All 34 elevators, 44 escalators, now operational in MRT-3 stations

4 June 2020

All 34 elevators, 44 escalators, now operational in MRT-3 stations

All 34 elevators, and 44 out of 46 escalators are now operational in Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 stations.

To recall, prior to the massive MRT-3 rehabilitation works under Japanese contractor Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-TESP, only 19 out of the 46 escalators, and 27 out of 34 elevators were operational.

“The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the MRT-3 remain firm on our promise to bring back the original state of the rail line’s services. Though the COVID-19 pandemic suspended our revenue operations, we took measures in coordination with the IATF to ensure that the rehabilitation and maintenance of MRT-3 continued,” DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan said.

Meanwhile, MRT-3 Director for Operations assured that the two (2) remaining escalators will be fixed soonest, once needed spare parts arrive in the country, noting that production and delivery was put on hold as a result of global COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

“The two (2) remaining escalators will be fixed once the needed parts have been delivered in the country, as they were held up due to restrictions from COVID-19,” Dir. Capati explained.

Further, the MRT-3 has continued its rail replacement works during the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and MECQ period. 40,860 out of 65,892 (62.01%) linear meters of rails have been completed as of 2 June 2020, out of which 9,216 (13.98%) linear meters of rails were completed during the ECQ and MECQ.

With this, the MRT-3 targets to complete its rail replacement works by September this year, several months ahead of its February 2021 target date.


02 June 2020

Transport chief says IATF allowed domestic air travel in areas under GCQ with approval from concerned LGUs

MANILA — Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade today announced that domestic commercial operations in areas covered by the general community quarantine (GCQ) are now allowed to resume.

In his radio interview earlier this morning, Secretary Tugade revealed, “Kagabi ho, ‘yung IATF, ‘yung ating Chief Implementer na si Secretary Galvez, ay nag-isyu na ho ng kasulatan at kautusan na kung saan, ang sinasabi po niya na allowed na ‘yung domestic commercial aviation between GCQ to GCQ,”

He, however, said that a condition must be met—the provincial and/or local government units must categorically support the resumption of domestic commercial operations.

“Kailangan lang dito, aprubado ng local government,” he emphasized

For his part, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Capt.. Jim G. Sydiongco said that airlines may verify and confirm with concerned airport authorities if airports are allowed to resume operations.

“We advise airlines and air operators to communicate with the airport authorities having jurisdiction over the airport concerned to ensure proper coordination with the intended destination,” Capt. Sydiongco said.

It may be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the lowering of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) enforced over Metro Manila and other major parts of the country into a general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.

Aside from Metro Manila, other areas now under GCQ are Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Pangasinan, Albay, and Davao City.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, will be placed under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) – the lowest form of community quarantine enforced by the government.

Regular commercial air travel had been previously suspended in areas covered by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


01 June 2020

Petron Corporation extends fuel subsidy for DOTr Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program until June 15

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Petron Corporation, an oil company that has partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to help with the transportation needs of medical frontliners during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis has extended its fuel subsidy for participating vehicle units in the Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program until 15 June 2020.

The move follows the shift from an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting 1 June 2020 in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, Pangasinan, Zamboanga City, and Davao City. The rest of the country will shift to a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

“I am happy to report that the DOTr Free Ride for Health Workers Program breached the 1-million total ridership nationwide on 30 May 2020. Petron, as one of our partners in this endeavor, has been instrumental in reaching this milestone,” DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Affairs Artemio Tuazon Jr. noted

“Thus, the extension of the fuel subsidy is a welcome development. Secretary Tugade, and the whole of DOTr, are grateful for Petron’s generosity to extend the assistance until June 15, for this will come a long way to further help our health workers, especially now that the NCR and its neighboring Regions have been placed under GCQ,” Usec Tuazon Jr. emphasized.

Since 08 April 2020, Petron Corporation has been providing free fuel to vehicles of transport companies participating in the DOTr Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program in the Greater Manila Area. The program aims to ferry frontline health workers to hospitals and medical communities daily, as the country continues its fight to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Petron’s fuel subsidy was made possible through the donation of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Infrastructure. The oil company has been providing 50 liters of fuel to 60 vehicle units per day, or a total daily allocation of 3,000 liters. Its subsidy is supposed to end on 31 May 2020.

Four Petron stations (4) were initially assigned to accommodate participating private bus units carrying frontliners. These Petron stations are located at Filinvest in Alabang, Macapagal Blvd. in Parañaque City, East Avenue in Quezon City, and in Mandaluyong City.

The DOTr Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program, which started on 18 March 2020, is a collaborative effort between the DOTr and various government agencies, as well as private transport companies to ferry frontline health workers since the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Aside from Petron, the DOTr also teamed up with other oil firms such as CleanFuel and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc., which also extended their respective fuel subsidy programs until May 31. The other oil companies that have provided fuel subsidies were Seaoil Philippines and Total Philippines.

On 30 May 2020, the program has reached more than 1 million in total ridership nationwide. As of yesterday, 31 May, the total ridership of the Program was recorded at 1,015,770, with 266,533 ridership in NCR-Greater Manila Area and 749, 237 from the Regions.