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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 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

WATCH: No pool, no problem for swimmers under quarantine

May 08, 2020 - 12:36 PM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse of how elite swimmers don't need the water to keep their fitness level up

Bicol hospital cuts down admission of patients as staff get coronavirus

May 05, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay is transferring patients to other government and private hospitals

The region's biggest government tertiary hospital, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital limits patients admission for non-COVID-19 and emergency cases after more than 100 medical health workers subjected to quarantine. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

WATCH: First teaser for 'Train to Busan' sequel 'Peninsula'

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:12 PM

The movie's storyline takes place 4 years after the events first movie

One dead, 127 hurt in China passenger train derailment

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A railway police officer is killed and 122 passengers are hurt, 4 of them seriously. Five rail staff also suffer light injuries.

DERAILED. Rescuers search at the site where a train derailed in Chenzhou in China's central Hunan province on March 30, 2020. Photo by AFP

'Freedom we meet again': Ellen Adarna undergoes mental training in Bali

Mar 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The actress says she isolated herself for 14 days because she felt 'stuck in this black hole'

MRT3 holds dry run of social distancing at stations

Mar 13, 2020 - 3:52 PM

MRT3 management says the limited entry to its stations is in preparation for social distancing to be enforced once the official guidelines are released

DRY RUN. MRT3 implements 'social distancing' prompting long lines at the train stations. Photo from MRT3

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray visits La Union for Smile Train

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Catriona visits a weaving center and will be a guest judge for the Mutia ti La Union

WATCH: How to spike it till you make it

Feb 29, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse of how Philippine volleyball stars like Alyssa Valdez hone their skills

Bill lowering corporate tax moves to Senate plenary

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Finance hopes Citira will hurdle the Senate before Congress goes on break by March 14

TAX REFORM. Workers in a manufacturing plant. Shutterstock photo

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Feb 17, 2020 - 5:26 PM

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MRT3 unloads 450 passengers due to electrical motor failure

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The passengers board the next train 5 minutes later

UNLOADING. An MRT3 train suffers an electrical motor failure due to worn-out subcomponents. File photo by Darren Langit

Heart center for the north coming to Candon

Feb 16, 2020 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) Ilocos Sur Second District Representative Kristine Singson Meehan says the hospital in Candon, a satellite of the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, will specialize in coronary diseases

SOON TO RISE. A new hospital in Candon is coming. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

U.P. shares high-resolution Taal map data to public to help in reconstruction

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:19 PM

From these, 3D visualizations of geographic features and buildings can be created, as well as how the affected areas looked like before the volcanic eruption

HIGH-RESOLUTION MAP. A satellite image of the Taal Volcano Island generated from the DREAM and Phil-LiDAR Programs. Image from PCIEERD Media

Over 10% of retailers already imposed last round of fuel tax hike – DOE

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The final increase in excise tax under the TRAIN law can only be imposed on new stocks acquired in 2020, not on oil produced or imported in 2019

Oil prices saw a record surge after attacks on two Saudi facilities in the world's top gas producer. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

With just a tap, LRT passengers can donate to Taal Volcano survivors

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:22 PM

De La Salle Philippines and AF Payments device a way commuters to donate P5 with every tap using their Beep cards

TAP AND DONATE. Commuters can approach #OneLaSalleForTaal volunteers at the LRT Taft station and tap their Beep cards on their device from AF Payment Incorporated. Photo courtesy of De La Salle Philippines

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

Golpe de gulat: This week's outlook

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Golpe de gulat is the Duterte administration's tool in telling the business elite that their time is up, that the future belongs to a new oligarchy

WATCH: How to harness your inner samurai

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse of how you can train like a Japanese warrior

New year, more taxes: Last fuel hike under TRAIN takes effect

Jan 01, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Under the final tranche, excise tax for gasoline and kerosene will increase by P1 per liter, while diesel prices will go up by P1.50

TAXES. Oil prices will surge anew in 2020 due to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOE to oil firms: Use up old inventory first before slapping new tax

Dec 25, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Energy says oil companies may face large-scale estafa charges if they slap the TRAIN law's new taxes on old stocks in 2020

WATCH: How to skate your way to Disney on Ice

Dec 21, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse on how you can fulfill your dreams of becoming a Disney of Ice figure skater

Going to LRT1's Roosevelt? Temporary scheme set for Q1 2020

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Light Rail Transit Line 1 will have a temporary passenger traffic scheme from January 4 to March 31, 2020. Here are details.

LOOK: New PNR trains start operations

Dec 16, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The new trains boost PNR's daily capacity from 60,000 to 73,500 passengers

NEW RAILCARS. More commuters can now board the Philippine National Railways metro line, with 6 new diesel muiltiple unit railcars now in service. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: New PNR trains to start operations on December 16

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The new diesel multiple unit motor cars will ply along the FTI-Tutuban and FTI-Malabon routes

FIRST SET. The first 6 diesel multiple unit motor cars were unveiled on December 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LOOK: Marian Rivera gives joy to kids of Smile Train Philippines

Nov 29, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Marian, one of Smile Train's celebrity ambassadors throws an early Christmas party for the kids of the Philippine Band of Mercy

ROUNDTABLE: Providing safer surgeries to children with cleft lips and palates

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:01 AM

On Wednesday, November 20, 11 am, join us as we discuss the global issue of improving access to safe and quality surgeries

MRT3 interrupts service due to smoke emission

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The MRT3 resumes normal operations by 6:06 pm

PROVISIONAL SERVICE. The Metro Rail Transit line 3 limited its operations due to a smoke emission on Monday, November 4. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

At least 71 killed in Pakistan train fire

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) Television footage shows flames pouring out of 3 carriages as people could be heard crying during the incident, in a rural area of central Punjab province

TRAIN FIRE. In this handout picture taken and release by Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 on October 31, 2019, residents gather beside the burnt-out train carriages after a passenger train caught on fire near Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab province on October 31, 2019. Handout photo by Pakistan's Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122/AFP

LRT1 extends service hours for Christmas 2019

Oct 24, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The LRT1 will also be serving passengers on December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020

HOLIDAY EXTENSION. The LRT1 will be serving passengers for longer hours during the holiday season. Photo from LRMC

No extended MRT3 hours for Christmas 2019 due to rail repair works

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:22 AM

MRT3 Director Michael Capati says this is to 'give way to the full blast rail replacement activities' that would rid the MRT3 tracks of dilapidated rails

NO EXTRA HOURS. The MRT3 will not be augmenting the increased passenger volume during the holidays through extended operating hours, to make way for its railway replacement works.  Photo by DARREN LANGIT

MRT3 operations stalled after man falls on tracks

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) 'At 12:16 pm today, a street vagrant jumped over and fell at the interstation of tracks of Buendia and Ayala,' says MRT3, prompting it to limit operations to just between North Avenue and Shaw Boulevard for over two hours

TRAIN MOVEMENT STALLED. A man jumped and fell to his death on the MRT3 tracks between Buendia and Ayala stations. Photo from DOTr-MRT3

MRT3 begins trial run of Dalian train

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:41 AM

The 3-coach train will run from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm beginning Tuesday, October 15, until November

NEXT DEPLOYMENT. The last Dalian train set to ply the MRT3 tracks was deployed in January 2019. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

LTFRB to demand bus companies to assist LRT2 passengers

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Of the 109 city buses which committed to the augmentation initiative, only 69 have been fielded as of October 9

MORE BUSES NEEDED. Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento urged bus companies to do their part in augmenting the demand for alternative modes of transport to the LRT2, saying it is their duty to serve the public. Photo from MMDA

BFP slammed for causing delay in LRT2 fire investigation

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

In the middle of the House hearing, the BFP relays confirmation that it will fast-track and release its investigation report on October 10

NO FINDINGS YET. Six days after two LRT2 rectifiers tripped and caught fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection has not been able to identify the cause, slowing down the LRTA's assesment of damaged parts. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on LRT2 Santolan station incident

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

LRT2 to resume partial operations on October 8

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Line 2 can resume partial operations since safety checks and test runs are completed

PARTIAL OPERATIONS. After suspending operations for 5 days, the LRT2 will resume partial operations on Tuesday, October 8. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Albayalde vows a cleaner police force with police training institute

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'The PNP will see to it that the NPTI will produce only ideal police officers and men and specifically, those who have the moral fiber not to engage in illegal activities,' says PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

CLEANER POLICE FORCE. PNPA Homecoming on March 17,2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LRT2 operations remain suspended on October 7

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Safety checks for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 are not yet done

STILL ON HOLD. Commuters will be braving the Monday traffic without the option of taking the LRT2, since partial operations will not resume on October 7. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

LRT2 stops operations from Santolan to Anonas for 'maximum of 9 months'

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Authority says the needed repairs on the damaged substations require 'a highly technical intervention'

NINE MONTHS. Commuters coming from Santolan to Anonas will need to use an alternate mode of transportation aside from the LRT2 in the next nine months. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Poe suggests business coaches for MRT3: 'Think out of the box'

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The senator floats the idea as a way to convince passengers to take the train instead of driving private vehicles

BUSINESS COACHES. Would you pay P300 for a guaranteed space in the MRT3? File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Still no LRT2 operations on October 4

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Because of 'several technical and safety concerns,' the Light Rail Transit Authority says there will still be no LRT2 train service .

OPERATIONS STOPPED. The LRT2 will not be resuming operations until after Friday, October 4, due to several technical and safety concerns. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Overhaul overdue: Daily maintenance fails to prevent MRT3 short circuit

Sep 19, 2019 - 6:16 PM

A joint investigation by Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, DOTr, and MRT management shows what caused the September 6 stoppage of the trains

EFFECTIVE TRAIN PREP? An overhead catenary cable was cut due to a short circuit in a train's electrical box, which can happen even with daily train preparation and preventive maintenance. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Train derails in Hong Kong during rush hour

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) MTR suspends subway services between two stations on the line. Intercity services to mainland Chinese cities including Guangzhou, Dongguan and Beijing are canceled for the day.

DERAILED. Rescue workers investigate the scene of a passenger train that derailed during the rush hour outside Hung Hom railway station on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

‘Walang pagbabago’: Long lines ensue after MRT-3 breaks down

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Netizens suggest possible solutions to the public transportation crisis as the MRT break downs for almost a full day

A COMMUTER'S NIGHTMARE. An ordeal that every commuter faces as MRT-3 breaks down.

1 dead, 30 hurt as train, truck collide near Tokyo

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) The crash derails the train's front carriage and pins the truck to a wall

CRASH. Rescue team work at the crash site, where a train is derailed after a collision with a truck at a crossing in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture on September 5, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension's foundation begins

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Light Rail Manila Corporation starts piling works at the planned Dr Santos Station in Parañaque City as September 2019 begins

After 19 years of waiting, piling works for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite Extension have finally started yesterday, September 1. Photo from the Department of Transportation

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The 'East Sea territory defence training' aims to solidify the South Korean military's resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and its surrounding areas

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler