Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade led the launching of the new RRCG Transport P2P Bus Service Alabang – Ortigas route in Starmall Alabang this morning.

This initiative, which adds to the existing five (5) P2P routes operating in Metro Manila, aims to provide commuters with safe, reliable, convenient, and high quality public transport services that will reduce congestion along major thoroughfares, especially those coming from the south.

According to Secretary Tugade, the P2P is one of the many solutions that can help decongest roads if patronized by the public.

“This P2P will help alleviate traffic congestion if only people will cooperate and use it. I believe that a smoother flow of traffic will help us uplift the lives of our citizens,” he said.

Currently, the DOTr is supportive of ride-sharing services that offers public access to a cost-effective and quality transportation option that will encourage private car owners to leave their vehicles at home.

For an introductory fare of PHP80, RRCG’s P2P bus service provides free Wi-Fi, CCTV and an on-board GPS for passenger’s convenience and additional security. The Alabang-Ortigas route service is from 6:00am to 8:00pm. For the Holiday Season, the RRCG has arranged a special treat for its patrons-- an on-board acoustic session.

Based on data, the P2P service now caters to more than 16,000 passengers daily. Existing routes are: 1. Trinoma to Glorietta 5 in Makati / Centris to Glorietta; 2. Robinsons Galleria to Park Square Makati; 3. Alabang Town Center to Greenbelt 1; 4. SM North EDSA to SM Megamall; 5. Fairview to Makati; and Alabang to Ortigas.

Also present in the event were RRCG President Robbie Torres and former Senator Manny Villar.

In anticipation of the expected influx of passengers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the Holidays, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will open a partial segment of the NAIA Expressway Christmas Lane tomorrow at 6AM.
The NAIA-X Christmas Lane would allow access from Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard to Terminal 3 and Skyway. This complements the first phase of the project, which connected Macapagal Blvd. and PAGCOR Entertainment City in Pasay to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2. This means NAIA terminals 1, 2, and 3 are now interconnected.
The NAIA-X Christmas Lane is estimated to cut travel time by at least 40%, according to the DPWH, the lead agency for the project. It is the first segment of the project’s Phase 2B. The second section, which is ongoing construction, would provide easier access to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

“Makakatulong ito para sa mga kababayan nating darating ngayong Pasko. Maganda ang patutunguhan kung maganda ang daloy ng trapiko,” said Transportation Sec. Art Tugade. The DOTr, through the Toll Regulatory Board, is the regulating body of the expressway.

Together with DPWH Sec. Mark Villar, Tugade led the final inspection and ceremonial opening of the expressway today.

The PHP 20.45-Billion NAIA Expressway Project is a four-lane, 12.65-kilometer elevated expressway and 2.22-kilometer at-grade traversing Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Paranaque River, MIAA Road and Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. After all phases are completed, the Expressway Project is expected to provide easy access to and from NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 and will interface with SLEX through Sales interchange, Manila Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX), and Macapagal Blvd.

“By first quarter of 2017, we hope to provide the public full access of NAIA Expressway, including Runway Manila,” said Villar.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its attached agencies personnel led by Secretary Art Tugade simultaneously signed INTEGRITY PLEDGE nationwide. Vowing to serve with integrity and NO CORRUPTION.

So far since the new administration took over, a total of 115 officials and personnel from the attached agencies of the DOTR have resigned or retired, have been dismissed or relieved, or are undergoing investigation due to corruption-related allegations.

DOTr has 23 offices (agencies, sectoral offices, corporations, etc) with 35,445 personnel nationwide.

Plastic license cards will be available beginning December 19, Monday, the Land Transportation Office announced Saturday.

LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said those who have pending applications from Jan. 1 to Oct. 16 may claim their cards at 36 licensing offices in Metro Manila on Dec. 19.

Galvante said applicants only need to present the Official Receipt issued to them when they applied for their license card. He also warned the public not to deal with fixers who may deceive them and ask for fees to claim their cards.

“I would like to caution all the claimants that they need not pay a single centavo to claim their driver’s licenses since they have already paid for it,” he said.

The Metro Manila release of the cards will erase 700,000 of the 3-million backlog in 3-years valid driver’s license cards. Rollout in other regions will follow, and is expected to be completed by February 2017.

LTO’s last supplier of cards was Allcard Philippines Inc. But its contract had expired last May.

The shortage of license cards started in 2013 when the Commission on Audit disallowed payments to former supplier, Amalgamated Motor Philippines Inc., for lack of a proper contract.

In a bid to decongest road traffic and facilitate an efficient movement of goods, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has lined up building a barge terminal among its priorities.

The development of the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT), the first of its kind in the Philippines, is consistent with government initiatives to utilize nautical highways more in order to decongest the roads. In the case of barges, one trip is equivalent to an estimated one-kilometer long of truck traffic.

The CGT is being developed in partnership with International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), a private port management company. It will be located within a six-hectare property in Tanza, Cavite, an ideal site because of the province’s high economic density. The Cavite Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) alone houses over 400 actively operating companies, in addition to the multiple areas of planned development within the province.

The CGT will also have a level of integration with other major Luzon port facilities for more cost-effective and time-bound access to the Cavite market for both inbound and outbound cargo.

Phase 1 of the project is designed to support a total output of 115,000 TEUs per year, which is equal to approximately 140,000 fewer truck trips plying city roads annually. Harbor Star, the barge operator for the CGT, will deploy 150 TEU barges. TEU or twenty-foot equivalent units is used to measure container ship capacity.

Succeeding phases of CGT will support a substantial increase in capacity and will be built to account for projected annual volume increases in the Cavite market.

Apart from decongesting roads, barge service is also seen to benefit traders and exporters as they are cheaper than trucking rates. Using barges instead of trucks also lowers fuel consumption, effectively reducing the city’s carbon footprint.