PGMA’s legacy in transport sector cited

May 6, 2010 8:17 pm 

MANILA, May 6 — The transport sector on Thursday cited the gains of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s administration in the transport sector during a retrospective forum where the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) presented its Transport Sector Performance from 2001-2009.

The forum was attended by the President and Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, who used to head the DOTC before assuming his current post. Participants included officials and representatives from the Philippine RoRo (Roll-on, Roll-off) Operator Association, Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines (PBOAP), Cebu Pacific Air, Cebu Provincial Government, and University of Asia and Pacific (UA&P).

UA&P professor Dr. Enrico Basilio said RoRo has enhanced the country’s competitiveness by providing inter-island connectivity. He said it resulted to better passenger traffic and public access to tourism areas in the country, and cheaper and easier means of transporting goods.

“The transportation cost is reduced to 10 percent to 20 percent,” he said.

Alex Reyes, vice president for commercial planning of the Cebu Pacific Air, said there is a “tremendous growth” in the country’s civil aviation. For Cebu Pacific Air alone, he said, the number of passengers they accommodated has increased by 30 percent in 2009.

Reyes said Cebu Pacific plans to acquire more planes to accommodate the increasing number of airline passengers. Cebu Pacific currently has a fleet of 21 Airbuses and is targeting to get 22 more by 2014. “This, I think, proves our confidence in the future,” he said.

Homer Mercado, President of the PBOAP, said Arroyo’s significant contribution to the road transport group is the issuance of Executive Order 712 on March 2008 which protected bus operators from abuses of some local government units.

With EO 712, a single ticketing system for traffic violations in Metro Manila was implemented

During the forum, DOTC Acting Secretary Anneli Lontoc said that from 2001 to 2009, the DOTC and its attached agencies completed three nautical highways, 436 ports construction/improvement, six new airports, 71 airports upgrading, two new light railways projects, two other railways rehabilitation projects, and five tollway projects.

“Following President Arroyo’s spatial framework for sectoral development, the DOTC has implemented various transport infrastructure projects to enhance the various regions’ natural competitive advantages”, she said.

During the period, the DOTC generated P296.061 billion. By sector, the road transport sector accounted for the collection of P86.209 billion in revenues, followed by the civil aviation sector at P81.385 billion, maritime transport sector at P57.446 billion, the railway sector at P30.389, and the communications sector P32.097 billion. The DOTC Central Office contributed P8.533 billion to the total revenue collection. (PNA)



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