The Philippines, through the Department of Transportation (DOTr), will host the 42nd Senior Transport Officials Meeting (42nd STOM) and the 22nd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (22nd ATM).
The high-level meetings to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila from November 14 – 18, 2016 will gather transportation officials from the 10 ASEAN Member States. More than 200 transport officials and delegates will convene to discuss various transport initiatives and policies that will improve connectivity and enhance cooperation in the region.
The STOM leaders, working under the direction of the ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM), are expected to review the implementation and establishment of transport agreements as set by the ATM. Among the projects to be discussed is the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan (KLTSP), which is the transport vision and blueprint for 2016 – 2025. The KLTSP, an important pillar of the ASEAN Economic Integration, aims to make the ASEAN community more integrated, competitive, and resilient.

Other transport initiatives to be discussed include the establishment of the ASEAN Single Shipping Market and the ASEAN Roll-on Roll-off Shipping Network, which are both designed to facilitate trade, reduce transport costs, and provide easier access to key markets in Southeast Asia through a more connected maritime transportation network. Liberalization of air services, building safer road networks and efficient railway systems, and promoting sustainable and green transport initiatives are also part of the agenda.

The ATM will convene from November 17 -18 and are expected to consider and adopt STOM recommendations.

China, Japan, and Korea are this year’s dialogue partners. Various ASEAN projects in cooperation with these countries will be discussed in separate sessions. Delegates from Russia will also be present in preparation for the ASEAN-Russia Transport Ministers Meeting next month.

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade is this year’s ATM Chairman while Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Garry De Guzman will serve as STOM Chairman.

It can be remembered that just recently, President Rodrigo Duterte had instructed all major infrastructure agencies of the country, including the DOTr, to mark his term as the country’s “golden age for infrastructures,” and further directed these agencies to present the infrastructure plan of the Duterte administration. The Plan illustrated how the government will go about building more railways, urban mass transport, airports, seaports, more bridges and roads, and new and better cities, which in turn would further open the Philippines to a more seamless trade and connectivity with its neighboring countries.

The ASEAN is composed of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


Press Release
11 November 2016

Heavy traffic congestion experienced by passengers of NAIA Terminal 3 last Friday, 28 October 2016,  was due to the demolition of the existing Skyway ramp of NAIA-Ex, without due coordination with the Inter-agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT). It was bad timing especially that it was a long weekend and people àre  trooping to the provinces for the Undas to honor their dead love ones.
As soon as it has come to the attention of DOTr Secretary Tugade, he directed the IACT to call the attention of SOMCO/Skyway management and asked to immediately suspend  the works in the ramp which was causing congestion due  to the influx of airline passengers in NAIA.

Thus, DMCI, their contractor, immediately stopped the demolition works, but one lane has already become unpassable.

Engr.  Alec Cruz, head of Tollways operation of Skyway went  to the site and verified the situation and checked whether it was  possible to open another ramp to alleviate the pressure on the one that they closed.

Manny Bonoan, President of SOMCO/ Skyway, announced later  that NAIAX Ramp 1 was temporarily opened @ 1641H to relieve the Terminal 3 and Andrews Ave of  traffic congestion. This is an additional access to the elevated section towards Makati and south bound areas like Alabang.

Traffic started to move slowly due to heavy volume of vehicles. Skyway traffic patrollers were also deployed in the Terminal 3 area as far as sales interchange helping the IACT traffic patrollers manage the flow of traffic.

The traffic situation yesterday and today in the Andrews Ave and Sales Bridge area has been light to moderate with the entrance to Terminal 3 as moderate to slow moving.

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has put all ports nationwide in heightened alert in LIGHT of the deadly Davao bombing Friday night.
PPA said there is a need to further boost safety and security in all ports, particularly Mindanao ports, to deter any further terroristic acts.
“All port managers and port police, particularly in the Mindanao region, are instructed to take all (delete) necessary measureS to make sure that there are no loOse ends when it comes to safety and security,” PPA Acting General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said in a directive.

“You are likewise further directed to subject all cargoes, luggageS and passengers to strict inspection procedures to guarantee that CRIMINAL ELEMENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO use the ports as a springboard for THEIR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES," Santiago stressed.

“The terror threat is not only concentrated in Mindanao but nationwide so ports in the Visayas and Luzon REGIONS should not be complacent and ARE likewise advised to increase security visibility and heighten security measures,” Santiago added.

Even before the Davao bombing, the PPA has already put all ports on high alert status. And as a result, Iligan port operatives were able to intercept a passenger carrying a kilo of shabu, worth about P14 million, which was turned over to the PNP for further investigation.

Davao, meanwhile, is on a lockdown after an explosion rocked a night market around 10:20 p.m. on Davao City's Roxas Street Friday killing14 people and leaving dozens injured.

The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf eventually took responsibility of the bombing.

Meanwhile, PPA assured that commercial operations of its Sasa Wharf, the main gateway of the region’s import and export cargoes, will not be interrupted and likewise ordered its port personnel to make sure that delays would only be minimal particularly WITH RESPECT TO perishable goods.

Aside from Davao, PPA is not expecting any delays in the commercial operations despite the heightened alert status of PPA-controlled ports.

genericIn a bid to decongest traffic in Metro Manila this Christmas Season, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) has appealed to the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to come up with a Resolution to remove the "window hours" for private vehicles traversing EDSA, C5, Roxas Blvd., cities of Makati, Las Piñas, Mandaluyong, and Alabang Zapote road under the Number Coding Scheme.
The appeal was made due to the expected rise in the volume of vehicles in Metro Manila in the next few months. Public Utility Vehicles, on the other hand, shall still strictly observe the Number Coding Scheme with NO window hours. The Resolution is set to be implemented on October 17, 2016 and will last until January 31, 2017.
After January 31, i-ACT shall assess the impact of the "no window hours" measure and determine if it has created a positive impact in alleviating traffic congestion in the metropolis. The assessment shall be submitted to the Metro Manila Council, through the Metro Manila Mayors, who will decide if it will be implemented further or permanently.

Window hours refer to the five-hour period (10:00am-3:00pm) when motorists covered by the scheme on a specific day can still pass without being apprehended. A dry-run of the "no window hours" will be implemented on October 12 to 14.

Meanwhile, in anticipation of heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the Holiday Season, i-ACT also reached out to operators of Utility companies in order to set the moratorium on road repairs and diggings starting November 1 to January 9.

The moratorium shall cover all road works by utility companies and government, but with the exclusion of flagship projects such as the Skyway 3.


October 10, 2016

DOTr secretary Tugade salutes and sends his well wishes to PH Coast guard personnel w RAdm Melad
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade underscores that the 44-meter Multi-Role Response Vessel (MRRV) that arrived from Japan yesterday is part of a project contracted and secured by the previous administration.  “We are receiving it in behalf of the Government.”  It is a project of the past administration.  We just want to say that, “Ayaw namin ng nagnanakaw ng kalabaw”, said Tugade during the turnover ceremony at the Philippine Coast Guard Headquarters yesterday where he and Rear Admiral Melad received the vessel along with 2 PCG officers and 10 non-officers including Japanese crew who sailed through rough waters to deliver the ship on its agreed date yesterday.
Rear Admiral Melad lauded the Japanese government for the continuous and unwavering support to the PCG’s capability development programs.  Over the past 18 years, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended numerous assistance to the PCG in terms of human resource development, providing additional equipment for the communications, diving and rescue, personal protective equipment for oil spill combat operations, and donating small boats and rubber boats.

Nine (9) more MRRVs will be built by the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) Yokohama Shipyard for the PCG and will also be named after the primary lighthouses in the country to denote the important role of lighthouse as an aid to navigation to mariners.

The project is being implemented as an Official Development Assistance (ODA) via a tied loan extended by the JICA.  The loan facility covers P 7,373,700,000 out of the total project of P 8,807,700,000.  The balance will be sourced from the Philippine counterpart of P 1,434,000,000.

JMU will provide the supply of standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation and marine insurance.  The vessels will have a cruising speed of 25 knots and a range of 1,500 nautical miles.

Note:   (PCG sent details of BRP Tubbataha delivery yesterday)