UBER and DPWH sign agreement on traffic data sharing
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is among the countries experiencing worst traffic congestion.
Based on the data of the app-based, ride-hailing company Uber, Metro Manila has the 3rd worst traffic situation in Asia.
For instance, an individual wastes 402 hours or 25 days in a year due to traffic congestion.
With the aim of finding a solution to the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will partner with Uber.
In line with this, the DPWH and Uber signed an agreement, Tuesday, that would allow the government agency to use the movement website of the ride-hailing company.
The movement website contains data on the average travel time on various points in Metro Manila.
The transport network vehicle service or TNVS of Uber automatically send information on the website of the company.
The information is about the flow of vehicles on a particular location.
“It’s our responsibility to and our obligation to share it with government because they are also in the process of solving traffic and it’s a hard problem and we know that ride sharing is one part of it another part of it is build, build, build,” Uber Philippines General Manager Laurence Cua said.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the website would help them study possible new road projects that would help resolve the traffic problem in the National Capital Region.
“We can see where the congested areas are. Where are the most congested areas? What do we need to do after the project? What are the improvements in traffic? So this a big help in terms of analysis,” Villar said.
The website also shows the effects of an ongoing construction of the DPWH, and whether or not it could help improve the travel time of motorists.
In exchange, the DPWH will help in the promotion of the Uber ridesharing and carpooling app to lessen the number of vehicles plying Metro Manila roads.
Uber also plans to partner with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the possible effects of the policies it implements to address the traffic problem in the country. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to hold an earthquake drill, dubbed as Metro Manila Shake Drill, on July 27.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said this year’s shake drill will start as early as four in the morning, to be signaled by the sounding of an alarm.
“For this year, it will be done on a weekend and at almost the break of dawn when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep,” he said.
“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage and loss of life,” he added.
Garcia said they intentionally scheduled the drill very early in the morning so the public can participate.
Shake drills in the past years were done during daytime and even on rush hours, with last year leveling up to an unannounced, rush hour daytime drill.
“We want to test the response capabilities and preparedness of LGUs and the private sector as earthquake may occur anytime,” Garcia said.
The MMDA official added that during the shake drill, they will mobilize agency employees, Metro local government units and other groups to demonstrate their contingency plans in case strong earthquake hits the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, also the head of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), will visit city halls and designated emergency operation centers in the metro on the day of the drill.
Different emergency scenarios will also be staged at city hall offices, establishments, communities, businesses, and households.
“We expect more active and full participation of the private sector as government’s partner in disaster and emergency preparedness and response for Metro Manila,” said Garcia.
During the drill, the agency will also practice the deployment of personnel to designated emergency operation centers located at the four quadrants in Metro Manila.
The MMDA said the northern quadrant will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course as evacuation camp while the western quadrant will use the Intramuros Golf Course.
The eastern quadrant will use the LRT-2 Santolan Depot while the southern quadrant will use the Villamor Golf Course.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – A group of ride-sharing app drivers and operators on Friday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to decide on the implementation of a moratorium on the apprehension of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) vehicles with incomplete registrations.
The Laban TNVS on Friday morning simultaneously sounded their horns as a part of their protest caravan staged in front of the LTFRB main office and the House of Representatives.
The group called on LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra to fulfill his promise of immediately deciding on their appeal to implement a moratorium on apprehensions while their members are processing their applications.
TNVS drivers and operators met with the LTFRB on Tuesday to discuss their concerns following their staging of a ‘transport holiday’ on Monday (July 8).
“Pagkatapos ng dialogue, ang pangako ni Chairman Delgra, within the week ay ilalabas ng board ang desisyon nila tungkol sa dalawang bagay. Una, ‘yung no apprehension, moratorium sa apprehension ng mga TNVS na tinuturing nilang colorum… At yung pangalawa, yung sa usapin ng hatchback,” said Atty. Ariel Inton, president of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection group.
Although they were able to bring their sentiments before the LTFRB, the group said they are yet to feel any assurance from Delgra’s statements.
“There was no assurance doon sa statement niya. That’s the reason why nandito kami to tell them na naghihintay kami sa kasagutan nila na dapat maging at least maging favorable sa amin,” said Eric Gabriel Fernandez, convenor of the LabanTNVS.
TNVS drivers and operators said the protest aims to air their opposition against LTFRB’s “inconsistent” policies and processing in terms of TNVS registration and application.
They are also protesting the agency’s alleged non-implementation of Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchback-type vehicles to operate as TNVS.
The group warned to conduct continuous protest caravans should the LTFRB fail to announce its decision on the matter. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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