MindaVote Slams Sen. Grace Poe for Saying DOTr Failed, Shares List of DOTr Accomplishments

Popular Facebook Page owned and managed by Carlos Munda MindaVote slams controversial lawmaker, Sen. Grace Poe for her statement saying that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) failed on their mandate. The claims of Sen. Grace Poe was responded with a huge list of DOTr accomplishments.

According to MindaVote, Sen. Grace Poe should realize that she doesn't understand well the real mandate of the DOTr and its accomplishments during the current administration of Pres. Rody Duterte.

The popular FB Page reminded the lawmaker that with the huge number of accomplishments of the DOTr under the leadership of Sec. Art Tugade and not only with the MRT problems but also with the already solved problems at the ports, airports and other sectors of transportation in different parts of the country.

How MindaVote Slams Sen. Grace Poe:

Sabi ni Grace traPoe, bagsak daw ang grado ng DOTr dahil may mga dapat pa daw ayusin sa MRT. Palibhasa medyo maliit ang utak kaya hanggang doon lang ang kaya nyang intindihin tungkol sa kabuuang trabaho ng departamento. Para naman malinawan si Ms. TraPOE, eto po ang listahan ng mga accomplishments ng Department of Transportation, sa pamumuno ni Sec. Art Tugade, so BUONG BANSA. Hindi lang sa MRT, kundi sa mga pantalan, airports, at iba’t ibang sector ng transportation dito sa Pilipinas.



In the past two years, the DOTr has delivered big-ticket transport infrastructure projects under the Duterte administration's 'Build, Build, Build' Program to increase connectivity and enhance mobility of Filipinos across the country.

The DOTr also remains steadfast in its campaign for good governance by establishing systems and processes that espouse transparency and accountability.

Inspired by President Duterte's challenge to make Filipino lives comfortable, DOTr together with its hardworking attached agencies committed to deliver high impact projects which would ultimately promote inclusive growth across all transportation sectors.

In the past two and a half years, the DOTr and its attached agencies have accomplished the following:

I. Longstanding Issues Settled

• NAIA now among the world’s most improved airports
• No more “laglag-bala” in airports
• PAL paid its PhP6-B debt to PHL gov’t
• Settlement deal on Northrail project reached at no cost to PHL gov’t
• Location for the Common Station agreed upon by parties; construction now ongoing
• Backlog in driver’s license cards and use of paper receipts addressed
• PHL is no more “Republikang Walang Plaka” as LTO starts delivery of plates; opens own plate-making facility
• P2P bus routes expanded from 2 to 37
• MRT-3 recorded fewer unloading incidents: from 562 and 440 in 2016 and 2017 respectively, to only 56 in 2018
• The MRT-3 has gone for as long as 32 consecutive days without any passenger unloading incident
• Sumitomo-Mitsubishi now back as MRT-3 Rehabilitation and maintenance provider
• After decades, PUV Modernization Program finally starts implementation
• MARINA declared as the single Maritime Administration to harmonize STCW implementation on maritime education, training, medical examination, and port state control inspection

II. Sectoral Updates

A. Aviation

• Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 completed
• Bohol-Panglao International Airport inaugurated, commenced operations
• Construction of Bicol International Airport now 51% complete
• World-class terminal for Puerto Princesa International Airport built
• Construction of second terminal at Clark International Airport has started
• Domestic airport terminals in San Vicente (Palawan), Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Virac, and Maasin (Leyte) expanded and rehabilitated
• Original Proponent Status granted to companies for rehabilitation of NAIA and development of Davao International Airport and Kalibo International Airport
• New Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system installed
• Total of 21 commercial airports have night-flight capabilities
• Clark Airport reached more than 100 international and 400 domestic flights

B. Railways

• PHL and Japan governments signed loan agreement for MRT-3 rehabilitation
• Two Dalian train sets have been deployed to MRT-3’s main line
• Construction of MRT-7 is 37.41% complete as of October 2018
• Metro Manila Subway set to break ground in January 2019
• North-South Commuter Railway Extension Project starts construction
• Pre-construction activities have started for PNR Clark Railway (Phase 1)
• The Mindanao Railway will begin construction of its first phase in 2019
• LRT Line 1 Extension to commence construction in first quarter of 2019; construction yard cleared
• “Bicol Express” gains steam

C. Roads

• ParaƱaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) began operations
• Plans underway for construction of Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange
• MOU signed for North Integrated Terminal Exchange
• LTO rolled out new driver’s license cards with five-year validity
• Under the PUV Modernization Program, 116 routes have been identified for initial implementation, with 654 units for 25 routes granted provisional authority and franchise
• Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) approves accreditation of 36 new transport cooperatives, bringing the current total to 681, as of 24 January 2019
• 20 new PITX routes opened to PUVMP-compliant units
• The Pantawid Pasada Program has distributed 78,409 fuel subsidy cards as of 28 January 2019
• MOA for stakeholder support mechanism of PUVMP signed to provide skills training to continuing drivers, and livelihood programs to those who may be affected

D. Maritime

• Cavite Gateway Terminal began its operations
• New Passenger Terminal Building in Davao Port opened
• Passenger Terminal Building of Cagayan De Oro Port 81.78% complete
• Construction of Cebu International Container Port set to begin next year
• Completed over 161 commercial and social/tourism port projects nationwide
• Upgrading of ports in General Santos, Basilan, Davao Del Sur ongoing
• Davao to Manila Passenger Shipping Route reopened
• The MARINA has completed the submission of its proofs of compliance with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) that aim to close the gap of its noted areas of improvement in the country’s maritime education, training, and certification system of Filipino seafarers.

III. Good Governance and Transparency

• Several officials and personnel were relieved over complaints of extortion activities
• 16 officials of DOTr and its attached agencies dismissed from service for various misdeeds
• Over 100 online livestreams of bidding processes for projects under DOTr and attached agencies
* DOTr awarded as one of the top performing agencies in FOI
* Three (3) state-owned agencies under DOTr remitted more than PhP11-billion to the national treasury, and were listed among the GOCCs with the highest amount of dividends remitted to the country’s coffers for 2017. Topping the list is the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), while Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) ranked as 2nd, and the Manila International Airports Authority (MIAA) ranked 7th.

Last year, the DOTr also secured a seal of approval from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), attesting to its quality standards in public bidding processes.

The DOTr's mission remains: to deliver fast, safe, reliable and convenient transportation services. Together with its attached agencies, the DOTr vows its utmost to provide the mobility and connectivity that Filipinos truly deserve.

Source: MindaVote FB Page

MindaVote Slams Sen. Grace Poe for Saying DOTr Failed, Shares List of DOTr Accomplishments MindaVote Slams Sen. Grace Poe for Saying DOTr Failed, Shares List of DOTr Accomplishments Reviewed by Phil Newsome on February 12, 2019 Rating: 5
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