Public consultation para sa dagdag singil pasahe sa PNR, isinagawa

admin   •   February 27, 2015   •   3256

Ang umano’y lugi ng PNR sa bawat biyahe kaya naman ay nagpapanukala ang pamunuan nito ng pagtaas ng pamasahe. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Dinaluhan ng iba’t ibang grupo ang isinagawang public consultation ngayong Huwebes para sa hiling na taas pasahe sa Philippine National Railways (PNR).

Distance-based fare ang singil sa PNR at magkakaroon ng minimum fare na P15.00 sa unang 14 kilometers, at P60.00 maximum fare hanggang Calamba, Laguna.

Dalawampung taon ng hindi nagtataas ng pasahe ang PNR at kailangan nilang ipatupad ito dahil sa pagkalugi.

Dumaing rin ang PNR na dapat sana ay mabigyan sila ng pamahalaan ng P15.00 na subsidiya sa bawat pasaherong sumasakay gaya sa MRT. Ito ay upang makatulong sa gastusin sa operasyon ng PNR.

Kumikita lamang ang PNR ng mahigit 300-milyong piso kada taon, kulang na kulang sa mga gastusin nito na umaabot ng mahigit 600-milyon kada taon.

Iginiit rin ng PNR na ang minimum fare na P10.00 ay halaga na lamang ng nabibili ng mahigit tatlong piso sa kasalukuyan batay sa 5.27% average inflation rate sa nakaraang 20 taon.

“Nakaka-survive kami pero sagad na kami, kung baga hindi na kami makakahinga kung hindi mag-increase ng kaunti. Ang hinihingi lang namin pantawid lang,” giit ni Joseph Alan Dilay, ang General Manager ng PNR.

Upang maiwasan rin ang pagkalugi dahil sa mga pasaherong hindi nagbabayad, gagawin ng automated ang ticketing system sa PNR mula sa manual.

Dumaing naman ang mga pasahero sa hindi magandang karanasan sa mga tren. Ayon sa mga commuter, hindi sila tutol sa taas pasahe basta’t mapaganda ang serbisyo ng tren.

“Gusto ko sana improve nyo collection kasi yung ticket na binibigay nyo computer generated madali gayahin, bakit hindi natin gayahin yung card na swipe malaking halaga pero makakasiguro na 100% ang collection,” pahayag ni Jose Ferrer.

Ayon naman kay Antonio Bernabe, “Hindi po kami tutol sa pagtaas ng pasahe sa PNR matagal na pong kailangan I think mga 20 years ko na narinig… ano pang improvement o benefit sa public ang aming aasahan.”

Tumutol naman ang mga militanteng grupo at sinabing bago magtaas ng pasahe ang PNR ay gawin muna ang mga dapat ayusin lalo na sa mga kakulangan sa mga pasilidad.

“Kung naka-survive ka ng 20 years allegedly walang budget and then binigyan ka ng budget na P2.3 billion mag-increase ka, anu basis dito,” pahayag ni Sammy Malunes, convenor ng RILES Network.

Samantala, suportado naman ng Malakanyang ang ginagawang hakbang ng PNR.

“Ayon sa ating Philippine development plan na siyang batayan ng ating programa ng pang-ekonomiya, kinakailangan na ang mga gumagamit ng serbisyo ay nagbabayad ng angkop na pamasahe, kaya’t sinusunod ng DOTC at ng PNR ang patakarang ito at yan din ang prinsipyong pinapairal sa pagtatakda ng fare structures sa PNR,” pahayag ni PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma.

Matapos ang public consultation at maisagawa ang bidding para sa automated ticketing system ay hihintayin na lamang ang desisyon ng DOTC bago ipatupad ang taas pasahe.

Kung walang tututol sa dagdag pasahe, nais ng PNR na sa unang linggo ng Marso ay ipatupad na ang fare increase, subalit depende pa rin ito kung aaprubahan ng DOTC lalo na at humaharap sa kabi-kabilang batikos ang kagawaran dahil sa ipinatupad nitong fare increase sa MRT. (Mon Jocson / UNTV News)

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Senate questions contract service hiring of PCOO amid suspicion of hiring ‘trolls’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senators on Thursday (September 16) questioned the contact service hiring of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) amid suspicion of hiring “trolls”.

During the Senate budget hearing of the PCOO, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon demanded records of 1,479 contractual employees of the Palace’s communications group, 375 of which work at PCOO. The senator suspects that the existence of these contractual employees could be “trolls”.

PCOO Undersecretary Kris Ablan confirmed they had hired 375 employees with a “contract of service” status with a budget of P76 million.

Drilon found that “odd” considering that the PCOO has huge vacancies in their plantilla positions. Only 2,107 out of 3,883 plantilla positions have been filled up.

Ito ang mga troll? (Are these the trolls?)” Drilon asked.

Wala pong troll diyan (There are no trolls there),” Ablan responded.

Ablan added that they continue to fill the plantilla positions this year by absorbing contract employees.

“Right now we are reducing the number of contract of service by absorbing many of our contract of service as regular plantilla. But items are still open for filling up,” he said.

Drilon asked for proof that the 1,479 temporary hires are “legitimate and existing” and not “ghost employees”, specifically the 375 employees in the PCOO that were flagged by Commission on Audit (COA). He asked PCOO to submit their records, including their names, addresses and job description. The committee also asked for the employees’ daily time record.

Ablan said they would comply but would have to seek the opinion of their legal office if the addresses can be provided, citing the Data Privacy Act.

In response, Drilon said the information they are requesting are public records.

“Don’t invoke any confidentiality here, because these are public funds and these are subject to audit and if these are subject to audit, these are subject to scrutiny by the branch of the government who is holding the purse,” the senator said.

He also asked the PCOO to submit a draft bill against “troll farms”. Last July, 12 senators filed a resolution aiming to investigate the allegations on using public funds for troll farms. Troll farm is a term used for a group of individuals that spread disinformation online. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

 

DOTr extends free train rides for vaccinated APORs until September 7

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced it will extend free train rides to vaccinated Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) due to the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila until September 7.

The free rides will cover the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) at selected hours.

Free train rides for MRT-3 and LRT -2 will be from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For PNR, it will be from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 7 p.m. onwards.

A DOTr advisory said that to avail of the free rides, vaccinated APORS who have received either their 1st or 2nd dose of vaccine should present their vaccination card and certificate of APOR status. AAC

LTO refutes COA report of license plate backlogs from 2014 to 2020

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) reported in its 2020 Annual Audit Report that more than eight million motorcycle plates dating back from 2014 to 2020 remained undistributed.

The report also said that from 2015 to 2020, 2.6 million motor vehicles still need replacements of their license plates.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), however, said the agency has already taken measures to address the issue and has, in fact, reduced the backlog.

“I think nung ginawa yon, medyo audit ng much earlier dates yon eh. Kaya mayroon nang pagbabago doon. Kaya siguro yung 8 million na yon, na-reduce na. Para i-explain din namin kung ano na yung nai-comply namin out of that,” LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvantez said.

“But again, we honor the report of COA and we’ll attend to the issues that have been pointed out in that report,” he added.

Asec. Galvantez said one of the problems they encounter is the funding to be used for the production of replacement license plates based on the new measurement implemented in 2018.

The LTO has also released a statement on Friday afternoon to further clarify the issue.

It said that the contract in question was signed in 2014 between the then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and PPI-JKG Philippines, Inc. (PPI-JKG) for the delivery of 5.2 million pairs of Motor Vehicle (MV) plates and 9.9 million pieces of motorcycle plates, to supply the LTO license plate requirements up to 2017.

The LTO said that out of the deliverables, over 4 million pairs of MV plates and more than 7.2 million pieces of MC plates were undelivered.

In 2015, LTO’s payment to the PPI-JKG was disallowed by COA which resulted in the suspension of the payment to the supplier which, in turn, led to the stoppage of the production and delivery of the license plates from the LTO.

The agency added that due to the disallowance, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on the distribution of the produced plates following scrutiny by several lawmakers.

The statement further said that the Duterte administration was confronted with the production and distribution backlog of millions of license plates when it took over in 2016.

DOTr granted the request of the LTO to acquire funds for a new contract for the production of license plates while waiting for the resolution on the COA disallowance of the previous contract.

It was in 2018 when the Notice of Disallowance was lifted. In the same year, the agency started the rehabilitation of the LTO Plate Making Plant that expedited the production of license plates that used to be outsourced.

It was also in the same year that the DOTr-LTO started the release of motor vehicle plates registered in July 2016.

Currently, the statement said, the LTO, continues to prevent a recurrence of backlogs in the issuance of MV license plates and MC plates.

In its latest data, LTO recorded a total of 3,940,705 pairs of motor vehicle plates produced as of 10 August 2021.

For motorcycle plates, LTO’s latest record shows that as of 10 August 2021, a total of 6,019,150 pieces were produced by the agency from 2014. Of this number, 3,649,114 were produced from 2018 featuring the new design of MC plates.

The LTO further said that the reported backlog in the production of plates is due in large part to the lack of budget of the LTO.

From the budget it requested for 2020 amounting to PhP1,869,274,000, only PhP696,747,000 was granted.

And for the budget that the agency requested for 2021 of PhP3,574,755,000, only PhP925,412,000 was allocated.

The LTO stressed that out of this allocation, only PhP 736,747,000 was actually released to the agency which, it said, would only be sufficient to supply the license plates for the calendar year 2021, and not the backlog.

To date, the LTO has requested a budget allocation of PhP2,616,364,198.17 for the calendar year 2022 so that the agency can meet the demand to produce 16 million license plates by June 30, 2022.

The agency assured that the current LTO administration is doing everything it can to address all the MC and MV plate backlogs. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

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