DOTr unveils tunnel boring machine’s cutter head for Metro Manila Subway project

Robie de Guzman   •   February 5, 2021   •   778


MANILA, Philippines –
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday unveiled the cutter head of the first tunnel boring machine that will be used for the partial operability section of the Metro Manila Subway project.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade presented in an event, the cutter head of the first tunnel boring machine dubbed “Kaunlaran.”

“The cutter head is the most substantial part of the TBM, weighing 74 tons. Its main purpose is to break, cut and grind rocks and soil by rotating its 36-piece disc cutter,” the DOTr said in a statement.

“This Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) symbolizes its name, “KAUNLARAN.” Today, as we applaud the coming of Kaunlaran, I ask you, join us in riding the TBM, and in riding the first Metro Subway because ito ‘ho ay paglakbay papunta sa KAUNLARAN,” Secretary Tugade said in his speech during the event.

“Mr. President, the Metro Manila Subway is one of the answers of DOTr in answering your clarion call of making the Filipino life comfortable. This TBM, and the five more that are coming, so that we achieve partial operability by December of this year, is our way of saying this morning: ‘Mr. President, we are committed to make the Filipino life comfortable,” he added.

According to DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, a fleet of 25 Japanese-made Tunnel Boring Machines will be utilized to further fast-track the roll out of the Metro Manila Subway project.

“To accelerate the construction of the Metro Manila Subway Project and to minimize road interference during construction, we will be using not just one but a fleet of 25 Japanese-made Tunnel Boring Machines or (TBMs),” Batan said.

The DOTr said that the arrival of the first TBM cutterhead also signals the continuous arrival of the other TBM equipment and materials.

The department said it expects to arrive this month the remaining parts of the machine which will then be transported at the site for assembly. This will be followed by the conduct of mandatory operational test prior to the lowering and main drive underground.

It is expected to be done in the third quarter of this year, the DOTr said.

The Metro Manila Subway Project is the first underground railway system in the country that will provide the most modern mass transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR), from Valenzuela City to Bicutan, Parañaque, and NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay, and will further stretch across North and South zones of the Greater Capital Region.

The project is in cooperation with the Japanese International Cooperation Committee (JICA).

DOTr calls on PUV operators to help displaced conductors

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 10, 2021

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

 

DOTr inaugurates modernized Calbayog Airport in Samar

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2021

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

MIAA records P13.9 billion remittance from 2016 to 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2021

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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