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LOOK: DOTr shows Metro Manila Subway station mock-up

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2019

Mock-ups of the highly anticipated Metro Manila Subway project | Photo credit: DOTr

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released on Monday several photos showing the mock-up station models of the Metro Manila Subway project.

The DOTr said these models will serve as prototype of the first ever underground rail line in the Philippines.

The Metro Manila Subway project finally broke ground on February 27 after some delays due to conflict of schedules with Japanese officials.

DOTr aims to have the first three stations of the Metro Manila Subway – Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora and North Avenue – partially operational in 2022 and the remaining stations fully operational by 2025.

It will be connected to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 1 and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 and 7 through four common stations. Subway stations will also be accessible to land-based public transportation utilities such as bus, taxi and jeepneys.

Overall, the multi-billion peso Subway System will have fifteen (15) stations from Quirino Highway to FTI and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

With the speed of 80 kilometers per hour, the travel time from Quezon City to NAIA terminal 3 will only take around 30 minutes.

“When we announced that we are doing the Subway, many sectors did not believe. Sabi nila, ‘Subway station? Drawing lang ‘yan. Hindi totoo ‘yan.’ Sa mga nagduda, ang Subway Station po ay totoo. Ito ang magbibigay sa ating mga Pilipino ng comfortable life,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The Metro Manila Subway System project outlines a program toward 2030 for sustainable development for Central Luzon, Calabarzon and National Capital Regions that would require P2.61 trillion in investment.

As the construction for the country’s first underground railway system begins, the DOTr appealed for public’s understanding as this would definitely cause heavy traffic. – Robie de Guzman

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Clark Airport to resume operations Wednesday

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Photo courtesy: Department of Transportation

MANILA, Philippines – The Clark International Airport on Wednesday will resume its operations after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake damaged some of its facilities and paralyzed its flights and services for nearly 48 hours.

Airport authorities said the processing of affected passengers in terminals will start at 4 p.m. while the first flight out the airport will begin at 7:40 p.m.

Clark International Airport President Jaime Melo said power, flight information systems, and CCTVs have also been fully restored.

He also reminded affected passengers to coordinate with their respective carriers for their flight schedules.

“Clark airport is business as usual, from counters to manifest to boarding gates. May we remind the riding public to kindly check or coordinate with their respective airlines for confirmation of their flight schedules via Clark beginning April 24,” Melo said in a statement.

He said the damage caused by the strong earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday has been repaired and cleared. Nets were also installed on the ceiling inside the pre-departure area to protect passengers from any falling debris.

A huge portion of the ceiling in the old terminal building collapsed on Monday after the quake. Water leakage was also detected after the tremor affected the fire alarm.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said fully repairing the damage will cost around P30 to P50 million.

Clark Airport officials said an investigation will be launched into the contractor of the old terminal building following allegations that the airport was constructed using substandard materials. – Robie de Guzman

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Expect flight delays this long holiday—CAAP

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has advised passengers to prepare for delayed flights this long holiday.

Earlier on Tuesday (April 16), several flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 4, en route to El Nido, Palawan and Tagbilaran, Bohol, were delayed by over 30 minutes. As of 12:00 noon, around 69 flights were delayed.

One of the passengers, Erwin Monongol said they were supposed to leave by 11:10 a.m.

“Delayed daw ang flight ewan ko kung anong dahilan baka congested iyong airport dito sa loob sabi nila (The flight got delayed, I don’t know. Maybe the airport was congested),” he said.

The CAAP said the delayed flights are mostly due to the congestion of air traffic and the influx of passengers traveling this long holiday.

According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the on-going repairs of the taxiway in NAIA is also causing delays.

“This is the taxiway of the main runway hindi makadaan ang eroplano (airplanes cannot pass through) coming from terminal 3 going to its departure runway 06 using Charlie,” he said.

The CAAP had begun conducting repairs last March which is expected to finish in two months.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Board (CAB) reminds passengers experiencing delayed flights about the Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

According to the CAB, passengers have the right to ask for compensation or ticket refund if the airline has proven accountability for the flight delay.

Executive Director of CAB Atty. Carmelo Arcilla, however, said the
cause of the delay should be validated first.

“Ngayon ang kailangan muna natin i-distinguish ano ba ang dahilan ng delay kasi nagkaroon tayo ng mga upgrade sa airport pansamantalang pagkaka-delay ng mga flights natin (Now we first need to distinguish the reason of the delay because we have airport upgrades. That’s one reason for delayed flights).”

Despite the expected flight delays, authorities still remind passengers to still arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled flight.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MRT-3 deploys 140 buses for maintenance shutdown

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

Photo Courtesy : Department of Transportation

Metro Rail Transit 3 has deployed 140 buses for its maintenance shutdown starting April 15 to April 21.

The deployed buses will operate from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in all MRT-3 Northbound-Southbound stations.

The MRT-3 has started with its annual maintenance Monday morning (April 15).—Aileen Cerrudo

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