House Panel Calls For Emergency Meeting On ‘Transpo Crisis’

House Panel Calls For Emergency Meeting On ‘Transpo Crisis’

Spotlight

Filipino PR Executive Wins People Of The Year 2020 In Beijing

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal was recognized as People of the Year 2020 in the Golden Flag Awards — one of most prominent PR awards in China!

GSIS To Release Php3.3B In Christmas Cash Gift To Pensioners Starting Dec 1

Good news! GSIS announced that it will start to release a total of Php3.3 billion in Christmas cash gift to a total of 330,496 old-age and disability pensioners starting December 1.

Igniting The Future Of Filipino Youth Through Education

EDC continues to uphold its mission to elevate the lives of its partner communities through various education initiatives.

Violence Against Children At Home During Pandemic – Save The Children Research Reveals

A recent report by Save the Children revealed that "the more household income that has been lost owing to COVID-19, the higher the reporting of violence in the home by both children and parents/ caregivers."

The House Committee on Transportation is set to hold an emergency meeting with all stakeholders in the transport sector to find solutions to ease the “transportation crisis” caused by the suspension of the Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) operations.

In a statement on Tuesday Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento, committee chair, said he has called for the meeting hoping to find the “quickest, most doable and most practical solution to fill the vacuum” caused by the disruption of the line’s operations and the ongoing repair of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX),

Invited to attend the hearing are officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB, the Light Railway Transit Authority (LRTA), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), SLEX management and city bus operators.

Sarmiento said the suspension of the LRT-2 operations, which could last up to nine months for its Santolan-Anonas segment, could affect the mobility of at least 200,000 passengers daily, noting that the government must provide the affected commuters with alternative transportation.

“We are talking about hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who would lose their means of mobility because of this suspension. We are now in the middle of a transportation crisis and we should really move quickly to solve this,” Sarmiento said.

The panel chair said the “carmageddon” on SLEX must also be addressed as the ongoing Skyway construction that led to the closure of some portions of the highway could last until the latter part of 2020.

The House panel would also ask concerned government agencies to present their traffic management plan in the light of the LRT-2 suspension and the SLEX repair.

“The transportation committee doesn’t want to be stuck in the endless blame game that led to this traffic mess. Rather we want to get the solutions right away so that we can quickly make our recommendations on how we can ease the burden of our people,” Sarmiento said.

He cited the need to address the transportation crisis because the traffic problem is expected to get even worse with the onset of the holiday season.

“We are now in the middle of a serious crisis and we must all work together to get out of this situation. I just hope that this time, our transport sector including our public utility operators can truly understand the gravity of our problem and take the actions necessary to get us out of this situation,” Sarmiento said. (PNA)

New Safety Protocols, Sarangani Registers Highest COVID-19 Recovery Rate In Region 12

After fortifying its safety protocols, Sarangani province saw 28 new recoveries out of the 45 who beat COVID-19 in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region

Overseas Filipinos With Covid-19 Climb To 11,692

With the addition of the 16 new cases on Monday, the total number of infection among overseas Filipinos is now at 11,692.

No Voter Registration On Nov. 30, Dec. 8

There will be no voter registration on November 30 and December 8 due to the holidays.

RSA Proposes Extension For Cashless Transactions As Motorists Flock For RFID Installation

"My honest opinion is we will really need at least until February. And that is what we are asking government. To allow us to retain even just a few cash lanes until February.” SMC president Ramon S. Ang says.

4-Day Work Week In PH Courts Starts Dec. 1: SC

Under the guidelines, all courts would observe a 10-hour workday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

GMA Network’s Comprehensive Typhoon Coverage Delivers Much-Needed News, Information

GMA Network’s dedication to 'Serbiyong Totoo’ shines through amid the pandemic and the successive typhoons that hit Luzon.

Pacquiao Gets ‘Clean Air Champion’ Award, Urges Tree Planting

Boxing champion and Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao is urging the public to plant more trees as part of measures to save the environment.

Gov’t Allots P100-M For Crisis-Hit Workers In E. Visayas

The DOLE - Eastern Visayas has started the payout of the PHP100 million one-time cash assistance to private workers displaced by the pandemic.

Cebu Pacific Chatbot Replied ‘Trulaley Mama’ To Customer

100% Trulaley Mama! At walang halong eklavuu!

Grab, Lipa City Partnership To Provide Livelihood Opportunities For Microentrepreneurs

Good news! Batangueños may soon avail the services of GrabFood and GrabExpress as Grab opens its doors to Lipa, Batangas!