IATF approves implementation of service contracting of PUVs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020   •   634

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the implementation of service contracting of public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Proposed by the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the service contracting scheme for public transport aims to subsidize public transport operations, incentivize PUV operators to return and serve commuters, and restore the livelihood of displaced transport workers, among others.

“The proposed stimulus bill has allocated budget to carry out a more financially-viable contracting scheme that will better benefit operators of public transportation units, the commuting public, and the overall public transport sector,” the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

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The measure will soon be implemented with the signing of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the “Bayanihan 2” bill into law.

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Steve Pastor said the measure will not only help operators and drivers with their livelihood but it can also help in limiting the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“We are pushing for the use of service contracting as these would allow for efficiency of travel and the reduction of transmission,” he said. AAC

Pagpapatupad ng mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, nakasalalay sa Kongreso – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nakasalalay sa Kongreso ang pagbalangkas ng batas kung gagawing sapilitan sa bansa ang pagpapabakuna kontra COVID-19.

Ito ang naging pahayag ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) matapos sabihin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na payag siyang gawing mandatory ang COVID-19 vaccination sa Pilipinas sa harap ng banta ng bagong COVID-19 variant na Omicron.

Ayon kay acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, wala sa kapangyarihan ng IATF na pilitin ang publiko na tumanggap ng COVID-19 vaccine.

“Kailangan po ng batas, mas magiging… mas magkakaroon ng mandatory enforcement kapag meron pong batas mula sa Congress at mapirmahan ni Pangulong Duterte, so it is up to congress to feel the need kung kinakailangan magkaroon ng batas to make it mandatory,” ani Nograles.

“As far as IATF is concerned, patuloy pa rin po ang ating pagmi-meeting tungkol d’yan at paguusap namin sa proposal na yan,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, iiminungkahi naman ni Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año na higpitan na lamang ang mga polisiya para sa mga hindi pa bakunado upang maengganyo ang mas marami pang Pilipino na magpabakuna.

Aniya, may kapangyarihan naman ang mga alkalde na maglabas ng kautusan o ordinansa para makumbinse ang kanilang mga constituent na magpaturok na ng COVID-19 vaccine.

“Hindi natin ima-mandatory but at least, we’ll make it harder for them to live while there’s a pandemic. It’s because of mutations, kung hindi ma-achieve ang herd immunity,” ani Año. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DOTr inaugurates expanded Puerto Princesa Port

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation on Thursday (November 4) inaugurated the expanded Puerto Princesa Port.

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago led the inauguration of the project which was completed on July 20, 2021.

The DOTr said the expanded Puerto Princesa Port aims for more productivity by strengthening its long-haul connection to Metro Manila and planned connectivity to the island of Mindoro through the Port of Bulalacao.

The port serves as the province’s primary maritime gateway for commerce, trade, and tourism.

“Around 1,500 international and local vessels call at Puerto Princesa Port per year, while it also handles approximately 1.7 metric tons of cargoes. Moreover, 200,000 passengers use the port annually, including almost 6,000 cruise-tourism passengers,” the DOTr said.

For the past five years, the Puerto Princesa Port underwent several expansions and improvements to address the needs of its users as the seaport. The expansion of the Puerto Princesa Port forms part of the 472 commercial and social-tourism projects completed by the DOTr and PPA nationwide since the Duterte administration took over in 2016. AAC

 

 

 

PNP-HPG to deploy personnel for pilot increase in PUV passenger capacity

Robie de Guzman   •   November 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will deploy at least 200 personnel to help in the pilot run of the gradual increase in number of allowed passengers in public utility vehicles (PUV).

PNP-HPG director Brigadier General Alexander Tagum said their personnel will be deployed in different parts of Metro Manila to extend any form of assistance to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and ensure the strict observance of minimum public health standards among passengers.

“Nag-prepare na ang aking mga ground commander para ma-maximize ang deployment ng aming mga highway patrol personnel to assist our motorist,” Tagum said.

“Patuloy ang aming mandate para sa pagpapatupad ng health protocol para sa motorist at mga pasahero. Primary mandate namin ay ang pag-support sa lahat ng requirement ng PNP at local government units so we assure that HPG will be there to assist in whatever we can to ensure na mas maganda ang byahe ng ating motorist in accordance to the protocol ng IATF,” he added.

The DOTr earlier said the pilot run will begin on November 4. The result of the test would determine if public transportation can already resume to its full operation amid the pandemic.

The pilot run was scheduled after the government’s task force on COVID-19 response approved the increase in operational capacity from the current 50% to 70% for public road-based and rail transportation plying Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar reminded commuters to continue observing the health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus in PUVs.

“May plastic barrier man o wala, may law enforcer man o wala, ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa laban sa COVID-19 ay nasa kamay ng bawat driver at pasahero. Kaya sa mga kapatid nating driver ng mga pampasaherong sasakyan, huwag na sanang mauwi sa sitahan pa ang bagong patakarang ito dahil alam ninyo na kayo din naman ang magdurusa kung kayo ay mahuli,” he said.

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