At the 3rd National Congress for the Transport Cooperative Sector, Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade revealed some key updates for motorists, plus the current administration's plans for the future.
Chief among Tugade's updates were about ongoing projects. “Iyong Bicol Express (Manila to Bicol Railways) ay tatapusin sa termino ng ating pangulo,” he said. Regarding the proposed subway system, Tugade said that president Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will sign the agreement in November.
“Yung train from Tutuban-Clark, dati usap-usapan lang yan. Sa termino ni pangulong Duterte, gagawin ‘yang katotohanan,” Tugade said.
Tugade also disclosed that by June 19, the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) will be signed. This will provide rules and strategies for issuing public transportation franchises, in an effort to improve our public transport system. “Kapag napirmahan na ang Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, maili-lift na ang moratorium sa mga prangkisa,” he emphasized.
Secretary Tugade also mentioned the government's plans of going digital: “Pinag-aaralan namin na sa hinaharap, kung wala kang violation, online na lang ang application ng lisensya.”
Finally, on the continuing issue of delayed license plates, Tugade reassured motorists: “Intensyon ko ho na kapag ang sasakyan ay lumabas ng casa, dapat ay may plaka na.”
On paper, all of these updates sound swell. Here's hoping they push through. What do you guys think?