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QC Police conducts bomb explosion drill for long holiday preparations

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Members of the City Police District (QPD) during a bomb explosion drill

The Quezon City Police District (QPD) conducted a bomb explosion drill on Tuesday (April 9).

Authorities showed the necessary actions to be taken in case there is an explosion in the area.

The police immediately put a barricade tape around the area and removed the crowd while the rescue teams responded to the victims of the explosion.

A member of the bomb squad approached another suspicious item that might also contain another bomb.

According to QPD District Director P/Bgen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., they will also conduct inspections in terminals.

“I think bukas o makalawa magko-conduct naman kami ng aming inspections sa mga terminal. Ito rin iyong may pinakamalaking terminal. Mayroon na rin kaming security plan para sa ano and I think we’ll have a press briefing on Monday, ‘yung preparation naman namin sa semana santa, (I think tomorrow, we will conduct inspections at some of the largest terminals. We already have a security plan for the long holiday)” he said.

Authorities remind passengers not to bring any firearms or deadly weapons especially when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has imposed a gun ban due to the midterm elections.

For any complaints or emergencies, concerned individuals can contact the PNP or other government agencies.

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Meanwhile, based on the data of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) around 200 bus companies were given special permits for the long holiday. This is equal to almost 500 provincial buses.

The special permits will be available from April 14 to 22.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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PNP to deploy 14,000 cops for SONA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Courtesy: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy over 14,000 cops for President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

Among the 14,000 cops, 8,500 of them will be deployed in Quezon City, while the rest will be deployed in the rest of Metro Manila.

According to National Capital Region Police Office Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar, they have not monitored any threat in the security during SONA. He said they would no longer need to deploy container vans or barbed wires.

“Noong mag-start tayo three years ago ay walang mga container van, walang barbed wire kung ano man iyong napagkasunduan sa pag-uusap ay iyon ang susundin (When we started three years ago, we did not have any container van or barbed wire. We follow what was discussed),” he said.

Eleazar also said the pro and anti-Duterte rallyists already agreed on where they will set up during the program.

He also advises the rallyists not to wear jackets and backpacks for security precautions.

“We are discouraging them from bringing bags and jackets,” said Eleazar.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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DOTr, Japanese firms sign contract for PNR Tutuban-Malolos project

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

A miniature model of the train that will be used in the Tutuban-Malolos Railway.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr), Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) and the Sumitomo Corporation on Tuesday (July 16) officially signed a P12.1-billion supply contract for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Tutuban-Malolos project.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Sumitomo Corporation’s Social Infrastructure Business Division General Manager Hiroshi Karashima signed the contract for Package 3, which pertains to the manufacture and delivery of rolling stock for the 37.6-kilometer mass transit project.

The project is funded by an Official Development Assistance from the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The elevated mass railway system, which is the initial phase of the PNR Metro Manila to Clark railway system, will run from Tutuban station in Manila to Malolos City in Bulacan.

Under the contract, Sumitomo and J-TREC are expected to make and deliver a rolling stock fleet with a total of 104 train cars. The DOTr said the first delivery of trains and the project’s partial operation are expected by 2021.

“This is the reason why we are all here today—to sign an agreement where the trains you see, the prototype you see, will come into fruition by 2021. The first agenda is to come to an agreement and principle that we will strive to work together so that we will realize the Tutuban to Malolos route by the end of 2021,” Tugade said in a statement.

The DOTr said the PNR Tutuban to Malolos project will have 10 stations: Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos.

The department said the construction of these stations were indicated in contract packages 1 and 2 which were signed earlier this year. The project broke ground on February 2019.

Once PNR Clark Phase 1 becomes operational by the end of 2021, the DOTr expects travel time from Manila to Bulacan to be reduced to just 35 minutes from the current one hour and 30 minutes.

The project, which is a railway segment of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), is expected to serve 300,000 passengers daily.

The PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban to Malolos) will be integrated with the PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos to Clark) and the PNR South Commuter (Manila to Calamba, Laguna).

The DOTr said these projects form part of the 147-kilometer mass transportation railway connecting Clark in Pampanga, Metro Manila, and Calamba in Laguna.

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Philippines’ biggest port passenger terminal opens in CDO

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that the country’s biggest passenger terminal has been opened at the Port of Cagayan de Oro on Monday (July 15).

The DOTr said the building, which is located within the Passenger Terminal Complex of the port, is a massive two-story structure with a total floor area of 5,597 square meters.  

The new terminal has a capacity of 3,000 passengers, triple its previous capacity.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, led the inauguration of the new passenger terminal building, together with Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Manager Jay Santiago and PPA Port Manager for Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro, Isidro Butaslac Jr.

“I have inaugurated many terminals during our term, and the truth is, this is the biggest passenger terminal building in the Republic of the Philippines. Ito ‘hong proyektong ito ay magbibigay tibay sa kagustuhan ng ating Pangulo na magkaroon ng mobility and connectivity sa Visayas at Mindanao (this project will fulfill the President’s wish of achieving mobility and connectivity in the Visayas and Mindanao),” Tugade said in a statement.

“With this terminal, you will have a convergence of people for mobility that will lead to economic growth,” he added.

The PTB features brand new facilities that are expected to enhance the safety and security of the riding public. It includes security checkpoints with x-ray scanners for baggage, body scanners, CCTVs, passenger boarding stations, collector’s booth, public assistance desk, designated green areas, storage room, and offices for passenger-related agencies such as quarantine, tourist police, and the Coast Guard, the DOTr said.

It also features amenities such as a play area for children, child care station, ecumenical prayer rooms, drinking fountains, toilet facilities, urgent medical care room, food stalls, pasalubong centers, and a special boarding lane for senior citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and women traveling with children below two years old.

Aside from the new passenger terminal building, also inaugurated on Monday were the Port of Cagayan de Oro’s new electronic gate complex and the Opol Port in Misamis Oriental.

Meanwhile, the DOTr also announced that the terminal fee exemption for students has started on Monday in all PPA-owned and operated ports nationwide. Senior citizens, PWDs, and active personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are also exempted from paying terminal fees.

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees – DOTr

The department earlier said that students, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and selected uniform personnel in active service would get free rides as part of the government’s efforts to provide Filipinos comfortable lives.

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