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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

NEW PLATES. Former transportation officials face a complaint over the allegedly anomalous license plate deal. Photo from DOTC Twitter

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

DROP IT. The country's transportation department is demanding the Robert John Sobrepeña-controlled MRT Holdings, Incorporated II to drop its bid to stop the addition of 48 new train cars to the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) system. File photo from DOTC

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

PHASEOUT. The Court of Appeals upholds the constitutionality of government orders imposing an age limit on buses. Rappler file photo

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

TAPPING THE PRIVATE. Transport chief Tugade (right) thanks PLDT's Alberto (left) and Pangilinan (center) for supporting the department's advocacy. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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

POSSIBLE DELAYS? Ramon Ang (beside former President Benigno Aquino III) says the transportation department has not fully delivered right of way yet. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

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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

FRIENDSHIP. Amid criticism, outgoing President Benigno Aquino III says he prioritizes the country's interests over his friendships. Photo by Lilibeth Frondoso/Rappler

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

UNFINISHED. The toilets at the Zamboanga airport remain unfinished. Photo courtesy of CAAP

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

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law restructures the Department of Transportation and Communications, and creates an information and communications technology department.

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

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

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

EXPRESS BUS. The point-to-point bus service promises commuters a faster, more comfortable ride. Photo from the DOTC

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

DELAYS. 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

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

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

Bureau of Customs Public Information and Assistance Division

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

SHOULD HEADS ROLL? LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas says responsible officials should be sanctions for the NAIA blackout. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Power back in NAIA Terminal 3 after 5-hour outage

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:27 AM

UPDATED Airport authorities Meralco now investigating root of blackout which has caused flight delays

POWER BACK UP. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

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

'EXEMPTED.' Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says he campaigns for presidential candidate Manuel Roxas III and Leni Robredo during DOTC events because he is 'authorized' to. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

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

COMMON SIGHT. During rush hour, a sea of headlights and red brake lights are common on the major thoroughfare EDSA in the car-centric capital of the Philippines. Rappler photo

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

GRACE POE'S CABINET. Presidential candidate Grace Poe says she already has in mind Cabinet members she wants to retain should she be elected into office. Screenshot from Rappler

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

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

LAST RIDE. The Philippine government rejects Grab Philippines' petition to resume operations of GrabBike. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

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

NEW PLATES. The LTO has come under fire for the lack of license plates and a policy that penalizes motorists with unregistered vehicles. Photo from DOTC Twitter

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

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Feb 23, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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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

Photo from DOTC

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

BUREAUCRATIC SNARL-UPS. It is past the MRT7 contractor's target date for start of construction, and the government has not decided yet on when to break ground

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

NOT INVOLVED. Ex-MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III says Mar Roxas and DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya should be held liable for the allegedly anomalous maintenance contract deal for the MRT3. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

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

VIP LOUNGE. The two double decker point-to-point luxury buses during dry run at SM North Edsa in January 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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

GOOD NEWS. If everything goes to plan, MRT7 construction will be completed in August 2019

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

HOUNDED BY DELAYS. The group of Ayala and MPIC in 2014 bagged the P64.9-billion deal to extend LRT-1 from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite

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

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

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

CLOSER TO TRANSIT. Manila becomes the third city in the world, after Toronto and Seattle, to see the introduction of UberHOP. Logo image from bandt.com.au

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

NEW VESSELS. These 10 new vessels will help the Coast Guard in upholding maritime security within Philippines seas. Photo from DOTC

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

OVERBURDENED. A Senate panel led by Senator Grace Poe says the worsening conditions of the MRT3 is due to the DOTC's failure to tap able maintenance providers. Rappler photo

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

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

SOLVING TRAFFIC. Vice President Jejomar Binay offers solutions to Metro Manila's worsening traffic problem. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

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

CONTROVERSIES. The transportation department shelled out hundreds of millions of pesos for consultancy services in 2014 for several infrastructure deals. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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

SMALL, INCREMENT STEPS. DOTC says it expects new MRT3 industrial fans, UPS batteries and traction motors within the first half of 2016. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

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

BETTER SERVICE? One of the Dalian MRT3 train cars that will be delivered as part of the DOTC's MRT3 capacity expansion project. Photo from DOTC

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

Why DOTC toilets stink: Complicated procurement may lead to P352-M wastage

Jan 11, 2016 - 5:25 PM

State auditors say the contracts for the Kayo ang Boss Ko toilets improvement project in 10 attached agencies of the DOTC have proved to be disadvantageous

DELAYS. Auditors say delays in the toilet improvement project would have been avoided if the procurement process was done through a straight contract. Graphic by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

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

PREMIUM BUS. The two double decker point-to-point luxury buses hold a dry run on the route from SM North EDSA in Quezon City to Glorietta 5 in Makati City on January 7, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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

MRT WOES. Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe wants President Benigno Aquino III to sack DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes

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

FINAL PUSH. With 6 months remaining before the end of the current administration, LTFRB pushes for the extension of premium point-to-point bus services, jeepney modernization program, the IT PPP deal installation, among others.

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

LAST STRETCH. The DOTC is hoping to lay down the foundations for a better transportation in Metro Manila before a new administration is ushered in next year. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

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

RELIEF. 'The MRT3 long contract period will allow the new service provider to procure the necessary spare parts needed to increase the number of operating trains, especially during peak hours,' DOTC says in a press release Wednesday, December 24.

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

GOALS FOR 2016. Senator Ralph Recto wants the LTO to explain how it intends to accomplish its performance targets for 2016. File photo from LTO

Express bus service for holiday season starts December 5

Dec 03, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Passengers can ride express buses that will take them straight to Makati from terminals in Quezon City and Mandaluyong

EXPRESS BUSES. Non-stop buses will be ferrying passengers from Quezon City and Mandaluyong City straight to Makati City, with minimum fares ranging from P50 to P80. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler