This Russian-made modern PUV is designed for PH roads

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019   •   1241

GAZelle Next Citiline is made by a Russian giant automaker GAZ. This modern PUV has met the standards of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the government’s PUV modernization program.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has issued Department Order No. 2017-011 in 2017 which aims for a well-managed and environmentally sustainable transport sector.

UNTV’s motoring show, Manibela took for a spin one of these modern PUVs, the Russian-made GAZelle Next Citiline mini bus.

READ: Car geeks, here’s what you missed on Manibela’s pilot episode

According to Manibela host, Daniel Razon, the GAZelle Next Citiline has passed LTFRB’s requirements:

  • Euro-4 compliant engine
  • Side loading doors
  • High head room
  • Electronic payment option

It is a 22-seater vehicle that has a soft suspension which will make commuters more comfortable during their ride.

However, several transport groups still oppose the phase out of old jeepneys. On Monday (September 30), transport groups held a nationwide protest against the modernization program

Jeepney groups said the modernization program can possibly increase jeepney fares and a lot of jeepney drivers can lose their only source of livelihood.

According to DOTr department order, the modernization program seeks to have a safer, comfortable and environmental-friendly transportation in country.

GAZelle Next Citiline is just one of the modern PUV designs that passed the requirements of the LTFRB.

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Russia’s Putin arrives in UAE following visit to Saudi Arabia

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (R) attend an official welcome ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 15 October 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a state visit to UAE.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday (October 15) for talks that are expected to focus on economic ties and security in the Middle East region.

Upon arrival, Putin was greeted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the airport.

Putin’s trip to the region signals Moscow’s growing Middle East clout.

On Monday (October 14) he visited Saudi Arabia for the first time in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh’s regional rivals and energy cooperation. (Reuters)

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Challenge denied: No 6-month commute challenge for Panelo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo did not accept the challenge of a commuter group to continue to the commute challenge for six months.

In a press briefing on Monday (October 14), Panelo said there is no need to accept the challenge of Kongreso ng Mananakay because everyone experiences heavy traffic, whether you are commuting or in a private vehicle.

“Kahit hindi ka sumakay doon, mararanasan mo pa rin dahil araw-araw nakikita mo iyon hindi na kailangang tumanggap ng anong paghamon (Even if you do not commute, you can still experience [traffic] because you can see it everyday without accepting any challenges),” Panelo said.

READ: Panelo on commuting to work: It’s nothing new

Panelo also challenged to provide suggestions to solve the traffic crisis instead of criticizing the government.

“Kaya ko lang naman pinagbigyan sila para ipamukha sa kanila na hindi totoo iyong hindi namin nararanasan (The only reason I accepted their challenge was to belie their claims that we do not experience [the crisis]),” Panelo added.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Panelo: There is no transportation crisis, only traffic crisis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 11, 2019

A jeepney, a popular and uniquely Filipino mode of mass transport, maneuvers amid heavy traffic in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Metro Manila is experiencing a traffic crisis and not a transportation crisis.

After accomplishing the commute challenge on Friday (October 11), Panelo reiterated his claim that there is no mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila. However, he said Metro Manila is facing a traffic crisis.

READ: Panelo on commuting to work: It’s nothing new

“Mayroong traffic crisis, hindi transportation crisis. When you say transportation crisis, wala kang sinasakyan, paralyzed ang buong traffic (There is a traffic crisis, not transportation crisis. When you say transportation crisis, there would be no transportation available, the whole traffic would be paralyzed),” he said during a press briefing.

The Palace official added that everyone is experiencing heavy traffic whether you commute or not. He also said that Filipinos can adapt to difficult situations.

“Tayong mga Pilipino (We Filipinos), we’re very creative. May problema tayo, hindi tayo nagngangangawa na pababayaan natin na lamunin tayo ng problema (we have problems but we do not whine and let our problems overpower us),” according to Panelo.

Panelo also mentioned there is a need for improvement in the infrastructure of the country.

“Tama iyong iniisip ni presidente, ang problema kasi sa atin, iyong infrastructure natin, we’re 20 years behind. So that’s why iyong kaniyang Build Build Build, iyon ang solution doon (The president was right, the problem is our infrastructure, we’re 20 years behind. So that’s why the Build Build Build [program] is the solution),” he said.

Meanwhile, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. said the commute challenge aims to call attention to the situation of transportation.

“Ang punto magkaroon ng empathy, malasakit at kilalanin na malala ang problema (The point is to have empathy and acknowledge the worsening problem). It is a mass transport crisis,” Reyes said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz and Grace Casin)


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