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Clark airport O&M bid eligibility rules relaxed

THE GOVERNMENT said it has relaxed the eligibility rules for companies seeking to participate in the auction for the operations and management (O&M) contract of the Clark International Airport.

LRT-1 fare hike may be delayed

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) said the target implementation of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) fare hike this month, as proposed by operator Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), may not push through as public consultations still need to be conducted.

Cebu Pacific eyes China boost

CEBU AIR, Inc., the listed operator of Cebu Pacific, is looking to fortify its business in China as it looks to dedicate more flights there when it receives its order of new aircraft next year.

Cavite barge terminal seen opening by end-September

THE International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT) may finally be used by end-September, months later its original target because of the three typhoons that affected the area in the past months.

Globe offers payments via GCash at Wendy’s stores

GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. has launched a partnership with Wendy’s Philippines to allow its customers to use a QR-based mobile payment technology at its restaurants.

DICT expects to resolve Bayantel 3G dispute by end-Sept.

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the resolution of a dispute involving the third generation (3G) frequency held by Bayan Telecommunications, Inc. (Bayantel) is moving forward, with a decision now up to the Supreme Court.

PNR to reopen Caloocan-Dela Rosa line on Aug. 1

THE Philippine National Railways (PNR) will be sending trains to ply the Caloocan-Dela Rosa route once again, decades after it was closed in the late 1990s due to the Northrail project.

Cavite government’s Sangley airport plan gets green light from Transportation dep’t

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) has given the green light to the Cavite provincial government’s plan to build an airport at the former US naval facility at Sangley Point, Cavite.

Cavite-Laguna expressway fund-raising extended

THE METRO PACIFIC group is pushing back its target closing of fund-raising for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) to August from its original end-July target.

Grab denies fake bookings, warns Micab

GRAB PHILIPPINES (MyTaxi.PH) denied the accusations of its competitor Micab Systems Corp. on allegedly sending “phantom bookings” or fake bookings, and threatened to file a libel suit if the latter continues to make such claims.

Transpacific Broadband seeks franchise renewal to join race to be third...

TRANSPACIFIC Broadband Group International, Inc. (TBGI) said it is seeking to renew its congressional franchise to boost its efforts to join the government’s search for a so-called “third telco” player, among other telecommunication opportunities.

Gov’t issues rules for one-year duty-free extension of equipment imports

THE Board of Investments (BoI) on Friday issued rules for an executive order (EO) that extended duty-free privileges of equipment and spare parts importers for another year.

Cebu Pacific expands fleet further with five Airbus A320neo order

CEBU AIR, Inc. the listed operator of Cebu Pacific, continues to expand its fleet as it looks to acquire five new aircraft, all of which are expected to be delivered by next year.

MPTC unit gets original proponent status for CTBEx

A UNIT OF Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) has been awarded the original proponent status (OPS) by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for its Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEx) project on Thursday.

ATI eyes int’l expansion

ASIAN TERMINALS, Inc. (ATI) is actively looking for opportunities to expand overseas with its bigger capital expenditure (capex) for 2018.

The Philippine government and the new phase of public transport

WITH SOCIAL MEDIA brimming with complaints from the riding public, the emergence of ride-hailing apps seemed like a sound solution to the perennial traffic problem. Transport Network Companies, or TNCs, offered services that allowed commuters to use their smart phones to get a ride, be picked up from their location, travel point-to-point and pay a reasonable amount for the service.

Progress seen in talks for Voyager

PLDT, Inc. is expecting progress in its talks with partners for its digital innovations unit Voyager Innovations, Inc. in weeks’ time.

Globe offers home broadband services to DMCI unit owners

GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. is partnering with DMCI Homes, Inc. to offer easy subscription to Globe At Home services exclusive to DMCI condominium owners.

ISOC proposes cell tower building program to DICT

ISOC INFRASTRUCTURES, Inc., a unit of ISOC Holdings, Inc., has submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to build 25,000 common cellular towers over seven years.

Grab asks LTFRB to reconsider P10-million fine

GRAB PHILIPPINES (MyTaxi.PH) filed last week a motion for reconsideration to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the P10-million fine it received earlier this month on alleged “overcharging.”

TV5 eyes e-sports promotion with pro tournament

TV5 NETWORK, Inc. is looking to lead the way for online gaming to flourish as a professional sport in the country with the introduction of a franchise-based tournament starting next month.

Cebu Pacific to launch new Australia route

CEBU PACIFIC (Cebu Air, Inc.) will be opening a new destination in Australia next month as it looks to maintain its dominant market share of flights in the region.

PHL airport investors warned vs optimistic traffic forecasts — CAPA

INVESTORS in new international airports in the Philippines could encounter difficulty realizing “ambitious traffic projections” for certain destinations, as international traffic remains focused on Manila, Cebu and Boracay, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said.

Micab accuses Grab PHL of ‘phantom’ booking attacks

LOCAL ride-hailing company Micab Systems Corp. is accusing Grab Philippines (MyTaxi.PH) of sending “phantom” bookings, or fake bookings that reached up to 29,000 since June.

DoTr to decide on proposed regional airports by third quarter

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it might decide by the third quarter whether to grant original proponent status to the three companies planning to develop, operate and manage regional airports, all of which have resubmitted their proposals earlier this year.

Regulator cuts mobile call, SMS charge

THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS Commission (NTC) has cut the interconnection charge for short message service (SMS) and mobile calls with the goal of making them “more affordable to the general public.”

DoTr targets common station contract award next month

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said the contract for the construction of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-Light Rail Transit (LRT) common station project is scheduled to be awarded by August.

Civil Aeronautics Board crafting surcharge matrix to aid airlines

THE CIVIL Aeronautics Board (CAB) is looking to implement a surcharge matrix which airlines may follow to allow them to adjust prices based on their spending.

Globe partners with Nokia to develop SD-WAN service

GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. is teaming up with Nokia’s cloud business Nuage Networks to enhance its Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) service targeted to business customers by integrating Nokia’s Virtualized Network Services (VNS).

Royal Cargo opens Bulacan cold chain facility

ROYAL CARGO, Inc. has opened its fourth and largest cold chain hub along the Plaridel Bypass Road in Bulacan in a bid to service locations further in the north.

PAL strengthens bid for five-star Skytrax rating with new aircraft

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) is strengthening its push to be awarded a five-star rating by international airline rating organization Skytrax by 2020 with the delivery of two new aircraft.

LTFRB questions Hype’s fare scheme

THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a show-cause order to transport network company (TNC) Hype Transport Systems, Inc. for allegedly imposing a P2 per minute travel time charge without authority from the Board.

DoTr recommends to MIAA award of OPS to NAIA rehab consortium

THE MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) has received a recommendation from the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to accept the unsolicited proposal of the consortium of seven conglomerates to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

DoTr to adopt new project rules after CoA report

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it will adopt new rules to address delays in the roll out of projects and fund disbursement pointed out by the Commission on Audit (CoA).

How smart solutions can help PHL cities become more liveable

THE cities of Cebu and Davao should consider investing in smart solutions into its infrastructure and services, if they want to become more liveable and sustainable.

ABS-CBNmobile ends Globe network sharing

ABS-CBN Corp. has severed network sharing ties with Globe Telecom, Inc. for its ABS-CBNmobile brand after its five-year agreement expired.

ATR plans aircraft for short runways, night landing

TURBOPROP aircraft manufacturer ATR said it is considering developing new planes that would make landing at night and on shorter runways easier, and expects a market for it in the Philippines.

Grab says Philippine business is slowest growing in the region

GRAB’s operations in the Philippines has become its slowest growing in Southeast Asia as the company remains in a complicated relationship with the government after a P10-million fine and a prohibition on adding new cars, its local official said.

DPWH pushes for CALAX partial opening by Dec.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is pushing for the completion the Laguna segment of Metro Pacific group’s Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project by December despite construction delays caused by heavy rains.

ICTSI is the preferred bidder to operate Sudan port

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) said it has been chosen by the government of Sudan to handle the operations and management of the South Port Container Terminal (SPCT).

AirAsia opens Clark-Taipei route

PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. said it now has international flights flying out of from Clark, Pampanga with Taipei as its first destination.

Grab to appeal P10-M LTFRB fine

GRAB Philippines (MyTaxi.PH) said it will appeal the P10-million fine imposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for alleged overcharging.

Listed firm keen on joining 3rd telco bidding

TRANSPACIFIC Broadband Group International, Inc. (TBGI) is looking to sell up to 40% of its common equity to foreign investors, as it prepares to join the bidding for the third major telecommunications player.

LRMC pushes for LRT-1 fare hike

THE operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) continued to push for a P5 fare hike, saying this would allow the company to proceed with the construction of the train line’s extension to Cavite.

PHL, Spain ink agreement to pave way for direct flights

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines has inked an agreement with Spain to improve air connectivity between the two countries.