Piling works for LRT-1 Cavite Extension project begins

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2019   •   1029

MANILA, Philippines – After 19 years, residents of Cavite City and surrounding suburbs can now look forward to more comfortable commuting experience as the piling works for the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension officially begins.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the piling works began on Sunday, Sept. 1 following the completion of ground investigation and foundation design works.

The piling works, which involve the construction of supporting piers which will serve as the foundation for the elevated railway structures, began from Dr. Santos Station in Parañaque where the right-of-way (RoW) was cleared.

The first phase of the project covers seven of the 11-kilometer extension which will include stations at the Redemptorist, MIA, Asiaworld, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. Santos Station.

The DOTr said Asiaworld Station will be located parallel to and right beside the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), and will eventually be connected to the Metro Manila Subway, forming the Parañaque Common Station. The said stations are those which their RoW issues have been cleared.

The department said, the project requires a total of 203 piers: 67 from Dr. Santos Station to Ninoy Aquino Station, 40 piers from Ninoy Aquino Station to Asiaworld Station, and 22 piers from Redemptorist Station to the existing LRT-1 Baclaran Station which will begin construction in November, and 74 piers from Asiaworld Station to Redemptiorist Station which will be installed beginning March 2020.

To speed up construction, the DOTr said piling works will be done simultaneously in up to five different areas where the RoW is made available.

Remaining RoW obstructions to be cleared under phase 1 include auxiliary facilities such as traffic lights, plant boxes, and drainage lines as well as utility lines that will be cleared with the assistance of Parañaque City.

The department also assured that works along the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEx) will begin soon.

The partial operability section of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project is targeted to start in the fourth Quarter of 2021, with measures being taken for the rest of the line to Niog, Bacoor being operational in 2022.

The project is expected to increase LRT-1’s ridership from 500,000 to 800,000 per day, and reduce travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite from 1 to 2 hours to only 25 minutes.

DOTr suspends inauguration of LRT-2 East extension due to new COVID-19 restrictions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has suspended the inauguration of the LRT-2 East Extension Project from its original schedule on April 26 and set it to a much later date of June 23, 2021.

In a statement, the department said the adjustment is due to the new COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the health and safety of rail workers and the riding public.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan also reported that foreign rail experts who are necessary for the final stages of installation, testing, and commissioning works for the project have been unable to report for work or enter the Philippines due to stringent restrictions being enforced.

“As much as we would like to open the project earlier, kailangan pong unahin ang kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga rail workers at mananakay (we need to prioritize the health and well-being of our rail workers and passengers),he said.

LRT-2’s new stations, the Marikina Station and Antipolo Station will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back.

According to the DOTr, “the project is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Antipolo from the previous three (3) hours by bus or jeepney, to only 40 minutes.” AAC

DOTr warns vs fake Sec. Tugade Facebook account

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021


MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified in a statement on Thursday that the Facebook page/account bearing the name Sec Art Tugade does not belong to the transportation chief.

“Please be informed that Secretary Tugade *DOES NOT HAVE A PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE or ACCOUNT*, and is *NOT* involved in creating, managing, and handling the said page or other similar accounts,” the department stressed.

“Anything related to Secretary Tugade in his function and designation as Cabinet Secretary, and head of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is posted *ONLY* in the *OFFICIAL* DOTr social media accounts,” the DOTr added.

The agency also encouraged the public to immediately report to the DOTr any suspicious activity involving this unauthorized account, or any similar accounts for that matter. AAC

Around 1,000 repatriated seafarers from Norwegian cruise ship arrive home

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation  (DOTr) reported on Tuesday that around 1,000 Filipino crew members aboard a Norwegian cruise ship arrived in the Philippines on Sunday (April 11).

The DOTr and its marine sector facilitated the arrival of approximately 1000 Filipino crew members aboard the MV “Norwegian Encore” at the Port of Manila.

The repatriated Filipino seafarers underwent profiling from the Department of Health and will undergo the mandatory quarantine and testing protocols set by the national government.

The said vessel will be used as the quarantine facility under the strict supervision of the Bureau of Quarantine.

The seafarers shall also undergo swab testing on the sixth day of their quarantine proper. Expenses for the swab tests will be subsidized through the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

“The Philippines, having positioned itself as a crew change capital in the world through the DOTr and its maritime sector, commits to provide world-class services to international vessels needing fresh crew onboard amid the pandemic,” the DOTr said. -AAC


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