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DOTr wants LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project done in 2019

The expected completion for the LRT Line-1 Cavite Extension project is the last quarter of 2021, however transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade wants the project done by 2019 or 2020. The immediate completion of LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project is for the benefit of thousands of commuters who take LRT-1.

Secretary Tugade said that the assumption of construction is 8 hours a day but he wanted it to be 24 hours a day without sacrificing quality of construction.

Under the project, eight stations will be constructed, these stations are Aseana, Mia, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piña, Zapote and Niog Station in Bacoor, Cavite. The completion of this project will help the commuters, cutting down their travel time from 2 hours to 40 mins.

LRMC said that the project will doubly hard to complete the LRT-1 extension project earlier than its expected completion.

“As early as now, were are getting involved in the procurement process. As we have said, imagine, we inherited three kinds of trains from the previous government. There are trains from Belgium, Korea, Japan. There are more to come perhaps with different configurations, it will be hard for us. As to the issue on parts, maintenance and other specifications.” -LMRC administration

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Asia Economic Leaders Pushes for Globalization

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) meeting held in Japan this week comprised of central bankers and finance ministers across the region raised the revenue against the international commerce restriction from the setback of the U.S. from pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a trade deal that established rules and open market between 12 nations that would account for the 40 percent of the total global GDP.

“I believe that an individual trade pact may not succeed because one country has pulled out, as in the case of TPP,” Arun Jaitley, India’s minister of finance, defense and corporate affairs, said at a debate.

Jaitley also added that the trade is going to find ways and means either by way of multilateral arrangements, plurilateral agreements, or bilateral arrangements of moving forward.

Jaitley’s comments were reflected by others including ADB President Takehiko Nakao. According to President Nakao, he did not believe recent protectionist remarks “by several policymakers in the world” would immediately impact Asia.

“As long as we keep reform momentum, which we are doing, we should be okay,” he said looking into the likely demise of the partnership without U.S membership.

Nakao took a stance and said that they are very clear. Free trade is important and protectionist trade practices are not good and they should make an effort to keep the trade and investment regime.

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Misamis Oriental to Build New Water System

Misamis Orientel is set to install a new water system to cater to the scarcity of water supply in the province.

Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said that the province will partner with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project will cover the municipalities of Magsaysay-Lugait where the first phase will start in Balingasag to the town of Laguindingan.

Emano said that the irony is that the province actually has a good water source yet suffers water problems. He also added that the project will be under a Private-Public Partnership agreement for more transparency.

The governor along with other province officials will go to Manila to present the project under the PPP arrangement and the Provincial Board approved the ordinance last April.

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The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) launched a system called Passenger Assist Rail Display also known as “PARDS”.

PARDS is a new system that would allow passengers determine the time of arrival and departure of trains in every LRT-2 Station.

One of the trains of the LRT-2 ha been installed with the Passenger Assist Rail Display system and it will be fully operational in June. The LTRA plans to install 40 monitors in every train of the LRT-2 which will display the location of each trains and it will also show the cause of delay of every train.

The developers also plan to create a mobile application that passengers can install in their cell phones for easier access. It will also include all administrative announcements and emergency situations.

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Puregold New Plane Livery Unveiled at the Clark International Airport

The puregold Price Club Inc. took its retail marketing to the skies as the unveiled their new plane livery.

Together with airasia the launched the two plane liveries featuring Puregold’s name and logo prominently displayed on both sides of an Airbus A320 aircraft. Puregold has its name wrapped on two AirAsia aircraft. The first aircraft was presented to the public with a water cannon salute upon its arrival at Clark International Airport in a ceremony led by CIAC president Alexander Cauguiran, Puregold president Vincent Co, Philippines AirAsia CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and Philippines AirAsia Head of Ancillary Business Karlo Sanchez.

Puregold President Vincent Co said that they had the perfect opportunity for Puregold to expand their brand’s reach and that their partnership with AirAsia was anchored on a shared commitment to deliver value and the best quality service.

Captain Dexter Comendador said that they are honoured to be carrying a homegrown retail brand on the ground and in the skies. He also said that they are a sociable and innovative brand and that they take pride of their collaborative nature.

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Work Pushes at LRT1 Cavite Extension

After years of delays the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) in Metro Manila held a ceremony for the Cavite extension project on May 4, 2017.

Back in 2014, Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), backed by Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investment Corp., bagged a P65-Billion LRT-1 Cavite extension public pride partnership project.

According to the President and CEO of Light Rail Manila Rogelio Singson the project would be finished by 2022. He added that commercial operation for Cavite line was poised to begin by early 2021.

The event was led by Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade, Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar, Ayala CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Metro Pacific CEO Jose Lim, and Sen. Cynthia Villar.

LRMC would pay about P35 Billion for the expansion and the remainder will be shouldered by the government, which also deliver new train cars from Japanese Suppliers. Singson also added that the LRT-1 extended capacity will double to about 800,000. The Cavite expansion projects will have an initial eight stations.

Once completed the travel time from Baccor to Manila would be 20 minutes shorter compared to the two or more hours.

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