Bicol region airports hit by Typhoon Rolly undergoing repairs — DOTr

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020   •   448

Airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in the Bicol region are undergoing repairs after being hit by Typhoon Rolly, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Cynthia Tumanut, area manager of CAAP Area Center 5, reported that communication lines at airports operated by the CAAP in the Bicol region have been restored.

Based on the agency’s situational report, Virac Airport’s electric power and mobile and internet signal has also been restored on Tuesday (November 3) and is now operating from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The airport is catering to military and humanitarian flights from both the public and private sectors.

The Catanduanes province, meanwhile, has requested for a 2-week suspension of Cebu Pacific flights to Virac while the province recuperates from the typhoon’s onslaught.

CAAP airports that were critically damaged, especially in Area 5, are also undergoing assessment and processing of reports for GSIS insurance claims. AAC

CAAP reports no serious damage caused by Typhoon Bising

Maris Federez   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Sunday (April 18) reported that Typhoon Bising has not caused any serious damage in Regions 5, 8, and 12.

CAAP said that the aerodrome in Legazpi, Albay is on normal operations, with precautionary measures implemented days before typhoon landing in preparation of its effect.

Personnel reported for duty in accordance with their regular work schedule (on standby alert), while offices were secured and had been fortified with plywood.

CAAP added that airport employees were instructed to be on standby alert.

Meanwhile, the Airport Manager in Virac, Catanduanes reported that they have installed typhoon guards at the terminal building.

The report said that offices were secured and fortified with plywood and other available materials and that office equipment and documents were secured by personnel. They were also instructed to be on standby alert.

The airport management also said that NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was filed regarding the suspension of aerodrome operations due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In Region 8, CAAP stated that due to the strong crosswinds experienced by Tacloban, airport authorities have canceled all inbound and outbound flights.

In Region 12, CAAP said that Butuan, Siargao, and Surigao airports are under normal operations.

It added that, as of Sunday evening, there have been no reported flight cancellations as the weather in the region remains relatively fair.

Given the precautionary measures that the aforementioned airports have set up in preparation for Typhoon Bising, CAAP said they have not received any reported damage to airport facilities as of Sunday night.

CAAP said that it is continuously monitoring airport status per strict instructions from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and CAAP Director-General Jim Sydiongco. —/mbmf

DOTr suspends inauguration of LRT-2 East extension due to new COVID-19 restrictions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has suspended the inauguration of the LRT-2 East Extension Project from its original schedule on April 26 and set it to a much later date of June 23, 2021.

In a statement, the department said the adjustment is due to the new COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the health and safety of rail workers and the riding public.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan also reported that foreign rail experts who are necessary for the final stages of installation, testing, and commissioning works for the project have been unable to report for work or enter the Philippines due to stringent restrictions being enforced.

“As much as we would like to open the project earlier, kailangan pong unahin ang kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga rail workers at mananakay (we need to prioritize the health and well-being of our rail workers and passengers),he said.

LRT-2’s new stations, the Marikina Station and Antipolo Station will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back.

According to the DOTr, “the project is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Antipolo from the previous three (3) hours by bus or jeepney, to only 40 minutes.” AAC

DOTr warns vs fake Sec. Tugade Facebook account

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified in a statement on Thursday that the Facebook page/account bearing the name Sec Art Tugade does not belong to the transportation chief.

“Please be informed that Secretary Tugade *DOES NOT HAVE A PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE or ACCOUNT*, and is *NOT* involved in creating, managing, and handling the said page or other similar accounts,” the department stressed.

“Anything related to Secretary Tugade in his function and designation as Cabinet Secretary, and head of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is posted *ONLY* in the *OFFICIAL* DOTr social media accounts,” the DOTr added.

The agency also encouraged the public to immediately report to the DOTr any suspicious activity involving this unauthorized account, or any similar accounts for that matter. AAC

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