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PH, UK forge deals for transnational education

MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has partnered with the British Council in providing higher educational institutions (HEI) access to niche courses from the United Kingdom (UK) to further improve the state of education in the country. The Joint Development of Niche Programs (JDNP), through the Philippine-UK Linkages project, will provide capacity and funding …

CHED steps up Cha-cha info drive

MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will enlist the support of state universities and colleges (SUCs) nationwide to conduct an intensive information campaign to help the youth fully understand Charter change or Cha-cha. The network of state universities in the country will be an effective venue to hold forums and workshops on Charter change, …

PLDT to return frequencies to gov’t at no cost

MANILA — Telecommunications giant PLDT Inc. has agreed to surrender one of its frequencies at no cost to the government for them to be allocated to a potential third major player in the local telecommunications industry. The decision by the telco firm comes after President Rodrigo Duterte said the frequencies for the entry of a new …

MMDA: Repair of Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong to start Saturday

MANILA— The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing its traffic rerouting scheme for the 17 month rehabilitation and upgrading of the Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong City. The partial closure of the bridge traversing Shaw Boulevard and P. Sanchez in Santa Mesa, Manila will start at 10 p.m. Saturday. “We have been removing illegally parked …

Japanese railway engineers conduct audit on MRT-3

MANILA — A team of more than 50 Japanese railway engineers and experts will start Thursday its system audit of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to determine the necessary rehabilitation and restoration works for the railway system. This initiative comes in preparation for the mobilization of a rehabilitation and maintenance provider from Japan in …

LTFRB reschedules TNVS applications to March 5

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has delayed the applications of new transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) units from February 5 to March 5. This after Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered a review of the LTFRB’s memorandum which imposed a common supply base for TNVS units at 45,700 nationwide. …

Skyway returns to old toll payment scheme

MANILA — Skyway has returned to its old toll payment scheme after motorists complained of heavy traffic caused by the opening of its new runway toll plaza and payment scheme. Effective 10 p.m. Tuesday, Skyway has temporarily reverted to its old “pay as you enter” scheme for private vehicles coming from Alabang, Sucat, and Bicutan. …

TBTU drive catches over 1K dilapidated, smoke belching PUVs

MANILA — The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) has apprehended more than a thousand dilapidated and smoke-belching public utility vehicles (PUVs) under its ongoing “Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok” (TBTU) drive. Latest figures from I-ACT show that since the TBTU was launched last January 8, a total of 1,169 PUVs had been apprehended for various violations, …

DOTr apologizes over MRT smoke incident

MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has apologized to the public over the smoke incident that occured in one of the trains of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) on Friday, assuring that it will implement measures to ensure the safety and reliability of the railway system. Around 600 passengers unloaded from the …

I-ACT to deploy buses in areas affected by ‘Tanggal Bulok’ drive

MANILA — Public utility buses will be taking special trips starting next week to provide an alternative mode of transportation to commuters affected by the ongoing ‘Tanggal Bulok Tanggal Usok’ (TBTU) campaign. The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) is requesting the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for the lifting of the number coding scheme for city …