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PUV modernization gets no budget in 2020: Who suffers?

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:32 AM

Among the scrapped programs is the Tsuper Iskolar initiative, which provides free skills training for displaced drivers and operators

NO SOCIAL SUPPORT. Drivers and operators will have a harder time during the modernization transition period, since the free skills training program installed for them is now unfunded. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler  NO SOCIAL SUPPORT. Drivers and operators will have a harder time during the modernization transition period, since the free skills training program installed for the is now unfunded. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

‘Hodge-podge planning’: How DOTr mismanages PUV modernization program, according to senators

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Amid criticisms, DOTr Secretary Tugade says they are ready to dialogue, but will not consider canceling the program

HODGE-PODGE PLANNING. Senators criticized the slow progress of the PUV modernization program and the presumed lack of specific targets for the number and deadline for the rollout of modernized units. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PUV modernization 97% behind target number of vehicles, DOTr admits

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Of the 85,000 modernized jeepneys needed by the end of the transition period in July 2020, only 2,595 are in operation

ONLY 3% DONE. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the agency is open to extending its transition for the PUV modernization program if needed. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tugade hits transport strikers anew: 'Your franchises are a privilege, not a right'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The transport secretary announces that 20 operators have had their certificates of public convenience canceled after joining the 2017 transport strike

ANOTHER THREAT. Piston is set to lead another transport strike on Monday, September 30, against the PUV Modernization Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr drops bid for emergency powers to deal with traffic

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on public services, has said the DOTr uses the lack of emergency powers as an excuse for failing to do its job

NOT ENOUGH TIME. The Department of Transportation has been requesting for traffic emergency powers since 2016. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr, San Miguel ink construction deal for Manila International Airport

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Groundbreaking for the new airport is set for December

FREEDOM OF CHOICE. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang sign the contract to build the Manila International Airport, which Tugade says will contribute to the public’s “freedom of choice” in traveling. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

Poe-Tugade spat escalates: 'Underperforming' vs 'full of herself'

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Transportation speaks for its chief, saying Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade 'will not allow himself to be used as props for political theatrics'

ONGOING FEUD. The tension between Senator Grace Poe and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade continues beyond the Senate session hall. Photos by Joel Liporada and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe: DOTr using lack of emergency powers as excuse for not doing job

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Poe says the existing laws sufficiently cover the fast-tracking of procurement and implementation of projects

NOT NECESSARY. Senator Grace Poe, along with other senators, do not see the need for emergency powers in addressing transport concerns such as procurement and project implementation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MRT resumes partial operations, repairs still ongoing

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:31 AM

(4th UPDATE) MRT-3 trips partially resume with northbound and southbound now running from the North Avenue Station to the Shaw Boulevard Station

POWER CUT. A power line is cut in the Guadalupe northbound station. Photo from DOTR MRT3 Facebook account

Railway projects get 98% of DOTr infra budget, but require P191B more

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Meanwhile, the road and maritime sectors have no approved infrastructure projects for 2020

RAILS, RAILS, RAILS. Department of Transportation Secretary defends his agency’s proposed budget, which allocated P106.7 billion for seven railway projects across the country. Photo from DOTr’s FB page

Gov’t sets P100 billion for railways in 2020

Aug 31, 2019 - 5:04 PM

In its proposed budget for next year, the DOTR expects to spend 5 times its P19.9 billion allocation for railways in 2019

DOTr-MRT3 blames previous maintenance provider for revenue losses

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Three years after taking over, MRT operators still blame the 'mismanagement' of previous administrators for its problems

YEARS OF MISMANAGEMENT. During its stint as maintenance provider of the MRT3, Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI) failed to conduct general overhaul, upgrade the signaling system, and maintain railway tracks, among others. Photo by Darren Langit

Lipad Corporation takes over Clark airport operations

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Lipad Corporation CEO Bu Yong Chungunco says they are 'excited' to develop Clark International Airport as the region's premier hub

TURNOVER. Lipad Corporation Bi Yong Chungunco (5th from L) and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (6th from R) during the turnover ceremony on August 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Tugade on MRT3 losses in 2018: 'Don't judge DOTr on isolated cases'

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade plans to put 3 Dalian MRT3 trains in operation by the end of the year

NOT JUST MRT3. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade defends losses in ridership and revenue of  MRT3 in 2018.  Tugade on MRT3 losses in 2018: 'Don't judge on isolated cases'

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

DOTr order permanently allows hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Now part of public transport, hatchbacks and subcompact vehicles must seat at most 3 passengers, excluding the driver

HATCHBACK DRIVERS. Some deactivated transport network vehicles service (TNVS) driver partners of the ride-hailing app company, Grab Philippines, hold a protest caravan for the scheduled hearing of Grab with LTFRB officials on the agency's show-cause order regarding the deactivation of 8,000 Grab Drivers on June 11, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOTr orders LTFRB to allow hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The Department of Transportation also wants hatchback units to be permanently classified for transport network vehicle services

Tugade wants Sangley Airport construction done by September 2019

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Once the Sangley Airport is ready for domestic flights, only Cebu Pacific would be immediately ready to operate at the Cavite gateway

SANGLEY AIRPORT. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade arrives at Sangley Airport to inspect the gateway. Photo from DOTr

Deactivated Grab drivers ask LTFRB, DOTr for ‘understanding, compassion’

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Grab drivers list the reasons it’s difficult for them to secure the certificates of public convenience that the LTFRB requires

LOOK: PH Coast Guard dispatches vessels for Holy Week security

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is on heightened alert status in preparation for Holy Week

Members of the Philippine Coastguard prepare for deployment to secure local and foreign tourists during the holy week. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek's entry into the Philippines because of Grab?

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran says Secretary Arthur Tugade is 'not a micromanager'

DOTr: Payment to Sumitomo delayed, but MRT3 rehab on track

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Japanese contractor shoulders the cost of needed parts in the meantime, because of the delayed signing into law of the Philippines' 2019 national budget

WAITING GAME. Commuters wait to board the MRT3. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Construction of Metro Manila Subway begins

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Once fully operational in 2025, the Philippines' first intercity underground railway will connect Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City within 30 minutes

Photo from DOTr

Free rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila starting February 14

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation officially launches free bus rides with PITX-Lawton-Baclaran and PITX-Monumento-EDSA-Baclaran routes

FREE RIDES. DOTr partners with Megawide Corporation Foundation Inc and Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines for the free bus rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila. DOTr photo

DOTr borrows buses to provide free rides from MOA to PITX

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The buses are from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard

FREE RIDES. There are free shuttle services from MOA to PITX. Photo from DOTr

On Cavite commuter woes, DOTr reiterates all PUVs need to pass PITX

Feb 02, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Caviteño commuters can expect more shuttle services to and from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange to aid in their travel

RESPONSE. The Department of Transportation responds to Cavite Governor Boying Remulla's proposal on addressing PITX woes. Tugade photo by Rappler, PITX photo by DOTr, Remulla's photo from his FB page

DOTr needs more time to review Angkas safety, legal issues

Feb 02, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The Department of Transportation says it cannot just issue a department order allowing Angkas and habal-habal operations, as pushed by some lawmakers

PROTEST. An Angkas driver displays a placard on his motorcycle that reads 'Manggagawa Kami! Hindi Kriminal! Stop Ride Discrimination' during a protest against LTFRB crackdown on December 16, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr: Nothing political with opening Malasakit Help Desks

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Transportation says it is using the Malasakit brand – associated with Bong Go – only because it 'captures' the kind of service the agency wants to deliver

HELP DESK. DOTr sets up a help desk at the Araneta Center-Cubao MRT3 Station. Photo from DOTr-MRT3

36 transport cooperatives newly-accredited for PUV modernization program

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructs the Office of Transportation Cooperatives to fast-track the approval of accreditation applications for the program

Background photo from DOTr website

House approves bill granting emergency powers vs traffic

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The measure had been pending for months at the plenary, but gets revived under Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

EMERGENCY POWERS. Lawmakers want to give emergency powers to the transportation chief to address the urban traffic problem. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOTr begins France-funded study for Metro Manila cable car system

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The French government extends a multimillion-peso grant for the study, with the Department of Transportation expected to identify possible areas in Metro Manila for the implementation of the project

CABLE CAR. Transportation Secretary Arthur P Tugade and Ambassador of France to the Philippines Nicolas Galey lead the kickoff program for the urban cable car feasibiity study. Photo from DOTr

Lahat ba ng bus kailangang dumaan sa PITX?

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Pinag-utos ngayon ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board ang pagbabago sa ilang ruta ng mga bus

TERMINAL. Nag-test run ang DNS Transport sa Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange noong July 23. Retrato mula sa DNS Transport

LIST: Available routes at Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Here are the available routes as of November 12

TERMINAL. The mega-terminal in Paranaque opens November 10, 2018. Photo from DOTr

P5.6B allotted for Mindanao railway land acquisition

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

City governments are signing an agreement with the Department of Transportation, and have been talking to families whose properties will be affected

ARTIST'S perspective of the Mindanao Railway System Project. Image courtesy of the Department of Transportation

COA on license plates deal: Probe Abaya, 9 others

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:42 PM

COA says former transport secretary Abaya need not return money related to the license plates deal but he and other officials should be investigated by the Ombudsman

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Cauayan Airport to reopen on November 2

Nov 01, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Repairs and construction work will continue, however, as the airport sustained heavy damage due to Typhoon Rosita (Yutu)

REPAIR. Fixing the damage sustained by the Passenger Terminal Building will take two to 3 weeks, says CAAP. Photo from the DOTr Facebook page

WATCH: Thousands head to provinces for Undas 2018

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Commuters say more people headed to the provinces this year, but they feel safer now with additional security measures in place

PROVINCES. Hundreds of commuters to the provinces wait for their bus rides at the Araneta Center-Cubao terminal on October 31, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOTr warns jeepney drivers: Join transport strike, be punished

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:53 PM

'The riding public do not deserve the inconvenience the transport strike will bring,' says the Department of Transportation

LAW ENFORCEMENT. Transport group PISTON leads protest against the PUV modernization program in Cubao, Quezon City on October 16, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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