PNR to step up security efforts to protect trains, passengers

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020   •   780

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to meet over the stone-throwing incidents that damage the PNR trains.

According to PNR General Manager Junn Magno, they will ask the assistance of the DOTr to secure the train lines for the protection of the coaches and the passengers as well.

The PNR is planning to recommend to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to include in the evaluation of barangay officials all efforts made to curb the stone-throwing and other damaging activities to the train line.

“Kulang po ang mga pulis sa Pilipinas para bantayan ang buong right of way ng Pilipinas, (The Philippines does not have enough police personnel to monitor all the rights of way in the country),” explained Magno.

“Kaya ang makakatulong lang po talaga sa amin diyan ay ang barangay at ang community, symbiotic relationship, (We have no one else to ask for assistance but the people from the barangays and the community – symbiotic relationship,)” he added.

The PNR is fixing the broken train windows and doors by replacing them with polycarbonate sheets that are more efficient than glass and has high impact resistance.

Meanwhile, the PNR is also removing the window grills in response to the directive of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

So far, the PNR has recorded about two to three incidents of stone-throwing in a week .

The latest was on Thursday (January 2) along the rails in Caloocan City which left one of the train’s window broken.

The PNR investigated that the culprit was a minor, thus the PNR demanded the parents of the minor to pay not less than P8,000 in penalty.

“Ayon naman doon sa reglamento pwede naman siya gumawa ng promisory note. Pagbabayarin po natin siya kahit naawa kami sa sitwasyon niya, (According to the law, she can provide a promissory note. We have to enforce the penalty even if we feel sorry for the parents, given their situation),” Magno explained. “Hindi naman pwede na hindi namin i-e-enforce ang batas (We cannot just simply ignore the law),” he added. — MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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MRT-3 to deploy 90 augmentation buses during suspended weekend operations

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 90 bus units will be on standby at end terminals of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to ferry passengers who will be affected by the suspended weekend operations of the train system. 

The first trip will be at 5:30 am and the last trip will be at 8:00 pm from North Avenue to Taft Avenue station and vice versa.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier announced the temporary suspension of weekend operations to facilitate the replacement and installation of new rails. 

READ: No MRT-3 operations in four weekends from July to September – DOtr

Maintenance works at the stations are expected to be completed by December 2020. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

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Duterte tells DOTr to put more seats at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the plight of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) crowding the premises of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

He has ordered Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to provide additional resting areas and chairs for waiting passengers.

In the past weeks, thousands of LSIs flocked the premises of NAIA hoping for their flights to proceed.

“Walang maupuan. Iilan lang ang upuan. Kapag may flights nagpatong-patong, ang iba nakatindig. What’s really worse is that mayroong restaurant sa labas na malaki,” the President told Tugade during the late night briefing on Tuesday (June 30).

(There are not enough seats. When there are flights, people would crowd and some are forced to stand. The worst part is, there’s a huge restaurant outside.)

Paalisin mo ang restaurant. Lagyan ng upuan kasi ang mga buntis, mga bata, walang upuan,” he added.

(Remove the restaurant. Put more seats because pregnant women and children have nowhere to sit.)

Meanwhile, the President asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to provide for the needs of LSIs outside the airport premises. 

Gather all na naghihintay ng walang matulugan, walang matirhan at nandiyan sa labas ng NAIA,” he told Año.

(Gather all those who have no place to stay and are just staying outside of NAIA.)

“You will be transported to a place. I will pay. Just bill me [including food],” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Mini loop routes ng city buses, ipinatupad na ng DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   June 29, 2020

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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.)

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