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DoH says no conditions set to access US vaccines

PHL COVID-19 cases hit 250,000 The Philippines will have access to potential COVID-19 vaccines being developed by US firms without any strings attached, the Department...

IATF eases distancing rules for commuters

Distancing rules in public transport have been eased, allowing jeeps, buses, trains, and planes to carry more passengers amid the region’s worst coronavirus outbreak,...

Cashless toll payments will soon be mandatory

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) will soon make it mandatory for toll road operators to implement cashless and contactless transactions at all toll plazas, in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

San Miguel-PNCC joint venture pushing for two new toll road projects

THE Transportation department on Tuesday said the joint venture of the Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) and San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC) is in talks with the government for the construction of the South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 5 and the Pasig River Expressway.

DoTr rejects call to drop ‘high-risk’ infra projects

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Tuesday said it will continue to pursue massive infrastructure projects such as airports and railways, even as some economists warned these are at “high risk” of becoming non-viable due to the pandemic.

Work on Bulacan airport to start in Oct.

SAN MIGUEL Corp. is planning to break ground on the P734-billion Bulacan airport project in October, according to the Department of Transportation (DoTr).

Gov’t completes 14 port projects; 22 more due

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said Tuesday that they completed 14 port projects so far, including some that were inaugurated virtually during the coronavirus crisis.

Bicol airport, targeted for July launch, now seen ready ‘within the...

THE P4.8-billion Bicol International Airport will be ready “within the year,” the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said Wednesday, hedging on the long-delayed project’s original launch date of July.

Uy says vessels free to use, but DoTr cites price haggle

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said on Thursday the two vessels of 2GO Group, Inc., currently used as quarantine facilities for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), were first priced at P120 million, but the amount was lowered to P35 million after Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade insisted that the ships should be offered free of charge.

Transport GOCC dividends rise 74% to P19.3 billion

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said state firms which it oversees remitted P19.3 billion worth of dividends to the national government this year, up 73.87%, after government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) were tapped to provide advance funding to help contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

DoTr partners with Cleanfuel, Total for medical workers’ free ride

The Transportation department has partnered with Cleanfuel and Total Philippines Corp. to carry out the government's fuel subsidy program for bus companies involved in...

ATI’s cruise terminal to be used as quarantine site

Listed port operator Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) said its international cruise terminal at the Manila South Harbor is going to be used as a...

Dashboard (04/06/20)

Ford partners with GE Healthcare to produce 50,000 ventilators 100 days Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, announced today it will begin producing...

Gov’t, Phoenix in free bus service

THE GOVERNMENT is subsidizing bus companies involved in its free bus service program for medical workers battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.

DoTr to deploy interim buses by March while Metro Cebu integrated...

BUSES WILL be deployed in parts of Metro Cebu by March 15 to help ease traffic and commuting woes while the integrated transport plan is still being worked out, Transport Secretary Arthur P. Tugade announced on Saturday.

Committed to advance Philippine transport

The commitment to build up an efficient and reliable network of transportation systems can often be seen within the Department of Transportation (DoTr) in...

Cap for motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila increased, pilot run now...

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation’s (DoTr) interagency technical working group (TWG) has increased the cap for motorcycle taxi bikers in Metro Manila to 45,000 from 30,000, and expanded the coverage of the pilot run to Cagayan de Oro City, where 9,000 bikers are allowed to operate, the same number as in Metro Cebu.

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.

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.

Body wants motorcycle pilot program extended

A TRANSPORTATION department body has recommended a six-month extension of a pilot program for motorcycles as public transport.

DoTr eyes Swiss challenge for Bohol airport O&M by Q1

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is hoping to conduct a Swiss challenge for Aboitiz Group’s unsolicited proposal for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA) by first quarter of 2020.

PNR extends line by adding five more train stations

THE Philippine National Railways (PNR) has extended its line from Manila to Laguna province by adding five more stations after Calamba City, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said in a statement on Wednesday.

Surigao flights to resume Dec. after reconstruction of quake-damaged airport

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) on Friday said flights to Surigao will resume by December after the construction of the quake-damaged runway of Surigao Airport has been completed.

Itbayat infrastructure damage at P293M — DPWH; DoTr lines up port...

INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE cost from the July 27 earthquakes in Itbayat, Batanes is so far estimated at P292.85 million, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Ride-sharing restrictions lifted on small cars

REGULATORS will clear hatchback and subcompact cars to operate legally as part of the ride-sharing fleet.

Transport agency wants hatchbacks in ride-sharing

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) wants to allow hatchbacks in ride-sharing services.

DoTr, Japan firms ink P12-B contract for train cars

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) signed Tuesday a P12.1-billion contract with a Japanese joint venture to provide 104 train cars for the Japan-funded Malolos-Tutuban segment of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project.

Free train rides for students during off-peak hours starting July 1

STARTING MONDAY, July 1, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) will offer free rides to students at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), and THE Philippine National Railway (PNR) at select hours during weekdays.

DoTr to award PNR Bicol contract before yearend

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is targeting to secure a contractor for the China-funded Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long-Haul Project, also known as PNR Bicol, before the year ends.

Tunneling work on Metro Manila subway to start next year

TUNNELING work on the Metro Manila Subway Project is not expected to begin until next year, but the Department of Transportation (DoTr) is already considering bidding out to real estate developers the soil and rock that will be excavated.

DoTr prepares to award rolling stock contract

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is set to award the contract to provide train sets for the Tutuban-Malolos segment of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project by end-May or early June.

DoTr, Angkas to pilot test motorcycle taxis

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) will be working with Angkas in a pilot test that will allow motorcycle taxis to temporarily operate in select areas across the country.

Super consortium’s amended NAIA proposal under review

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it is now reviewing the new draft agreement submitted by the super consortium seeking to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Monday.

DoTr-PCG sets speed limit, penalties for vessels crossing Cebu-Mactan Channel

THE PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD (PCG), a unit under the Department of Transportation (DoTr), published on Wednesday a memorandum setting the harbour speed limit and other rules for vessels at the busy Cebu-Mactan Channel, with corresponding penalties of up to P100,000.

Affected homeowners appeal to DoTr to reconsider railway system alignment

DAVAO CITY — “Please don’t disrupt our lives,” was the plea made by Paulina C. Pestaño on behalf of the 1,600 lot owners at South Pacific Golf and Leisure Estates Homeowners Association. The high-end subdivision developed by Sta. Lucia Realty, which is also home to an 18-hole par-72 golf course worth P500 million, is one of several areas that will be affected by the alignment of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) segment.

Swiss challenge for Bulacan airport seen within first quarter

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is targeting to hold the Swiss challenge for the Bulacan airport proposal of San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC) within the first quarter of the year.

Dagupan loop

These new public utility vehicles for the “Dagupan route loop” were launched Feb. 12 as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

DOTr clarifies liquid ban on MRT

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) has clarified what items are exempt from the liquid ban it has imposed on the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT3), allowing some liquid products provided these have clearances from security officers and police assigned at the train stations.

Renovated Tubigon Port in Bohol opens

THE RENOVATED Tubigon Port in Bohol, the main stop for sea transport to and from Cebu, started operations last Jan. 5 and is seen to further boost tourism in the island province.

Manila subway to break ground mid-Jan.

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) said the groundbreaking for the Japan-funded Metro Manila Subway project has been moved to January due to conflicts in schedule with Japanese representatives.

DoTr orders study of motorcycle transport regulation

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade has ordered the creation of a technical working group (TWG) to study a regulatory framework for motorcycles used in public transportation.

Filinvest-JG Summit’s Clark airport bid to be endorsed to NEDA

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it will endorse the North Luzon Airport Consortium’s (NLAC) bid to take over the operations and management of Clark International Airport to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) next week.

DoTr meets tech experts on Cebu intermodal transport system

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) recently met with technical consultants to discuss the proposed Integrated and Intermodal Transport System for Metro Cebu and find determine catch-up implementation programs for the long-standing project.

P2P airport bus service expands to Muntinlupa, Laguna

THE point-to-point (P2P) bus service from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been expanded with yesterday’s launch of routes to Alabang, Muntinlupa, and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

China loan for Subic-Clark rail may not be ready by Xi...

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said a commercial agreement with China for the Subic-Clark Railway may not be ready for signing when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits next month.