Statement of Secretary Roxas on Senator Revilla, February 21, 2014

Pahayag ni Kalihim Mar Roxas:Ukol kay Senador Ramon “Bong” Revilla
[Ika-21 ng Pebrero 2014]
Naaawa  ako kay Senator Revilla na dati kong kasamahan sa Senado. Kung anu-ano na lang ang sinasabi para mapagtakpan ang katotohanan. Payo ko, magpakatoo siya. Tigilan na ang pag-iimbento ng kung anu-anong script. Hindi ito sine. Totoong buhay ito na ang bawat gawain ay may kaukulang pananagutan.
Inuulit ko, ang problema ni Senator Revilla ay si Benhur Luy at iba pang whistleblowers at mga COA documents na nagsasabing paulit-ulit niyang ibinibigay sa mga pekeng NGOs ni Napoles ang kanyang pondo sa Senado.
Kung may lalabas pang mga bagong testigo na magdidiin sa kanya sa kasong ito, hindi na namin kasalanan iyon. Mas mabuting sagutin na lamang niya ang akusasyon ng mga ito at ipaliwanag ang mga opisyal na dokumentong nag-uugnay sa kanya sa Napoles scam.

Physician Licensure examination results, February 2014

Republic of the Philippines
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 425 out of 815passed the Physician (Complete and Finals with Prelims) Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila and Cebu thisFebruary 2014.
The members of the Board of Medicine who gave the licensure examination are
Dr. Miguel L. Noche, Jr., Chairman; Dr. Jose Y. Cueto, Jr., Dr. Restituto C. De Ocampo, Dr. Florentino C. Doble, Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando and Dr. Mildred N. Pareja, Members.
The results were released in three (3) working days from the last day of examination.
Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be on March 3-5, 2014. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 1 piece passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2014-2017.  Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.
The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.
The top performing schools in the February 2014 Physician Licensure Examination as per Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010:
The successful examinees in the February 2014 Physician Licensure Examinationwho garnered the ten (10) highest places are the following:
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Link references:PHYS0214-alpha

MRT-3 extend operating hours to beat traffic

From the Department of Transportation and Communications
To give the public another option to beat traffic, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Metro Rail Transit III (MRT-3) Office will extend the operating hours of the metropolis’ most utilized urban rail transit system starting on February 24, 2014. The longer hours of service will be tested for one month to determine whether it will be viable in the long run.
“This is part of our program to mitigate the traffic situation. Based on the test run, we will monitor how much passengers are willing to alter their riding habits by commuting earlier in the morning or later in the evening. We will also see whether this will encourage motorists to take the train instead of their cars,” said DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.
Currently, the rail system’s regular hours of operation are from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For the first two work weeks, or from February 24 to March 7, the MRT-3 Office will start operations at 4:30 a.m. from the North Avenue station and 5:00 a.m. from the Taft Avenue station.
In the two following work weeks, or from March 10 to 21, it will also extend the evening runs up to 10:30 p.m. from the North Avenue station and 11:00 p.m. from the Taft Avenue station, in addition to the earlier opening hours.
After the four-week testing period, the MRT-3 Office will make its recommendation to the DOTC based on its impact on commuters, daily train maintenance requirements, and the additional cost of operation.
“Our limitations are on maintenance and costs. For maintenance, the coaches have to be checked every night to ensure safety. It seems that we will be able to shorten the turnover process without compromising actual maintenance hours. As for costs, the testing period will allow us to project how much more we need to spend to make it sustainable over time,” Sagcal explained.
“As always, we are looking for ways to serve the public better. We want to deliver convenient, efficient, and safe transportation options, especially with government’s push to improve infrastructure over the next few years,” he added.
The DOTC has previously announced that the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will begin its Special Coach service to ply the Tutuban to Sta. Rosa route as another mitigating step to help ease traffic. Together with the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), it is now also finalizing options through which LRT Lines 1 and 2 can accommodate more travellers who will be affected by the various construction works in Metro Manila.

PNoy gives go signal for LRT, MRT smartcards

The Aquino administration—through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)—gave a Multi-Year Obligational Authority (MYOA) to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), effectively green-lighting a contactless smartcard fare collection system for Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 and 2, as well as for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 in Metro Manila.
The DBM likewise issued another MYOA to the DOTC for the implementation of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) New Passenger Terminal Project. Both authorities were granted to the Transportation and Communications agency in late December 2013.
“Put simply, a MYOA will allow a department or agency to obligate funds for a project for more than a year, but only if the total cost of that particular project isn’t fully covered by the General Appropriations Act in the first year of the project’s implementation. We issued these two MYOAs to DOTC for that very reason, as well as to jump-start the Aquino administration’s bid to improve key transportation systems in some of our busiest cities,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said.
The first MYOA covers the Contactless Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), which will allow the DOTC to replace the magnetic stripe tickets currently in use in the LRT and MRT with contactless smartcards and tokens in the two railways.
“The switch from magnetic stripe tickets to contactless cards and tokens in the LRT and MRT will help us reduce operational and maintenance costs in both railways, besides strengthening security in the management of cash in the LRT and MRT. Just as important is the fact that these upgrades will improve the user experience for LRT and MRT passengers as they commute from one point to another in the metro,” Abad said.
The AFCS will be implemented through a Public-Private Partnership via the Build/Rehabilitate-Transfer-Operate (BTO/RTO) and Build-Own-Operate contractual arrangements. The total investment cost for the project—which will cover the years 2013 to 2025—will amount to P3.16 trillion, with P671 million invested in it for 2013 and another P1.05 billion set for the AFCS this year.
The DBM also noted that the project’s funding requirement for 2013 and 2014 is financed by the private sector, which will support costs for development, financing, and civil works; the initial costs for the smartcards and tokens; and other costs involved in the investment phase.
Meanwhile, the MCIA New Passenger Terminal Project will facilitate the construction of a new passenger terminal building and the renovation and expansion of the existing terminal building in the airport. The initiative will also be implemented through a PPP, specifically on a Build-Operate-Transfer arrangement.
The total investment cost for the MCIA upgrade project—spanning the years 2013 to 2016 and 2021-2023—will amount to P17.5 billion. Last year, the investment cost totaled P2.07 billion, which was wholly funded by the Philippine government.
This year, the Administration will support the project with P123.6 million, as specified in the National Expenditure Program for 2014. This amount has likewise been recommended in the MYOA for the current year, with the additional requirement of P100 million recommended for consideration in 2015.
“Besides ramping up our PPP initiatives, the two MYOAs will help support key innovations in the country’s transportation hubs. The modernization of our LRT and MRT systems, for example, will be kicked off by the transition from magnetic strip cards to smartcards and tokens. The MCIA project, meanwhile, will not only boost our infrastructure spending and encourage the growth of our tourism industry. A new passenger terminal will allow the MCIA to accommodate its growing number of passengers and prime the airport for future improvements and development,” Abad said.

Philippine National Railways (PNR) launch special coach service; extend operating hours amid works of Skyway Stage 3 & NAIA Expressway Projects

PNR launches special coach service on March 3; extend operating hours
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) are set to launch a Special Coach service to provide travelers convenient alternative to the anticipated heavy traffic in the areas affected by construction works for the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 and the NAIA Expressway Projects.
Scheduled to be launched on March 3, 2014, the Special Coach service will make use of air-conditioned train sets with other features to ensure passenger convenience such as fixed seating, onboard washrooms, reclining seats, and a lounge section. It can accommodate 120 people per trip.
“This is one of the DOTC’s first efforts towards easing the present traffic situation in Manila, Makati, Pasay, and other affected areas especially in the southern part of the metropolis.  Instead of taking private vehicles, motorists will now have a more efficient alternative.  We are also working on other solutions which we will be ready to implement as our infrastructure projects are rolled out later this year to 2015,” said DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.
For his part, PNR General Manager Joseph Allan Dilay said that “the Special Coach service is part of our program to revive the old glory of PNR, and to deliver improved services to the public.  It will also enable riders from the south to take a reliable and faster means of transport into the heart of Metro Manila.”
In its initial phase, the Special Coach service will run 4 times per day, with the following schedules:
Time of Departure
Time of Arrival
Tutuban to Sta. Rosa
5:47 a.m.
7:33 a.m.
Sta. Rosa to Tutuban
8:00 a.m.
9:46 a.m.
Tutuban to Sta. Rosa
4:17 p.m.
6:03 p.m.
Sta. Rosa to Tutuban
6:08 p.m.
7:54 p.m.
Depending on ridership turnout, the PNR will evaluate whether it will be feasible to increase the number of trips further in order to serve more passengers.  The special fare will range from P60 to P90.
To get to the Buendia station in Makati, it takes 31 minutes from the Tutuban station and one hour and fifteen minutes from the Sta. Rosa station.
To further help in lessening the expected gridlock, the PNR will also extend its commuter rail’s normal operating hours from the current 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., to a longer period of 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.  Currently, the railway’s commuter line serves an average of 65,000 passengers on 70 trips a day.