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What Went Before: Alleged extortion attempt at MRT bidding

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In July 2013, Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar accused Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) officials led by Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol III of attempting to extort $30 million (about P1.3 billion) from the Czech train manufacturer Inekon Group in exchange for a P3.77-billion contract to expand the capacity of the mass rail system on Edsa.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

The coast is clear

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It seems that the Department of Transportation and Communications, or the DOTC, is aching to push for its version of the “winner” in the bidding for the 25-year contract for the P17.5-billion international airport terminal in Cebu.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Ayala, Metro Pacific ink deal with DOTC

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A consortium made up of Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. signed Monday the concession agreement for the P1.72-billion automated fare collection system (AFCS) public private partnership project – the first for the Department of Transportation and Communications – after winning the deal two months ago.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Bidding a better mousetrap

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Okay—it is now a brinkmanship game in media among lawmakers, government agencies, and the bidding consortia in the much-delayed P17.5-billion passenger terminal project at the Mactan Cebu International Airport—yes, the MCIA.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

PH pleads case in EU to save seafarers’ jobs

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The Department of Transportation and Communications has met with the European Union to plead the government’s case and prevent the banning of Filipino officers from European ships.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

2 more firms vying for P2.5B PPP deal for south Metro transport hub

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Two more companies, including the developer of the upscale Versailles community in Alabang, have expressed interest in participating in a public-private partnership deal for a P2.5-billion public transportation hub in southern Metro Manila.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Skyway Stage 3 to cut Buendia-Balintawak travel to 15 minutes

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The launch of the first of two private sector-led elevated expressways linking northern and southern Metro Manila was held on Wednesday, marking the formal start of a major infrastructure project aimed at easing traffic jams in the metropolis.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Mystery of ‘post’ qualification

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It is another tricky situation for the DOTC, the Department of Transportation and Communications, which is the biggest executive department of the government, as it screens the highest bidder in the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu airport project.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Conflict of interest cited in bid for Cebu airport deal

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has postponed the awarding of the contract to the highest bidder in the project to build a new terminal and operate the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).   Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the period for the post-qualification review would be extended to address and investigate the [...]

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Consultant for LRT-2 nears deal

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said on Tuesday that a single consortium has edged out four other groups for a consultancy contract aimed at extending the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) eastward to Cainta, Rizal.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

DOTC prioritizing 3 railway projects

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The Department of Transportation and Communications is prioritizing railway projects for the next board session of the National Economic and Development Authority.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Regime change at DOTC urged

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An internationally recognized transportation sector consultant has called for a revamp of the Department of Transportation and Communications due to its inability to move the government’s mass transport program forward, over three years into the Aquino administration’s term.

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

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