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House pushes bill allowing foreigners to own public utilities in PH

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

House committee on economic affairs chair and the bill's sponsor, Sharon Garin says foreign direct investment could provide the capital necessary to improve public service

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Space Agency

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) Once established, PhilSA will be the main government agency to take up activities and issues related to space science, space technology, and applications

Recto wants automatic membership of consumer reps in utility boards

Aug 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Government regulatory bodies of utilities such as the LTFRB, National Telecommunications Commission, and MWSS should have consumer representatives in their board

SENATE BILL. Senate President Pro-tempore Ralph Recto pushes a measure to compel public utility boards to include a consumer representative. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MMDA lifts number coding for PUVs on April 23

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority suspends number coding for public utility vehicles on Tuesday, April 23, to help commuters in case railways were damaged in the Luzon earthquake

STRANDED. Passengers ride a provincial bus along EDSA, after being stranded due to the closure of railway lines. Photo from MMDA

Japanese firm renews alternative Kaliwa water proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Japanese firm Global Utility Development Corporation is stepping back into the picture over 10 years after it first proposed the Kaliwa Intake Weir

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

LTFRB to delay implementation of total PUV modernization

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Under pressure from senators and transport leaders, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra agrees in principle to postpone the program scheduled in March 2019

LTFRB chief Atty. Martin Delgra III during the Senate public services committee hearing on jeepney and PUV modernization program on October 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA to Sandiganbayan: Why purchase 10 new SUVs?

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Commission on Audit flags the purchase in 2017 of the 10 SUVs after finding 10 cars in the court’s inventory listed as 'idle or defective'

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

CA affirms LTFRB order requiring GPS for buses

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The Court of Appeals denies a motion for reconsideration that sought to reverse the order mandating the installation of GPS devices in all public utility buses

INSTALL GPS. The Court of Appeals upholds the constitutionality of government orders requiring installation of GPS on public utility buses. Rappler file photo

LTFRB rejects Palawan appeal to suspend anti-'colorum' campaign

May 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board instead promises to fast-track the franchise applications of qualified operators, amid concerns that tourism would be crippled

NO TO COLORUM. Palawan continues its operations against colorum vehicles in the province.

BDO to finance modern jeepneys

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The bank will provide funding for 5 units dubbed Bagong Jeep, which will seat 24 and come with a speed limiter, CCTV camera, GPS, dashboard camera, and automated fare collection system

Image from BDO Unibank

IN PHOTOS: How new jeepneys, buses, tricycles could look like

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Prototypes of environment-friendly vehicles with safety features are showcased at an expo for the PUV modernization program

NEW MODELS. Automotive manufacturers showcase prototype models under the PUV modernization program. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

Nationwide crackdown on 'colorum' vehicles to start after Holy Week

Mar 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The government forms Task Force Kamao to apprehend unregistered public utility vehicles

ANTI-COLORUM. Task Force Bravo, an inter-agency task force against colorum vehicles, will be headed by DOTr Undersecretary Thomas Orbos. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Piston to hold transport strike against jeepney phaseout on March 19

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Piston, with No To Jeepney Phaseout Coalition, will hold a transport strike from 12:01 am on Monday

NO TO PHASEOUT. Transport group Piston leads protest against the PUV modernization program in Cubao, Quezon City on October 16, 2017. File hoto by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gov't launches chatbot for reporting dilapidated, smoke-belching PUVs

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Dubbed as 'Sumbong Bulok, Sumbong Usok,' the platform is available on Inter-Agency Council for Traffic's Facebook page for concerned citizens to send reports via Messenger

REPORT. The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (iACT) with the Department of Transportation launched a reporting platform. Screenshot of iACT's Sumbong Bulok, Sumbong Usok platform

'Local companies should manufacture new jeepneys' – lawmaker

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:15 PM

In a House hearing on the PUV modernization program, Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe says the government should create a separate program that would incentivize local manufacturers

MODERN. The PUV modernization program aims to have a safer and environment-friendly mode of transportation. Photo from Department of Transportation - Philippines Facebook page

Piston to gov't: Why phase out 'deteriorated' jeepneys when the MRT3 breaks down?

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Piston leader George San Mateo takes a swipe at the government for its 'incompetence' in maintaining the Metro Rail Transit Line 3

PHASE OUT. Transport group Piston held a protest against the DOTr's Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok program. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOE: No need to raise PUV fares despite higher fuel tax

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Energy Assistant Secretary Leonido Pulido III says that 'based on the increase in the existing tax law, there should be no immediate need to raise PUV fares'

Is the tax reform law the reason behind Region 2's PUV fare hikes?

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:30 AM

LTFRB Regional Director asserts transport providers have a stake in the blame for the negative reaction to the fare hike, as they had been undercharging passengers for more than 10 years

Cagayan Valley PUVs charge higher fares

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:25 PM

A poster at the Aparri van terminal notifies commuters that starting January 26, van operators will start charging P204, or more than double the current fare of P100 for a trip to Tuguegarao City

FARE HIKE. Public van users in Aparri are informed about the impending fare hike in the town. Photo courtesy of Alona Diciano

'Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok' ops sweep off dilapidated jeepneys

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Military trucks line up along Alabang-Zapote Road in Las Piñas to give free rides to affected commuters

'LIBRENG SAKAY'. Military trucks line up along Alabang-Zapote Road for affected commuters on 'Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok' operations. Photo from Keb Cuevas/Rappler

Grab eyes investment in PUV modernization

Dec 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'It can be in the form of modernized jeepneys, it can be buses, almost anything,' says Grab Philippines public affairs manager Leo Gonzales

Poe: Math shows operators lose in gov't bid to modernize jeepneys

Dec 10, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Senator Grace Poe says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade must attend a Senate hearing to explain how the government is going to help operators shoulder the cost of modernizing their jeepneys

ARRESTED. Piston president George San Mateo leads a rally. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Groups protest arrest of Piston's George San Mateo

Dec 05, 2017 - 8:56 PM

The groups condemn the 'illegal and arbitrary' arrest of transport leader George San Mateo on Tuesday, December 5. Senator Grace Poe says it's even 'unclear what exactly San Mateo violated.'

ARRESTED. Piston leader George San Mateo went to Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City after posting bail. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Leftist groups on Piston leader's arrest: Gov't obviously paranoid

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:05 PM

'The Duterte government and the transport agencies have been exposed... hence their efforts to stifle the movements against [the PUV modernization program],' says Kadamay

STRIKE. In this file photo, Piston leader George San Mateo was talking to Quezon City police during the October 2017 transport strike. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

CDO gov't wants more players to supply city with water

Dec 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

This comes amid issues with one of the city's current bulk water suppliers

Piston cancels December 4-5 transport strike

Dec 03, 2017 - 10:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Piston calls off the planned nationwide transport strike after Senator Grace Poe's appeal to discuss their concerns in a Senate hearing

In a press conference Sunday in Quezon City, members of transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) cancelled the planned nationwide transport strike on Monday and Tuesday, December 3 and 4. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Piston to hold jeepney strike on December 4 to 5

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The Department of Transportation warns jeepney operators and drivers that their franchises and licenses would be canceled if they join the strike

JEEPNEY STRIKE. In this file photo, protesters staged a demonstration in Monumento on October 16 to protest against jeepney phase out. Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

COA orders water officials to refund millions in meal, hospital allowances

Nov 26, 2017 - 3:31 PM

'Government employees who unwittingly received disallowed benefits or allowances are not liable for their reimbursement if there is no finding of bad faith,' the COA says

REFUND. The Commission on Audit declares as illegal P74.558 million worth of meal and hospitalization allowances given to Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) officials and employees from 2012 to 2014.

Meralco launching e-payment portal, consumption info service in Q1 2018

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Meralco calls it the 'Customer Experience Engine,' which will allow consumers to request for consumption information, pay bills and apply for services online


Orbos: Phasing out of 'deteriorated' PUVs to start January

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos says motor vehicle inspection will also begin in January

MODERNIZE. Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos confirmed that deteriorated vehicles will be phased out following the PUV modernization program of the government. Rappler file photo

Include jeepney drivers, passengers in PUV modernization talks – Robredo

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says doing so would allow the government to know how stakeholders truly feel about the PUV modernization program and, in turn, explain their decisions to the public

INCLUSION. Vice President Leni Robredo wants stakeholders to be included in the government's talks on the PUV modernization program. Photo by OVP

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Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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Current PUV modernization program not the answer – think tanks

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:36 PM

IBON Foundation and AGHAM - Advocates for Science and Technology for the People say the program does not address the 'lack of public mass transport system'

PUV MODERNIZATION. Committee of Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento preside the House hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program and on the transport strike led by Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) in Congress on Thursday. Photo by Darren Langit

PUV modernization: Planning, readiness issues raised at House hearing

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Transportation officials say President Rodrigo Duterte gave a deadline merely to press the 'urgency' of the PUV modernization program

MODERNIZATION PLAN. DOTR Usec. Artemio Tuazon Jr. (right) and Asec. Mark de Leon (left) attend the Congress Committee of Transportation hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB has no timeline yet for PUV modernization program

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

In a House briefing, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board also could not tell lawmakers how many jeepney drivers would be displaced

WHERE'S THE PLAN? Lawmakers press LTFRB Chairperson Atty. Martin Delga lll on the timeline for the government's jeepney modernization plan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After transport strike, House panel tackles PUV modernization

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Representatives from both sides – the government and transportation groups – have been invited to the transportation committee's hearing

TRANSPORT STRIKE. PUV drivers and operations hold a 2-day strike in response to a PUV modernization program being pushed by the government. File photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

LIVE: House briefing on PUV modernization

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:02 AM

Watch the briefing live on Rappler on Thursday, October 19

MMDA reroutes PUVs in bid to ease Marcos Highway traffic

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Public utility vehicles are now prohibited from loading and unloading passengers in front of Robinsons Metro East and Sta Lucia East Grand Mall

Duterte to jeepney drivers, operators: Modernize by year-end or get out

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also claims Piston is a 'legal front' of the communists and is committing rebellion through the two-day transport strike

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Agrilink/ Foodlink/ Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City on October 5, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the organizers saying that these events contribute to country's vision of having a more productive and progressive agricultural sector. MARCELINO PASCUA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: New jeepneys under PUV modernization program

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The Department of Transportation shows what the updated jeepneys will look like

Cebu, Davao not joining October 17 transport strike

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:23 PM

(UPDATED) Piston says the strike will continue on Tuesday, October 17, in all Metro Manila cities and 20 provinces

NO TO MODERNIZATION. Piston declares the day 1 of their transport strike against jeepney modernization a success. Photo by Maria Tan

IN PHOTOS: Paralyzed

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Almost all jeepneys in Metro Manila did not ply their routes

DIE IN. Supporters of protesting jeepney drivers block a portion of España to call on other drivers to join the strike. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

100% participation in transport strike in parts of Luzon – Piston

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Transport group Piston says a million Filipinos in the PUJ industry would be 'displaced' if the jeepney modernization program pushes through

What is happening outside Metro Manila during the nationwide transport strike

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:27 AM

(UPDATED) Transport group PISTON says thousands of jeepney operators and drivers from the various provinces and areas will join the transport strike on Monday and Tuesday

PUV MODERNIZATION. Jeepneys are seen as an enforcer manages traffic at a busy street in Manila on May 30, 2017. Photo from Agence France-Presse

What to expect during the October 16-17 transport strike

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:15 AM

(UPDATED) What are the contingency plans for the two-day nationwide transport strike?

TRANSPORT STRIKE. In this file photo, commuters wait for vacant jeepneys. Photo by Rappler

DOTr hits Piston 'propaganda' on modernization program

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:20 AM

The Department of Transportation questions the motives behind transport strikes, and also denies that the PUV modernization program is 'anti-poor'

TRANSPORT STRIKE. Militant transport group is set to stage a nationwide strike on October 16 and 17. File Photo

Stranded? Report transportation problems using #CommuterWatch

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and private groups will use the hashtag to monitor reports shared by stranded commuters

Jeepney modernization would lead to loss of jobs – leftist group

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan says only companies with millions of pesos in capital can afford the proposed 'fleet management system'