QC gov’t to remove cease and desist order vs MRT-7 station construction

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2020   •   449

The Quezon City government will remove the cease and desist order against the construction of the MRT-7 station 2 in Quezon City Memorial Circle.

This was after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will release a new design for the MRT-7 station 2.

“Sa Friday po, February 28 ay naktakda po na i-present iyong proposed redesign ng station 2 (And on Friday, February 28, we will present the proposed redesign of station 2),” according to DOTr Usec. for Railway Timothy John Batan.

The Quezon City government previously released a cease and desist order against the MRT-7 station 2 construction after the design was not the one approved by the local government.

The cease and desist order also aims to preserve the city’s landmark. Quezon City LGU Representative Atty. Mark Dale Perral said they will review the new design on Friday.

“We will analyze this on Friday and rest assured that in cooperation with DOTr and San Miguel Corporation, we will immediately lift order of stoppage of the above works construction,” he said.

Meanwhile, Batan said the construction of the MRT-7 remains on schedule.

The MRT-7 project is worth P75 billion and will operate from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan to Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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PH to use cashless payment system in taxis to further curb COVID-19 spread – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it is working on forging partnerships with various digital payment providers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS) as part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, the DOTr said it has tapped payment platforms to help equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay systems to limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers, thus further curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Taxis and Transport Network Companies (TNC) are allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine at reduced capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.

“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The DOTr said one of the first to tie-up with the government for this purpose is GCash.

Under the partnership, GCash will help enable taxi drivers to accept digital payments through the Scan To Pay app where GCash users only need to scan the unique QR code of the taxi unit they are riding in paying for their metered fares.

GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators where they can send out salaries, allowances, and commissions through to their employees, or members nationwide, the DOTr said.

“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Payments Jovit Bajar said.

Authorities are also in talks with other payment platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, among others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in the same statement.

“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.

“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.

QC issues MECQ guidelines for business establishments

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 18, 2020

Amid the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Quezon City government has provided guidelines for business establishments that will resume operations.

The local government provided a list of establishments that will be allowed to operate at full or limited capacity and ones that are not allowed to open.

Several establishments that will be allowed to resume full operations include essential retailers like supermarkets, medical and hygiene product manufacture or distribution, laundry shops, and logistics and delivery services.

Establishments with limited operations include hotels, veterinary clinics, and general manufacturing and production.

Meanwhile, cinemas, gyms and other fitness centers, museums, and other establishments for leisure are still not allowed to operate.

For the full list of establishments visit: www.quezoncity.gov.ph

Fare for tricycle, pedicabs, e-trikes ride in QC remains at P18 per trip — LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government did not grant the request for fare increase made by tricycle drivers in the city based on the new issued guidelines on operations of tricycles under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Under the guidelines, ordinary tricycles may only load one passenger at a time while electric tricycles or e-trikes may only load up to two passengers. 

This means tricycles will operate on special trips.

Thus, tricycle drivers are asking the LGU to allow them to increase regular fare from P18 to P27 for a special trip.

Before the community quarantine, tricycle drivers used to charge two passengers P9 each per trip.

But since they can only load one person at a time, they want to charge P27 for the first kilometer with additional P1 for every succeeding kilometer. 

But based on the guidelines signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte, standard fare for tricycles as well as pedicabs and e-trikes must remain at P18 for every kilometer and an additional P1 for every succeeding kilometer thereafter.

Likewise, a 20% discount shall be given to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs). 

Health protocols must also be observed such social distancing during queuing in all terminals, the use of transparent barriers, wearing of face masks, gloves and a regular sanitation and disinfection of units and terminals must be regularly done, the guidelines said. 

All  tricycle, pedicab, and e-trike operations shall only be from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm only, it added. 

The QC government also requires all drivers to have themselves medically checked before operating. 

The LGU assured, however, that medical consultation and COVID-19 tests among drivers will be shouldered by the local government. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

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