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Rehabilitation of MRT line 3 will not affect current train fare matrix – DOTR

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTR) and the Government of Japan are expected to sign next week an agreement for the rehabilitation and repair in the operation of the Metro Rail Transit or MRT line 3.

In an interview with the program ‘Get It Straight with Daniel Razon’, DOTR Assistant Secretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the rehabilitation and development of the busiest train station in the country might take three years.

Included in the said contract are the regular repair of trains and the designation of a new maintenance provider.

Batan noted that the agreement also aims to designate a company that would solely supervise the operation of MRT.

Despite the efforts to fix the services of MRT, the DOTR vowed not to implement a fare increase in the busiest train station in the country.

“Can you categorically say that there would be no increase until the whole next year?” asked host, Daniel Razon.

Batan said, “Our rehabilitation period is from 3 years from 2018, 2019, to 2020. While that rehabilitation is ongoing, we have no plan to increase the fare in MRT.”

Meanwhile, the DOTR is now coordinating with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in line with its plan to designate a special lane on EDSA for point to point buses.

This aims to encourage passengers to patronize P2P buses as alternative transportation and to avoid the long lines in MRT.

The MMDA and DOTR plan to also designate it as carpool lanes to avoid private vehicles from getting stuck in traffic and so that passengers can be brought to their destinations.

Razon asked Batan if it’s possible to let P2P buses use the carpool lanes exclusively instead.

“Very possible Kuya Daniel. In fact, our discussions with the MMDA and LTFRB is ongoing regarding that suggestion,” Batan said.

The DOTR, however, clarified that it remains a plan and that it has no final agreement yet with the MMDA. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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MRT-7 contractor reopens occupied lanes on Elliptical Road

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:46 PM

FILE PHOTO: MRT-7 construction

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Rail Transit 7 contractor, EEI Corporation, is ready to pay the P25,000 penalty charged by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for occupying two inner lanes on Elliptical Road in an effort to expand their working area during the construction of the MRT-7 tower.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that the contractor failed to inform the management regarding the measure which was why motorists were not advised about it.

This created heavy traffic in the area causing further distress among motorists.

“The problem is, bigla na lang nilang tinira, sinara without giving us notice na ipa-relay sa tao,” said Garcia.

In the statement released by the company, they promised to fix the construction site.

The contractor assured that they will pay the P25, 000 fine charged by the MMDA to resolve the traffic problem on Elliptical Road.

The MMDA has instructed the contractor to place yellow markings on other lanes to prevent motorists from shifting lanes.

“I told them to put right lane markings na paglabas ng Commonwealth. Kailangan kung nasaang lane ka hindi ka na aalis kasi kaya nagkaka-traffic yan yung palipat-lipat nagkakaroon ng sagian,” said Garcia.

All public vehicles are directed to pass through the two outer lanes near the sidewalk.

Private vehicles are only allowed to change lanes if they are heading to Quezon Avenue or Visayas Avenue.

MMDA has also ordered the opening of the Commonwealth-Philcoa U-turn slot from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.— Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Tolentino ready to accept whatever SET decides on electoral protest vs. De Lima

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 9 January 2019 04:38 PM

Talk show host Daniel Razon (left) interviews former MMDA chairman, Atty. Francis Tolentino (right)on the set of Get it Straight with Daniel Razon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Senatorial hopeful Atty. Francis Tolentino said he already accepted the fact that his electoral protest against Senator Leila de Lima is close to failing.

The former chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that although he has strong evidence to win the case, the judicial process is slow. So, he decided to just wait for whatever the Senate Electoral Tribunal rules on the issue.

In October last year, Tolentino filed his candidacy for the May midterm elections.

Prior to that, he filed a motion asking the SET to temporarily suspend the proceedings of his election protest against De Lima. But it doesn’t mean that he is abandoning the case or conceding his claims to the detained senator.

“Knowing fully well the consequences maaaring i-dismiss ng SET ang kaso dahil tumtakbo na nga ho uli ako. Pero ibabalik ko doon sa hindi sya nag file ng counter protest kasi parang tinatanggap mo ang laman ng pleadings ko eh kasi hindi mo na kinaounter,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Tolentino may have been an accuser of a fraudulent election in 2016 but according to him, he decided to run because he still respects the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

He noted that the impeachment of former Comelec commissioner Andres Bautista is one proof that the agency has kept its integrity as an institution.

If given the chance in Senate, Tolentino wants to push for a measure that will strengthen the local government units, measures to improve the country’s disaster preparedness programs, transportation and the passage of federalism.

If there’s one thing he can assure the public in his quest for Senate position, Tolentino said, it is his clean track record as a public servant.

“I’ve been a mayor several times, MMDA chairman hindi po ako nagka-kaso sa Ombudasman kahit isa. Ibig sabihin the record will show na kahit sa piskalya I can have certifications to show,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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DOTr to conduct test run for 3rd set of Dalian trains

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 9 January 2019 02:51 PM

A Dalian train | Photo courtesy of DOTr

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTR) is set to conduct a test run for the third set of Dalian trains.

These trains will undergo a 1,000-kilometer test run on off-peak hours and 150-hour validation test.

If there are no problems found, the set will regularly hit the MRT line just like with the first and second sets of Dalian trains which have passed the test runs.

It was 2014 when the country bought 48 trains worth P3.7 billion from Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company, however, these were not used due to its incompatibility with the MRT system.

The transportation department has reached out to Dalian to repair the trains for public use without government expenditure. — UNTV News & Rescue

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