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 Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Airline companies have agreed to use Sangley Airport in Cavite for general aviation, freight turboprop operations, and commercial turboprop operations, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Thursday.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made the announcement after he met with airline officials to discuss the immediate operationalization of Sangley airport and the government’s move to address aviation concerns.
The DOTr said general aviation refers to the operation of a civil aircraft other than a commercial air transport operation or aerial work operation.
“General aviation users will be notified to fully relocate in a year’s time to Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga and Sangley Airport to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA),” Tugade said.
Tugade said the move will free up space in the four terminals of the NAIA to allow for improvements and additions in the main gateway.
The transportation chief added that during the meeting, airline companies have pledged to cooperate with the government’s move to open Sangley Airport, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“It was a productive and mutually beneficial meeting. Airlines expressed their willingness and commitment to support the government’s thrust to utilize Sangley Airport. This is a solid demonstration of their trust and confidence in the administration of President Duterte,” Tugade said.
The DOTr said airline companies will sign a pledge of commitment and support on June 24, 2019 as a manifestation of cooperation with the government’s initiative.
At the meeting on Thursday, Tugade was joined by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla, Michael Tan of Philippine Airlines, Lance Gokongwei of Cebu Pacific, and Capt. Dexter Comendador of AirAsia.
Tugade earlier ordered the 24/7 construction of the Sangley Airport to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte in decongesting NAIA.
Tugade earlier ordered the 24/7 construction of Sangley Airport to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to reduce congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Let us not see shadows when there is no sun. If we are all to answer the ‘perhaps’ and the ‘maybes,’ nothing will happen in this country,” he said.
“We should not stop development simply because we are afraid of future inconveniences. Bear in mind that the price of development is an inconvenience,” he added.
During Friday’s inspection, Tugade checked the completed asphalt overlay of the runway, as well as the ongoing construction of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), the drainage system, and the hangars.
He also inspected an area for the landing berth of the ferry operations.
The DOTr reported that the construction of additional facilities at the Sangley Airport, which started last year and is now at 48.68% completion rate.
The inspection was conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that it is now taking measures to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley airport in Cavite to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a post on its Facebook page, the DOTr said that the 24/7 construction of Sangley airport has already been ordered by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, as well as the hiring of additional manpower and the implementation of the extended working hours.
The additional equipment will also be infused beginning Thursday, June 13.
“Whatever it takes, we need to make sure that the directive of the President is delivered. Hire more manpower to work 24/7. Kailangan matapos ‘yan on or before the timeline set by President Duterte,” Tugade said in a statement.
The President earlier ordered the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley port in Cavite to reduce the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
Duterte was also reported to be considering a revamp of airport officials following reports on flight delays and cancellations in NAIA last weekend.
The DOTr said that in compliance with the directive for the accelerated construction of the Sangley airport, a task force has been formed.
Its members include representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Philippine Air Force (PAF), the ferry system and the project contractor.
According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, critical developments in the project are well underway, including the construction of runway, apron, Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), its power supply, drainage system, and site development.
Lopez said that the DOTr will be working closely with CAAP on the project’s civil works aspect “so that the support facilities can be immediately incorporated for the airport to commence operations at the soonest time possible.”
A synchronization matrix will also be submitted as a guide for monitoring.
The agency added that an ocular was also held on the possible site of the ferry station. The project’s contractor was given two months to build the port, according to regulations of the Philippine Ports Authority, CAAP, PAF, and the Philippine Navy.
Tugade earlier mentioned the testing of ferries that can operate from Mall of Asia to Sangley within 18 to 24 minutes.
The DOTr said that the contractor is expected to submit a weekly report on the project’s progress.
A weekly site inspection will also be undertaken to closely monitor the construction progress.
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