Mar 272014

MANILA, Philippines – Delta Air Lines has heeded the call of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to transfer its operations to the newer Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA3) to pave the way for the P1.3-billion rehabilitation of NAIA1.

Steven Crowdey, director, Philippines, Australia and Micronesia of Delta, said the relocation of its operations to the NAIA3 from NAIA1 effective Aug. 1 would be permanent.

At NAIA3, customers would experience larger departure and arrival immigration halls, a smooth flow from the airport entrance to the departure gates, more seating areas and less security congestion.

In addition, passengers could enjoy more shopping and dining choices and better natural lighting throughout the lobby and departure gate areas.

Furthermore, Delta would install more self service check-in kiosks in the lobby, reducing the wait time for check-in which will result in a better customer experience at the airport.

Terminal 3 features a two-tiered design with its ground level designed for arrivals and the second level for departures.

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Each level has 600 square meters of curbside space allowing for more efficient drop offs and pickups. The center of the building contains passenger processing function. Retail shops and food courts line the departure and arrival levels while parking for over 1,200 cars is provided in front of the terminal. Terminal 3 also offers a 232 square meters contemporary lounge with modern furnishings.

“This exciting news is another big step for Delta as it has been improving the customer experience in the air and on the ground. We are delighted that our customers will benefit from the larger, more efficiently designed Terminal 3 from this summer,” Crowdey said.

Delta operates non-stop flights from Manila to Tokyo-Narita and to Nagoya-Centrair airports in Japan, where customers could conveniently connect to an extensive network to and within the US. The airline uses Boeing 747-400 aircraft for both destinations.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya earlier urged foreign airlines to transfer to NAIA3 from the congested NAIA1 that is undergoing a P1.3-billion facelift being undertaken by DM Consunji Inc.

Abaya said the P1.9-billion retrofitting and rehabilitation of NAIA3 being undertaken by the Takenaka Corp. of Japan is expected to be completed by July or one month ahead of the August schedule.

Dec 312013
DOTC to bid out P4-B Davao wharf

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will bid out the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed P4.04-billion Sasa Wharf at the Davao Port in Mindanao in the first quarter this year. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo said the agency is set to present the project to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for approval early this year.  “We will go up to NEDA and we hope to bid out the project in the first quarter,” Abaya stressed. The project, he explained, would be under the government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. The government is looking at increasing the capacity of the Davao Port to 1.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) over the next five years based on the estimates made by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) from the current level of 700,000 TEUs. The DOTC earlier commissioned a team led by state-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) as transaction advisor for improvement works on the Sasa Wharf. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The DBP team is composed of the International Finance Corp. (IFC) and HPC Hamburg Port Consulting Gmbh of Germany. Davao Integrated Port Stevedoring Service Corp. of Razon-owned International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) operates a cargo handling facility at the Davao Port. Abaya earlier said the Aquino administration is set to rehabilitate more ports to energize the countryside and promote inter-island trading and tourism. He said the objective is to reduce compliance, transport and transaction costs for agriculture Read More …

Dec 272013
DOTC sets May 15 deadline for bus terminal

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is giving interested companies until May 15 next year to submit their bids for the proposed P2.5 billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) project – Southwest Terminal. In an invitation to bid, the DOTC said the Southwest terminal would be situated in a 2.9-hectare property located at the Coastal Road Terminal along the Manila-Cavite Expressway. The terminal would connect passengers coming from Cavite to other urban transport systems such as the future Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT) South Extension to Bacoor in Cavite, city bus, taxi, and other public utility vehicles plying Metro Manila. The DOTC said the project would include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information system, ticketing and baggage handling facilities and park-ride facilities. The proposed terminal is the fourth public private partnership (PPP) project of the DOTC and would be under a Build-Transfer-Operate arrangement. The DOTC pointed out that the proponent would finance, design, construct, operate, and maintain the ITS project for a period of 35 years. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 To qualify to bid for the project, the DOTC stated in the invitation that a bidder must have local or international experience within the last 10 years and have completed one or more eligible projects with a cumulative cost of at least P2 billion and with capacity of at least 300 parking bays for vehicles. Furthermore, the agency added that a bidder should have local or international Read More …

Dec 272013
DOTC to tap private firms for motor vehicle inspection

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking at the possibility of privatizing the motor vehicle inspection function of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) after a series of accidents claiming the lives of passengers. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the government is studying the possibility of adopting the public private partnership (PPP) scheme for the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) of LTO. Abaya said the agency would seek the opinion of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) whether the government could procure the services of the private sector for the LTO function.  “We are going to NEDA because apparently the government is not in a position to procure and operate all of these (MVIS). Do we allow private sector to come in?” he asked. The MVIS was put in place several years ago with an end view of providing a systematic, reliable and effective testing of motor vehicles through computerization and automation for compliance to safety and emission requirements. The program is aimed at helping comply with existing motor vehicle standards, provision of national laws and international agreements; ensuring compliance to safety and emission standards; and integrating all motor vehicle inspection reports into a central motor vehicle database. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The program is supposed to prevent or minimize air pollution; eliminate not roadworthy motor vehicles; reduce traffic accidents due to improper maintenance; eliminate illegally modified vehicles; and improve fuel consumption by appropriate check or maintenance. Under the Read More …

Dec 032013
DOTC eyes system to monitor bids for major infra projects

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to put in place a system that would monitor all major infrastructure projects from the development of terms of reference up to the issuance of notice to proceed. The agency is looking for a consultant for the development of a Bidding Process Monitoring System (BIDPMS) to monitor and track the bidding of various projects. The system would also make sure that all bidding process being undertaken by the DOTC follows the strict guidelines set up in the implementing rules and regulations of RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act. The DOTC is in charge of the implementation of transportation projects covering infrastructure and feasibility studies. “Transportation infrastructures are important support services to cater to the various needs of the country covering tourism, agriculture and other economic activities to foster and accelerate the growth of the country,” the agency said. The system, the DOTC added, would be fully accessible to the stakeholders and implementors to see the progress of the bidding of major projects. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The DOTC is currently bidding out major public-private partnership (PPP) projects led by the P65 billion Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT1) Cavite extension project, the P17.5 billion Mactan Cebu International Airport expansion project, and the P1.7 billion Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) project.

Nov 232013
Five flights to Caticlan cancelled due to bad weather – DOTC

Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines Express have cancelled a total of five flights to Caticlan, Aklan Saturday due to bad weather,  the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said. On Twitter, DOTC stated that Cebu Pacific flights 5J-897 and 5J-895 (Manila to Caticlan), 5J-896 5J-898 (Caticlan to Manila) have been cancelled. Philippine Airlines Express, meanwhile, has cancelled flight  2P-046 bound from Caticlan to Manila.  PAGASA earlier said a low pressure area (LPA) will bring moderate to heavy rain over the central and southern parts of the Philippines. The weather bureau’s 5 a.m. forecast said Palawan, Visayas and the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao and CARAGA will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the LPA. In a statement, Cebu Pacific said passengers affected by the flight cancellation may rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date. They may also opt for a refund without incurring any penalties. – Xianne Arcangel / KDM, GMA News 

Oct 032013
Economic stimulus? Honestly?

It is called the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP. Calling DAP an economic stimulus seems like an afterthought concocted by a devious bureaucrat to justify the use of taxpayer money in less than honorable ways. If this happened during Ate Glue’s watch, I wouldn’t have been surprised. That it happened under P-Noy’s Daang Matuwid makes it a painful betrayal of the public trust. I don’t buy the DBM’s justification of its existence as a means to get the economy moving at a time when the government agencies like DOTC couldn’t get their projects going. It is difficult to understand why, as Sec. Abad gives the impression, government agencies can move fast when funded by DAP but exhibit poor absorptive capacity with their regular budgets. The better way to stimulate the economy is to get the infrastructure agencies to move their projects. The jobs created as well as the benefits the infra projects will bring will certainly boost the economy… legally and morally. It is noteworthy we only heard of how DAP actually works the past few days. We only found out because Jinggoy Estrada revealed it as his defense on the pork issue. There were press releases and news reports in the Official Gazette on it but said nothing about asking senators to nominate projects, in the case of Sen. Frank Drilon, P100 million worth. I am glad to note that I am not the only one originally madly supportive of P-Noy who does not buy this DAP story. Indeed, Read More …

Aug 232013
DOTC to order rebid of P60-B LRT 1 Ext

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to order the rebidding of the proposed P60-billion light rail transit line 1 (LRT1) extension project next week after only one bidder submitted a non-compliant bid last Aug. 15. Michael Arthur Sagcal, DOTC spokesperson, said in a text message that the joint special bids and awards committee (SBAC) of the agency and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is expected to convene and pass a resolution ordering the rebidding of the biggest infrastructure project of the Aquino administration. The resolution to formalize the recommendation of the joint SBAC would be submitted to Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya as the committee failed to meet this week due to the floods caused by the heavy rains brought about by southwest monsoon and typhoon Maring. “The SBAC will convene next week to formalize its recommendation on our next steps. It was unable to convene this week due to notice requirements which the work cancellations prevented,” he said. The DOTC is looking at rebidding the project as allowed under the Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law without sacrificing the original timetable of the project under the public private partnership (PPP) scheme. In case of a re-bidding, a single-stage process is possible in order to meet the original deadlines,” Sagcal said. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Under a single-stage process, he explained that all interested parties would be required to submit the prequalification documents together with the technical and financial proposals. Last Read More …

Aug 032013
DOTC: Bad weather forces 2 flight cancellations

Bad weather in Bohol prompted the cancellation of at least two domestic flights Sunday, the Department of Transportation and Communications said. In a post on its Twitter account, the DOTC said the affected flights, between Manila and Bohol, belonged to air carrier Cebu Pacific. The canceled flights included: – 5J-617: Manila to Tagbilaran– 5J-618: Tagbilaran to Manila Earlier, state weather forecasters warned of rain over Visayas and parts of Mindanao as a low-pressure area neared Surigao City. PAGASA said Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao “will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.” — LBG, GMA news

Jul 222013
7 CDO flights canceled due to bad weather - DOTC

At least seven flights to and from Cagayan de Oro City were canceled late Monday due to bad weather, the Department of Transportation and Communications said. In posts on its Twitter account, the DOTC said the affected flights included those of Philippine Airlines Express, Cebu Pacific, and Zest Air. The canceled flights were: PAL Express:– 2P-525 (Manila to Cagayan de Oro)– 2P-526 (Cagayan de Oro to Manila) Cebu Pacific:– 5J-389, 5J-391 (Manila to Cagayan de Oro)– 5J-390, 5J-392 (Cagayan de Oro to Manila). Earlier, the DOTC said a Zest Air flight was also canceled. It identified the flight as Z2-349 from Cagayan de Oro to Manila. PAGASA had said rain would fall over Luzon, Visayas and parts of Mindanao in the next 24 hours due to the inter-tropical convergence zone. “Luzon, Visayas and the regions of Caraga and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms,” said the PAGASA forecast. The rest of Mindanao would be “partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.” — DVM, GMA News