PNR to file cases vs. barangay officials for blocking train in Calamba
Aileen Cerrudo • April 14, 2020 • 713
The Department of Transportation-Philippine National Railways (DOTr-PNR) will file cases against the officials of Barangay Halang in Calamba, Laguna for obstructing a PNR train on April 12 on the reason that the barangay is enforcing its own quarantine rules.
A Facebook video showed several people blocking the PNR tracks along Calamba.
“For delaying the corporate operation of a government front line agency, the DOTr and the PNR intend to file civil cases and is also coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the filing of administrative cases against the barangay officials behind the obstruction of the train in Barangay Halang in Calamba City,” the DOTR-PNR said in a statement.
According to the department, the PNR is considered a frontliner in the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It is also a reserve transport for the Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP), for delivering supplies, and other services.
“Obstructing the passage of the PNR train in Barangay Halang in Calamba City, is a clear violation of the PNR’s mandate to always make available its right of way to render public service,” the DOTr-PNR statement reads.
MANILA, Philippines – Umarangkada na ngayong Lunes, Hunyo 29 ang mini loop routes ng city buses para makatulong sa pagbiyahe ng mga commuter.
Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), dalawa ang mini loop routes na binuksan ngayong araw: ang Monumento – MRT Quezon Avenue Station at PITX – Ayala Avenue.
Ang rutang Timog-Santolan naman ay sa Miyerkules, July 1 pa magsisimula.
Nakadugtong ang mga rutang ito sa bus augmentation ng Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 na bumibiyahe sa EDSA sa pagitan ng North Avenue at Taft Avenue na binuksan ng DOTr noong June 1 kasabay ng paglipat ng Metro Manila sa general community quarantine.
“Marami kasi tayong mga commuter o mga pasahero na nag-express ng kanilang concern na wala silang masakyan from Monumento going to North Avenue or Quezon Avenue. Gayundin y’ong mga galing ng PITX papunta ng Ayala. So, ‘yon ang in-adress natin ngayon,” ani DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran.
Ayon sa kagawaran, 30 public bus units ang nakatalaga sa mga nabanggit na ruta.
Tiniyak naman ng DOTr na araw-araw ang gagawing assessment para matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga commuter.
Alinsunod sa direktiba ng Inter-Agency Task Force, gradual o unti-unti ang pagbabalik ng operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan. Una nang pinayagan ang limitadong operasyon sa itinakdang ruta ng point-to-point buses, transport network vehicle services at public utility buses. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has defended the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernzation Program, saying it does not favor the rich but the commuters.
In a social media post, the DOTr said the PUV Modernization Program will benefit the drivers as they would have a salary with fixed working hours, as well as benefits from the Social Security System (SSS) . The program also aims to remove the ‘boundary system’, and lessen air pollution.
“Sa PUV Modernization, hindi lang makina, kalidad, o disenyo ng jeep ang binabago. Binabago dito ang nakagawiang sistema ng mga jeepney drivers at commuters, (The PUV Modernization will not just change the quality, design, and the machine of jeepneys. It will also change the old system of drivers and commuters),” the post read.
The DOTr said the government already gave jeepney operators a three-year transition period for them to have a proper fleet management. The department also reiterated that as long as the traditional jeepney passes the road worthiness standards, it will still be allowed to operate.
“Kahit hindi bago o traditional jeepney pa iyan, kung papasa naman sa road worthiness standards, papayagan pa rin po iyang tumakbo, (Even if it is a traditional jeepney, it will be allowed to operated if it passes the road worthiness standards),” the department said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The construction of protected bike lanes along EDSA, Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, will begin on Saturday, June 13, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Friday.
The DOTr made the announcement following Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade’s meeting with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, led by its chief Danilo Lim on Thursday, June 11.
During the meeting, the DOTr and MMDA agreed to start construction of bike lanes on June 13.
Tugade and Lim also decided to expedite the establishment of the protected bike lanes on the roads and not on sidewalks, as more people are shifting to this active mode of transport amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Our goal is to move people while making sure of their safety,” Tugade emphasized.
According to Lim, the bike lane would provide at least 1.5 meters of space for bikers.
The DOTr said the project will be done in two phases: the interim and long term.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier called on local government units to establish bike lanes and create a bike road network for the use of employees who are opting to ride a bicycle going to work amid limited public transportation.
Proposals seeking for the creation of protected bike lanes and emergency pathways as the public transitions to a “new normal” have also been filed in Congress.
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