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Contractual DOTr workers to be renewed after December 2018 deadline

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation earlier asked to be exempt from renewing the services of its contractual employees

BUDGET. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade answers questions from Senator Joel Villanueva at the Senate hearing on the budget of DOTr. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New Bohol 'eco-airport' to be completed in October 2018, says DOTr

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:41 AM

'This is the kind of airport that we should be building, an airport that has regard for the environment and the future generations,' Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says of the country's first international eco-airport

OPENING IN OCTOBER. The Department of Transportation is set to open the new Bohol Airport Airport soon. Photo from DOTr

DOTr dismisses two Cordillera officials

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Despite the dismissal order, Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas refuses to obey, saying only President Rodrigo Duterte can remove him from his post

Visayas, Mindanao airports get P2B in proposed 2019 budget

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:15 AM

The new Bohol International Airport receives the biggest chunk at P754 million

NEW AIRPORT. The new Bohol (Panglao) International Airport is almost complete. Photo from the Build Build Build Facebook page

Trucks, trailers given until Dec 31 to comply with weight limits

Aug 04, 2018 - 9:48 AM

The Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Transportation say this would give haulers and truckers enough time to conform with the gross vehicle weight requirement

Puerto Princesa airport workers return bag with P1.5M

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The hand-carry baggage with cash and other personal items is reunited with its owner who had left it at the arrival area of the airport

HONESTY. Employees of the Puerto Princesa International Airport return a luggage containing P1.5 million in cold cash to a passenger. Photo from Percy Malonesio/CAAP

DOTr underspends P12B due to policy shifts

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade clarifies that the department's low disbursement rate does not mean they were 'negligent'

CHIEF. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade explains the results of the 2017 COA report on DOTr in a press briefing on July17, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOTr to revive unaudited fuel subsidies program for jeepney drivers

May 25, 2018 - 7:01 PM

With rising petroleum prices, the government is eyeing to revive a fuel subsidy program – which remains unaudited – for jeepney drivers towards the end of 2018

SUBSIDY. The transportation department is looking at giving subsidies to jeepney drivers amid higher oil prices.

2 LTFRB staff face dismissal for extortion

May 25, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Amelita dela Cruz and Jean Gunda, both from LTFRB-National Capital Region (NCR), are facing a complaints for allegedly extorting money in exchange for vehicle franchises

Tugade suspends 2 officials over corruption allegations

May 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade issues a 90-day suspension order against Cordillera Administrative Region Director Jesus Eduardo Natividad and Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas

CHIEF. In this file photo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade speaks at a conference on January 18, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Sotto is Senate President, Morales’ 2017 net worth, PH on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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DOTr usec: Allegations over Mindanao Railway project 'false, uninformed'

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The Mindanao Railway will not be built with name-calling, rumor mongering, and grandstanding,' says Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan as he disputes the 'misleading' claims of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino

MALICE. Railways Undersecretary Timothy John Bartan (L) refutes allegations on derailing the Mindanao Railway project. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr exec accuses 'higher ups' of derailing Mindanao Railway project

May 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Another transportation official says the allegations of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino are 'completely untrue'

DELAY? Railways Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino accuse other transportation officials of delaying the Mindanao Railway project. File photo from Tolentino's Facebook page

Selection of new MRT3 maintenance provider moved to June

May 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

It will take 31 months and P16.985 billion to restore the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, based on talks between the Department of Transportation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

Grab drivers won't see rider destination starting April 27

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) But during wee hours of the night, drivers will have an option to see passenger destination

DESTINATION MASKING. Grab Philippines says the destination masking will initially be rolled out to 25% of Grab drivers with historically low acceptance rate. Rappler file photo

Soldiers to get free MRT rides starting April 25

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Active military personnel should present their IDs to get free rides, under a one-year deal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation

MRT, LRT ticketing machines now accept new peso coins

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Commuters can already use the newly designed P1, P5, and P10 coins at ticket vending machines of the MRT3, LRT1, and LRT2

NEW COINS. The ticketing vending machine at MRT3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 now accepts the newly-issued BSP coins. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

MRT3 ordered to sue passengers forcibly opening train doors

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I told MRT to file cases and collect damages from them,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

TRANSPORTATION CHIEF. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade conducts an inspection of the MRT3 spare parts warehouse on March 29, 2018. File photo from the DOTr

IN CHARTS: How deadly are Metro Manila roads?

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:09 PM

An MMDA study reveals that 4 in every 100,000 Filipinos died due to road crashes in Metro Manila in 2017

CRASH. Rescuers attend injured victims inside a vehicle during the #MMShakeDrill in June 2016. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

DOTr rejects Aboitiz's P148-billion bid to upgrade 4 regional airports

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Department of Transportation turns down the unsolicited proposal of Aboitiz InfraCapital Incorporated and opts for public bidding instead

No newly accredited ride-hailing apps yet – LTFRB

Apr 09, 2018 - 2:30 PM

LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada makes the statement after Transportation Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina said 4 new companies have been accredited

TNVS. LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada talks to reporters during a TNVS forum held by Grab on January 9, 2018. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOTr buys own machines to make license plates

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'Ayaw na nating maulit 'yung problema sa plaka. Kaya naman mas maigi kung tayo na lang mismo ang mag-manufacture,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Photos from DOTR from Friday Secretary Arthur Tugade with other DOTr road sector officials LTO chief Edgar Galvante and LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III inspect the motor vehicle plate facilities of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)

MRT3 delivers on its promise of more trains

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:57 PM

(UPDATED) The MRT3 is looking at increasing their target to 20 trains with a 4-car configuration. These can carry 720,000 passengers a day.

REHAB. The MRT3 maintenance transition team conduct rehabilitation works on the railway system. Photo courtesy of DOTr-MRT3

IN PHOTOS: How new jeepneys, buses, tricycles could look like

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Prototypes of environment-friendly vehicles with safety features are showcased at an expo for the PUV modernization program

NEW MODELS. Automotive manufacturers showcase prototype models under the PUV modernization program. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Lax MRT3 record-keeping irks DOTr chief Tugade

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says that without proper record keeping, a time could come where spare parts might run out

EXAMINING. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade conducts an inspection of the MRT-3 spare parts warehouse on March 29. Photo from the DOtr

Nationwide crackdown on 'colorum' vehicles to start after Holy Week

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The government forms Task Force Kamao to apprehend unregistered public utility vehicles

ANTI-COLORUM. Task Force Bravo, an inter-agency task force against colorum vehicles, will be headed by DOTr Undersecretary Thomas Orbos. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LOOK: MRT3 begins general maintenance of trains

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:35 AM

After the maintenance, the Department of Transportation targets 15 working trains for the commuting public, up from the current 13

DAY 1. MRT3 team kickstarts maintenance services on March 28, 2018. All photos courtesy of DOTr-MRT3

'No specific threat' during Holy Week but security measures in place

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Malacañang says there are additional deployments in places of convergence such as transport terminals, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas

PASSENGERS. Metro Manila residents flocked Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City, patiently waiting for a bus ride to the provinces. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ahead of maintenance, MRT3 has more trains but more breakdowns

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:40 PM

More trains are now available to the commuting public but it still suffers from more breakdown incidents on the same week

WAITING. Passengers of MRT3 from North Ave. Station stops at Cubao Station and patiently waits for another train. File photo by  Darren Langit/Rappler

Meme page? Netizens hit DOTr's Facebook post vs jeepney strike

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) Netizens say the 'arrogant' post on the transportation department's verified Facebook account on March 19 demonizes activists

Now 11 trains: MRT3 inches to 300,000 riders daily

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:25 PM

A week after MRT3 fields 10 trains, the MRT3 management deploys one train more than its target. It has been two months since there were more than 10 MRT3 trains working

MORE TRAINS. The MRT3 surpasses its target of 10 trains. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Chelsea Logistics submits P67-B bid to develop Davao, Bohol airports

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The unsolicited proposal seeks to upgrade and maintain both airports over a 30-year concession period

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Mar 01, 2018 - 8:08 PM

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Tugade urges public: Don't rush use of Dalian trains on MRT3

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade urges the public to wait for the final assessment of the Dalian trains, due on March 10

WOES. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade answers questions from the media during the 2018 Transportation Summit on March 1, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Gov't launches chatbot for reporting dilapidated, smoke-belching PUVs

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Dubbed as 'Sumbong Bulok, Sumbong Usok,' the platform is available on Inter-Agency Council for Traffic's Facebook page for concerned citizens to send reports via Messenger

REPORT. The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (iACT) with the Department of Transportation launched a reporting platform. Screenshot of iACT's Sumbong Bulok, Sumbong Usok platform

'Local companies should manufacture new jeepneys' – lawmaker

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:15 PM

In a House hearing on the PUV modernization program, Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe says the government should create a separate program that would incentivize local manufacturers

MODERN. The PUV modernization program aims to have a safer and environment-friendly mode of transportation. Photo from Department of Transportation - Philippines Facebook page

Expert says Dalian trains 'not overweight' for MRT3 tracks

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The unused trains for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are brought up as the Senate resumes its probe into the status of the glitch-plagued railway system

NOT OVERWEIGHT. Rolf Bieri, former MRT3 maintenance contractor, said that the Dalian trains are within the allowed limit of train tracks in a Senate Hearing on February 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Passengers walk along MRT3 tracks due to braking failure

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:46 AM

According to the MRT3 management, the glitch is caused by electrical failure in the train's braking system

WALK. Passengers walk along the tracks of the MRT3. Screengrab from Farrah Cold Wind's Facebook video

Power glitches affect MRT3 ops twice in one day

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM

(UPDATED) The MRT3 starts operations nearly 1 1/2 hours late, and later implements provisional service between Shaw to Taft Avenue stations, due to power failures

LONG LINES. Hundreds of MRT3 passengers stranded at the North Avenue station in EDSA, Quezon City on Monday, February 19, 2018, after a delay of operation by almost two hours due to line power supply failure. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

DOTr to review P350-billion NAIA rehabilitation proposal

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Transportation expects to finish its evaluation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport proposal by top conglomerates in April

REHABILITATION. Passenger traffic to NAIA is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years and the existing runway configuration may be unable to accommodate the future flows. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate approves bill seeking to abolish 'corrupt' Road Board

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Commission on Audit has found the agency misappropriated P90.7 billion in road user's tax

Motorcyle riders navigating along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City on Friday. The MMDA will strictly enforce motorcycle lane policy along EDSA, C-5, Macapagal Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue starting Nov 14 . MMDA data shows out of the 265 vehicular accidents daily in Metro Manila, 30 involve motorcycle riders. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

LGUs can now set slower speed limits on local roads

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Cities and municipalities can pass ordinances that set speed limits lower than what a national law prescribes, because they know better the road situations in their areas

SPEED LIMITS. DOTr, in partnership with DPWH and DILG, launched Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-001 that mandates LGUs to set their own speed limits. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Tugade orders scrapping of new Skyway toll scheme

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'We cannot afford confusion on the road because that will surely result in congestion,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

SCRAP. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade asked the Toll Regulatory Board to scrap the new collection scheme in Skyway. Rappler File Photo

Current Grab drivers seek to be prioritized in permit application

Jan 30, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says it will review the limit on the number of vehicles for ride-hailing apps

TNVS. Grab Philippines Head Brian Cu urged LTFRB to increase the common supply base for Transport Network Vehicle Services in a press conference on January 30, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOTr apologizes for MRT3 train smoke incident

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:42 PM

'Fault analysis is ongoing, and in the interest of accuracy and transparency, DOTr has directed MRT-3 Management to release to the public their technical findings at the soonest possible time,' the department says

DOTR APOLOGIZES. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) apologizes for Friday's incident at the MRT3 line. Screenshots from @iamludo and @tamomond/Twitter

DOTr adding 22 point-to-point bus routes

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The new routes include Pasig (city proper)-Makati, Imus-Makati, Malolos-North EDSA, NAIA-Cubao, and more

FAST AND COMFORTABLE. The point-to-point buses promise faster travel time and a comfortable riding experience for bus commuters. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

New German consultant tapped to assess 48 unused MRT3 cars

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:35 PM

If the 48 light rail vehicles are cleared to run, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 can operate 20 trains, with 4 cars each

NEW CONSULTANT. An MRT3 prototype train car being inspected on September 8, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

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Jan 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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DOTr promises better MRT3 services by 2nd quarter of 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The MRT3 management says there will be no increase in fares due to the tax reform law until the railway system's services have been improved

BRIEFING. The DOTr holds a press briefing on the status of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 on January 10. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOTr expects new MRT3 maintenance provider by May 2018

Dec 30, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Japan government – the Philippine government's ODA partner for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) – has promised to help mobilize a new maintenance provider by May next year

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler