Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DOTC provide clearance to Mandaluyong to build it own rail line

Automated Peoples Mover (APM) Prototype
The Mandaluyong City government has received clearance from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to build its own rail line, which will connect the city hall complex to the EDSA-bound Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Ortigas business district, an official said yesterday.

Councilor Roehl Bacar, chairman of the city council’s committee on engineering and public works, said the city government received a letter dated June 30 from DOTC Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla.
“This is to confirm that the DOTC favorably endorses the Automated People Mover (APM)project of the city government of Mandaluyong for the improvement of the urban environment and is willing to extend its support and collaboration,” Lotilla said in his letter.
Bacar – who said he has been directed by Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr. to spearhead the project – said the city government is coordinating with the Japanese government’s ministry of economy, trade and industry for further technical and feasibility studies.

He added that the city government is likely to get an overseas development assistance (ODA) loan to finance the construction of the rail project.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sangley Point - New proposed $10-billion gateway replacing NAIA

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has formally recommended the former US naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite, as the site for a $10-billion air gateway that will serve Metro Manila by 2025, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

DOTC said Monday in a statement that Jica made its formal presentation last Friday and the Japanese agency would proceed with the feasibility study for the facility, which aims to replace or provide an alternative to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country’s busiest gateway that has been suffering from worsening congestion.

“The DOTC, meanwhile, will still have to present the long-term gateway options to   President [Aquino] for approval, including the final location of Manila’s new gateway, as well as the fate of Naia once a new airport is built,” the statement showed.

Friday, May 23, 2014

SMB US$10Billion proposal - World Biggest Airport to rise in Manila Bay

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is considering the proposal of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to put up a $10-billion  international air gateway at a reclamation project in Manila Bay.

Michael Sagcal, Transportation department spokesman, said the agency was “very open” to the SMC proposal to establish the airport in the bay area covering the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas.

“We invite SMC to make a more formal presentation and to submit a proposal to us,” Sagcal said in an interview, adding that the massive airport project was presented to Malacañang on Wednesday.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya was present when SMC president Ramon Ang unveiled the airport plans to President Aquino. The project of SMC, which is part owner of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, would be located at CyberBay Corp.’s disputed waterfront reclamation project in Manila Bay, Sagcal said.

China Daily accused neighboring countries of bullying

A Chinese newspaper on Friday accused the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan of bullying China and claimed that solving disputes through peaceful consultations could be “wishful thinking.”

An editorial by state-run China Daily said tensions in Asia Pacific have “taken a dangerous turn” as China is being ganged up by “cronies” of an “outside instigator,” whom it did not name.

The paper claimed the words and deeds of Tokyo, Manila, and Hanoi have disproved their claims of a shared commitment to peace and the peaceful resolution of the disputes.

“A tall tree catches the wind, and China's international profile has risen in such a manner that some countries are worried and even fearful of it,” the editorial read.

“And even though the tree craves calm, the wind won't abate. Proceeding from their own instincts, these countries have moved to bully China,” it added.

The editorial came amid criticisms against China’s aggressive efforts to assert its territorial claims in the region, which include areas that the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan regard as part of their territories.