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Residents affected by the PNR Clark Project call for aid in their relocation

by admin   |   Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Residents who will be affected by the construction of the PNR Clark Project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) argued that the project will affect more than 100 homes.

For this reason, they are asking to be relocated and be provided with a livelihood.

“That’s what we are asking for. To have a proper relocation so we won’t be loitering on the streets,” said Marilyn Bakasmo, a local resident of Sitio Bukid Marilao.

“We can’t do anything about it because it’s not ours. We want to transfer to a different home, especially since we are just renting. My husband has no work,” said Rosalia Ensilyada, a local resident.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the agency will coordinate with local government officials so the affected residents will be transferred to other areas.

“Help us carry out the relocation easily. Help us so that affected residents will comply,” said Tugade.

“The sacrifice we have to make is only temporary, while the convenience that the project will bring is lasting,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bulacan Governor Wilhemilo Sy Alvarado vowed to coordinate with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the relocation of the informal settlers. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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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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Three towns in Bulacan still submerged in flood, LGU cautions public against diseases from flood

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Flooded street in Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines (29 June 2019) | Courtesy: PVI

Bocaue, Balagtas, and Marilao, Bulacan are still submerged in flood due to the plastic waste in rivers.

Several residents are already suffering from skin diseases after wading through flood.

Ferdinand Librenan, one of the residents, said the flood is a huge inconvenience especially for their health.

Sa araw-araw nalang po kaming lahat nahihirapan dahil sa lalim ng tubig lagi mga bara na kanal, basura sobrang baha po, ultimo dumi ng tao tinatapon nalang, nangangati ka ganoon minsan may mga butlig-butlig, (All of us are inconvenienced because of the depth of the water. The waterways are clogged, there are garbage and severe flooding. Even the human waste is thrown here. I get itch and rashes),” he said.

The Bulacan Provincial Health Office reminds residents to always wear rain boots before wading through flood. They also cautioned parents not to let their children wade through flood to avoid diseases.—AAC (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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Airlines sign pledge to decongest NAIA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – Five major local airlines committed to support the government’s initiative to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and transfer their operations to Sangley Airport in Cavite in a brief ceremony held on Wednesday (June 26).

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) led the signing ceremony of the “Pledge of Commitment” to support measures on NAIA decongestion, develop Sangley Airport and improve passenger convenience. The event was held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

The DOTr said the initiative stems from the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier ordered the immediate transfer of general aviation operations to Sangley Point in Cavite to ease congestion at NAIA.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier said the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport has been accelerated to meet the November operational timeline set by the President.

“We thank Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, PAL Express, and CebGo for uniting in this goal of providing comfort to the Filipino people. This initiative is a testament to the many ways the government and private sector can work together to solve problems. However, I am expecting that this commitment will not just remain a piece of paper, but will be implemented effectively and felt immediately by our passengers,” Tugade said.

The commitment aims to address the growing demands for air travel in the Philippines.

Prior 2016 until 2018, the DOTr said that NAIA’s annual passenger traffic increased from 36.5 million to 45 million, which is 130% of its design capacity.

Number of flights rose by 5.75%, resulting in an escalated utilization of airport slots per hour by 22.2%, or from 36 to 44.

Under the Pledge of Commitment, signatories committed to review the flight operations of their respective airline companies to rationalize flight numbers, aircraft movement and rotation, as well as the usage of slots and flying rights, to improve on-time performance.

The signatories also committed to support the development of mechanisms of discipline in the event of flight aberrations within their control.

They also assured to cooperate with government and other regulatory agencies that have the authority to determine actionable or punishable occurrences.

They also vowed disseminate accurate and timely information to the public through all available avenues and platforms, including social media and public announcement systems inside terminals and even while inside the aircraft, in instances of flight delays and cancellations. (with details from Joan Nano)

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