Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tugade Bares Major Transport Updates During Nationwide Transport Cooperative Congress

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Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade today bared major transportation updates to leaders and members of nationwide transport cooperatives gathered in this province.

Speaking before transport cooperative delegates and government officials at the 3rd National Congress for the Transport Cooperative Sector, the DOTr Secretary emphasized the infrastructure push of the Duterte administration in order to enhance mobility and connectivity in the country.

Among the updates he revealed is the plan to modernize the Cauayan Airport in Isabela.

“By 2018, your airport—the Cauayan Airport—will be expanded, enhanced, and improved to have night-landing capabilities.”

Secretary Tugade also apprised the members of the transport cooperatives on the status of various rail projects.

“Iyong Bicol Express (Manila to Bicol Railways) ay tatapusin sa termino ng ating Pangulo,” Secretary Tugade said.

On the subway system, Sec. Tugade announced that President Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Abe will sign the agreement in November.

“Yung train from Tutuban-Clark, dati usap-usapan lang yan. Sa termino ni Pangulong Duterte, gagawin ‘yang katotohanan,” he told the transport cooperative delegates.

In terms of road transport updates, the Secretary disclosed, “By June 19, we will sign the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG).” The OFG will provide rules and strategies for issuing public transportation franchises to improve public land transport.

“Kapag napirmahan na ang Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, maili-lift na ang moratorium sa mga prangkisa,” he emphasized. Secretary Tugade also divulged major planned innovations under his administration. “Pinag-aaralan namin na sa hinaharap, kung wala kang violation, online na lang ang application ng lisensya.”

On improvement in car plates issuance, he said, “Intensyon ko ho na kapag ang sasakyan ay lumabas ng casa, dapat ay may plaka na.”

In terms of good governance, the DOTr Secretary stressed that one major factor in ensuring the realization of these infrastructure projects is the government's adherence to good governance and drive against corruption.

“President Duterte abhors corruption. He made that very clear. That's why I will reiterate this to you now. I will not tolerate corruption in any form. I always tell my officials and employees in DOTr, kapag nahuli ko kayo, pasensyahan tayo. Lalagutin ko kayo," he said.

“Sa DOTr, bawal ang mga opisyal magpalibre kahit lunch o dinner. Kahit sa persepsyon, ayoko ng korapsyon,” Sec. Tugade added.

Secretary Tugade also encouraged the transport cooperative leaders and members to support President Duterte’s plans and programs. He said that his attendance to the event is a testament of the President's love towards the transport cooperatives sector.

"Kami ay naririto kahit na mayroong sigalot sa Marawi sapagkat nais naming patunayan na kayo ay importante at kami ay handang makinig sa inyo," he said.

“Sa gitna ng krisis, nais kong paniwalaan ninyo ito: ang puso at kaluluwa ng ating Pangulo ay para sa Pilipino at para sa Pilipinas. Pabaunan ninyo siya ng tiwala,” the Secretary said in all sincerity.

Also present in the event were Land Transportation Chief (LTO) Edgar Galvante, Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III and Board Member Aileen Lizada, DOTr Undersecretaries Artemio U. Tuazon, Jr. and Manuel Antonio Tamayo, and officials from the DOTr-Office for Transport Cooperative (OTC).

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