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DOF: Fuel marking to generate P20-billion additional revenues

The fuel marking system to be implemented early next year as part of the first tax reform package will generate P20 billion in additional revenues for the government and combat oil smuggling, Department of Finance officials said. Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña told reporters recently that the DOF-attached Bureau of Customs had already created a technical […]

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Palace: No classes, government work on Tuesday, Oct. 17

Contrary to its earlier statement, Malacañang will suspend classes at all levels for both public and private schools as well as government work nationwide on Tuesday, the second day of  a nationwide transport strike. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made the announcement late Monday night. “Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea suspended government work and classes for […]

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DOF, DOTr to decide jointly on MRT-3’s future

The offer of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. to buy out the government’s interest in the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will depend on the decision of not just one but two departments that will decide jointly on the fate of this key element of Metro Manila’s mass transport system. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said […]

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2 hurt as MRT-3 suffers five breakdowns

Five breakdowns in one day. Two passengers were hurt after a Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) train came to a sudden stop on Wednesday in what was the first of several breakdowns that affected the operations of Metro Manila’s busiest train line. According to Cesar Chavez, Department of Transport (DOTr) undersecretary for rails, a 30-year-old […]

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Uber kill

LTFRB, or the Land Transportation Regulatory and Franchising Board, just issued another warning to Uber: It should not recover from its hordes of passengers the P190-million fine imposed by LTFRB. But how on earth would LTFRB determine whether or not Uber would have recovered even just a peso of the fine from passengers? And what […]

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QC proposal sets speed limit based on road type

A draft ordinance in Quezon City seeks to impose speed limits depending on the type of road, following findings that the city has been recording the highest number of vehicular accidents in Metro Manila over the past six years. Under the proposed measure authored by Councilor Oliviere Belmonte, chair of the city council’s transport committee, […]

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Neda chief: Mega Manila Subway project up for Palace OK in September

The country’s first subway system will be up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval next month ahead of the planned signing of the loan agreement between the Philippine and Japanese governments in November, the country’s chief economist said Thursday. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told a press conference that the P230-billion Mega Manila Subway Project […]

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Uber files motion for reconsideration, resumes operations

Uber Philippines resumed its operations on Tuesday after submitting a motion for reconsideration against the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) one-month suspension. “In response to overwhelming rider and driver demand, we have filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB,” Uber Philippines said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “This […]

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MMDA to auction off impounded vehicles on Aug. 29

Owners of vehicles impounded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have until Aug. 29 to settle their fines. Starting 2 p.m. that day, vehicles that will remain unclaimed will be auctioned off, according to MMDA operations supervisor Bong Nebrija. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Nebrija said the agency would be holding an auction to […]

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QC gov’t goes after illegal tricycles

The Quezon City government will start cracking down today on “colorum” tricycles as part of the strict enforcement of a 2014 ordinance. Under a one-strike policy, tricycles operating without a valid franchise will be impounded in the crackdown to be conducted by around 200 personnel from the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), Environment […]

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Oct 18, 2017

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Oct 11, 2017

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