Sec. Abaya, iminungkahing ilipat sa LRTA ang management at operations ng MRT 3

admin   •   September 23, 2014   •   2944

Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Mas mabuting ilipat sa pamumuno ng Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) ang operasyon ng Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT).

Ayon kay Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, mas makakaya ng LRTA ang handling at management ng MRT.

Sa pagdinig ng Senate Finance Committee kanina, sinabi ni Abaya na labinglimang taon nang pinamumunuan ng Project Management Office ng DOTC ang MRT.

“Short term, hopefully we could transfer MRT 3 transfer to LRTA. We feel that the GOCC running the rails would be in a better position to regulate. As of now, MRT is a mere PMO,” saad nito.

Subalit, inamin ng kalihim na hindi nito inaasahang magre-react sa mungkahing ito ang MRT Corporation (MRTC).

Ang MRTC ay isang private consortium na in-charge sa maintenance ng MRT.

Nasa 53-bilyong piso ang hinihingi ng DOTC sa buyout plan sa MRTC at complete takeover ng pamahalaan sa Mass Rail Transit System.

Ani Abaya, “Hindi naman mako-compromise ang safety ng MRT, hindi pwedeng sipain lang sila. Mapipilitan tayo to close the train.”

Samantala, nadismaya naman ang mga senador sa kabiguan ng DOTC na gampanan ang tungkulin nito, lalo na sa pagpapatupad ng mga proyektong pang-transportasyon na itinuturong ugat ng problema sa trapiko partikular na sa usapin ng bidding ng MRT.

Sen. Chiz: “I see a lack of foresight, and I’m being very kind.”

Sec. Abaya: “Yes, your honor, we do admit. But initial discussions were made two months prior.”

“Frustrating, too much studies… services are suffering.”

“It’s important that you be able also to build up your workforce so just in case the maintenance provider is not able to comply, you can step in,” saad naman ni Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares.

Napag-alaman na noog Setyembe 4 pa natapos ang maintenance contract sa MRT ng Autre Porte Technique Global, Inc.

Subalit ayon kay Abaya, wala pang contractor na maaaring ipalit dahil nagpapatuloy pa ang bidding ng proyekto.

Inamin naman nitong nagkaroon ng pagkukulang ang kagawaran sa hindi kaagad paglagay ng advertisements sa bidding ng MRT.

Dahil dito, pinalawig na kada buwan ang kontrata ng APT Global. Dagdag ni Abaya, nagkakahalaga ng P57 million kada buwan ang nasabing kontrata.

Naniniwala naman si Senator Chiz Escudero na dapat tutukang mabuti ang bidding sa susunod na maintenance provider ng MRT. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Oras ng biyahe ng LRT-1 sa Dec. 24 at 31, paiikliin

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Paiikliin ang oras ng biyahe ng Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) sa December 24 at 31, ayon sa Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).

Batay sa abiso ng LRTA, mag-uumpisa ang biyahe ng tren alas-4:30 ng umaga ng Disyembre 24 sa Balintawak at Baclaran Stations.

Habang ang last trip naman sa Balintawak Station ay aalis ng alas-otso ng gabi.

Para naman sa Disyembre 31, mag-uumpisa ang biyahe ng tren sa parehong dulong istasyon ng alas-4:30 ng umaga habang ang huling biyahe naman sa Baclaran Station ay alas-7 ng gabi at alas-7:30 sa Balintawak Station.

Ayon sa LRTA, layunin ng mas pinaikling biyahe na mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga tauhan nitong makapiling ang kani-kanilang pamilya sa mga nabanggit na petsa.

Samantala, regular naman ang operasyon ng LRT-1 sa December 25, December 30 at January 1 alinsunod sa weekend schedule nito.

Pag-IBIG Fund is most trusted GOCC in 2021 Philippine Trust Index

UNTV News   •   December 1, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Pag-IBIG Fund is the most-trusted government-run corporation according to a nationwide trust survey of key institutions in the Philippines.

This is according to the 2021 Philippine Trust Index (PTI), a nationwide survey by the EON Group that cuts across backgrounds to measure Filipinos’ trust in the government, the business sector, the media, non-governmental organizations, the Church, and the academe.

“We are truly honored to be included in the list of most trusted government agencies. The latest results of the Philippine Trust Index and our 9th straight unmodified opinion from COA show that we have fulfilled our duties during the pandemic while still maintaining the highest standards of transparency and integrity in our work. This is aligned with President Duterte’s vision of clean government with heart for service,” said Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario, who heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees.

The 2021 PTI noted that “in terms of government agencies, departments that got the highest trust are those whose functions require them to remain engaged with the public, even during the pandemic such as online learning, finance regulation, loan assistance and aid distribution.”

The Department of Education earned the highest trust rating of 91% followed by Pag-IBIG Fund at 89% – the highest among GOCCs on the list.

“On behalf of all Lingkod Pag-IBIG, thank you for your trust, our dear members! As you know, we never stopped providing service even during the lockdown and community quarantines. Instead, we improved our digital assets so you can continue transacting with us online,” Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti said.

“We have proven that during this health crisis, you can always count on our Lingkod Pag-IBIG brand of service. And, while we have previously received awards and recognition, we are even more grateful that it is the public itself, the people we serve, that ranked us as the most trustworthy GOCC in the country for 2021,” he added.

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1 injured, 1 nabbed in MRT-3 stone-throwing incident

UNTV News   •   November 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities apprehended an individual over a stone-throwing incident on Sunday morning at the MRT-3 Taft Avenue Station “which caused severe damage to a train window, and injured a male passenger.”

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said that a scavenger reportedly threw the stone which struck a window of the third car of the train, causing it to be damaged.

The incident also left a 51-year old male passenger injured. The passenger was immediately attended to and was given first aid at the Magallanes Station. He was later brought to the San Juan De Dios Hospital at Pasay for further medical attention.

Meanwhile, the suspect was tracked down at a construction site near a hotel along Taft Avenue, Manila.

The MRT-3 management condemned the incident and assured the public that appropriate legal charges will be filed against those involved in the incident.

“Necessary steps will also be taken to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future,” it said.

Further investigation of the incident is ongoing.

 

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