DOTr, PPA to inaugurate new passenger building terminal of Tagbilaran Port on April 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2021   •   152

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will inaugurate the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Port of Tagbilaran.

The inauguration is scheduled for April 14 which will also be the formal start of the terminal’s operations.

“The completion of the development project is an important milestone for Tagbilaran City’s main seaport after it sustained significant structural damage from a strong earthquake in 2013,” the DOTr said in a statement.

The newly-completed PTB will augment the passenger capacity of the Port of Tagbilaran to further provide the public with more comfortable and convenient sea travel. It can accommodate 613 additional passengers, bringing the total capacity to 1,110.

In addition to the completed two (2)-story Passenger Terminal Building, the PPA also constructed a pump house, installed concrete pavements, and built lamp post foundations at the port. AAC

LRT-MRT Common Station approaching 50% completion — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   March 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday, March 23, announced that the LRT-MRT Common Station that would link the Light Rail Transit (LRT) with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) is around 50 percent complete.

In its latest Facebook post, the DOTr said the overall progress rate of the common station project now stands at 48.48 percent.

The project, which started some seven years ago, is targeted to be completed in December 2021.

The common station features a 13,700-square meter “concourse area,” which will “seamlessly interconnect” the rail lines of LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the much-awaited Metro Manila Subway.

The project is expected to ease mobility of commuters in Metro Manila, particularly along the main transit routes, from Baclaran to Monumento to the entire length of EDSA.

DOTr seeks public’s help in identifying woman taking selfie sans face mask inside MRT-3

Marje Pelayo   •   March 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is seeking the public’s help in identifying the woman seen in a viral video taking a selfie inside an MRT-3 train without a face mask and face shield.

“We deem the passenger’s action not only reckless and insensitive, but also posed a possible threat to the health of her fellow passengers,” the DOTr statement said.

“We now ask the public’s assistance for information to identify the woman on the video, for investigation and filing of appropriate charges due to violations of the public health and safety protocols,” it added,

The Department said an investigation is likewise being conducted to determine if there was any negligence on the part of the transport marshal on duty.

In light of the incident, the agency once again called on MRT-3 passengers to religiously observe health protocols inside trains, and to be patient and obedient when transport marshals remind or warn them not to breach the rules.

DOTr orders strict enforcement of transport health protocols amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   March 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered the stringent implementation of health protocols in all modes of public transportation to help curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade stressed that the COVID-19 threat remains as he directed the transport sector to ensure that health and safety protocols are being enforced in transportation hubs to prevent the further transmission of coronavirus disease.

Tugade also reminded commuters not to talk or eat inside the public vehicle and to continue practicing health protocols such as the wearing of face mask and face shield and physical distancing.

“The DOTr remains committed to uphold health and safety in our public transportation. But we cannot do it alone. Sa mga pasahero, drayber, at operator, magtulungan po tayo. Maging responsable at maging disiplinado tayo,” the DOTr chief said in a news release on Tuesday.

“Ang virus ay nandito pa rin kaya kaya pinaaalalahanan natin ang ating mga pasahero na magsuot ng face mask at face shield lalo sa loob ng pampublikong transportasyon. Huwag makipag-usap o kumain habang nasa loob ng sasakyan. Sundin din natin ang tamang physical distancing,” he added.

Tugade likewise reminded transport operators to properly and frequently disinfect their vehicles.

In response to Tugade’s order, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) said it will conduct intensified operations against COVID-19 violators.

“We are taking COVID-19 very seriously. The task force will show no leniency to PUV drivers who fail to implement health protocols aboard their unit at the expense of their passengers’ lives,” I-ACT Task Force Chief and DOTr Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns B/Gen. Manuel Gonzales (Ret.) said.

I-ACT noted that despite the continuous implementation of transport health protocols, some PUV drivers and conductors still commit violations based on their random daily inspection of the task force on roads and highways inside and outside Metro Manila.

From January to February 2021 alone, I-ACT task force has apprehended a total of 517 PUV drivers for breach of health provisions contained in LTO MC 2020-2185 and/or DOTr MC 2020-014, the agency reported.

I-ACT said it is recalibrating its enforcement strategy for further intensified operations against violators and amplified public knowledge for increased compliance to ensure “collective safety” amid the pandemic.

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