LRT-2 East Extension to start ops in April 2021 – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   March 4, 2021   •   688

MANILA, Philippines – Two additional stations of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) East Extension project will begin operations in the latter part of April this year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Thursday.

In a statement, the DOTr said the two LRT-2 East Extension stations are the Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia mall and Robinsons) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag).

These stations will start operations on April 27 after a soft opening to be held a day before.

The two new stations will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back.

Travel time from Recto to Masinag will be just around 40 minutes.

As of January 31, 2021, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) reported that the LRT-2 East Extension Project is already 93.42% complete.

“In less than two months po, mag-ooperate na po ‘yung ating dalawang bagong istasyon,” LRTA Spokesperson Atty. Hernando Cabrera said.

Once completed, the LRT-2 East Extension can accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers daily, boosting the entire rail line’s current daily ridership to 240,000 passengers.

Cabrera said that the Package 1 of the project, which involves the construction of the eastbound and westbound viaducts, has been finished.

The Package 2, which involves the design and construction of stations, is also substantially complete.

Meanwhile, works are ongoing for the Package 3, which covers the project’s electro-mechanical system, rails, power supply, telecommunications, and signaling system.

Cabrera said that the rail line’s electro-mechanical works are being fast-tracked to meet the target date of the project’s April 2021 inauguration.

“Ongoing po ngayon ‘yan at pina-fast track na po natin ‘yung trabaho natin diyan para matupad po natin ‘yung target na April 26 inauguration,” he said.

DOTr’s transportation security intercepts 1,880 prohibited items at PH airports

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation’s Office for Transportation Security (DOTr-OTS) intercepted 1,880 prohibited items at various airports in the country for the month of March.

Majority of the items intercepted are commonly prohibited items such as lighters, liquid items in containers of more than 100 ml, air guns, knives, scissors, workers’ tools, cutters, and other similar sharp and pointed objects. A total of 49 of the intercepted items were suspected live bullets, while 81 were ‘non-live’ bullets kept as amulets, or shell casings taken as souvenirs from firing ranges.

OTS INTERCEPTS 1,880 PROHIBITED ITEMS AT PH AIRPORTS

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Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, April 22, 2021

OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul L. del Rosario lauded the vigilance of OTS airport Security Screening Officers (SSOs) who act as the first line of defense at the airport.

“Magmula noong pandemic, siniguro rin natin ang health and safety ng mga pasahero at pati na ang aming mga empleyado,” he said in a statement. AAC

 

 

DOTr suspends inauguration of LRT-2 East extension due to new COVID-19 restrictions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has suspended the inauguration of the LRT-2 East Extension Project from its original schedule on April 26 and set it to a much later date of June 23, 2021.

In a statement, the department said the adjustment is due to the new COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the health and safety of rail workers and the riding public.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan also reported that foreign rail experts who are necessary for the final stages of installation, testing, and commissioning works for the project have been unable to report for work or enter the Philippines due to stringent restrictions being enforced.

“As much as we would like to open the project earlier, kailangan pong unahin ang kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga rail workers at mananakay (we need to prioritize the health and well-being of our rail workers and passengers),he said.

LRT-2’s new stations, the Marikina Station and Antipolo Station will serve commuters from Recto, Manila going to Masinag, Antipolo, and back.

According to the DOTr, “the project is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Antipolo from the previous three (3) hours by bus or jeepney, to only 40 minutes.” AAC

DOTr warns vs fake Sec. Tugade Facebook account

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified in a statement on Thursday that the Facebook page/account bearing the name Sec Art Tugade does not belong to the transportation chief.

“Please be informed that Secretary Tugade *DOES NOT HAVE A PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE or ACCOUNT*, and is *NOT* involved in creating, managing, and handling the said page or other similar accounts,” the department stressed.

“Anything related to Secretary Tugade in his function and designation as Cabinet Secretary, and head of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is posted *ONLY* in the *OFFICIAL* DOTr social media accounts,” the DOTr added.

The agency also encouraged the public to immediately report to the DOTr any suspicious activity involving this unauthorized account, or any similar accounts for that matter. AAC

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