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DOTr seeks to restore 2019 funds for evening flights in regional airports

Sep 20, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Senator Loren Legarda vows to restore the Department of Transportation's proposed budget for the night-rating of regional airports

AIRPORTS. DOTr Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo explains to the Senate commitee on finance the need to night rate airports. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bus rapid transit system to push through in Cebu, Quezon Avenue

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Metro Manila might have a bus rapid transit system in 3 years, says Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon

PLAN. In the earlier plan, a bus station was set to be constructed near the Fuente Osmena Park for Cebu's first mass transport system, which was supposed to be operational in 2018. File photo by Rappler

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/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

DOTr, LTFRB: Angkas 'colorum, unsafe, just after profit'

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Government regulators slam a court order allowing the motorcycle ride-hailing company to resume operations while its case is pending

Thousands of motorcycle riders from various organizations of motorcyclist under Riders of the Philippines (ROTP), Motorcle Rights Organization (MRO) along with motorcyclist from various organizations, navigate along Edsa, Quezon City on Sunday during a Nationwide Unity Ride for Equality. The groups converged on EDSA People Power Monument to Mendiola in Manila to air their grievances after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered last year the closure of motorcycle ride-sharing provider Angkas. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Senators hit Tugade's absence during NAIA runway mess

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'You should have been on top of everything. 'Di ko makita [ang] scenario na 'di kayo bahagi ng crisis committee,' Senator Nancy Binay tells Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Sec. Arthur Tugade of the Dept of Transportation (DOTr) at the senate hearing on public services Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr may face budget roadblock over jeepney modernization woes

Aug 27, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Senator Grace Poe says if the Department of Transportation fails to answer crucial questions on the program's implementation, its 2019 budget is sure to have a problem in Congress

Commuters and jeepneys in Quezon City on July 5, 2018 after the implementation of the P1 fare increase. 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

Modern jeepneys proposed in Boracay

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:51 PM

While Yellow Dot recently did a survey of Boracay's transport requirements for public utility vehicle modernization, the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Aklan, wants to reconsider whether the proposal will complement e-trikes on the island.

JEEPNEY MODERNIZATION. Will Boracay get new jeeps? Background image from Department of Transportation

Tugade says NAIA runway incident an 'eye opener'

Aug 18, 2018 - 2:33 PM

'I am sorry. We did our very best to address the situation,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

AIRPORT MISHAP. Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it skidded off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Strong political will? Experts hit 'very slow' rollout of transportation projects

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:32 AM

'Transport infrastructure should be delivered as soon as possible especially now with the Build, Build, Build. But is the government ready and equipped to deliver all these plans?' asks UP Professor Dayo Montalbo as the Duterte administration marks its third year in office

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

Lopsided contract? COA pressures DOTr to justify P65 billion LRT-1 deal

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The Commission on Audit demands the documents from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), which passes the buck to the Department of Transportation (DOTr)

LRT1. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade leada the groundbreaking ceremony of the LRT1 Cavite Extension on May 4, 2017. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

COA flags procurement lapses in LRT-1 Cavite extension housing segment

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The P397-million housing project for informal settlers who will be affected by the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project was awarded without first conducting a feasibility study, says the Commission on Audit

CAVITE EXTENSION. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is a P64.9 billion deal for private firm Light Rail Manila Corporation. Photo from the PPP Center

Dalian trains may be used later this year but...

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Germany's TUV Rheinland finds discrepancies between the actual delivered trains and what was stipulated on the terms of reference, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade says

PLATES. DOTr Sec Tugade, House Committee on Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento, SAP Bong Go and Congressman Cesar Sarmiento at the roll-out of vehicle plates to members of automotive dealers and owners in a nationawide roll out on July 5, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Japan's Sumitomo set to return as MRT3 maintenance provider

Jul 04, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The Department of Transportation also says that audit report on the controversial Dalian trains is already out, but the decision whether these could be used or not depends on pending discussions with the Chinese company

BETTER OPERATIONS. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that Japanese company Sumitomo-MHI is set to be MRT3's maintenance provider this July 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

DOTr disqualifies bidders with pending cases vs gov't

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Prospective bidders are now required to submit a certification, under oath, that they do not have pending cases against the government

'UNFORGIVING.' Transportation chief Arthur Tugade (C) reiterates to all undersecretaries and agency heads that the government will be uncompromising when it comes to corruption. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

DOTr to pursue plunder charges vs Abaya over MRT3 mess

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Department of Transportation is also eyeing plunder charges against officials not indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman

HEARING. Former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the public hearing on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 issues led by Senator Grace Poe at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 15, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Roxas cleared, Abaya indicted for graft over MRT maintenance mess

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales finds probable cause to charge former transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya with graft for awarding the contract to Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, 'an ineligible and unqualified entity'

MRT MAINTENANCE MESS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales clears former interior secretary Mar Roxas, but indicts former transport secretary Jun Abaya for graft over the MRT maintenance contract.

DOTr gives LTFRB full authority over ride-hailing companies' regulation

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This means ride-hailing companies can no longer set or change fare schemes on their own

DOTr to scrap bus rapid transit project

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The Department of Transportation requests for the cancellation of the bus rapid transit projects in Metro Manila and Cebu, citing infrastructure limitations. But officials and experts are not sold with the idea

House panel asks DOTr to allow motorcycles for hire

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Lawmakers and advocacy groups say doing so would ease the burden of commuters and help improve traffic

RIDE-HAILING SERVICES. House committee on Metro Manila Development urges the Department of Transportation to allow motorcycles to provide ride-hailing services. Photo from the House of Representatives

LOOK: Virac Airport's rehabilitated terminal to be inaugurated on June 1

May 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The passenger terminal building can now accommodate 300 passengers, from the previous 100

Virac Airport's rehabilitated terminal. Photo by DOTr-CAAP

DOE's P300-M fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers 'still unaudited'

May 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Based on a COA report, it's not clear how the P300 million was used, and how many cards were loaded with cash

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.

An ill-fated meeting with a presidential sister

May 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'How can you say 'no'?' says sacked transportation assistant secretary Mark Tolentino about his decision to speak in person with the President's younger sister Jocellyn

Sacked DOTr exec apologizes to Duterte for 'embarrassing' him

May 25, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Former transportation assistant secretary Mark Tolentino says he made no deals with Jocellyn Duterte, the President's younger sister, and stresses he only wants what's good for the Mindanao Railway Project

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

DOTr still in talks with NAIA Consortium over airport rehab terms

May 24, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Department of Transportation says there are still 'many conditionalities' to be discussed, including payment to the government

NEGOTIATIONS. The Department of Transportation is negotiating some terms in the proposal of the NAIA Consortium to rehabilitate, operate, and maintain the dilapidated international airport. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will Malacañang look into Mark Tolentino's Mindanao railway allegations?

May 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The sacked transportation official had accused 'higher-ups' of insisting on a foreign loan to fund the Mindanao railway. Will the Palace at least look into his claim?

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May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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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

Duterte fires DOTr official for allegedly dealing with his sister

May 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino is accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in deals with one of his sisters

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

MRT3 operations director accuses GM Garcia of assaulting him

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) MRT3 Director for Operations Mike Capati says he was physically assaulted in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan and representatives from Australia Aid and ADB

'ASSAULTED'. MRT Director for Operations Mike Capati (L) says he was assaulted by MRT General Manager Rodolfo Garcia (R) in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan (C) and representatives from international agencies. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler