Tugade reveals transport projects, says won’t tolerate corruption
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade emphasized the eagerness of the Duterte administration to fast-track its infrastructure projects to enhance mobility and connectivity in the country during the 3rd National Congress for the Transport Cooperative Sector held at Santiago City, Isabela.
Speaking before transport cooperative delegates and government officials, Sec. Tugade revealed that the government is pushing its infrastructure plans, such as the modernization of the Cauayan Airport in Isabela and its plans to build the Manila to Bicol Railways and the Tutuban-Clark Railways.
Tugade also announced that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Minister Shinzo Abe will sign an agreement for the construction of a subway system in November.
Meanwhile, Tugade also gave an update on road transportation, saying that the DOTr will sign on June 19 the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, which will provide rules and strategies in issuing public transportation franchises to improve public land transportation.
“Kapag napirmahan na ang Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, maili-lift na ang moratorium sa mga prangkisa,” said Tugade, who also aims to lessen the time in the acquisition of a driver’s license. “Pinag-aaralan namin na sa hinaharap, kung wala kang violation, online na lang ang application ng lisensya.”
Secretary Tugade also encouraged the transport cooperative leaders and members to support President Duterte’s plans and programs. He said that his attendance to the event is a testament of the President’s love towards the transport cooperatives sector.
Present in the evert were LTO Chief Edgar Galvante, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III and Board Member Aileen Lizada, DOTr Undersecretaries Artemio Tuazon, Jr. and Manuel Antonio Tamayo, and officials from the DOTr – Office for Transport Cooperative (OTC).