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Transportation department to resolve MRT’s long queues in 100 days

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, July 9th, 2016

A long queue of commuters in MRT station.

A long queue of commuters in MRT station.

One of the changes that the commuter will feel in the next 100 days is the improvement at MRT 3.

The transportation department is eager to shorten the long queues at the stations.

Twenty trains during rush hour is the ideal number to avoid the long queue.

Now, the number of trains do not go below fifteen every day.

“The parts are coming in. The maintenance provider is doing a good job of maintaining the trains. That’s one of the target and objectives of the new management of DOT,” said MRT General Manager Roman Buenafe.

According to the new undersecretary for rail, Noel Kintanar, long queues at the station are an indication of a problem.

“The ultimate indicator for success and failure in MRT-3, LRT-1 and LRT-2 are the queues. Let us not complicate things. Commuters only wish to shorten the queue,” Kintanar said.

But two things have to be done to maintain the excellent service of MRT: the upgrade of the signaling system and power supply.

Kintanar said, even if new trains will arrive, they cannot be utilized if the signaling system and power supply will not be upgraded.

The power supply and the signaling system are expected to be upgraded in the first quarter of 2017 along with the arrival of the 40 new coaches from China.

If this happens, the speed of the trains will increase. And there will be a four-car train on the rails.

“There are 3 coaches in 1 train. Think of it as 4 coaches. This means that it will increase by 33%. Commuters will feel the change and that is what we’re after,” Kintanar added.

The transportation department is now fixing the location where the common station will be constructed.

The department assures that it will be constructed in a location that is beneficial to everyone.

The transportation deparment is appealing to the commuters to be more patient. Real change is not achieved in only one day. More time is needed plus the cooperation of everyone.

(UNTV NEWS)

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Pres. Duterte to take action once probe on P60-M ad deal is complete – Malacañang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the President is now looking into the controversial P60-million advertisement contract placed in the program managed by the brothers of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in the state run-People’s Television (PTV 4).

However, the presidential spokesperson refused to divulge who particularly in the president’s office investigates the issue.

But Malacañang assured the probe includes all those involved and the president will take appropriate actions once the investigation is complete

“Many reports have reached the OP, and the president have taken action on these. Don’t be on a rush, let the investigations proceed to determine if reports are correct or not, the president has already a track record on this,” Presidential Spokesperson Roque said.

Previous reports said that aside from Tourism Secretary Teo, the probe also covers Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Andanar oversees PTV 4 as Palace communications chief.

“Of course it would be an investigation that would cover everyone. I leave the statement of SAP Bong Go for whatever it is worth, he was the one quoted as having said Secretary Andanar is part of that so I let it be,” Roque added.

Andanar, meanwhile, refused to give comments on this issue while investigations are ongoing.

For now, Malacañang said President Duterte has no directives for Cabinet members involved in the controversy to resign, particularly Secretary Teo.

“Every Cabinet member, unless they’re fired, enjoys the trust and confidence of the president,” the presidential spokesman said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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DoT P60-M ad placement ‘highly irregular’ — Sen. Pangilinan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

 

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has urged the Office of the Ombudsman to look into the controversial P60-million ad placement of the Department of Tourism (DOT.)

“Yes, the P60 million DOT ad buy is on its face highly irregular and the Ombudsman should look into it,” Pangilinan said in a statement Tuesday, May 1.

The Commission on Audit (COA) on its website, published on Friday, April 27, an audit report on the government-run People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) where the COA said “there was no memorandum of agreement (MOA) or contract between PTNI and Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media Unlimited Incorporated (BMUI) to air DoT’s commercial ad in Tulfo’s show.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in defense of the transaction said it was aboveboard and that “the contract between the two entities went through the proper bidding process.”

“The explanation that the DoT dealt with PTV-4 is unacceptable,” Pangilinan concluded. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Door failure disrupts MRT-3 ops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: An MRT train

MANILA, Philippines — Over 1,000 passengers of Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) were offloaded at Ortigas Avenue Station, southbound lane at 1:17 pm on Thursday.

According to the MRT management, the train experienced door failure thereby forcing them to offload the passengers.

They explained that a possible cause of disruption in train operations is the surge of passengers who forcibly open train doors.

The passengers were transferred to the next train after six minutes. — UNTV News & Rescue

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