Tuesday, 2 September 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Sunday, August 24, 2014

Palace backs up MRT's decision to cease operation on Saturday

The Palace on Sunday supported the decision of the Department of Transportation and Communication to suspend the operations of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) last Saturday.

In a press briefing over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the safety of the commuters comes first.

“Malinaw din po ang patakaran ng DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) na kapag sa kanila pong judgment ay hindi po dapat patakbuhin ay ipapatigil po nila ang operasyon dahil marami nga po talagang sumasakay at we cannot endanger the lives of those who ride the MRT,” said Valte.

“Malinaw naman po na if, at any time—in the judgment of the operator and in the judgment of the administrator—na hindi po safe or kailangan po munang itigil, ‘yon po, safety will always be paramount,” Valte added.

On Saturday, the MRT suspended its operation after train’s communication system malfunction. What happened was the train operators can contact the control center, however, the control center can not give instruction to the train operators.

The MRT runs from Taft Avenue in Pasay City to North Avenue in Quezon City.

Valte noted all the necessary precautions and repair to the communication system must fist be settled before the MRT goes operational again.

“So, in their judgment, they deemed na kailangan maayos po muna ‘yon bago po simulan ulit ang operasyon,” she said. PND (ag)

President Aquino to lead commemoration of National Heroes Day

President Benigno Aquino III will lead the commemoration of National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Monday.

He will be accompanied by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, National Historical Commission Chair Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, Taguig Mayor Ma. Laarni Cayetano, Taguig 2nd district Representative Lino Cayetano and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang.

The theme of this year is: “Bayaning Pilipino: Lumalaban para sa Makatuwiran at Makabuluhang Pagbabago.”

In his message for the event, the President said we owe our freedom to our forefathers.

“We are, and will forever be, indebted to their sacrifice. We sustain their legacy as we persist in weaving their dream of a free, inclusive, and empowered Philippines into a tangible reality,” he said.

The President also acknowledged the Filipino people’s struggle for reform.

“Four years ago, the Filipino people dared to go against the tide of indifference and braved the waters towards good governance and social justice. Despite seemingly insurmountable odds we forged on, never letting those who continue to sow greed, doubt, and negativism undermine our love of country and people,” said the President.

“Through the most daunting circumstances—in the face of the strongest storm to hit our lands, in our continuing fight against poverty and corruption, or in our steadfast campaign for peace and equitable progress—we shall prove, time and again that indeed, the Filipino is worth fighting for,” he added. PND (ag)