Construction of Bulacan Airport to start before end of 2019 – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019   •   1724

MANILA, Philippines – The construction works for the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan is expected to start before the end of the year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday.

The P735.6-billion unsolicited airport project in Bulakan town in the province of Bulacan will serve as an alternative to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

NMIA has a design capacity of 100 million passengers per year but can be expanded to 200 million, the DOTr said.

It targets 240 aircraft movements per hour with four parallel runways planned.

The project will also include the construction of an 8.4-kilometer tollway that will connect the NMIA to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Marilao, Bulacan.

The DOTr said the airport will be operated and maintained by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) after its unsolicited proposal emerged as winner of the Swiss challenge that the department concluded on Wednesday (July 31).

Unsolicited proposals undergo a swiss challenge, which requires an invitation to other companies to make offers while giving the original proponent the right to match it.

The DOTr said that since SMC’s offer had no challengers, the project is set to be awarded to the company after a recommendation from the technical working group is made within three days.

“On the notice of award, there are some conditions that should be complied with. These include post performance security, proof of commitment, among others as stated in the law. They (SMC) have 20 days to do so,” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez.

The department said that once the notice to proceed is issued sometime in August or September, the San Miguel Holdings shall then be in-charge of the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the NMIA.

The NMIA is expected to be operational within four to six years.

“The instruction of (DOTr) Secretary (Arthur) Tugade was that we were expecting San Miguel Corporation to break ground by the last quarter of this year. And in the ordinary course of things, according to our time period under the law, that is very doable,” Lopez said.

Tugade, for his part, commended the progress of airport project.

“This new international airport is important in helping ease the congestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Together with the expansion of Clark Airport and the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport, NMIA is part of ‘baskets of solutions’ to bring further connectivity to the Filipino people,” Tugade said.

MRT-3 to deploy 90 augmentation buses during suspended weekend operations

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 90 bus units will be on standby at end terminals of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to ferry passengers who will be affected by the suspended weekend operations of the train system. 

The first trip will be at 5:30 am and the last trip will be at 8:00 pm from North Avenue to Taft Avenue station and vice versa.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier announced the temporary suspension of weekend operations to facilitate the replacement and installation of new rails. 

READ: No MRT-3 operations in four weekends from July to September – DOtr

Maintenance works at the stations are expected to be completed by December 2020. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

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Duterte tells DOTr to put more seats at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the plight of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) crowding the premises of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

He has ordered Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to provide additional resting areas and chairs for waiting passengers.

In the past weeks, thousands of LSIs flocked the premises of NAIA hoping for their flights to proceed.

“Walang maupuan. Iilan lang ang upuan. Kapag may flights nagpatong-patong, ang iba nakatindig. What’s really worse is that mayroong restaurant sa labas na malaki,” the President told Tugade during the late night briefing on Tuesday (June 30).

(There are not enough seats. When there are flights, people would crowd and some are forced to stand. The worst part is, there’s a huge restaurant outside.)

Paalisin mo ang restaurant. Lagyan ng upuan kasi ang mga buntis, mga bata, walang upuan,” he added.

(Remove the restaurant. Put more seats because pregnant women and children have nowhere to sit.)

Meanwhile, the President asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to provide for the needs of LSIs outside the airport premises. 

Gather all na naghihintay ng walang matulugan, walang matirhan at nandiyan sa labas ng NAIA,” he told Año.

(Gather all those who have no place to stay and are just staying outside of NAIA.)

“You will be transported to a place. I will pay. Just bill me [including food],” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Mini loop routes ng city buses, ipinatupad na ng DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   June 29, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines – Umarangkada na ngayong Lunes, Hunyo 29 ang mini loop routes ng city buses para makatulong sa pagbiyahe ng mga commuter.

Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), dalawa ang mini loop routes na binuksan ngayong araw: ang Monumento – MRT Quezon Avenue Station at PITX – Ayala Avenue.

Ang rutang Timog-Santolan naman ay sa Miyerkules, July 1 pa magsisimula.

Nakadugtong ang mga rutang ito sa bus augmentation ng Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 na bumibiyahe sa EDSA sa pagitan ng North Avenue at Taft Avenue na binuksan ng DOTr noong June 1 kasabay ng paglipat ng Metro Manila sa general community quarantine.

“Marami kasi tayong mga commuter o mga pasahero na nag-express ng kanilang concern na wala silang masakyan from Monumento going to North Avenue or Quezon Avenue. Gayundin y’ong mga galing ng PITX papunta ng Ayala. So, ‘yon ang in-adress natin ngayon,” ani DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran.

Ayon sa kagawaran, 30 public bus units ang nakatalaga sa mga nabanggit na ruta.

Tiniyak naman ng DOTr na araw-araw ang gagawing assessment para matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga commuter.

Alinsunod sa direktiba ng Inter-Agency Task Force, gradual o unti-unti ang pagbabalik ng operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan. Una nang pinayagan ang limitadong operasyon sa itinakdang ruta ng point-to-point buses, transport network vehicle services at public utility buses. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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