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All this talk about separating Mindanao, the so-called Land of Promise, from the rest of the republic puts the spotlight once more on the island which, with its vast resources, had the potential to feed the whole country – at least once upon a time in decades past......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 12th, 2024

Infrastructure crisis

Without infrastructure — including “info-structure” — there can be no development. And without development support, many developing countries will be starved of the infrastructure they desperately need. Infrastructure is the foundation of everyday life for people and economies. From drinking water and basic sanitation, to electricity, connectivity and Internet access. From public services like schools and hospitals, to modern roads, bridges, tunnels, harbors and railways that keep people and goods moving. And yet, billions in the developing world lack access to these basic systems. This infrastructure crisis comes as people are facing a cauldron of challenges across our efforts to advance peace, sustainable development and human rights. This includes soaring costs of living, rising inequalities and the existential threat of climate breakdown. Meanwhile, progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement is slipping into reverse. We must find and fund ways to generate economic growth, create decent jobs, transform energy systems and advance sustainable solutions for the 21st century. Infrastructure is a crucial pathway. We can and must turn the infrastructure emergency into the infrastructure opportunity. The Belt and Road demonstrates that we have a historic opportunity to build modern, green cities, communities and transportation and power systems that place resilience and sustainability at the heart. That deliver services and decent jobs for people in a sustainable manner. And I see the Belt and Road Initiative’s potential to make valuable contributions in two key areas of action. First — by advancing economic sustainability in developing countries. Many developing countries are confronting dramatic financial challenges, drowning in debt and without fiscal space to implement the sustainable development goals. It is time to make the global financial architecture truly global and fit for the 21st century. At last month’s SDG Summit, world leaders endorsed a commitment to reforming the global financial architecture to make it reflect the world economy of today, not the one of 1945. Leaders also agreed that we can take actions right now to promote effective debt relief mechanisms — including by ensuring that countries are not locked into unsustainable debt — and channeling emergency financial support toward those countries that need it most. And leaders also supported an SDG Stimulus of $500 billion per year. Now, in this context, a dramatic context for the developing countries, the relevance of the Belt and Road Initiative is undeniable. It has included nearly $1 trillion in cumulative investments across more than 3,000 projects around the world. The second key area for action is by advancing environmental sustainability. The Belt and Road Initiative recognizes that infrastructure for infrastructure’s sake is not enough. The Belt and Road is an important instrument to make key investments a reality, driven by clear domestic demand, and in line with international best practices. Investments that enable resilience and adaptation across national and local planning. Investments that can help keep our 1.5-degree global warming limit within reach. And investments that don’t leave countries with stranded assets and the polluted dead ends of the past. Many developing countries are confronting dramatic financial challenges, drowning in debt and without fiscal space to implement the sustainable development goals. It is time to make the global financial architecture truly global and fit for the 21st century. I recognize the efforts of the Green Silk Road initiative to anchor investments in sustainable solutions — an area in which the UN is poised to support. But developing countries will need massive support for a fair, equitable and just energy transition towards renewables while providing affordable electricity to all. We all agree that development cannot come at the expense of the air we breathe, the water we drink or the biodiversity that defines our planet’s health.   ***  Excerpts from the UN Secretary General’s remarks at the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, 18 October 2023.     The post Infrastructure crisis appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2023

DoTr expanding ADB aid to transport sector

The Department of Transportation or DoTr is expecting to secure more funds from multilateral lender Asian Development Bank or ADB in the coming months that would finance the country’s transport infrastructure projects. Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said Friday that it continues to explore “opportunities for equitable progress and growth for business, investment, tourism and employment” with ADB, which has been a long-time partner of the Philippines in developing the economy. “We are optimistic that the ADB would appreciate the investment prospects in the Philippines towards boosting the country’s economic growth and addressing the social needs of Filipinos,” Bautista said. “To achieve this program, we (must) undertake initiatives that address connectivity and efficient mobility,” he added.   Technical assistance Likewise, the DoTr is requesting technical assistance from the ADB for multiple areas,  including developing a monitoring and evaluation framework, acquiring right-of-way for ADB-financed projects, and consulting with local tax experts. ADB director general for Southeast Asia Winfried Wicklein, for his part, expressed the multilateral agency’s support to the Philippines to improve the country’s transport system. “We are looking forward to continuing thinking through and programming future support,” Wicklein said. According to the most recent government data, the DoTr and ADB have signed nine agreements to finance various transportation infrastructure projects in aviation, railways, and roads. The total cost of these agreements is P1.2 trillion. Some of the ADB-funded projects include the North-South Commuter Railway, MRT-4, Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, EDSA Greenways Project, and the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility —Output 3, which covers multiple sectors. The South Commuter Railway Project, which is part of the North-South Commuter Railway network, is ADB’s largest infrastructure financing in the Asia and Pacific region. Meanwhile, the ADB has a total of 17 upcoming and ongoing contract packages with at least P187 billion in cost estimate. The post DoTr expanding ADB aid to transport sector appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 6th, 2023

Michael Ted Macapagal: Making tracks in public service

If life were a train, then Michael Ted Macapagal’s has been quite a ride. Raised by a labor leader and human rights lawyer father who served the people of Olongapo, including the workers of the US American Base in Subic, Michael Ted Macapagal had always wanted to become a public servant. It took Ted, though, a long journey to reach his goal, first achieving success in the insurance field in the United States where he lived for 20 years starting in 1991. Today, he is the chairman of the Philippine National Railways, a position “that allows me to make a difference in the lives of my countrymen,” he shared during his recent visit to the Daily Tribune office in Makati. Ted, good-looking and affable, proudly spoke of a father, his namesake, Atty. Teddy C. Macapagal who, early on, exposed his son to a firsthand view of a gentleman who looked beyond himself and his personal interests, and instead dedicated his career to protecting the common man and bettering their lot. The elder Ted served as a city councilor for 10 years. In 1984, he ran for the Batasang Pambansa, and in the late 1980s, for city mayor. “In all these electoral processes, I was involved and saw for myself how my father related to the people. He was a sincere man who helped them in the best way he could. He provided free legal services to those in need,” Ted recounted. Ted grew up in Olongapo, his place of birth. It was in the neighboring province of Pampanga, though, at the Don Bosco Institute in Bacolor town, where he first studied, but he eventually returned home to Olongapo, where he finished high school at the St. Columban. Aiming to become a lawyer, he enrolled at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where he majored in History, which he intended as his pre-law course.  Not unexpectedly, he joined the Upsilon Sigma Phi, his father’s fraternity. He also joined rallies where he stood with those who wanted the retention of US bases in the Philippines, in keeping with the sentiments of his townsmen. “It was the one concern where the whole of Olongapo was united,” he recalled, “because the people’s livelihood was connected to the base and the American presence in the community.” As a lawyer who specialized in labor, his father himself handled cases for the base employees. In 1988, his father lost his mayoralty bid in Olongapo. He fought against his fraternity brother, Richard Gordon. Actually, the two had been fighting it out for decades. “Olongapo became too small for them,” shared Ted. “A vivid memory to me to this day was the night I cried after my father lost. I was heartbroken because, for the most part of my life, I saw him give his all to the people. Throughout all those years, I just loved assisting my father. I followed him whenever he visited his constituents. I was a witness to everything that happened to him, his conflict with his political adversary and the loyalty of the people who believed in him and saw in him the man who would change the face of politics in our city.” The elder Macapagal became OIC-Mayor in 1986, but only two months after he received his appointment from the new president because the incumbent mayor did not easily give up his post which he was required to vacate under the new revolutionary government. “The next local election was the most expensive political exercise that our family ever waged,” Ted recounted. “It was then that my father decided that I pursue a new life in the United States, away from politics back home. “All the while, my heart never left the Philippines. Even before I left, I promised myself I would return to continue what my father started.”   First non-white president Ted stayed in San Francisco for 20 long years.  He had a tough time at the beginning of his new life.  “I started off doing odd jobs. I worked as a security guard, janitor and waiter in a pizza parlor. “I also guarded the heavy equipment in a construction site in San Francisco. Thievery was a problem in that kind of situation. We would sleep in a trailer. “I transferred to a construction firm because I found out it offered a bigger salary. But I didn’t know the technical aspects of construction. Once, I made a portable ladder, but it fell apart, for which I was scolded by the owner of the company. I was fired on my third day on the job. Too bad because it paid high.” Ted then decided to pursue another degree, one that would be more useful in the United States. He took up Human Resource Management, a four-year course at the University of California in Berkeley. When he finally entered the corporate world, his first job was as a clerk. It wasn’t long before he became Division President of Stewart Title Company, one of the largest underwriters in the world, with offices across the United States, and in some 80 countries around the globe. He was based in the San Francisco Bay Area. “I may have been the first non-white president,” he said. “And I was a division president for the whole of North America. I was the first Filipino to reach that level.” Of his trailblazing accomplishments, he shared, “I was able to bring cultural diversity to the company, which enhanced its value. I got the top post because I asked for a meeting with the president. I told him we were not diverse enough to appeal to the non-white clients, and there were many of them who were first-time home buyers. Then, I told him to make the rounds. He would see that none of the home buyers was white. They were of different ethnic groups. I told him that if he appointed me as vice president, I would give him multi-cultural buyers because I would appeal to them and they would be our first-time buyers. So, he appointed me, and one month later, he made me president.” As an adjunct, he lectured on the topic of title insurance and escrow procedures in several community colleges in and around the San Franciso Bay Area.  Through it all, he chose to keep his Filipino citizenship.   The ‘Railway President’ For all the successes he was enjoying, the Philippines beckoned. He felt he still had a mission to accomplish. “My father was surprised. He asked me why I would still want to go home when I was doing well in the States. I insisted, so I came back and I plunged into political life. I worked on difficult campaigns, like the one for Rodrigo Duterte.” Back to his first love and passion, the political arena, he was in his element and served as president of PDP LABAN in Olongapo City from 2016 to 2021. In 2022, he joined LAKAS-CMD as its local chairman. This engagement led to his original target, as his father had achieved in his lifetime — serving the people. This time, he would be appointed to key posts in the government. He became director of the Clark Board and Gulf Oil Philippines. He took his oath of office as chairman of the Philippine National Railways on 28 April 2023. It is a job in a government agency where he is confident “I could make a difference because I can see that President Bongbong Marcos is really intent on improving the railway system of the country. “On my part, I want to make a difference.  I want to be able to contribute whatever I can to help the president to achieve that objective. I call him now the ‘Railway President’ because I consider him the father of the railway system in our country.” Of course, he noted that many plans have been formulated during the time of President Rodrigo Duterte. Moreover, he recognized that President Gloria Arroyo “navigated our country through the global crisis. I was in the United States when the global economic crisis happened, and the Philippines was one of the countries spared, and I give credit to her. The economic fundamentals were very strong during her time.  Being an economist, she was there at the right time when the country needed her the most.” With President BBM at the helm, he is confident “we will be able to push through with our development plan and finish the projects we have started, like the North-South Commuter Railway, which is a 147-kilometer stretch from Clark to Laguna. We hope to have the dry run in 2026 and it will be fully operational in 2027.” He also looks forward to the completion of the Bicol South Long Haul project. He is equally hopeful for the North Long Haul, the Subic-Clark and the Mindanao railways. He clarified that “we are now talking with the proponents, while some negotiations are being undertaken.”   Working boots and a hard hat It would seem that this successful insurance executive was out of place in the railway sector. He pointed out, though, that “coming from the outside, I have the technical advantage of being able to look outside the box. So, I’m looking at it from outside the box, looking in. I am able to see the problems that need to be fixed. Stoppage is one of the problems so we have a bus augmentation program. We will also deploy UV Express units. We are closely coordinating with the LTFRB to provide emergency alternative transportation.” On the other hand, his exposure to people of all backgrounds from his youth, being his father’s son, has given him the advantage of “knowing how it is to be one of the boys. Something that I also experienced in the United States. “When people ask me what my management style is, I tell them straight I like to go down to the ground. I like hands-on supervision. I want my hands to be dirty. If you open the trunk of my car, you will find my working boots and my hard hat. I enjoy going to the construction sites and seeing for myself the progress, the problems, whatever it is that needs to be attended to. “Finally I want those working in the field doing the most difficult tasks to be satisfied and never to be hungry. Gusto ko, busog sila lagi. I am not happy when I get invited by the constructors and I am honored with a feast-like lunch or dinner, and not knowing what the workers are eating. I am on a diet anyway, so I make sure that my hosts bring the food to where the workers are eating. I can only eat so much and I would rather that the workers and the staff are full and happy. I am vocal about my displeasure when the construction workers are not eating the same food that is served to me. I may not be able to invite them to where I am eating but I can have the food brought to them.”   Smiling from heaven Without a doubt, the old man Atty. Teddy C. Macapagal is smiling happily from his heavenly perch. He had served his fellowmen well, but he had done right as well by raising a son who took after his heart, to whom service to the people and compassion for the less fortunate matter more than any personal gain. His father, according to Ted, “died a broken man at the young age of 63. But whatever he lacked in longevity and riches, he made up for it with his compassion for others, for the free legal services that he gave to the people of Olongapo. “If you didn’t have money, you went to him because he was generous with his time and expertise. He would even give you some cash to use for your transportation fare to go home. That was my father. “The people whom he helped in turn would come to our home and bring him gifts like eggs, fruits, fish, vegetables and native chickens that they raised in their backyards. My father accepted them all. When I came home and saw all this, I teased him and said that he should probably open a sari-sari store so he could resell them. “Of course, we had a good laugh. But beyond the laughter, we both knew in our hearts that doing good to one’s fellowmen is its own reward and nothing in this world can take the place of personal fulfillment for having put a smile on people’s faces because you somehow made their lives better. “I am grateful that I have been raised by such a great father.” The post Michael Ted Macapagal: Making tracks in public service appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 14th, 2023

DoTr shifts priority focus on public transport initiatives

Responding to the President’s call to deliver efficient services to Filipinos, the Department of Transportation has committed to shift its focus into developing a public transit-friendly landscape, instead of maintaining the current car-centric setup that privileges the private automobile as a better transportation mode. “The transportation department’s initiatives have shifted focus on public transport, to maximize usage of the country’s limited highways,” the DoTr said on Monday. “The goal is for private vehicle owners to abandon their cars in favor of trains, buses, taxis, bicycles, and even motorcycle taxis,” it added. Despite facing numerous headwinds, the DoTr still described the EDSA Busway implementation as successful. The new system, which is envisioned to be replicated in more populated areas in the country, reduces travel time between Monumento and PITX to more or less an hour. To recall, improving the EDSA busway system was one of the priorities of the DoTr. It plans to introduce new stations and upgrade existing facilities to be universally accessible, gender-responsive, and climate resilient — all aligned with international standards.   Active transport nationwide Simultaneously, the DoTr said it will complete its planned 2,400-kilometer bike lane expansion by 2028 to promote active and sustainable transportation. “As an advocate of the environment-friendly transport system, we are pushing for the Active Transport Program where 564 kilometers of bike lanes were built throughout the country with an additional 470 kilometers to be constructed this year,” it added. The DoTr has set out its plans to upgrade and expand existing bike lane and pedestrian walkway networks, and provide better Public Utility Vehicle stops and End-of-Trip cycling facilities. For this year alone, the DoTr will mobilize P932.82 million to build additional 470 kilometers of protected bike lanes across nine regions in the country this year.   Airport overhaul underway To boost the country’s tourism industry, the DoTr aims to improve the operations and facilities of our international and even regional airports through the implementation of Public-Private Partnerships to speed up aviation projects. Just last week, Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista said the DoTr will publish the Terms of Reference for the solicited bidding to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by next month so that contract will be awarded as early as December. The National Economic and Development Authority or NEDA, chaired by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., approved the solicited bid to privatize the operations of NAIA. NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the P170.6-billion project will help address the long-standing issues at the country’s main air hub such as congestion and limited aircraft movements that usually cause inconvenience to passengers. “We also have opened to the public the new passenger terminal of Clark International Airport. And to complement the operations in our main gateway, new airport projects in Bulacan and Sangley are being developed,” the DoTr noted. Likewise, the DoTr added that the relaxation of travel restrictions and continued support to recovery initiatives of airlines and other aviation stakeholders have resulted in passenger volume being around 3.2x compared to 2021 figures. Full-year 2022 domestic and international passenger volumes hit 32.3 million vs 7.7 million in 2021.   Powering through delays In the railways sector, despite the push backs, the DoTr said it remains optimistic to deliver its promises. “Railways effectively address traffic congestion while providing increased passenger and freight capacity. The DoTr is accelerating the development, upgrade, and construction of big-ticket rail projects to be able to move more people and goods,” the DoTr said. “The DoTr has made substantial headway on several ongoing rail projects with various contracts signed and construction and financing milestones for big-ticket projects North-South Commuter Railway, Metro Manila Subway Project, LRT-1 Cavite Extension, Common Station, MRT-3 Rehabilitation and Maintenance, MRT-4 and other ongoing railway projects,” it added. Despite the slow progress, the Metro Manila Subway Project, which has been at the table for years, is one of the flagship projects the DoTr wants to prioritize. According to Bautista, fulfilling the rail project on time also means fulfilling his promise of providing “a global-standard transport system” to President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. With 17 stations and a depot of 30.34 hectares, the civil works for the Metro Manila Subway Project’s two major segments will generate more than 6,000 direct and indirect jobs. Funded by the Japanese government, the subway is a 33-kilometer rail line stretching from Valenzuela City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City. It will reduce travel time between Quezon City and NAIA from one hour and 10 minutes to just 45 minutes. The post DoTr shifts priority focus on public transport initiatives appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 24th, 2023

Marcos keen about modern transport

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Saturday said his administration is determined to improve the country’s public transportation systems. Speaking at the ceremonial loan agreement signing for the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project or DPTMP in Davao City, Marcos said his administration is committed to addressing the pressing issues hounding the country’s transportation sector, saying the government “will remain relentless in providing solutions to the pressing challenges that hinder our path towards prosperity and progress.” “I assure my fellow Filipinos that your government is working hard to improve the country’s transportation systems, operations, and management for the benefit of present and future generations,” Marcos said in a speech delivered at Acacia Hotel in Agdao, Davao City. He expressed confidence that the government’s vision to effectively deliver a functional transportation system is possible and achievable. “As long as we are guided by the core of the whole-of-nation and whole-of-society approach, I am confident that our vision of a seamless, efficient, accessible, and highly connected transportation system will be well within reach,” he said.   Loan deal signed Marcos pressed the need to pursue the much-needed modernization of the country’s transport system “whether through better roads, highways, and even railways.” During the event, the President witnessed the signing by the government and the Asian Development Bank of the loan agreement for the DPTMP, which aims to support the expanding economic activities of Davao City. Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno and ADB country director Pavit Ramachandran inked the US$1-billion loan granting the establishment of a city-wide public transport project — the first project in the country to deploy electric bus fleets. This project supports the Philippines’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and promote climate action. “It’s not only good for the economy, but also ultimately for the health and general well-being of the public,” the President said. Marcos said the event marks another milestone “that heralds a very large leap towards realizing our goal to modernize our country’s public transportation system.” “As it (DPTMP) opens its doors to visitors and investors, the city will be rewarded with increased business opportunities. Increased commercial activities necessarily bring more people which means more vehicles on the streets, busier roads, and hence, heavier traffic,” he said. Marcos said the DPTMP, envisioned as early as 2010, will have an integrated network of 29 routes that will connect major commercial centers in Davao City. It is expected to attract various socio-economic opportunities for Davaoeños. He thanked ADB officials for their unwavering support of various government projects and initiatives. “As we further our partnership, I am optimistic that we will come up with and forge even more projects in the years ahead, especially those that aim to improve the lives and lessen the burden on the Filipino public,” Marcos told ADB officials. Meanwhile, Marcos ordered the Department of Transportation to work hard to complete the DPTMP within the set timeline. The post Marcos keen about modern transport appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2023

Marcos admin adamant to improve Phl transportation

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Saturday said that his administration is adamant to improve the country’s public transportation systems. Speaking at the ceremonial loan agreement signing for the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project in Davao City, Marcos said his administration is committed to addressing the pressing issues hounding the country’s transportation sector saying that they “will remain relentless in providing solutions to the pressing challenges that hinder our path towards prosperity and progress.” “I assure my fellow Filipinos that your government is working hard to improve the country’s transportation systems, operations, and management for the benefit of present and future generations,” Marcos said in a speech delivered at Acacia Hotel in Agdao, Davao City. Marcos expressed confidence that the government’s vision to effectively functional transportation system is possible and achievable. “As long as we are guided by the core of the whole-of-nation and whole-of-society approach, I am confident that our vision of a seamless, efficient, accessible, and highly connected transportation system will be well within reach,” he said. Marcos pressed the need to pursue the much-needed modernization of the country’s transport system “whether through better roads, highways, and even railways.” During the event, Marcos witnessed the Philippine government and the Asian Development Bank sign the loan agreement for the DPTMP, which aims to support the expanding economic activities of Davao City. Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno and ADB country director Pavit Ramachandran inked the US$1 billion loan granting the establishment of a city-wide public transport project—the first project in the country to deploy electric bus fleets. This project serves in support of the Philippines’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and promote climate action. “It’s not only good for the economy, but also, ultimately, for the health and general well-being of the public,” the President said. Marcos said the event marks another milestone “that heralds a very large leap towards realizing our goal to modernize our country’s public transportation system.” “As it (DPTMP) opens its doors to visitors and investors, the city will be rewarded with increased business opportunities. Increased commercial activities necessarily bring more people which means more vehicles on the streets, busier roads, and hence, heavier traffic,” he said. Marcos said the DPTMP, envisioned as early as 2010, will have an integrated network of 29 routes that will connect major commercial centers in Davao City. It is expected to attract various socio-economic opportunities for Davaoeños. He thanked the ADB officials for their unwavering support of various government projects and initiatives. “As we further our partnership, I am optimistic that we will come up and forge even more projects in the years ahead, especially those that aim to improve the lives and lessen the burden to the Filipino public,” Marcos told ADB officials. Complete within timeline Meanwhile, Marcos ordered the Department of Transportation to work hard for the completion of the DPTMP within the set timeline. He also directed DoTr to promptly address various concerns such as funding requirements, traffic management issues, and the affected households. Despite acknowledging the positive developments that the DPTMP will bring to Davao City, Marcos stressed the need to provide assistance to those who will be affected by the implementation of the project. “Lest we forget, coupled with this grand vision of building an efficient mode of transportation are the unavoidable issues that also need our immediate attention, such as the families who will be displaced by the implementation of the program,” he said. However, Marcos assured that the project will social development interventions, such as financial and non-financial assistance for those who are displaced. “It will also ensure that the families affected by the construction are properly compensated and if need be, relocated,” he added. The DPTMP—covering 672 kilometers with nine routes that connect key areas in Davao City to Panabo City, Davao Del Norte.— is one of the big infrastructure projects under the “Build, Better, More” infrastructure program of the Marcos administration. A total of 1,105 buses are expected to operate along the routes. DPTMP is projected to start initial operations by 2024 and can serve around 800,000 passengers daily. The post Marcos admin adamant to improve Phl transportation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2023

PNR fields buses during train break

The Department of Transportation has directed the Philippine National Railways to provide an alternative means of transportation for commuters who will be affected when the trains stop operation on 2 July to make way for the construction of the P873.62-billion North-South Commuter Railway. PNR chairperson Michael Ted Macapagal said on orders of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, he is coordinating closely with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to ensure timely implementation of the bus augmentation plan. Under that plan, LTFRB will approve the franchise of additional buses plying the roads on the affected train routes. It is estimated that 30,000 people ride the trains that pass through Malabon, Tutuban, Sta. Mesa, Makati, Alabang and Calamba. The number was much bigger — 70,000 — before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. According to Macapagal, the original proposal was to relocate the tracks so that the trains could continue operation even while construction is underway. Expensive tracks relocation The proposal was shelved because that would cost P4 billion and disrupt the progress of the civil works project. The DoTr chief wanted to adhere strictly to the five-year timetable, Macapagal said. Barely a year in office, Bautista has seen 12 contracts bid out and awarded. The contracts have an average cost of P20 billion each. Macapagal noted the speed with which DoTr implements the vision of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is unprecedented. “Observers on the economic front attribute it to the fact that Secretary Bautista is no politician,” Macapagal said. “He used to move in the corporate world. It is his nature to hurry things up, once convinced he is on the right path. It helps that he has the support of the business community.” NSCR will run for 147 kilometers, from Clark in Pampanga to Metro Manila and, finally, to Calamba City in Laguna. Once the project is completed, PNR will be able to ferry 800,000 passengers everyday safely and in comfort. Travel time on the entire length of the railway system will be cut in half, from four hours to two hours. ‘Observers on the economic front attribute it to the fact that Secretary Bautista is no politician,’ Macapagal said. “He used to move in the corporate world. A total of 51 local train sets and seven express train sets will be deployed. The local trains load and unload passengers in each of the 35 stations, while the express trains are faster since they make fewer stops. Two Japanese firms, Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Transport Engineering Company, will supply the trains. The Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency are financing the project. The post PNR fields buses during train break appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 5th, 2023

Continuity: Building on progress in transport sector under Marcos

#PBBMSONA2022MANILA - Public transit ridership fell sharply at the height of the pandemic, putting the once busy roads and railways to a standstill when the country entered mandatory lockdowns in 2020.But amid the health crisis, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) saw an opportunity to improve the transport sector, at the same.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 19th, 2022

MPIC to pursue buyout of Ayala stake in LRT-1

Metro Pacific Investments Corp. plans to buy out the 35 percent stake of the Ayalas in the operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 to beef up MPIC’s portfolio for its eventual bid for other railways......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News11 hr. 17 min. ago

Democracy isn’t making much progress globally

Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a rollback of freedoms across the globe, the results of a 2023 study point to a “continuing democratic malaise and lack of forward momentum.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2024

Progress in Israel, Hamas ceasefire talks

Progress in Israel, Hamas ceasefire talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2024

Over 59,000 Indians acquired US citizenship in 2023, making up 6.7 pc of total new citizens: Report

Washington, DC [US], February 12 (ANI): Over 59,000 Indians were enlisted as bona fide US citizens in 2023, helping the country secure the second slot for the top source country for new citizens in America after Mexico, the annual progress report for 2023, released recently by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated. According to the official report, nearly 8.7 lakh foreign nationals became US citizens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024

Over 59,000 Indians acquired US citizenship in 2023, making up 6.7 pc of total new citizens: Report

Washington, DC [US], February 12 (ANI): Over 59,000 Indians were enlisted as bona fide US citizens in 2023, helping the country secure the second slot for the top source country for new citizens in America after Mexico, the annual progress report for 2023, released recently by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated. According to the official report, nearly 8.7 lakh foreign nationals became US citizens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024

Basic Energy, Renova sign MOU for construction of 50MW Mabini Wind Energy Project

I reported last week on Basic Energy and its progress toward signing a memorandum of understanding with Renova Inc. to set the framework for signing an eventual Joint Development and Shareholders Agreement for the construction of the 50MW Mabini Wind Energy Project......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2024

One Nation, United and Undivided

Statement from the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), representing the collective interests of local government units and officials across the nation, steadfastly champions the principle of “One Nation, United, Undivided.” Our commitment is to foster unity and progress for all Filipinos, recognizing that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

INTERACTIVE MAP | Davao flood updates, low pressure area, February 1, 2024

We’re monitoring the progress of roads, floods, bridges, and landslides around the areas affected by this week’s low pressure area. To toggle the map, use two fingers to move around and pinch to zoom in or out. Each clickable element leads to a link to vetted sources of information on floods, roads, bridges, and landslides […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

Powering progress toward sustainable energy

As Filipinos anticipate the onset of the dry season, which is intensified by the ongoing El Niño, President Marcos has issued a crucial directive to all government entities, both at the national and local levels, emphasizing the imperative need for energy efficiency and conservation......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2024

‘Practically begging:’ District rep rues meager DepEd funds for new classrooms

Days after the Department of Education cited progress in solving classroom shortages, a House representative vented his fury at being given just enough funds in his poverty-stricken district to build 13 new classrooms out of a backlog of over 700......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2024

Lessons from Indonesia

Visitors to Indonesia will easily get a glimpse of the progress of this nation of 270 million upon landing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the country’s main gateway......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 25th, 2024

Digital backwater

As in everything else we have failed to do to make us competitive, we are today still a digital backwater. According to the Oxford dictionary, a backwater is a place or condition in which no development or progress is taking place, for example, “the country remained an economic backwater.”.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 24th, 2024