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172 MRT3 personnel test positive for coronavirus

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Of the MRT3 workers who became infected, 166 are train depot personnel and the remaining 6 are station personnel

UNDER GCQ. In this file photo, the MRT3 conducts a test run on all the trains from North Avenue Station up to Taft Avenue Station, before Metro Manila is placed under a general community quarantine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LTO to minimize face-to-face transactions, shift to digitalization

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The agency aims to further strengthen the digitalization efforts of the Department of Transportation in line with minimizing human intervention in various transactions

Robredo to DOTr: Be 'compassionate,' help traditional jeepney drivers

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:35 PM

'Parang pinapaboran na naman natin dito iyong mga mayayaman.... Paano iyong mga naghikahos na hinulugan iyong kanilang mga jeep?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Jeepney drivers plying the Tandang Sora-Visayas Avenue-City Hall route beg for financial help from the public passing by their terminal in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City on April 27, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR to DOTr: Lift 'discriminatory' train ban on senior citizens

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds government agencies to consider the situations of people when implementing policies

An unusual number of rush hour commuters queue and observe physical distancing during the resumption of MRT operations on the first day of the General of Community Quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tugade on GCQ commuter woes: Magkapit-bisig tayo

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:08 PM

‘Sinasakripisyo ba ho natin ang mga manggagawa? Hindi po. Lahat po tayo dito sa panahon na ito ay may tama, may inconvenience, may moments of discomfort,’ says the transportation secretary

COMMUTERS. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators slam DOTr's 'poor planning, lack of foresight' for commuters

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:12 PM

'Dapat maramdaman nila ang hirap na pinagdadaanan ng mga commuter. They won't be able to plan well if they don't feel and understand the people's daily struggles,' says Senator Nancy Binay

STRANDED. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

1st day of Metro Manila GCQ: ‘Walang masakyan’

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:33 PM

A stranded passenger laments the 'social injustice' brought about by the reopening of businesses without the operation of jeepneys and buses

NO RIDE. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

More MRT3 trains but at 13% capacity when Metro Manila enters GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Transportation says the number of MRT3 train sets will be increased to 19 on Monday, June 1. But each train set will only be at 13% capacity due to physical distancing.

The MRT3 today conducted a test run on all the trains from North Avenue Station up to Taft Avenue Station, one day before the Metro Manila will be under the GCQ. The trains have markings for passengers where to sit and/or stand. May 31, 2020. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr wants more int'l flights landing in regional airports starting June 1

May 29, 2020 - 12:09 AM

The plan will be a big help to overseas Filipino workers returning to hometowns in the Visayas and Mindanao

Outgoing passengers, mostly in personal protectie suits, check-in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on May 22, 2020, for at least three hours before their flight schedule. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr eyes faster MRT3 by 4th quarter of 2020

May 19, 2020 - 8:30 PM

If rail replacement activities are completed in September 2020, the Department of Transportation says the current 30 km/h speed of the MRT3 could be gradually increased to 60 km/h by December 2020

Workers offload new rails for the MRT-3 at the PITX staging area in Paranaque City on Friday, August 2, as part of the on-going rehabilitation of the dilapidated rails. Photo by Ben Nabong

Sakay.ph now has GPS tracking for some public transport in Pasig

May 18, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Sakay.ph is working with the Pasig City government to allow users to track buses and shuttles plying specific routes as they make their way through the city

DOTr urges LGUs: Develop more facilities to make biking safer

May 14, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The Department of Transportation tells local government units to craft ordinances that will encourage biking among their constituents

BICYCLES ENCOURAGED. Some local government units are adopting policies to make their areas more bike-friendly. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LRT-1 releases safety guidelines for post-lockdown operations

May 09, 2020 - 1:37 PM

The Light Rail Manila Corporation releases guidelines for the resumption of operations during the coronavirus pandemic

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. The area in front of the ticket booth is marked to guide passengers to observe physical distancing. Photo from LRMC

Reconsider train ban on pregnant women, elderly – CHR

May 08, 2020 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) The ban on elderly persons and pregnant women from using the MRT, LRT, and PNR would take effect when enhanced community quarantine is lifted in Metro Manila

Members of Manila Police District led by District Director General Bernabe Balba give flowers to passengers of LRT Central Station in Arroceros, Manila to celebrate the Valentines Day on February 14, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOTR wants to bring home students stranded in dorms

May 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

To join the program, which is subject for approval of the government task force on the coronavirus outbreak, students will have to fill up a Google Form which will determine the number of students and destinations to be accommodated

Airport rental holiday extended to May 15

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Landing and take-off, and parking fees for domestic and international flights in CAAP airports are also deferred for a year, until March 2021

AIRPORTS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Tugade pushes for reopening of airports in GCQ areas

May 02, 2020 - 12:14 PM

'This will plant the seeds for domestic tourism. This should seriously be considered,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the announcement of the government lifting the ban on international flights flying in and out of the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Former transportation undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Department of Transportation and Communications undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies at 76

IN MEMORIAM. Transportation expert Primitivo Cal dies at 76. Rappler screenshot

DOTr, 2GO to convert 2 passenger vessels into quarantine ships

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says the 2GO ships would be able to serve 1,500 patients

2GO. A vessel of shipping and logistics firm 2GO. Photo from 2GO website

Gov't eyes seizure of abandoned cargo at congested Manila port

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Overstaying cargo would be seized in favor of the government, under a proposed joint memorandum circular

CONGESTED. The Manila International Container Terminal has over 36,000 shipments at the port. Photo from DOTr

Why is 'Thank you coronavirus' trending on Twitter?

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Transportation takes down its post which thanks the coronavirus, apologizing to the public over the post that was supposed to 'provide an enlightening and awakening narrative into this pandemic'

Government to provide transpo to health workers, outbound OFWs

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Essential workers, or those who fall under the lockdown exemptions, have to secure special passes

LOCKDOWN. An empty EDSA from Estrella in Makati to Ortigas, Pasig on March 17, 2020 due to the suspension of public transportation under enhanced community quarantine. Stranded commuters have walk to head home. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gov't changes mind again: OFWs, balikbayans, foreigners can fly during lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) As of late Tuesday evening, March 17, the government is allowing OFWs, balikbayans, and foreigners to take international flights out of Luzon for the entire lockdown period

CORONAVIRUS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIVE: Coronavirus advisories

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Watch government advisories on the new coronavirus outbreak here on Rappler

Driver's license exam to be translated into PH languages

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The Department of Transportation orders the Land Transportation Office to make sure its Driver's License Examination is available in English, Filipino, or the language most common in each region

Private emission testing centers will not be phased out – DOTr

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Around 18% of private emission testing centers nationwide, or 325 centers, have already been shut down, bringing fears of a phaseout

NO PHASEOUT. Motor vehicles may still get service from private emission testing centers, even with the privatization of the motor vehicle inspection system. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Transport staff to use face masks, provide sanitizers amid coronavirus spread

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Department of Transportation and its attached agencies are mandating the use of face masks and the availability of sanitizers in transport hubs

CONTINUING OUTBREAK. Transport hubs are now tightening security and safety measures following the spread of the novel coronavirus to the Philippines. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOTr refutes MRT3 'suicide bomber' post, says it was security test

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The alleged 'suicide bomber' is only a man involved in a penetration test conducted by the Philippine National Police

PENETRATION TEST. The Department of Transportation refuted a photo claiming that a suicide bomber was present at the MRT3 Taft station, saying it was only part of a penetration test by the police. Photo from DOTr Facebook page

DOTr reviews concession deal after beep card issuance fee raise

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Pending review, the AFPI may be asked to return the original price for the beep cards or the operators for each train line may shoulder the increase

HIGHER ISSUANCE FEE. New stored value cards or beep cards now cost P30. File photo from LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera's twitter

NEDA body approves P59.3-billion MRT4 project

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The Metro Rail Transit 4 is expected to connect the eastern parts of Metro Manila to the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal

BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. The MRT-4 is among the 12 infrastructure projects recently approved by President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will commuters still have Angkas after December 26?

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

As the end of its pilot run nears, authorities have yet to reach a final decision on the fate of the Philippines' pioneering motorcycle taxi service

NEARING THE END. The Department of Transportation only granted a 6-month pilot run to motorcycle taxi firm Angkas, which is set to end on December 26. What will happen next? Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Inter-agency body wants expanded Angkas pilot run to include new players

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Based on the recommendation of the technical working group, the pilot run – which is supposed to end on December 26 – will last until June 26, 2020

ANOTHER 6 MONTHS. Angkas may be allowed to operate for another 6 months, potentially along with 6 new players in the motorcycle ride-hailing market. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

DOTr slammed for ‘distasteful' Miss Universe social media post

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) 'There’s nothing wrong with our post. We are just trying to draw humor,' says Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran

Pending LTFRB approval, Angkas pilot run to be extended – DOTr

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) The official report of the technical working group is set to come out on December 9, according to DOTr Undersecretary Mark de Leon

FOR EXTENSION? Department of Transportation Undersecretary Mark de Leon said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the extension of the Angkas pilot run, but the official report is yet to come out. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Entertainment City firms slam DOTr order to transfer flights

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

City of Dreams Manila, Solaire, and Resorts World representatives say transferring flights to Sangley Airport will inconvenience their VIP guests

TRANSFERRING FLIGHTS? Entertainment City firms said that transferring their charter flights from NAIA to Sangley Airport would be 'unreasonable'. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

NAIA Consortium proposal gets go signal from NEDA Board

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The proposal of top Philippine conglomerates to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport gets the green light from the powerful NEDA Board

Passengers arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Manila on October 19, 2011. The Philippine government pledged on October 19 to improve the country's main airport after it was named the world's worst following complaints of thieving staff, dirty toilets and a collapsing ceiling. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Metro Manila-Cavite ferry routes to open soon

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:23 AM

The dry run of the first phase of ferry operations, set for early December, includes routes from the Metro Star Ferry Terminal in Cavite to SM MOA and the Cultural Center of the Philippines port

NEW FERRY ROUTES. Commuters may soon be able to take a ferry service from Metro Star Ferry Terminal to a few drop-off points in Metro Manila. Photo from Wikicommons

3 years on, what are the DOTr's top projects under Duterte?

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The agency's top accomplishments were either initiated before Duterte's term or have yet to be finished

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The Department of Transportation said its top accomplishments in the past three years include 3 aviation projects and the commencement of the MRT3 rehabilitation. Photo courtesy from L-R: DOTr, Cebu Pacific, DOTr, and Rappler

DOTr drops bid to modernize all jeepneys by 2020

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Transportation will now make roadworthiness the standard for allowing PUVs to remain in operation. Meanwhile, the franchise consolidation aspect of the modernization program will be upheld.

ROADWORTHY? Jeepneys will now be tested for roadworthiness instead of being replaced with modernized units. Photo from Department of Transportation - Philippines Facebook page

LOOK: Could this PUV be the new 'King of the Road'?

Nov 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The model developed by Toyota Motor Philippines Inc. (TMPI) costs P998,000 per unit and is targeted to be released before the end of the year. But already, some netizens have given it a thumbs down.

MODERN HILUX. Toyota Motor Philippines Inc.  unveiled a Hilux Class 1 modern public utility vehicle manufactured for the DOTr's PUV modernization program. Photo from DOTr's FB page

Modern Toyota-made PUVs out before 2020 – Tugade

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) The vehicle, which will have a capacity of 12-13 passengers, and won't cost more than P1 million, says the transportation secretary

NEW MODEL. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that the agency has been working with Toyota to produce a new Class 1 modernized prototype. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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