Poe warns DOTr of budget cut over PUV modernization issues

admin   •   August 28, 2018   •   4733

Senator Grace Poe via Facebook

 

Senate Committee on Public Services chairperson Senator Grace Poe has warned officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of a possible cut in next year’s budget if they fail to answer various concerns of jeepney drivers and operators regarding the public utility vehicle modernization program of the government.

“Kung hindi nila magagawa yan magkakaproblema sila pagdating ng kanilang budget. Nasa kapangyarihan ng Kongreso at Senado na gawin yan,” Poe said.

“Siyempre ayaw naman natin na basta ipitin dahil maraming apektado, pero kailangan muna nilang patunayan ang kanilang sarili na sa tamang paraan nila ginagasta ang pinapamahagi ng taumbayan.”

Among the issues that the senator wants to clarify is whether or not the P80,000 subsidy would be enough to allow the drivers and operators to comply with the program.

She also noted the slow-paced distribution of fuel vouchers and claimed that, to date, only 25 percent of the total population of jeepney drivers nationwide has received their vouchers.

Senator Poe was the guest of honor at Monday’s transport summit led by the transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON).

The event was attended by hundreds of jeepney drivers and operators who expressed their doubts and complaints anew against the PUV nmodernization program.

PISTON clarified that they support the proposed improvements in the public transportation sector, but not the current version of DOTr and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) wherein, he said, only big car manufacturers will benefit from it and not the jeepney drivers and commuters.

The group is grateful to Poe for understanding their concerns.

PISTON national president, George San Mateo said, “Kampante kami at natutuwa kami sa pahayag ni Senator Poe kasi yun naman talaga ang gusto namin mangyari – maimbestigahan ulit itong isyu ng pekeng modernization. Lalo na on the basis ng mga bagong sirkular na nilabas ng LTFRB.”

Piston is asking the Senate committee to investigate what they claim is a questionable provision under the omnibus franchising guidelines that forces the individual operators to purchase modern jeepney units.

The LTFRB on the other hand has been pushing for upgraded models of jeepney units to prevent road accidents. — Joan Nano

LIST: Active routes under DOTr’s free ride program for healthcare workers amid MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2020

MANILa, Philippines —  The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds health workers that the agency’s free ride program is still in full-swing despite the limiting of public transport under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces.

The Department stressed that to ensure safety while in transit, drivers and enforcers should wear full personal protective equipment gear in line with strict health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to leaving the pick up points, medical workers will be asked to fill out contact tracing forms, as well as undergo temperature checks.

All vehicle units for the program are being disinfected every loop, the DOTr assured.

The Department said that frontline medical workers can avail of the free ride program at the following routes which can also be viewed online through Sakay.ph:

  • Route 1: Meralco (Malanday) to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 2: Valenzuela Gateway Complex to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 3: SM City San Jose Del Monte to Centris
  • Route 4: SM Masinag to The Medical City Ortigas
  • Route 5: Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center to Rizal Medical Center
  • Route 6: MRT 3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital via MRT 3 Centris Station
  • Route 7: Pasig City General Hospital to Makati Medical Center
  • Route 7a: Medical City Ortigas to VRP Medical Center
  • Route 8: Starmall Alabang to St. Luke’s Medical Center – BGC
  • Route 9: Vista Mall Daang Hari to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 10: RITM to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 11: Starmall Alabang to Manila Doctors Hospital
  • Route 12: Dasmariñas Pala-Pala to Manila Doctor’s Hospital
  • Route 13: Starmall Alabang to Sea Oil Imus Daang Hari/Aguinaldo
  • Route 14: SM City Taytay to St. Luke’s Medical Center – QC
  • Route 15: SLEX Sucat Exit to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 16: MRT-3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 17: SM City San Jose Del Monte to SM Fairview/ Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center
  • Route 18: LRT-1 Monumento to Baclaran Market
  • Route 19: First Cabuyao Hospital and Medical Center to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 20: SM City Masinag to Lawton

List of allowed and prohibited public transport under MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds the public that as certain areas in the country reverts back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), limitations on public transportation will again be imposed.

For areas placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), public transportation is not allowed, and some transportation services will remain limited.

This applies to Metro Manila or the National Capital Region and Region 4A specifically Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal as approved by President Rodrigo Duterte and announced on Sunday (August 2).

READ: Duterte reverts NCR, nearby areas to MECQ beginning Tuesday, August 4

Only public shuttles for frontline workers or those who will return to work in allowed industries under the MECQ will be allowed. 

Meanwhile, all other public utility vehicles (PUV) like buses, jeepneys, taxis, transport network service vehicles (TNVS) will not be allowed.

Exemptions for tricycles, however, will be determined based on the guidelines set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government units. 

Trail operations will remain suspended to include the services of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3.

In the private sector, only company shuttles are allowed with 50% passenger capacity and a special permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Meanwhile, personal vehicles owned by persons or workers in permitted sectors are also allowed with only two person passenger capacity.

Other vehicles like bicycle, motorcycle, or e-scooter are allowed but only for authorized persons outside residence (APOR) with a maximum passenger capacity of one person.

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DOTr warns bus drivers vs reckless driving

Marje Pelayo   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) directed its affiliate agency to conduct an immediate investigation on the recent incident of reckless driving on EDSA Busway that put at risk the safety of motorists. 

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will conduct the probe and issue the necessary show cause order to the operator of MSJ Tours bus following an incident involving one of its drivers who violated road transport rules and safety as captured in a dashcam video that was posted on social media. 

The posted video shows the MSJ Tours bus, with conduction sticker no. U1 L782, recklessly speeding along the EDSA Busway hitting a concrete barrier in its way.

The driver was issued a show cause order on Monday (July 27) by the LTO, through Transportation Asec. Edgar Galvante.

The DOTr reiterates that it will not hesitate to impose the same appropriate sanctions as warranted against the operator of MSJ Tours and the driver involved in this incident.

“Let this serve as a warning to all our road transport partners that the DOTr, LTRB and LTO will never tolerate this irresponsible and reckless manner of driving by authorized PUBs which poses a danger to life and possible damage to property,” the agency warned.

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