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Mindanao bus firm re-elects top official

LEO Rey V. Yanson has been re-elected as president of Mindanao Star Bus Transport, Inc., a sister company of Vallacar Transit, Inc.

NEDA TWG studying road congestion pricing

THE government is evaluating at technical working group (TWG) level a proposal for a peak hours congestion pricing system in key parts of Metro Manila, a Transportation department official said.

PEZA considering ITH extensions for disaster-affected locators

THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) may push back the expiration date for income tax holiday (ITH) incentives enjoyed by locators in areas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

DPWH announces completion of projects in Isabela, Leyte, Zamboanga

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday that it completed a P122-million flood control structure in Isabela, a P34-million river wall in Leyte, and a P6-million farm-to-market road in Zamboanga del Norte.

Property owners count risks as Taal Volcano keeps rumbling

FIVE YEARS AGO, Jack, a 71-year-old retired physician, bought a two-story house worth P11 million in the upland town of Alfonso in Cavite province, 16 kilometers away from one of the world’s smallest and active volcanoes -- Taal Volcano.

Antitrust body to ease rules for unsolicited PPP joint ventures

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has drafted a circular that exempts from compulsory notification the joint ventures (JVs) of private entities formed for an unsolicited public-private partnership (PPP) project.

MRT-7 now more than half complete — DoTr

THE Department of Transportation said the P62.7-billion MRT-7 project — which will run between North Avenue in Quezon City and San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan — is now 50.69% complete.

Las Piñas flood control project completed

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday announced the early completion of the P91.68-million flood control structure and roadway in Las Piñas City.

P35M evacuation center in Manaoag ready for use

A NEW evacuation center in Manaoag, Pangasinan has been completed at a cost of P34.74-million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Thursday.

Court rejects move to block cap on Angkas bikers

A MANDALUYONG court has denied the petition of the bikers of ride-hailing platform Angkas for another temporary restraining order (TRO) against the government’s new policy on motorcycle taxis.

Fishing vessel banned from municipal waters

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has permanently revoked the license of a fishing vessel identified as FV Raizza “for repeatedly violating” the Fisheries Code that bans commercial fishing in municipal waters, Oceana said.

DPWH sees Taguig River slope protection works completed by midyear

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said its P279.3-million slope protection project along the Taguig River is expected to be completed within the first half of the year.

Airlines update flights after Taal eruption

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc. (PAL) has cancelled 15 flights to and from Manila on Tuesday to accommodate flights to certain routes that were cancelled recently due to the Taal Volcano eruption.

MVP group provides support in Taal relief efforts

COMPANIES and foundations led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan have volunteered to provide power, water, communication services and food to communities affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption on Sunday, the group said.

Port expected to make Palawan a major cruise destination — DPWH

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expects Palawan to become a major cruise destination with the construction of a P1.5-billion cruise port, whose third and fourth phases are targeted for completion this year.

ICTSI’s Colombia port takes in largest capacity vessel

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA), its joint venture container terminal project with PSA International Pte Ltd. (PSA) in Buenaventura, Colombia, has received the “largest vessel ever to call Colombia” this month.

Sangley Airport expansion to break ground mid-Feb.

CAVITE’S Sangley Airport expansion project is targeted to break ground in the middle of next month after the completion of a technical assessment, the provincial governor said.

Manila airport partially resumes flight operations

MANILA’S Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday partially resumed operations after more than 500 flights were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano, whose ash enveloped some cities near the capital on Sunday evening.

Most congested city eyes limits on car ownership

RICARDO N. ABAÑO, a 25-year-old call center agent from Parañaque City, dreams of driving his own car someday.

Partial operations of Mindanao rail to start within Q2

THE Mindanao Railway Project’s Tagum-Davao segment has been set an operational target date of the second quarter, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.

Tourism revenue target for 2020 set at P4.454 trillion

THE Department of Tourism has set a 2020 target of P4.454 trillion for tourism revenue, which if realized would exceed the 2019 estimated total by about 9.8%.

Uy’s telco commits ‘upgraded’ internet to municipality group

NEW telecommunications company DITO Telecommunity Corp. said it had forged an agreement with the organization of municipalities for the delivery of “fast and upgraded” internet services to their constituents.

Angkas gets TRO against cap on motorcycle taxis

THE Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 has issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of a policy that limits the number of motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila to 30,000 and 9,000 in Cebu.

3 airlines will help repatriate OFWs from the Middle East

THE country’s three major airlines — Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Philippines AirAsia — have committed to help the government in the repatriation of Filipinos working and living in the countries in the Middle East that are affected by the Iran-United States conflict.

QC to ensure supermarket meat is free of ASF

QUEZON CITY Mayor Maria Josefina G. Belmonte announced on Friday that she will be issuing an executive order to ensure that meat being sold by supermarkets in her city are free from African Swine Fever (ASF).

Clark airport new terminal seen operational by July

THE NEW passenger terminal of Clark International Airport, which is expected to increase the airport’s overall capacity to 12.2 million passengers yearly, is set to be operational by July, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.

Ilocos Sur cruise port now in use; formal inauguration this month

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said the newly-developed Salomague Cruise Port in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, which serves as an alternate cruise port for Region I, will be formally launched this month.

Angkas seeks TRO versus new entrants JoyRide, Move It

ANGKAS is seeking a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of a policy allowing the inclusion of JoyRide and Move It in the extended pilot program for motorcycle taxis and imposing a limit on the number of bikers.

Increase in Filipino data scientists seen amid firms’ demand

INFORMATION technology (IT) system management solutions provider ASG Technologies Group, Inc. sees an increase in the number of Filipino data scientists this year driven by the growing demand from enterprises.

Bulacan airport set to break ground next week

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Wednesday said the groundbreaking for the Bulacan airport project will finally push through next week.

Direct flights to regional airports driving tourist arrival targets

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) said its target of 9.2 million international visitors this year is driven by more airport development projects which allow tourists to bypass Manila’s congested airport.

Sangley to be launched as general aviation hub in February

THE GOVERNMENT will inaugurate Sangley Airport in Cavite on Feb. 15, positioning it as the main hub for general aviation to decongest Metro Manila’s main gateway.

Baguio prepares to reopen city’s airport

THE Baguio City government is looking to reopen the Loakan Airport for commercial flights by the second quarter of the year, its top official said on Tuesday.

Grab Philippines seeks approval to revive motorcycle taxi service

RIDE-HAILING firm Grab Philippines is seeking to revive its motorcycle service, Grab Bike, to help provide “affordable and agile transport solutions” to commuters.

Court issues hold order against limit on Angkas biker count

THE Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the new policy of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that limits the number of bikers of motorcycle ride-hailing platform Angkas (DBDOYC, Inc.) to 10,000 in Metro Manila and 3,000 in Cebu.

Fruitas buys grilled food provider

FOOD and beverage kiosk operator Fruitas Holdings, Inc. said it had completed the acquisition of Heat Stroke Grill, which has two active outlets in Quezon City.

Rules on common telco towers expected next week, says DICT

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the rules governing the shared use of telecommunications towers will be issued by next week.

Calabarzon towns seek JV partner for bulk water project

THE water districts of Dolores, Quezon and San Pablo City, Laguna are seeking a joint venture (JV) partner to implement the Lumbo Spring Bulk Water Supply Project, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center said Monday.

E-trike hailing app starts test run in UP Diliman

A MOBILE app-based electric tricycle (e-trike) ride-sharing system is currently being tested at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, and will soon be deployed in Tuguegarao City.

MPCALA seeks TRB go-signal to collect toll fees

MPCALA Holdings Inc. (MPHI), a unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), is hoping to start collecting initial toll fees for the newly opened 10-kilometer Mamplasan Interchange-Sta. Rosa segment of the Cavite-Laguna-Expressway (CALAx) by February at the latest.

Telcos form JV for mobile number portability

THE country’s telecommunications companies have formed a joint venture (JV) that will bring them closer to implementing the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Act.

Grab to start rider refunds on Dec. 31

GRAB Philippines will start giving refunds, which start at P1, to select Grab passengers on Dec. 31 as ordered by the country’s competition watchdog.

More subway phase 1 packages offered

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) is inviting Japanese firms and Japanese-led joint ventures to bid to provide train sets, as well as electrical and mechanical (E&M) systems and rail track works as part of the first phase of the Metro Manila Subway Project, one of the current administration’s flagship developments funded by Japan official development assistance (ODA).

Grab eyes more incentives for drivers

GRAB Philippines is looking to give its drivers more incentives to encourage them to operate during rush hours as the shortage of available drivers pushes fares higher.