Philippines trains pet dogs for search and rescue

By Pam CASTRO MANILA, April 12, 2024 (AFP) – With her owner holding her leash, Philippine pooch Hazel sniffs through rubble in a simulated search for survivors of a major earthquake in the capital Manila. Hazel is taking part in a programme training pet dogs and their owners in search and rescue so they can be deployed in the aftermath of a disaster. Every Sunday, around 46 mongrels and purebreds of all sizes are put […]

PNR announces bus augmentation sched for March 28, 30, 31

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Railways has announced the schedule of the bus augmentation for the Alabang-Tutuban route for March 28, 30 and 31. The PNR said, on those days, the first bus trip will leave Alabang at 5:30 a.m. The first bus from Tutuban, meanwhile, will leave at 7 a.m. The last Alabang-Tutuban trip will be at 7 p.m. while the last Tutuban-Alabang trip will leave at 9 p.m. There is an interval of one […]

Fire hits four PGH wards

(Eagle News)–A fire hit four wards of the Philippine General Hospital in Manila on Wednesday, March 13. According to the Bureau of Fire Protection, the fire started around 3 p.m. and reached the second alarm before it was declared under control later in the day. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. In a statement, the Department of Health said, based on a report from the hospital, doctors and  patients were in […]

MMDA: Portions of some Metro Manila roads closed until March 11 due to reblocking, repairs

(Eagle News)–The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has announced  reblocking and repairs along some major Metro Manila roads. The MMDA said as a result, the following will be closed until 5 a.m. on Monday, March 11: Pedro Gil Street corner Taft Ave. (2nd lane), Manila City EDSA SB J.P. Rizal Avenue to Orense (3rd lane from sidewalk), Makati City EDSA NB between Don Vicente Ang Street to General Mascardo Street (5th lane from sidewalk), Caloocan City […]

DOTr warns of traffic slowdown in some NCR areas due to tunnel boring machine transfer

(Eagle News) — The Department of Transportation has warned motorists of a traffic slowdown in several areas in Metro Manila between Feb. 2 and 5. The agency said these roads may be affected with the Metro Manila Subway Project’s (MMSP) Tunnel Boring Machine expected to be transported from the Manila Harbour Center Port to D. Julia Vargas Avenue in Ortigas Center. 5th Avenue (between 11 P.M. – 12 M.N.) Araneta Avenue (between 1 A.M. – 2 […]

Canceled flights on Monday, Jan. 15

(Eagle News)–Several flights were canceled on Monday, Jan. 15, due to bad weather. The Manila International Airport Authority said the following are covered by the cancellation: Cebu Pacific (5J) 5J 821/822 Manila-Virac-Manila The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the shear line is affecting the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao. The northeast monsoon, it said, is also affecting Luzon and the rest of Visayas.  

SCTEX toll to increase starting Oct. 17

(Eagle News)–Motorists using the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway should expect to pay more starting October 17. This was after the Toll Regulatory Board provisionally approved the petitions for   rate adjustments filed by NLEX Corp. in 2020 and 2022. The provisionally approved toll  underwent thorough and meticulous review by the TRB, and NLEX Corp. had to comply with all the procedures and requirements, including the publication and posting of surety bond, before the Notice to Start Collection was […]

President Bongbong Marcos suspends LTFRB chair Guadiz

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos has ordered the suspension of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chair Teofilo Guadiz III amid allegations of graft and corruption. In a statement, the Presidential Communications Office said the President has also ordered an “immediate investigation.” In a separate statement,  Transportation  Secretary Jaime Bautista said Guadiz, in particular, was asked to explain allegations of misconduct involving the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program. “We do not tolerate any form of corruption […]

Right-of-way acquisition of properties affected by Edsa Greenways Project more than halfway through: DOTr

(Eagle News)–The right-of-way acquisition of properties affected by the Edsa Greenways Project is more than halfway through, the Department of Transportation said. According to the DOTr, the 54.16% of the total properties required for the project that aims  to link commuters to mass transit stations  translates to 3064 square meters. The 148 individuals affected by the project have also been enrolled in the Department of Labor and Employment’s Livelihood Assistance Program. Under the project, elevated […]

MCU footbridge in Edsa Busway Monumento station closed from Oct. 2 to Nov. 2: DOTr

(Eagle News)–The MCU footbridge in the Edsa Busway Monumento station will be closed from October 2 to November 2. The Department of Transportation said the temporary closure was to pave the way for Monumento station improvements. It said these are part of the government’s plans to rehabilitate Edsa Busway to ensure better services. General improvements in the pipeline include the installation of a surveillance system, the lengthening of widening of stations, and ensuring PWD-friendly infrastructure, […]

LRMC: Longer waiting times for LRT-1 passengers due to rail replacement activities

(Eagle News) — Passengers of the Light Rail Transit-1 can expect longer waiting times from September 20 to 24. According to its operator, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), this is because  rail replacement activities in the reversing or turnback area of the Baclaran Station, which are part of the company’s continuous railway upgrade program, are scheduled on those days. It said the temporary closure of this railway section is expected to impact, not just […]

Canceled flights on Sunday, Sept. 3

(Eagle News)–Several flights were canceled on Sunday, Sept. 3, due to bad weather. The Manila International Airport Authority said the following are covered by the cancelation: AirAsia PH (Z2) Z2 808/809 Manila-Shenzhen-Manila Philippine Airlines (PR) PR 894/895 Manila-Taipei-Manila The Philippine  Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Signal No. 1 remain hoisted over parts of Luzon as “Hanna” slightly intensified.