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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday unveiled two new trains for the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

The new 8100 series diesel trains from Indonesia were unveiled at the Tutuban Station in Manila by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and PNR General Manager Junn Magno.

“These new sets na dumating sa atin would entail capacity of up to 92,000 passengers a day. This alone, itong apat na dinala natin, is capable of giving us another 30,000 passengers already,” Magno said.

The waiting time on each of the 26 stations on the train line will also be cut down to 15 to 20 minutes from the current one and a half hour, officials said.

The new trains will carry passengers from Tutuban to Alabang and back free of charge for 10 days.

“Kumikita na siya sa short-term wise. ‘Yung long-term operations na lang [ang] kailangan namin linisin, which is 50 years nang marumi ang balance sheet,” Magno said.

Tugade said the DOTr will seek a fare increase when the “situation is ripe.”

Free rides for 10 days.

Up until now, the government shoulders P26 for each passenger.

DOTr unveils new PNR trains, FREE RIDE for first 10 days

The fastest way to Bataan from Manila is now more affordable for you!

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The construction of the new international airport in Bulacan led by San Miguel Corp will "definitely" start this year, a transport official said Wednesday.

Bulacan airport construction will 'definitely' start in 2020

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China used to be one of the poorest countries in the world under the communist rule of Mao Zedong.

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NBA Star and basketball legend, Kobe Bryant has died on a helicopter crash, Sunday (USA time).

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This new virus is trembling the world now.

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This road will reduce travel time between the two Mindoro provinces.

Mindoro Island Circumferential Road is almost done!

Taal Lake was Salt Water prior to 1754.

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Watch out for this exciting airfare deal!

PAL is giving out P20 seat sale

This city in Laguna makes an innovation out of Taal Volcano's ashes.

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The Metro Manila will look differently in the coming years because of these following projects for railways and mass transit.

Metro Manila Mass Rapid Transit by 2030

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Do you dream of exploring Japan? 50,000 domestic round-trip flights in Japan will be given away by Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. (JAL) this year.

Japan Airlines is giving away 50,000 FREE domestic round-trip tickets

A taste of traditional Filipino food in Nasugbu, Batangas.

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San Miguel Corp. Tollways on Tuesday said it will waive toll fees on select hours during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

In an advisory, SMC Tollways said there will be no toll fees collected from 10 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

The company will also waive toll fees from 10 p.m. next Tuesday, December 31, to 6 a.m. next Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

This covers the Metro Manila Skyway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

SMC waives toll fees on Christmas and New Year

The first 10-kilometer segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEx) will be fully operational on Monday, December 23, in time for the Christmas break, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said Saturday.

“Starting next week, fully operational na siya... by Monday. Pipilitin natin na fully operational na before Christmas,” Villar told reporters during the final inspection of the 10-kilometer section of CALAEx.

The Cavite–Laguna Expressway is an under-construction expressway, whose alignment is situated in the provinces of Cavite and Laguna in the Philippines.

The portion from the Mamplasan Toll Barrier to the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange was partially opened for motorists late October, with access schedule of Sunday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an extended time on weekends— Friday to Saturday—6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The 10-kilometer Mamplasan Toll Barrier to the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange section represents a fourth of the 45-kilometer CALAEx.

The travel time from Mamplasan to the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road will be shortened to 10, from 45 minutes and is seen to benefit 10,000 motorists daily.

Villar said the 10-kilometer section of the toll road will be passable to motorists for free until February 2020.

Once the relevant certifications and permits have been released by the DPWH and the Toll Regulatory Board, the expressway will be fully opened for commercial operations.

The 45-kilometer CALAEx is a four-lane, expressway that will connect Cavitex in Kawit to the South Luzon Expressway at the Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

The DPWH targets to complete the 45-kilometer expressway in 2021.

CALAEx is now 24/7 open!

PNR used to cover 479 kilometers of tracks from Manila to Bicol until it stopped operation in 2014 due to right of way issues and lack of trains.

Delivery of new trains contact, signed for PNR Bicol

JOLLIBEE Foods Corp. opened its first-ever store with a dual lane drive-thru in the Philippines!

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Taguig City hosts this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.

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Today, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, together with DOTr officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the most-awaited Common Station in North Edsa, a project that was delayed for almost nine (9) long years!

With a previous, lingering dispute on the actual location, the DOTr settled the issue and started the construction of the Common Station, a 13,700-square meter concourse area that will interconnect the LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the Metro Manila Subway.

"Papaano mo malalaman 'yung nagagawa kung aasa ka lang sa bunganga. Kaya ako nag-iinspeksyon, at the end of the year, gusto kong gamitin 'yung bunganga, yung mata, pati na 'yung tenga ko at nang sa ganun pwede akong gumawa ng judgement," said Secretary Tugade during the inspection.

Now under 24/7 construction, the Common Station is expected to serve approximately 478,000 passengers daily once operational by 2021.

Source: DOTr

LOOK: Common Station nearly complete

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DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade joins DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, and SMC President and COO Ramon Ang in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and drive-through inspection of the New Alabang Viaduct-Skyway Ramp and reopening of the third lane of the Skyway at-grade today, 01 December 2019.

The opening of this new Skyway ramp and lane reopening is part of the DPWH Skyway Extension project, which includes the construction of four lanes in the Sucat-to-Alabang section, with ramps leading to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

Actual construction started September 2019 after government arrived at an agreement with SMC for an accelerated timeline, with a December 2019 target date of opening.

With this new ramp and lane reopening, traffic congestion in the South Luzon Expressway is expected to ease considerably, especially in this peak travel holiday season.

Joining Secretary Tugade in this occasion from team DOTr are Usec. for Finance Garry de Guzman, Usec. for Legal Affairs Reinier Paul Yebra, Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, and Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Chairman Abraham Sales.

Source: DOTr

New Alabang Viaduct-Skyway Ramp now open

Bicol International Airport also known as Southern Luzon International Airport) is at present under construction and will be situated at Legazpi City, Philippines.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has assured Bicolanos the Bicol International Airport (BIA), now under construction in Barangay Alobo here, would be completed in June 2020, and would be operational shortly after then.

Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda said Tugade made the promise during a recent meeting at the Department of Transportation (DOTr) headquarters in Clark, Pampanga where a briefing was held on the status of the PHP4.8-billion BIA and other projects of the agency in the regions.

The completion of the airport project is seen to provide a strategic and huge boost to the country’s economy, particularly the tourism industry, as it is projected to unlock the vast potential of Southern Luzon especially the Bicol Region, with its wealth in tourism assets and attractions.
63.3% COMPLETE as of February 2020

“You restored my faith in our future,” Salceda told Tugade following the latter’s assurance of the 2020 completion of BIA, which is hailed as the country’s “Most Scenic Gateway.”

During the Clark meeting, Salceda updated Tugade that Albay is No. 4 in domestic tourism arrivals, and would even further increase if its number is taken in total with the combined Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon traffic.

The accelerated completion of the BIA would further boost tourists’ flow to the region, he said.

The BIA project is fully funded and work on it is in full blast to meet the June 27, 2020 deadline for the terminal, and November 2, 2019 for the land-side facilities.

As of May 30 this year, the project is 57 percent completed.

During the briefing, Tugade also said that DOTr had already resolved several technical concerns that have delayed the project, among them “the works on the required four-meter deep embankment of 25-centimeter thickness per layer to ensure good compaction, and the relocation of the transmission towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines that could obstruct the runway approach.”

Strongly pushed by Salceda during his earlier stint in Congress, and later as Albay governor and Bicol Regional Development Council chairman for nine years, the BIA project started in 2005 but construction began only in 2009.

Hampered by several hitches and delays, Salceda said Tugade’s pledge shows the “executive decisiveness of the Duterte administration in delivering urgent development projects nationwide such as the BIA, a vital infrastructure which is crucial to country.”

The Albay lawmaker said the BIA is expected to play a major role in achieving a target potential of 20 million tourist arrivals annually when it starts operation.

In the first quarter of this year, the country posted a record high 7.6-percent growth, which was about 2.2 million arrivals.

Salceda further said “the role of the BIA will be huge since the Department of Tourism (DOT) has upped its campaign in bringing foreign ambassadors to the country’s globally known, yet less visited destinations.”

Tourists flying in via the BIA will land right at the heart of the Bicol region’s tourism hub, Albay province, home to the world’s iconic Mayon volcano and the Cagsawa Ruins, without travelling far from the airport to visit them, he pointed out.

Source: PNA


The Bicol International Airport (BIA) in Daraga, Albay is now 63.3% COMPLETE!

Hailed as the country's MOST SCENIC GATEWAY because of its offer of a glimpse of the magnificent Mount Mayon, the Bicol International Airport is seen to boost the country's economy, particularly the tourism industry that is seen to unlock the immense potential of Bicol, with its tourism assets and wonders.

Based on our latest progress report, ongoing works include the construction of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), runway extension and concrete paving, roof on site fabrication, and undersheeting of ceiling, among others.

Once finished by July 2020, the BIA is expected to accommodate two million passengers annually, with new and higher capacity facilities and enhanced safety features in airport operation.

Bicol International Airport to operate in 2020