DOTr unveils first batch of new trains for LRT-1 Cavite extension project
Robie de Guzman • January 27, 2021 • 417
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has unveiled the first batch of new trains that will be deployed for the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension project.
The four new train cars, which were ordered from Spain and Mexico, were presented on Tuesday, January 26.
These are part of the 120 train cars that will form 30 four-car trains that can accommodate up to 750,000 passengers daily. The LRT-1 currently serves 500,000 commuters daily.
“This fourth generation of Light Rail Vehicles will more than doubled the number of operations LRVS of LRT from 86 LRVs IN 2016 up to 192 LRVs by 2022,” Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said.
The DOTr said the new train cars feature more allotment areas for passengers and better cooling fans that will help lengthen the service life of the cooling system.
Once the delivery of new trains is complete, the LRT-1 will have 48 train sets from the current 34 train sets.
According to Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), which operates the LRT-1, the construction of the Cavite extension project is now 50% percent complete.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is eyeing partial operability of the LRT-1 extension project by the fourth quarter of this year.
“I asked the rail sector and I asked the LRTA and the LRMC to make sure that partially operability of this project can materialize by December of this year. I don’t mind hitting 1 or 2 stations but scot to be partially operational,” Tugade said.
The LRT-1 Cavite extension project will stretch across Baclaran to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite. Upon completion, travel time from Manila to Cavite will be trimmed down to just 25 minutes, from the current 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The project was funded through a loan extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines—Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has called on public utility vehicle (PUV) operators to help their personnel.
The agency has received reports and photos of displaced PUV conductors asking the government for jobs and assistance.
Tugade reiterated his directive to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to find ways of helping displaced PUV personnel heavily affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Doon sa matutulungan at mabibigyan ng hanap-buhay, bigyan natin sila ng hanap-buhay. Makiisa at makipag-ugnayan kayo sa ating mga kasamahan na kung kwalipikado naman at physically fit na magtrabaho sa lansanagan bilang isang draybe o konduktor, bigyan natin sila ng pagkakataon,” he said.
He reiterated that the department has various programs including Service Contracting, Tsuper Iskolar under Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). These programs can can assist drivers and conductors in securing jobs and gaining more knowledge for better opportunities.
Tugade also pushed for a massive information dissemination to bring awareness to various DOTr programs. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) formally inaugurated the modernized Calbayog Airport in Calbayog City, Samar on Wednesday (May 5).
The improvement and modernization of the Calbayog Airport include the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), new apron, and new taxiway. Completed works also include the widening of the runway.
Once operation begins, Calbayog Airport will serve as the ‘complementary airport’ of the Tacloban Airport and will be able to accommodate a total of 450 passengers from the previous 76 passengers. It will also cater to jet aircraft operations.
CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco said the modernized Calbayog Airport can boost the Eastern Visayas region’s economic development.
Over 300 more direct jobs will be opened once the new developments are operational. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has reached a remittance of P13.9 billion in dividends to the National Government from 2016 to 2019.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade lauds the MIAA for its achievement which surpassed its total remittances in the last 20 years.
“MIAA’s performance in four years show consistent good fiscal management. My congratulations to the men and women of the MIAA, with the leadership of GM Ed Monreal, for your sterling numbers. The Filipino people stand to benefit from your good work,” he said.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal reiterated the agency’s commitment to further enhance the financial management as well as improve the infrastructure and operations of NAIA.
“Ultimately, our fiscal performance should resonate in our efforts in making each airport passenger satisfied beyond expectations,” he said. AAC
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