LRT-1 eyes longer operating hours

DETERMINED to at least lessen the burden and better serve the riding public, the management of LRT-1 is looking at extending its operating hours to better serve their clients.

Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez said the longer working hours intend to increase the number of weekday trips, extend operating hours and shorten waiting periods for LRT-1 passengers. 

Daily trips on weekdays will increase by 8 percent from 512 to 554 daily trips from Baclaran to Roosevelt and vice versa upon the implementation of the new timetable.

Meanwhile, the existing schedule for weekends and holidays will remain unchanged.…

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TADECO eyeing expansion

Davao-based Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc (TADECO) is eyeing more areas for its Cavendish bananas in anticipation of its possible loss of 5,308 hectares which it currently leases from the Bureau of Correction and for which the lease agreement is now under legislative inquiry.

Anthony B. Sasin, chair of Anflo Management and Investment Corp. (Anflocor), which manages TADECO said the company is looking at purchasing around 2,000 hectares in Cateel, Davao Oriental.

The  move aims to help make up for the loss of land resources in case TADECO lets 5,308 hectares go, a subject of a Joint Venture Agreement with…

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Cordillera urged to adopt new ways on rice production

TO ACHIEVE the optimum potentials in rice production, Cordillera Region must adopt new technologies and systems developed in Nueva Ecija and other regions.

This was the recommendation made by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region III Director Dr. Julius Caesar Sicat, who was previously assigned in the Cordillera region.

He said that the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija has available technologies which are applicable to the region.

Sicat described the plan as a “universal in application and not specific to an area” as well as increase yield.

“Based on experience,…

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Cab passengers’ rights to be strengthened

THE House Committee on Transportations has started discussions on various bills seeking to institutionalize and strengthen the rights of taxi passengers.

Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento has opened up the idea of creating a “Passenger Bill of Rights” not only for taxis but also for other land-based PUVs such as bus, Uber, Grab, and UV Express.

"We face a very big challenge as far as mobility is concerned and the use of taxi has become a necessity as evidenced by the great number of taxi cabs we see on the roads everyday,” Sarmiento explained.

 

Abusive Drivers

Several bills have already…

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Digong goes after oligarchs anew

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has imposed a deadline of three months on his revenue collectors to fully collect billions of pesos in taxes from big businesses and conglomerates owned by influential oligarchs.

The chief executive then warned that should the rich fail to comply, he would instead distribute their properties to the poor in what many viewed as a form of retributive justice.

The President made the order as he expressed his frustration over unpaid taxes and unfulfilled contracts between the government and what he describes as the corrupt and abusive “monsters” of the society. 

Digong issued the warning even…

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