Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees — DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   June 27, 2019   •   6010

The Department of Transportation on Thursday (June 27) announced that students would get free rides from railway lines operated by the government, and exemption from terminal fees in seaports and airports across the country.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr said that students will get to enjoy free rides in Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) at select hours from Monday to Friday except on holidays.

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Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The DOTr said free rides will start on July 1 on the following train schedules:

MRT-3

5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LRT-2

4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. 

PNR

5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Bakit nga ba binibigyan natin ng oras ang libreng pamasahe? Dahil hinihikayat nating pumasok ng maaga sa paaralan ang mga estudyante kapalit nyan ay libreng pamasahe,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

Tugade said that for now, students only need to show their school identification cards to avail of the free rides and terminal fee exemption.

“Starting July 1, kailangan lang magpakita ng Student ID. Maglalagay din po tayo ng special lane para mas maayos po ang implementasyon nito,” he said.

But in the succeeding days, students will have to apply for a free ride ID by filling up a form which can be downloaded from the website of DOTr and its attached agencies.

Students may claim the free ride IDs from Malasakit Help desks situated in train stations.

Students will also get exemptions from paying terminal fees when flying in any airport operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and seaports under the Philippine Ports Authority.

This is expected to take effect in the coming months after the policy’s implementing rules are cascaded to 114 ports across the country.

Apart from students, the DOTr said senior citizens, persons with disabilities and selected uniform personnel who are in active military and coast guard service will also get to enjoy seaport and airport terminal fee exemption.

The agency said this initiative is part of the government’s efforts to provide Filipinos comfortable lives.

“Patunay po ito ng patuloy na pagmamalasakit ng Kagawaran ng Transportasyon at ng mga kaugnay nitong ahensyang MRT-3, LRTA, PNR, CAAP at PPA, upang bigyan ng komportableng buhay ang mga Pilipino, gaya ng hangad ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte,” the DOTr said.

Next PNP Chief: DILG’s Año to recommend 5 names to Duterte

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año is set to submit to President Rodrigo Duterte his shortlist of candidates to be the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

In an exclusive interview with UNTV News, Año said his list would consist of five names – three of them are three-star generals and are members of the PNP command group. The remaining two would be two-star and one-star generals but he has yet to pick the names of those he will recommend to the president.

“Sa ngayon, pare-parehas sila eh. Pero for sure, yung mga 3-star [generals] kasama yan sa ire-recommend ko. Pag-aaralan ko pa yung mga 2-star at 1-star na pwede isama sa listahan but I will submit five names,” he said.

Año said he will submit the list at least a week before the mandatory retirement of PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

Gamboa will bow out of the police service when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on September 3.

“Normally, mga two weeks to one week before magsusubmit na ulit ako ng pangalan sa Pangulong Duterte kung sino mga ire-recommend ko, pero ibig sabihin naman nun, ang Pangulong Duterte pwedeng pumili anybody from one-star to three-star,” the DILG chief said.

Whoever will be chosen from the five would inherit a PNP that is among the country’s frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

All generals in the police force are eligible to be promoted to the police’s top post. The president may also choose a general outside the shortlist given by Año to be his next police chief.

When asked about the possible extension of Gamboa’s term as PNP chief amid the public health crisis, Año replied with: “Palagay ko naman wala na siguro kasi bawal naman ang extension kasi, so we have to follow the law,” he said. “Ang organization naman kasi dynamic, naka-lay out naman dyan ang direction plans kahit naman sino umupo diyan, itutuloy nya lang yung programs.”

Among the three-star generals and members of command group of the PNP are deputy chief for administration Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan, deputy chief for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, and chief directorial staff Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag.

Cascolan belongs to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sinagtala Class of 1986, while both Eleazar and Binay belong to PMA Hinirang Class of 1987.

Cascolan will retire in November 2020, Eleazar in November 2021, and Binag in April 2021.

Meanwhile, among the two-star and one-star generals whose names might get picked on for the top police post are directorate for operations director Major General Emmanuel Licup, National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold Sinas, and Police Regional Office 4A director Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr.

Both Licup and Sinas belong to the PMA Hinirang class of 1987 while Danao belongs to the PMA Sambisig Class of 1991. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Presyo ng face shield sa merkado, dumoble dahil sa taas ng demand

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Dumoble ang presyo ng face shield sa ilang pamilihan sa Divisoria at Baclaran kasunod ng pagtaas ng demand para rito.

Ayon sa ilang mamimili, nagulat sila sa biglang pagtaas ng presyo ng face shield sa maikling panahon lamang.

Mula sa P23 bawat piraso noon lamang Sabado, umakyat umano ang presyo nito sa P40 hanggang P65.

Sinasabing tumaas ang demand sa face shield matapos i-anunsyo ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na oobligahin na simula sa August 15 ang pagsusuot ng face shield para sa mga sasakay ng pampublikong sasakyan.

Batay ito sa inilabas na administrative order ng DOTr na may layuning mapigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Sa taas ng demand, pahirapan na rin umano ang pagkuha ng supply nito ngayon ayon sa ilang tindahan.

Ayon sa face shield vendor na si Rudy Iglesias, dati ay pasampu-sampu o singkwenta lang ang nabebenta niya pero ngayon ay libu-libo na ang hinahanap sa kanila ng mga mamimili kaya nahihirapan na silang kumuha ng supply.

“Sa ngayon mahirap po. mahirap po talaga. Sa dami pong naghahanap mula nung inano ng ating presidente na kailangang gumamit tayo ng ganito,” ani Iglesias. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

Duterte tells telcos to report LGUs delaying permit processing

Robie de Guzman   •   July 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said telecommunications companies should report local government units that are obstructing the building of additional cell towers by delaying the processing of permits.

Duterte made the statement in a televised address after Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu told the president about their permitting woes in order to build more cell sites and improve their services.

“We are suffering ho from many, many years of this, before your administation, many administrations, 25 to 29 permit umaabot ng walong buwan tapos marami pa ho kaming miscellaneous fees ho. Iba-ibang klaseng tower fee. Mayroon kaming special use permit,” Cu said.

Cu met with Duterte after the latter threatened during his State of the Nation Address to shut down or expropriate telcos if no improvements are made in their services before December.

“Kasi sabi ko, ‘pag hindi mo pa na-improve ‘yan, I will hang you in one of your towers. Sabi niya, “Mayor, you cannot do that because there is no tower. The local governments are all f—–g it up,” Duterte told Cu in jest.

After hearing Cu’s concerns, the chief executive urged telcos to issue a formal complaint against local government units that are stalling the processing of permits for additional communication towers.

He also told telcos to report LGUs to proper authorities.

“Isumbong niyo na lang ng diresto at ang order ko sa Cabinet ngayon is to really take the, ‘kung pinakamabigat, the most drastic measure that you can find, para magkaintindihan. This is my last mile,” he said.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, in the same briefing, said that local government units have been ordered to shorten the process and reduce the time spent in producing permits to 16 to 20 days.

“Dati po kailangan pa ng Home-Owners Association Resolution, kailangan pa ng Sangguniang Bayan Resolution, wala na po ‘yon. 16 days to 20 days po ang target para y’ong lahat ng permit ay tatakbo,” he said.

The government has been pushing for the ease of doing business to streamline the process in government agencies.

Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc. earlier said they are currently working on expansion plans to improve the communication services in the country. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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