Sec. Abaya, iminungkahing ilipat sa LRTA ang management at operations ng MRT 3

admin   •   September 23, 2014   •   2868

Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Mas mabuting ilipat sa pamumuno ng Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) ang operasyon ng Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT).

Ayon kay Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, mas makakaya ng LRTA ang handling at management ng MRT.

Sa pagdinig ng Senate Finance Committee kanina, sinabi ni Abaya na labinglimang taon nang pinamumunuan ng Project Management Office ng DOTC ang MRT.

“Short term, hopefully we could transfer MRT 3 transfer to LRTA. We feel that the GOCC running the rails would be in a better position to regulate. As of now, MRT is a mere PMO,” saad nito.

Subalit, inamin ng kalihim na hindi nito inaasahang magre-react sa mungkahing ito ang MRT Corporation (MRTC).

Ang MRTC ay isang private consortium na in-charge sa maintenance ng MRT.

Nasa 53-bilyong piso ang hinihingi ng DOTC sa buyout plan sa MRTC at complete takeover ng pamahalaan sa Mass Rail Transit System.

Ani Abaya, “Hindi naman mako-compromise ang safety ng MRT, hindi pwedeng sipain lang sila. Mapipilitan tayo to close the train.”

Samantala, nadismaya naman ang mga senador sa kabiguan ng DOTC na gampanan ang tungkulin nito, lalo na sa pagpapatupad ng mga proyektong pang-transportasyon na itinuturong ugat ng problema sa trapiko partikular na sa usapin ng bidding ng MRT.

Sen. Chiz: “I see a lack of foresight, and I’m being very kind.”

Sec. Abaya: “Yes, your honor, we do admit. But initial discussions were made two months prior.”

“Frustrating, too much studies… services are suffering.”

“It’s important that you be able also to build up your workforce so just in case the maintenance provider is not able to comply, you can step in,” saad naman ni Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares.

Napag-alaman na noog Setyembe 4 pa natapos ang maintenance contract sa MRT ng Autre Porte Technique Global, Inc.

Subalit ayon kay Abaya, wala pang contractor na maaaring ipalit dahil nagpapatuloy pa ang bidding ng proyekto.

Inamin naman nitong nagkaroon ng pagkukulang ang kagawaran sa hindi kaagad paglagay ng advertisements sa bidding ng MRT.

Dahil dito, pinalawig na kada buwan ang kontrata ng APT Global. Dagdag ni Abaya, nagkakahalaga ng P57 million kada buwan ang nasabing kontrata.

Naniniwala naman si Senator Chiz Escudero na dapat tutukang mabuti ang bidding sa susunod na maintenance provider ng MRT. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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.)

DOTr imposes stricter protocols in transportation in areas under ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation will impose stricter health protocols in public utility vehicles (PUVs) in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said only authorized persons outside residence (APORs) as identified by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) will be accommodated by public transport services.

The department already retained the current public transport supply and capacity of 50% for areas under ECQ.

“APORs are reminded to be ready to present to transport marshals identification cards issued by the IATF or other documents or IDs as proof that they are authorized to travel,” Tugade said.

During the ECQ, public and private vehicles shall strictly observe the prescribed physical distancing and sanitary measures at all times.

For PUVs, such as buses and jeepneys are allowed to operate at 50% capacity on a “one-seat-apart” setup. Standing passengers will not be allowed, and only one passenger will be allowed at the driver’s row.

For tricycles, operations will depend on the approval of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government. If operations are allowed, tricycle passenger load shall not exceed one passenger in the sidecar.

All trains of the Philippine National Railways, LRT-1, LRT-2, and the MRT-3 will have transport marshals to enforce health protocols and to identify APORs. Trains will also be disinfected after every loop. Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board trains. Temperature checks will be done at station entrances.

Marshals would be strictly enforcing the seven commandments of public transport safety at the transport stations and terminals, and inside public transport vehicles.

The 7 Commandments for Public Transport, based on the recommendations of health experts, are:

1. Wear masks and face shields;
2. No talking and making phone calls;
3. No eating;
4. Keep public utility vehicles well-ventilated;
5. Conduct frequent disinfection;
6. No passengers with COVID-19 symptoms are to be allowed inside public transportation; and
7. Observe appropriate physical distancing (“one-seat-apart”) rule

“We, therefore, remind the riding public of the importance of stringently observing the Public Transport Health Protocols, based on the recommendations of health experts, to protect and uphold the overall welfare of the passengers, and other transport stakeholders,” Tugade said. AAC

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