengers were transferred to the next train after six minutes. — UNTV News & Rescue