by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has ordered the creation of a fact-finding committee that will investigate the train crash incident on Saturday (May 18).
More than 30 people were injured on Saturday evening after a train parked on the “pocket track” near Anonas Station moved on its own and headed toward the main railways eastbound to Cubao.
The train’s control center noticed the movement of the parked train and immediately notified the approaching train but it was too late for the latter to make a full stop.
“For unknown reason, which is still the subject of further investigation through a fact-finding which is being instructed by the administrator, gumalaw ang supposedly na sira na tren,” said DOTr’s Undersecretary for Finance Garry de Guzman.
Operations in LRT Line 2 was temporarily suspended for safety check.
It was mid afternoon the next day, Sunday (May 19) when the LRT-2 services resumed.
The LRTA management and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured the public that what happened was an isolated case while measures were being set up to prevent a repeat of the incident in the future.
“Kung mababawasan ang mga tumatakbong LRT (trains), natural may epekto iyan,” Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade noted.
(If running trains will be reduced, that surely has an effect.)
“Pero sa ganyang management, titingnan lahat iyan para nang sa ganoon, ang epekto sa operasyon ay hindi unnecessarily wide and deep,” he added.
(With that kind of management, everything will be assessed so that the effects on the operation will not be unnecessarily wide and deep.)
LRTA is expected to issue an official statement on the exact cause of the incident after its investigation. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
A road accident in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday (May 6) has left 73 injured and three dead.
A tour bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road in Atimonan, Quezon on Monday night.
Initial report said that the tour bus driver was trying to overtake several vehicles when it collided into the approaching truck.
The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Benedict Borja Belencio, and truck helper, 28-year-old Michael Gerona Sy, were both killed inside their vehicle. A bus passenger, 46-years-old Pio Jacob del Monte, died from serious injuries.
The injured passengers were brought to Doña Martha Memorial District Hospital and Nuestra Señora Delos Angeles General Hospital—(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will summon village chiefs who are not complying with orders in relation with the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation.
DILG Undersecretary for barangay operations, Martin Diño, said at a press briefing on Thursday that they are set to issue a show cause order against 1,000 barangays along the Manila Bay Watershed Area for failing to follow orders to strictly enforce environmental laws in their respective areas.
Diño said cases will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman if these village executives fail to justify their non-compliance with the order.
The DILG official also reiterated that the dismissal of Malay, Aklan Mayor Cicero Cawaling should serve as a warning to all local officials.
Cawaling was dismissed from public office after he was found guilty of gross neglect of duty and other offenses in relation with Boracay island’s environmental degradation.
“’Yung mga mayor sa Metro Manila at yung 179 mayors that cover Manila Bay, hindi kayo exempted dito. Baka kayo na ang kasunod,” Diño warned.
The official said 179 local government units and 5,714 barangays have been ordered to conduct weekly clean-up drives in Manila Bay and Laguna Lake in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte through Memorandum Circular No. 2019-09.
In a recent statement, the DILG called on local officials anew to work closely with concerned government agencies in protecting the environment in Boracay, Manila Bay watershed and other critical areas in the country. (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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