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Abaya, ex-transport officials face raps over P3.8-B license plate deal

Dec 06, 2016 - 10:20 PM

A civil society group says the respondents violated the anti-graft and corrupt practices act, the code of ethical conduct for public officials, and government procurement rules

Abaya, ex-transport officials face raps over P3.8-B license plate deal

CA junks MRT3 owners' appeal to stop gov't from getting more trains

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The appellate court says the MRT3 owners' claims are 'merely self-serving and uncorroborated' by independent witnesses

CA junks MRT3 owners' appeal to stop gov't from getting more trains

Court of Appeals approves phaseout of 15-year-old buses

Jul 26, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The court upholds the constitutionality of two government orders mandating the phaseout of 15-year-old buses, citing public safety

Court of Appeals approves phaseout of 15-year-old buses

Free Wi-Fi at NAIA, LRT, MRT, select transpo hubs in 100 days

Jul 13, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The Philippine government taps PLDT's Smart to offer free Wi-Fi at the country's major transportation hubs

Free Wi-Fi at NAIA, LRT, MRT, select transpo hubs in 100 days

San Miguel buys out partner in $1.6B MRT7 project

Jul 05, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A $100-million deal results in San Miguel owning 100% of the company which will design, construct, and complete the MRT7

San Miguel buys out partner in $1.6B MRT7 project

LTO can’t release car, motorcycle license plates just yet – SC

Jun 14, 2016 - 6:07 PM

The Supreme Court says the TRO stays until it resolves the issue of the supplier returning the downpayment to the LTO and the national treasury, as instructed by state auditors

LTO can’t release car, motorcycle license plates just yet – SC

My 'friendship stops when PH's interest is at stake' – Aquino

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

In one of his last media interviews in office, President Benigno Aquino III defends transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya anew, saying he is 'not corrupt'

My 'friendship stops when PH's interest is at stake' – Aquino

After 4 years, toilet project remains unfinished at Zamboanga airport

May 27, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Delays in the implementation of the project are being blamed on the complicated procurement process

After 4 years, toilet project remains unfinished at Zamboanga airport

Aquino signs law creating DICT, restructuring DOTC

May 23, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Units related to communications will be moved to the newly-created Department of Information and Communications Technology

Aquino signs law creating DICT, restructuring DOTC

Why Cebuanos love this LTO employee

May 17, 2016 - 6:38 PM

'I do things fast because I know that people don’t want to be delayed. While I’m entertaining the complaint of one person, I’m also paying attention to another complaint,' says Winifredo Miro, a model civil servant

Why Cebuanos love this LTO employee

Next Speaker? Pantaleon Alvarez and the ghost of NAIA 3

May 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The newly-elected Davao del Norte representative is being eyed by PDP-Laban, Duterte's party, as next House Speaker

Next Speaker? Pantaleon Alvarez and the ghost of NAIA 3

Alabang-Makati premium bus route launched

Apr 26, 2016 - 1:20 PM

The third point-to-point bus route is expected to provide a convenient transportation option for residents living in parts of Cavite and southern Metro Manila

Alabang-Makati premium bus route launched

San Miguel Corp forms new company for MRT7

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:15 PM

This company will be in charge of developing the long-delayed MRT7, which will run from Quezon City to Bulacan

San Miguel Corp forms new company for MRT7

Would Roxas retain Abaya in DOTC? 'I expect a clean slate'

Apr 08, 2016 - 8:46 PM

'I expect a clean slate,' Roxas tells editors and reporters at The Freeman, who hold a roundtable in Cebu City on Friday, April 8

Would Roxas retain Abaya in DOTC? 'I expect a clean slate'

Customs eyes turnover of 'abandoned' license plates to LTO

Apr 07, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Some 600,000 license plates may be handed over to the LTO – duties and taxes waived – if the BOC gets approval from the DOF

Customs eyes turnover of 'abandoned' license plates to LTO

Roxas: Sanction those responsible for NAIA 3 blackout

Apr 05, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The former transportation chief says it's 'only right' that Malacañang sanction officials liable for the 5-hour power outage at NAIA 3

Roxas: Sanction those responsible for NAIA 3 blackout

Abaya to DOTC employees: Tell your families to vote for Roxas, Robredo

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:24 PM

The Cabinet member invokes his exemption from the campaign ban: 'It's my jurisprudence. As a [Cabinet] secretary, I am authorized to campaign.'

Abaya to DOTC employees: Tell your families to vote for Roxas, Robredo

Creating sustainable transport systems: PH's progress so far

Mar 28, 2016 - 3:09 PM

'Long-term sustainability would require transforming the way we build our cities and integrating cycling, as well as walking, into our transport planning processes'

Creating sustainable transport systems: PH's progress so far

Who's not welcome in 'President' Grace Poe's Cabinet?

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) In a dialogue with the Makati Business Club, she names at least 3 agencies where she will not keep President Aquino's appointees

Who's not welcome in 'President' Grace Poe's Cabinet?

Sandiganbayan dismisses graft case vs ex-DOTC official

Mar 13, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The anti-graft court junks the case against former Assistant Secretary Lorenzo Formoso III due to lack of probable cause

Sandiganbayan dismisses graft case vs ex-DOTC official

LTFRB rejects Grab plea to resume GrabBike operations

Mar 04, 2016 - 4:47 PM

LTFRB says bike services may not be considered alternative public transport due to safety reasons

LTFRB rejects Grab plea to resume GrabBike operations

LTO: License plates could be out in March if issues settled

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The Commission on Audit will have to lift its stop payment order and taxes on the license plates will have to be paid for

LTO: License plates could be out in March if issues settled

Delayed license plates abandoned at Manila port – customs

Feb 29, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina says the license plates are in 11 container vans and have incurred duties and taxes of about P40 million

Delayed license plates abandoned at Manila port – customs

Engineers racing to fix LRT1

Feb 27, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Aiming to rehabilitate and upgrade the 20 stations of the dilapidated Light Rail Transit Line 1 in 18 months, over 1,200 engineers and staff are preparing for the future

Engineers racing to fix LRT1

DOTC sees launch of new MRT3 train by April

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:18 PM

The new train is part of the MRT3 expansion project, set to be completed in January 2017

DOTC sees launch of new MRT3 train by April

Right-of-way acquisition for MRT7: Zero

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:36 PM

After MRT7 construction snagged an over 7-year delay due to stalled financial closure and change in terms of the deal, it faces another issue: right-of-way acquisition

Right-of-way acquisition for MRT7: Zero

Ex-MRT chief Vitangcol blames Roxas for MRT contract deal mess

Feb 18, 2016 - 5:42 PM

Ex-MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III says presidential bet Mar Roxas ignored procurement requests for the train line when he was DOTC chief

Ex-MRT chief Vitangcol blames Roxas for MRT contract deal mess

DOTC, LTFRB launch PWD-friendly premium buses

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:55 AM

The government launches a new class of city premium buses with low floors and foldable ramps for persons with disability

DOTC, LTFRB launch PWD-friendly premium buses

After 7 years, San Miguel unit to start building MRT7

Feb 15, 2016 - 6:49 PM

MRT7 involves the construction of train stations from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan to Quezon City, among others

After 7 years, San Miguel unit to start building MRT7

Light Rail Manila signs P24B-loan for LRT1 Cavite extension

Feb 12, 2016 - 4:54 PM

French rail makers Bouygues Travaux Publics and Alstom Transport Private Limited will help the Light Rail Manila Consortium build the LRT1 Cavite extension

Light Rail Manila signs P24B-loan for LRT1 Cavite extension

Gov't approves two more premium bus routes

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Commuters from North EDSA to Makati and Ortigas can benefit from new point-to-point bus routes

Gov't approves two more premium bus routes

Uber brings carpooling service UberHOP to Manila

Feb 10, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Uber Technologies tests out a carpooling service with specific pick-up and drop-off locations

Uber brings carpooling service UberHOP to Manila

Japanese shipbuilder begins construction of PCG vessels

Feb 08, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the keel laying ceremony in Japan for the first of 10 new Philippine Coast Guard vessels

Japanese shipbuilder begins construction of PCG vessels

Abaya, DOTC execs violated law, neglected MRT3 – Senate panel

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The Senate subcommittee says its findings should be submitted to the Ombudsman, the justice department, and the Civil Service Commission for appropriate action against erring officials

Abaya, DOTC execs violated law, neglected MRT3 – Senate panel

Arbitrary? Motorcycle riders protest LED light policy

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Vague Land Transportation Office guidelines result in arbitrary apprehensions and double standards in implementation, riders say

Arbitrary? Motorcycle riders protest LED light policy

To fix traffic, Binay as president to split up DOTC

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says the DOTC has far too many agencies attached to it and can't focus on solving transportation concerns

To fix traffic, Binay as president to split up DOTC

DOTC on surge in 2014 consultancy services: No fund misuse

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:06 PM

'We had to hire a lot of people with technical experience. These are pilot projects that were not yet done before,' says Transportation Assistant Secretary Sherielysse Reyes Bonifacio

DOTC on surge in 2014 consultancy services: No fund misuse

MRT riders: Expect new fans, batteries by June, says DOTC

Jan 19, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Minor rehabilitation deals such as new ventilation fans are now a big deal to frazzled passengers

MRT riders: Expect new fans, batteries by June, says DOTC

New MRT train expected to start running by end-March

Jan 18, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Tests have started on the 2nd coach imported from China – part of the DOTC's project to increase the MRT's capacity to serve over 800,000 passengers daily

New MRT train expected to start running by end-March

DOTC fees for consultants shoot up by 2,000% under Abaya

Jan 14, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Auditors say the DOTC under Joseph Abaya spent P354.5 million on unnamed consultants in 2014, compared to the P17.45 million that Mar Roxas spent in 2012

DOTC fees for consultants shoot up by 2,000% under Abaya

Double decker bus dry run: 'Preview' of modern bus system

Jan 07, 2016 - 3:15 PM

The P2P double decker bus holds a dry run along the non-stop route from Quezon City to Makati City – a 75 minute-trip during rush hour

Double decker bus dry run: 'Preview' of modern bus system

Poe to Aquino: Fire transport chief Abaya now

Jan 06, 2016 - 5:59 PM

Senator Grace Poe, who has investigated the MRT management, says 'the safety of the riding public is in peril' because of the DOTC chief's 'incompetence and shortsightedness'

Poe to Aquino: Fire transport chief Abaya now

LTFRB sets final projects for Aquino's term

Jan 05, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The LTFRB is making a final push for projects like premium buses and taxis, with deals eyed to go beyond 2016

LTFRB sets final projects for Aquino's term

To improve traffic in 2016, DOTC to overhaul bus, jeep systems

Jan 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The transportation department bares plans for point-to-point buses, GPS monitoring, bus rapid transit system, phasing out of old jeepneys, jeep deployment system, and building of protected bike paths and sidewalks

To improve traffic in 2016, DOTC to overhaul bus, jeep systems

Korean-Filipino group bags MRT3 long-term maintenance contract

Dec 24, 2015 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) The winning concessionaire will fulfill the general maintenance requirements of MRT3 within 3 years, for a contract worth P3.81 billion

Korean-Filipino group bags MRT3 long-term maintenance contract

LTO temporarily stops collecting fees for new car plates

Dec 23, 2015 - 8:08 PM

DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya says the agency is working with the Commission on Audit regarding the plate standardization program

LTO temporarily stops collecting fees for new car plates

Ombudsman files criminal charges vs ex-MRT3 chief

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:35 PM

The case involves Al Vitangcol's move to award a contract to a firm where his uncle-in-law is an executive

Ombudsman files criminal charges vs ex-MRT3 chief

Auction of Veterans Memorial transport hub in 2016

Nov 28, 2015 - 3:41 PM

In terms of project cost, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says ITS-North will be a bit higher than the P4-billion ($84.99-million) ITS-South Terminal PPP deal

Auction of Veterans Memorial transport hub in 2016

PH, Japan sign $1.99B loan for North-South commuter railway

Nov 28, 2015 - 7:30 AM

This marks the largest loan package of the Japanese government to a development partner

PH, Japan sign $1.99B loan for North-South commuter railway

Roxas: Time to end 'anomalous' MRT3 contract

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:22 AM

The LP standard-bearer, who was DOTC Secretary for over a year, insists he did what he could given the limitations of a faulty contract

Roxas: Time to end 'anomalous' MRT3 contract