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Phil Tram Company eyes PH’s first virtual train in Davao City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Phil Tram Company plans to adopt a virtual train system similar to that of China.

A virtual train is an electrically-powered train that runs on a virtual track. Its seating capacity can accommodate up to 300 passengers and it uses hydrogen fuel cells to minimize pollution.

“It moves like a train but it’s like 3 or more buses combined together and it carries about 300 people at one setting for 3 couches and then it runs averagely 40-50 km/hr maximum of 70 km/hr,” said the company’s chief relation officer, Cerwin Eviota.

The entire massive transportation system costs around P6 billion to P8 billion.

The company wants its debut in Davao City.

“This is the home of our president. It is but fit that the model would come from his city,” Eviota said.

The Phil Tram Company is now coordinating with the local government of Davao City for the conduct of a three to six months feasibility study for the construction of the virtual train in the city. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Marisol Montante)

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Stranded passengers depart after bird strike in Davao airport

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Following the unexpected bird strike on Wednesday (August 29), all 183 passengers of Philippine Airlines Flight PR 814 departed the Davao City Airport in the morning of Thursday (August 30).

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Davao said they were properly assisted for flight rebooking and transfer.

Meanwhile, the damaged aircraft will undergo repair, according to CAAP Davao Manager Agnes Undang.

“Nagpadala ang PAL galing Manila ng mag-check at mag-repair. Iyong mga pasahero nakalipad na. Iyong ibang nagmamadali pinasakay sa Cebu Pacific. Ang mga naiwan ini-accommodate sa next flight,” she explained.

Meanwhile, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) explained that a bird strike is common during take-off and landing phases but there is no reason to panic unless it is a swarm of birds because an aircraft is capable of flying with only one engine working.

At Davao City Airport, the situation remains normal despite the incident.

“Kung makikita ninyo sa flight monitor natin wala namang mga delayed so naging normal naman ang flight operations natin so business as usual,” said PCI Ronnel Tesorero, Chief of Davao Airport Police.

Though it will undergo repair, airport authorities couldn’t tell yet as to when will the damaged aircraft fly back to Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dianne Ventura)

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Davao tops cities with most number of rape cases in Q2

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Crime rate in the Philippines may have gone down by 20 percent in two years that President Rodrigo Duterte has been in office, but his hometown Davao City recorded the highest number of rape cases in the second quarter of 2018.

Based on the records of PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), Davao tops the list with 42 cases.

A close second is Quezon City with 41 cases followed by Manila with 32, Cagayan de Oro, 24 and Zamboanga with 21 cases.

PNP spokesperson PSSupt. Benigno Durana suggested that LGUs should look into possible causes for the high incidence of rape in their respective areas and to note where the crime occurred.

He added that the number of rape cases committed outside the home has actually gone down.

“You cannot police the dwellings… usually, rape cases are being committed by people who are actually known to the victim,” Durana said.

In such cases, police intervention is not the solution. What may help, he said, are gender sensitivity and family values that promote respect for women. —  Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Investors eye development of NPA ‘hotbeds’ in Davao City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2018

 

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Foreign investors and telecommunications companies are planning to invest production plants in areas once called “hotbeds” of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Last week, a Japanese paper company and agricultural firms from Taiwan and Malaysia visited Barangay Mapula and Salapawan in Paquibato District.

Army Commander Lieutenant Colonel Darren Comia said interests from investors are constantly coming which he said will help in the development of the barangays considered as remote areas in Davao City.

“Sa ngayon ay natutuwa kami kasi there are lots of investors already considering. Nakita ng mga tao na, especially the local government unit of Davao City, ang peaceful environment that constituents as well as the LGU (believe) na maganda ng mag put up ng mga investment at development efforts doon sa Paquibato,” said Comia.

(We are delighted that there are lots of investors already considering. People,especially the local government unit of Davao City, have seen the peaceful environment that  constituents, as well as the LGU, believe its a good idea to put up investments and development efforts in Paquibato.)

He added that there is nothing to worry about the situation now in Paquibato as they have already cleared the area of influences of NPA guerillas.

On Tuesday, the city engineers visited Paquibato to check the conditions of major roads leading to its 13 barangays and to come up with measures to open an easy access to the district.

The military said they still need to intensify security and patrols in Paquibato as this is the primary concern of potential investors. – Dianne Ventura / Marje Pelayo

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