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3 DOTr Agencies Among Top to Remit Highest 2017 Dividends

Metro Manila —- Three (3) state-owned agencies under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) were listed among the GOCCs with the highest amount of dividends remitted to the country’s coffers for 2017. Topping the list is the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (DOTr-CAAP), while Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) ranked as 2nd, and the Manila International Airports Authority (MIAA) ranked 7th.

In a ceremony in Malacanang yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte recognized the efforts of CAAP, which remitted PhP6.2 Billion in dividends. CAAP went from years of non-remittance from 2011 to 2015 to being the top contributing Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC).

For 2017, the total amount of dividends from the 125 GOCCs in the country is PhP30.46 Billion.

“Ang dividends na ‘yan ay para sa gobyerno, para sa tao. These dividends will certainly auger well in achieving the objectives set by President Duterte in the service of the country and our fellowmen. Kaya ang bilin ko sa CAAP, ibigay sa gobyerno ang para sa gobyerno,” said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, who received the Certificate of Acknowledgement on behalf of CAAP and other members of the “Billionaire’s Club.”

CAAP’s remittance represents 68% of CAAP’s net income for CY2017 amounting to PhP3.22 billion, including PhP3 billion worth of unpaid dividend arrears.

“Mahigpit po ang bilin sa atin ni Secretary Tugade. CAAP was not only directed to start remitting dividends, but also remit the unpaid dividends over the years. We will continue to do our share in improving the financial performance of the GOCC sector,” said CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco.

“This achievement is not only for the CAAP, but also an achievement we share with all the CAAP employees who worked hard to make this feat possible. The sacrifices and the dedication I see in them inspires and empowers me to continue doing our good work despite the challenges confronting us in the aviation industry. Likewise, we wish to commend our DOTr Sec. Tugade for his strong and decisive leadership that guided us all throughout the process,” DG Sydiongco added.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), has remitted PhP3 Billion worth of dividends.

“We attribute this historical accomplishment to the men and women of PPA who have worked tirelessly for more than 44 years in order to make PPA one of the most professional and well-managed GOCCs. To our Chairman, Sec. Art Tugade, without whose guidance in fiscal responsibility and good governance we would not have been able to overcome the operational and governance challenges which we faced during the past 2 years; and most especially to our President, who has inspired us to shy away from corruption and put the people’s welfare in the forefront of our daily tasks,” said PPA General Manager Jay Santiago.

For his part, MIAA GM Ed Monreal, whose agency has remitted PhP2.01 Billion to the national coffers, attributed the agency’s good financial performance to strong leadership.

“Everyone is stepping up and doing their part. It’s actually inspiring. Definitely this goes to the hardworking men and women of MIAA who made sure that the revenues are properly guarded, and also created avenues to generate more funds in support of the objectives of President Duterte in the service of Filipino people,” Monreal said.

Last April 13, the 3 agencies turned over the dividends to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez also reported that in the first seven months of 2018, dividends have already reached PhP32-Billion, higher than the dividends for the whole of 2017.

Meanwhile, Sec. Tugade challenged the top grossing agencies to exceed their 2017 performance.

“I extend my sincerest congratulations and appreciatin to your staff—and my challenge for you to exceed our 2017 performance by 20%. It may be difficult but certainly not impossible,” Tugade said.

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 Press Release

16 August 2018

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Office (LTO), is now conducting discussions to ensure that license plates from as far back as 2013 will be distributed to registered owners.

The LTO recently met with the suppliers of the license plates that were the subject of a Temporary Restraining Order from the Supreme Court and Notice of Disallowance (ND) from the Commission on Audit (COA). On July 17, the LTO received the resolution lifting the ND, six months after the SC lifted its TRO.

“This is a very positive development because for so long, we couldn’t move forward with license plate distribution. People are asking us all the time: nasaan na ang plaka namin? Unfortunately, even if the plates are there, there are legal issues that need to be resolved first,” said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

During the discussions, the LTO said the suppliers have been very cooperative.

“They assured us that they will just follow our lead. Kung anong gusto ng gobyerno, ‘yun ang masusunod. That’s why we are very positive that distribution of the license plates will happen soon,” said LTO Chief Edgar Galvante.

The contract was awarded to the joint venture of Knieriem BV Goes and Power Plates Development Concept Inc. (JKG-PPI) in 2013, as part of the five-year Motor Vehicle License Plate Standardization Program (MVLPSP) of the previous administration.

However, in July 2015, the COA ordered LTO to stop paying the suppliers for alleged violation of government procurement rules. The disallowance covers the advance payment made by the LTO to the suppliers in June and July 2014 amounting to PhP477-Million. Of the 15 million plates, only four million have been distributed. The pending 11 million plates will be distributed after the LTO submits its recommendation on the amended contract next week.

Moving forward, the DOTr-LTO has shipped most of the license plates covering July 2016 – December 2017 to its regional offices. These plates were manufactured in the LTO Plate Making Facility.

Further, around six million driver’s license cards have been printed. The LTO has ordered four million more to ensure that backlogs that hounded the agency before will not happen again.

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Press Release

15 August 2018

SANGLEY AIRPORT

This pertains to some news reports stating that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is rejecting the proposal of the Cavite LGU to develop the Sangley Airport.

First, the DOTr would like to clarify that it does not have any objection on the proposal of the Provincial Government of Cavite (PGC) to develop the Sangley Airport. 

The Memorandum dated 15 June 2018, which was cited in several news reports, merely involved a legal review of the proposed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DOTr, Civil Aviation Authority of the Phils. (CAAP) and the PGC. 

The Memorandum was not a review on the feasibility or legality of the proposed Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) Project.

Thus, the recommendations were essentially to refine the provisions of the MOA, such as defining the description or scope of the project, identifying the source of funds or financing scheme, and even demonstrating the technical capability of PGC. Nowhere did it say that the SPIA Project was illegal or unsuitable.

In sum, the Memorandum did not decide on the SPIA Project itself, but rather on the documentation that would have paved the way for possible collaboration between the agencies concerned. The SPIA Project vis-a-vis the project documentation are clearly distinct, separate and independent from each other.

Lastly, the DOTr would like to stress that the approval process of the Cavite LGU proposal will be defined once the legal basis/framework for its implementation is determined. 

Should the Cavite LGU decide to implement the project under Republic Act (RA) No. 6957 as amended by RA 7718, otherwise known as the BOT Law, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), it will have to secure the approval from the NEDA Investments Coordination Committee (ICC) and, subsequently, from the NEDA Board as required by law. Thus, as the implementing agency for the project, the Cavite LGU needs to submit to the NEDA ICC the requisite documents for review/processing. On the other hand, should the Cavite LGU decide to implement the project under the Local Government Code, they have to comply likewise with its requirements.

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Press Release

13 August 2018

PAL

A Philippine Airlines Airbus A320 type plane flight PR 2541 from Manila experienced tire failure while on landing roll and damaged the left main gear of its rubber tires at the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport runway 09 in Negros Oriental this morning at 6:31 AM.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) immediately issued Notice to Airman (NOTAM) C0606/18 due to the disabled aircraft.

All 113 adults and 2 infants onboard together with its 6 flight crew were deplaned safely and were assisted by airport staff at the arrival hall of the terminal according to a report from Dumaguete Airport Manager Mark Diamaoden.

Several flights are expected to be delayed due to the runway closure. The runway will need to be cleared of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) before it can resume its normal operations.
The 13 flights affected are:

PAL flight PR 2543
PAL flight PR 2544
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 628
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 624
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 625
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 626
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 627
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 629
Cebu Pacific flight 5J 630
Cebgo flight DG 6515
Cebgo flight DG 6516
Cebgo flight DG 6517
Cebgo flight DG 6518

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Press Release

14 August 2018

CIAC

THE Clark International Airport tallied more than 1.5 million passengers from January 1 to August 8, marking the highest number in passenger traffic in just the third quarter of the year, according to an executive of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC).

“We have a total of 1,538,958 travelers at Clark as of August 8 and at this rate, we will be able to reach the 2.5 million mark by the end of the year,” Alexander Cauguiran, CIAC president, said.

The 1.53 million mark broke the previous record of 1,514,531 passengers in 2017 with still five months to go in 2018.

“So far, this is the highest record in the history of CIAC since 1995, and our aim is to reach or surpass the 2.5 million passengers this year which will mean more revenues for the government and more flights to come,” Cauguiran added.

The record number of travelers served in just one day was last May 26 at 8,662 passengers.

The average daily passenger volume at the Clark airport is 7,000 and served by a total of 462 weekly flights, 166 of which are international flights while the remaining 296 are domestic flights.

The airport chief said these record-breaking figures are attributed to the Duterte administration’s full support to the further development of Clark airport along with the leadership of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, whose agency oversees the airport’s operation, and CIAC’s parent company, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) headed by its president Vince Dizon.

Only two years after being appointed as CIAC head, Cauguiran has steered Clark airport to expand its domestic and international flights, a huge improvement from three to five years ago with more airlines signifying to mount flights under his management.

International destinations from Clark include Doha and Dubai in the Middle East, Incheon and Busan in South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei and Singapore while negotiations are ongoing for airlines to mount Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur flights, among others.

The airport is also connected to major domestic destinations including Cebu, Bacolod, Davao and Palawan.

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Press Release

9 August 2018