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DOTr pushes for increase in PUV passenger capacity

Manila, Oct. 19 -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to recommend to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) an increase in passenger capacity in public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the National Capital Region following the downgrade of the alert level status. In a press briefing Monday, DOTr Assistant Secretary Steve Pastor said they would recommend increasing the capacity to cope up with the increased number of individuals using public transport. The current maximum passenger capacity is 50 percent. From Alert Level 4, the quarantine status in the NCR was downgraded to the more relaxed Alert Level 3 starting October 16 until October 31. "Tinitignan natin na magtaas ng seating capacity sa public transportation. Bilang tugon sa lumalaking gastusin sa day-to-day operations ng ating operators, and at the same time, this will also address 'yung matagal na hinihiling ng ating mga kasamahan sa business sector na dapat mas mapalago ang economic activities (We are looking at increasing the seating capacity in public transportation in response to the growing expenses of day-to-day operations of our operators. This will also address the long-time request of the business sector to broaden economic activities). We can contribute to that through an increase in public transportation, and their capacity," Pastor said. Pastor said the increase in passenger capacity will be "significant" and assured that the proposal to be submitted to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) would be based on both technical and medical studies. "The increase will be significant. I cannot give the exact figure at this point in time. Sa puntong ito ay inaaral po natin itong mabuti at kumukuha po kami ng relevant data from studies and journals to back up this proposed increase para matulungan po natin ang mga operators and drivers (At this point we are studying very well and we are getting relevant data from studies and journals to back up this proposed increase so that we can help our operators and drivers)," he said. He said the department would also consider the safety protocols existing in the affected local government units. Pastor said that in the meantime, the DOTr would continue monitoring the passenger capacity in PUVs amid the pandemic. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May start

Manila, Oct. 19 -- Vietnam is looking to begin the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games by the middle of May next year. This was confirmed during the SEA Games Federation meeting on Monday. Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino proposed during the online meeting for the event to formally open by May 12. "As the debate went on, I suggested for a May 12 opening ceremony, a Monday," Tolentino said. "The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon." Originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 this year, the SEA Games, still set to take place in Hanoi, was moved to May due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Traditionally being done every odd-numbered year ever since its first staging in 1959, the 31st edition would mark the first time the event will happen in an even-numbered year. A total of 520 events from 40 sports will take place in Hanoi with the Philippine team participating in 39 of the sports. However, it is expected that the SEA Games will return to its usual every odd-numbered year schedule by the 32nd edition with Cambodia finally getting a chance to host the biennial meet. But the 2023 host is set to hold the SEA Games at an earlier date, which posed a problem during the federation meeting since the May 2022 start to the Vietnam games has been set too. "Initially, they wanted the opening ceremony to be on May 5 or earlier," Tolentino said. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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