This Russian-made modern PUV is designed for PH roads

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019   •   3885

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.

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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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Duterte approves one-seat apart rule on public transportation

Marje Pelayo   •   October 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Commuters taking public transport may soon find themselves seating one-seat apart from each other.

During the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (October 13), President Rodrigo Duterte approved all the recommendations of the economic cluster on further re-opening of the Philippine economy.

These include the expansion of public transportation capacity such as the ‘one-seat apart’ rule or allowing passengers to sit together more closely than before as long as separated by plastic barriers.

“Inaprubahan po ng Gabinete na sa pampublikong transportasyon, one-seat apart na po ang distansya (The Cabinet has approved the one-seat apart distance rule in all public transportation),” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The new police will take effect after publication in the official gazette.

The Palace official reiterated the rules that will be strictly enforced in public transportation, which include the following:

  • Wearing of proper face masks
  • Wearing of face shields
  • Banning of small talk and eating
  • Banning of symptomatic passengers
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Frequent and proper disinfection
  • Appropriate physical distancing

Meanwhile, the President has also approved his Cabinet’s recommendations for a more incremental opening of businesses, shorter curfew hours, multiple work shifts, as well as the gradual expansion of age groups allowed to go out.

The Palace hopes that by strictly observing the health protocols, people will be protected from contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the economy further reopens.

Tingin ko, after six or seven months of lockdown, alam na natin ang gagawin: mask, hugas, iwas (I believe after six or seven months of lockdown, we already know what to do: mask, wash of hands, distancing),” the spokesperson concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Davao City holds test run of QR code system for Davao-bound passengers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2020

The Davao City government has begun its test run of the QR code system and online arrival form for all Davao-bound passengers.

“Through the online platform developed by the Davao City Information Technology Center (CITC), all passengers bound for Davao City will fill out the online form after they are issued boarding passes at the airport of origin. Each passenger will then be issued a unique QR code to be presented upon arrival at the Davao airport,” the local government said.

The trial run, set from October 7 to 11, aims to ensure a no-contact and paperless recording during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, the head of the Davao City Health Office, said this will also boost the city’s contact tracing system.

“Since it’s digital, the transmittal of cases found to be positive during the RT-PCR swab tests will be faster,” she said. AAC

Mga pampublikong sasakyan, balik-operasyon na sa Agosto 19 – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   August 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Balik-operasyon na simula sa Miyerkules, Agosto 19, ang mga pampublikong sasakyan kasunod ng muling pagsasailalim sa general community quarantine sa Metro Manila at iba pang lugar sa bansa.

Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), simula bukas ay may biyahe na ulit ang Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 at 2 at ang Philippine National Railways (PNR).

Papasada na rin bukas ang mga pampasaherong bus at jeep sa mga rutang pinayagan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) bago muling isinailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine ang Metro Manila at mga karatig na probinsiya.

Sa pinakahuling abiso ng LTFRB, 64 na bagong ruta ng mga tradisyunal na jeep ang pinayagang magbalik-pasada sa Metro Manila. Katumbas ito ng 4,500 na jeepney units.

Apat na ruta naman ang idinagdag ng LTFRB para sa UV Express kung saan bibiyahe ang karagdagang 600 UV Express vans.

Papayagan na rin ang ilang domestic flight sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), ngunit paglilinaw ng DOTr, nakadepende ito sa quarantine restrictions na umiiral sa mga lokal na pamahalaang nakakasakop sa mga paliparan.

Paalala naman ng DOTr sa mga pasahero na mahigpit na ipinatutupad ang pagsusuot ng face shield at face mask sa mga pampublikong sasakyan at hindi maaaring sumakay ang mga pasaherong hindi makakasunod sa patakarang ito.

Magugunitang noong Agosto 15 ay ipinatupad ng DOTr ang mandatory face shield wearing sa mga pampublikong sasakyan upang dagdag proteksiyon laban sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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