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Our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are one those vulnerable, and who were significantly impacted by this Covid-19 Pandemic.
 
And it is very important, and incumbent upon the national government, to come to their rescue and assistance. This is something that Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade has recognized from the very start of the health crisis, and one in which the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its attached agencies were fully deployed to ensure the delivery of the needed services for our OFWs.
 
One of the initiatives that were immediately put in place is the ONE STOP SHOP or OSS program at our main airport. This was the coordinated response initiated by the DOTr, together with the other involved agencies in the national government, to ensure the smooth facilitation of the arrival and quarantine process of our OFWs.
 
From their arrival, they are guided on the needed quarantine steps, including quick documentation for contact tracing, testing and are then led and transported to their quarantine accommodation, all free of charge. 
 
From its setup and start of operation last April 2020, the OSS has already served 669,923 OFWs to date, and is continuing to do so on a daily basis at the 3 main terminals of NAIA.
 
With the OSS, Secretary Tugade and the DOTr manifested the value and importance of the welfare of our OFWs, and the program made certain that they are given the needed care and attention they deserve upon their return or repatriation.
 
After all, they are our modern day heroes.
 
#DOTrPH 🇵🇭️
 
08 MAY 2021

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READ: The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has released an advisory for all airlines operators, following the provisions of the Resolution No. 114 issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (lATF), and the Omnibus Guidelines on Community Quarantine as of 06 May 2021.

 
The advisory provides for the necessary protocols and measures that shall be observed for ALL inbound travelers to the Philippines, in all ports of entry, regardless of vaccination status, as well as the guidelines on the interzonal and intrazonal movement of passengers.
 
For everyone’s guidance and information.
 
#DOTrPH🇵🇭 #CABPH
 
07 May 2021
 
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CEBU CITY - Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade marked his second-day visit to Cebu with another back-to-back activity as he led the inspection of bike lane networks in Cebu City and the launch of the Free Ride Service Program for Health Workers and essential workers identified as Authorized Persons Outside their Residences (APORs).
 
*_Metro Cebu bike lane network_* 
 
Secretary Tugade, along with other transport and government officials first inspected the SRP road section of the Metro Cebu bike lane network – a joint project of the DOTr Road Transport Sector and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 
 
The SRP section is a Class I bike lane, which is 5 meters wide and spans around 2.3 kilometers. It also features a 3-kilometer pedestrian sidewalk that is separated from the bike lane, a shed for bike racks and benches, and solar studs that light up during  nighttime to guide bikers for their safety and convenience. Additionally, the section also has planters for the provision of greeneries and trees that will be planted along the bike path to give cyclists a comfortable ride. 
 
Currently, the Metro Cebu bike lane network project has an overall progress rate of 63.96% covering 88.84 kilometers accomplished. The bike lane project's overall network length is 138.90 kilometers and traverses four (4) key cities: Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu City, and Talisay. 
 
In his message before the ceremonial bike ride, Secretary Tugade expressed his gratitude to Cebuanos and for the cooperation and support of other concerned agencies for the continuous creation of bike lanes, which will boost the promotion of active transportation in the country. He also reminded bikers to observe minimum health standards while on the road. 
 
“Ang proyektong ito ay patunay na tuloy-tuloy ang ating pagtatayo ng mga pasilidad upang mabigyang importansya ang active transport system para sa ating mga kababayan,” Secretary Tugade said.
 
"Ang paulit-ulit na binigay na direktiba po ni Secretary Tugade ay siguraduhin na maging ligtas at dire-diretso ang bike lanes natin upang magamit ng bawat isa dito sa Cebu. Hindi upang magamit bilang leisure lang po kung hindi ay magamit din sa pang araw-araw – papunta sa trabaho o papunta sa kaniya-kaniyang destinasyon," DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Mark Steven Pastor added. 
 
For his part, DPWH VII Regional Director Edgar Tabacon commended Secretary Tugade and the entire DOTr for the much-needed establishment of the bike lane network in Metro Cebu. 
 
"The bike lane [network] has been a long dream of our people. Not only is biking the cheapest in the market but also [for] the health benefits it can give. This is not only for recreational purposes, but [for] going to our work as well," RD Tabacon said. 
 
"Sir, on behalf of Region VII, we would like to thank you, [together] with all the workforce of the DOTr. Thank you for giving us this project," he added. 
 
*_‘Libreng Sakay’ for Health Workers, APORs_* 
 
Shortly after the inspection of the bike lanes, Secretary Tugade led the launch of the Free Ride Service Program for Health Workers and Authorized Persons Outside Residences (APORs), under the Service Contracting Program of the DOTr and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB.) 
 
The Free Ride program, which was initially rolled out in Metro Manila and has since expanded nationwide, is in line with the directive of Secretary Tugade to help essential workers in their commuting needs and somehow ease their financial burden amid the pandemic. 
 
During the launch, Secretary met with the drivers participating in the Free Ride program to thank them for their service. 
 
“Libre ito para sa mga pasahero. ‘Wag kayong maniningil ha,” Secretary Tugade reminded drivers. 
 
For drivers joining the Free Ride Service Program for Health Workers and APORs, the DOTr and LTFRB increased the per kilometer fee from PhP46.80 to PhP82.50 for buses; and from PhP46.80 to PhP52.50 for jeepneys and other PUJ modes of Transport in the regions. 
 
In addition, under the Service Contracting Program, financial incentives are given to participating drivers who are already onboarded apart from payment to them for the  kilometer run they made. 
 
"Naglabas kami recently para ma-enganyo sila pumasok at mag onboard sa system. P25,000 po ang binigay natin insentibo sa bawat driver na pumasok simula noong nakaraang taon hanggang April 30. ‘Yung papasok po starting May 1 hanggang June 15, P20,000 po ang ibibigay bawat isa,” LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said. 
 
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DOTr Press Release
06 May 2021
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The maritime sector of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), consisting of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), together with the agency members of the One-Stop Shop (OSS) Port of Manila, are currently in full force in assisting all Filipino crew members aboard a COVID-19 positive vessel “MV Athens Bridge” from India. 
 
According to the vessel’s shipping agent, MV Athens Bridge departed from India on 22 April 2021 and arrived in Haiphong, Vietnam on 01 May 2021 for the conduct of the crew’s RT-PCR test. It was later on found that out of the 21 Filipino crew members onboard, 12 of them tested positive of COVID-19. 
 
On 06 May 2021, the PCG received a request from the vessel’s captain to execute a medical evacuation of the two (2) crew members who both needed urgent medical care. The vessel, at that time, was located 12 nautical miles west of Corregidor Island.
 
Upon securing clearance from the BOQ and the Department of Health (DOH), MV Athens Bridge was directed to the quarantine anchorage area designated by the OSS Port of Manila. Security is also provided by the PCG to ensure that no unauthorized vessel or banca will approach the vessel.
 
Early evening of the same day, BOQ doctors boarded the vessel to assess the condition of the crew and recommended the immediate medical evacuation of two (2) crew members in critical condition. 
 
As of press time, the crew members in critical condition have been safely evacuated and brought to the dedicated medical facility for treatment. The rest of the crew are contained in the vessel and shall be provided with needed medical supplies, including oxygen tanks, with assistance from BOQ and PCG. 
 
The national government, through the maritime sector of the DOTr, assures that the situation and the condition of the crew members will be consistently monitored. Health and safety protocols will also be prioritized throughout the entire process. 
 
#DOTrPH🇵🇭
 

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TINGNAN: LIBRENG SAKAY PARA SA MGA  HEALTH CARE WORKERS at AUTHORIZED PERSONS OUTSIDE RESIDENCE (APORs) NG CEBU, NAA NA GYUD!

 
Pinangunahan ni Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, kasama si Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III, ang pormal na paglulunsad ng LIBRENG SAKAY para sa Health Care Workers at Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) sa ilalim ng Service Contracting Program ngayong araw, ika-06 ng Mayo 2021.
 
22 public utility vehicle (PUV) units ang nakatakdang umarangkada—kung saan ang lima (5) ay dedicated para sa mga Health Care Workers, at 17 ay para sa mga APORs. 
 
“LIBRE ITO PARA SA PASAHERO. ‘Wag kayong maniningil,” habilin ni Secretary Tugade sa mga driver. 
 
Kasabay nito, nagpasalamat si Secretary Tugade sa serbisyo ng bawat driver, at pinaalalahanan ang importansya ng pagtutulungan upang makamit ang layunin ng programa. 
 
“Makipag tulungan tayo, may programa tayo. Kung wala kayo, walang mangyayari diyan [libreng sakay],” ani Secretary Tugade.
 
Kabilang sa mga rutang babagtasin ng Free Ride for Health Care Workers at APORs ay ang mga sumusunod:
 
• Naga City to UC Med
• Talisay to Parkmall via SRP
• Talisay to Airport via SRP
• Talisay to Parkmall via N. Bacalso
• Talisay to SM Seaside via N. Bacalso
 
Ang Libreng Sakay sa ilalim ng Service Contracting Program ng DOTr at LTFRB ay layong makatulong sa ating mga medical frontliners at essential workers na makabiyahe ng LIBRE patungo sa kani-kanilang mga trabaho, habang  ipinatutupad pa rin ang community quarantine sa buong bansa.
 
Maliban dito, layon din ng programa na matulungan ang ating mga PUV drivers, upang madagdagan ang kanilang kita at makatulong sa kanilang araw-araw na pangangailangan at pangkabuhayan.
 
Ibinahagi ni Chairman Delgra na ang tumatakbong PUV Service Contracting Program ay isang ‘transformative’ na modelo sa pampublikong transportasyon, lalo na ang pangmatagalang pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga driver. 
 
"This is a VERY NEW BUT TRANSFORMATIVE public transport model, hindi lang po in short term. We are planting the seed of what public transport should be, which is pang-MATAGALAN na po ito,” ani Chairman Delgra. 
 
Dagdag pa niya, isang hakbang ang pagbibigay ng karadagdagang insentibo upang mas lalong ma-engganyo ang mga driver na lumahok sa programa, na siguradong makakatulong sa kanila at sa kanilang pamilya.
 
"Naglabas kami recently para ma-enganyo sila pumasok at mag onboard sa system. Nung sinumulan ang programa, P25,000 po ang binigay natin insentibo sa mga driver na pumasok simula noong nakaraang taon hanggang April 30. ‘Yung papasok po STARTING May 1 hanggang June 15, P20,000 po ang ibibigay bawat isa,” dagdag pa ni Chairman Delgra.
 
#DOTrPH🇵🇭 #RoadSectorWorks #ServiceContracting #LTFRBworks #LibrengSakay
 
06 MAY 2021 

 

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