MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) presented to the public, Thursday, 16 prototype jeepneys that would replace the old jeepney models.
This is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.
The jeepney models presented earlier were all locally-manufactured.
The designs were based on the standard set by the DTI and the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The door of the PUV is placed on the right side of the driver for proper monitoring of boarding and disembarking passengers.
The new jeepneys also have CCTV cameras, Wifi, gobal positioning system (GPS) that would ensure the security of passengers.
The passenger seats in some of the jeepney designs are front-facing, which is based on the old jeepney unit designs.
It also uses automated fare collection or beep cards for the payment of fares.
The jeepneys use Euro 4 engine that spews lesser smoke, to prevent air pollution.
Each model can carry up to 25 passengers.
According to the DTI, the development of the jeepneys could help improve the livelihood of PUV drivers and operators.
“It will encourage more passengers to ride because it is now more comfortable,” DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez said.
The LTFRB and DTI vow that the government will prepare an effective financing program that would help drivers and operators keep pace with the PUV modernization.
“We’re working out with the Department of Finance and with government financial institutions to give out a very generous financial package to jeepney operators,” LTFRB Atty. Martin Delgra III said.
The price of each unit of a modernized jeepney ranges from P1.2 to 1.6 million.
For now, the Transportation Department is now focusing on the designation of PUV routes to ensure an effective public transportation in the country. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
China’s first private WiFi satellite meets public
WiFi satellite | CCTV via REUTERS
China’s first private WiFi satellite met the public in Shanghai on Tuesday.
The satellite “LinkSure No.1,” independently developed by LinkSure Network, a Shanghai-based mobile internet unicorn company specializing in free internet access, will be launched into space together with the Long March rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China in 2019.
The company also launched its satellite network program — “LinkSure Swarm Constellation System,” which aims to provide free satellite network around the globe in 2026.
Compared with the already existing networks, the system will be more helpful for areas that are uncovered by Internet.
“There are still many places in the world still uncovered by the Internet. According to information released by the United Nations last year, 3.9 billion users had no access to the Internet by the end of 2017. The Earth has many different terrains like ocean or dessert, where Internet infrastructure cannot be constructed, so we got the idea of developing such satellites,” said Wang Jingying, CEO of LinkSure Networks.
The system plans to launch the first 10 WiFi satellites in 2020. The entire system, consisting of 272 satellites of different orbits at different heights, will finally cover the whole world.
Wang said it is costly to launch so many satellites, but what the LinkSure Networks eyes is the broad application prospect of the system in communication, navigation, environment monitoring and other areas.
“Such a satellite plan is actually very costly in the early stage. Our own budget is three billion yuan (about 431 million U.S. dollars). We believe it will pay off, with many scenes, many applications and different modes,” said Wang.
Wang’s view was echoed by Huang Zhicheng, an aerospace technology expert.
“Aerospace programs have high risks and need big investment. Programs that you can see return in three to five years are very few. So patience is very important,” said Huang. — Reuters
DTI welcomes measures granting more power to agencies to temper inflation
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez | DTI Photo
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other agencies now holds more authority to adopt measures that could lower the price of basic goods through the memorandum and administrative orders signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Under the Memorandum Order No. 26, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the DTI are directed to adopt measures to reduce the gap between farm gate prices and retail prices of agricultural products such as setting up public outlets and cold storages where poultry producers can directly sell their products to consumers.
DTI said helping farmers and manufacturers directly deliver their products to retail outlets can help lower prices and remove intermediary layers.
The agency cites as an example the prices of chicken and pork that may be lowered by P20 per kilogram while canned goods and vegetables by one to two pesos.
“Yung producers ng manok, ng gulay, baboy mga agricultural products diretso na sa isang outlet para sa mga consumers na mas accesible sa kanila wala na masyadong trade layers yung mga patong na sinasabi natin,” said DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.
DTI also welcomed the signing of Administrative Order No. 13 which removes non-tariff barriers and streamlines administrative procedures on the importation of agricultural products such as rice and meat.
“Kapag nabawasan ang procedure mababawasan ang cost malaki ang maitutulong na mapababa ang presyo,” said Castelo.
DTI is also given the power to create a surveillance team together with the Philippine National Police to monitor agricultural products and curb hoarding practices.
The National Food Authority (NFA) and the Bureau of Fisheries were also authorized by the President to import additional rice and fish supply when necessary even if it is beyond the minimum access volume.
And to lower the import cost, DTI and DA are ordered to improve logistics, transport, storage and distribution of agriculture and fishery products under the Memorandum Order No. 27.
The orders of the president, aim at taming the country’s inflation, are effective immediately. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
Manufacturers agree to 3-month price freeze : DTI
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said manufacturers of basic necessities and prime commodities have agreed not to raise prices until the end of 2018.
Among the products that will not increase in price are sardines, canned meats and laundry detergents.
DTI is still waiting to hear from manufacturers of milk, coffee and noodles regarding their appeal.
“Itigil muna kung may plano silang mag increase. Kahit singkwenta sentimos wag muna; ipagpaliban na nila yun. Kahit mga tatlong buwan para wag na magsabay sabay dito sa inflation,” said DTI Secretary Mon Lopez.
The agency revealed that 25 percent of the 200 prime commodities they have been monitoring have already increased in prices.
After granting last minute requests for a price increase, DTI will refrain from accepting any more applications for now.
An updated expanded list of suggested retail prices will be released this week.
DTI assured that they will be able to keep prices of prime commodities stable.
However, what needs to be monitored now are prices of agricultural products such as rice, vegetables, fish chicken and pork.
Meanwhile, consumer group, Laban Konsyumer, plans to file a complaint with the ombudsman against DTI officials.
The group said, DTI violated its mandate of providing public service and good governance.
Dimagiba was the one who suggested the implementation of a 9-month moratorium on price increases.
The administration’s economic managers on the other hand assured that prices will be stable by next year