Transport sector told to observe protocols amid Omicron threat

THE TRANSPORTATION department has ordered the sector to enforce health protocols amid a fresh surge in coronavirus infections probably spurred by the highly mutated Omicron variant. “The safety of commuters is paramount,” Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said in a statement at the weekend. “We must make sure that health protocols are strictly implemented in all […]

LTFRB 7: Traditional jeepneys for total phaseout by April 2022

AN OFFICIAL of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) announced on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 the total phaseout of traditional public utility jeepneys from the streets nationwide starting April 1, 2022. Assistant Regional Director Reynaldo Elnar said they received Memorandum Circular 2021-21 from the central office regarding the phaseout of […]

PRA to probe complaints vs. Tayud recla project

THE proposed Seafront City reclamation project in Consolacion, northern Cebu is again facing another snag. This after an official of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) disclosed that Malacañang has forwarded to them the sentiments of various sectors in Consolacion town who have expressed opposition to the proposed reclamation project in Barangay Tayud. Lawyer Joseph John […]

DepEd eyes additional 177 public schools for pilot face-to-face classes

The Department of Education (DepEd) will be adding more public schools to the list of schools included in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes as active coronavirus cases continue to decline. DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno A. Malaluan said on Friday that they are considering adding 177 public schools to the program. “[The] DepEd and DoH (Department […]

382 more public, private schools in CV ready to hold F2F classes

AROUND 372 public and 10 private schools in Central Visayas are poised to join in the proposed expansion of limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in the region. Salustiano Jimenez, Department of Education (DepEd) Central Visayas director, told SunStar Cebu that initially, two private schools in Cebu, which are the Sisters of Mary Schools Inc.-Boystown in Minglanilla […]

LTFRB 7: No calls for fare reduction despite higher passenger loads

DESPITE most traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJ) and modern public utility vehicles now operating at maximum capacity, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 has not received any petition to return to the regular fare for these modes of public transport in Central Visayas. LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said there has […]

Face shield use in public transport ‘voluntary’ in Alert Level 1, 2, 3 areas

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, said the wearing of face shields in all public transportation in areas under Alert Levels 1, 2 and 3 will no longer be mandatory. This follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval Monday of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ recommendation […]

5 TPUJ drivers nabbed for overloading

DRIVERS of five traditional public utility jeepneys in Cebu were apprehended by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for not following the prescribed seating capacity. The five were apprehended just a week after the national government ordered the removal of plastic barriers in public utility vehicles (PUVs). LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. […]

LTFRB: Remove PUV Plastic barriers; Gwen: How about face shields too?

THE plastic barriers placed in public utility vehicles (PUV) to separate passengers from one another amid the Covid-19 pandemic can now be removed beginning Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Road Transportation Assistant Secretary Steve Pastor said there was no evidence the barriers could protect passengers from getting Covid-19 in public transport. Memorandum […]