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                    [Title] => MRT recalls Erap cards
                    [Summary] => Hundreds of passengers at several stations of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) yesterday had to endure long queues as the electronic fare cards bearing the photo of ousted President Joseph Estrada were recalled by the Metro Rail Transit Authority.

The pullout had resulted in a shortage of e-cards, prompting MRT station tellers to issue special coupons sold for P10 each regardless of the distance of the trip, the Department of Transportation and Communications-Action Center said.
[DatePublished] => 2005-07-16 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1735838 [AuthorName] => Sandy Araneta [SectionName] => Metro [SectionUrl] => metro [URL] => ) [1] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 280374 [Title] => LRT, MRT brace for 1 M passengers [Summary] => The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and the Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA) are finalizing preparations for the start of the new school year as they expect to accommodate almost a million passengers for the opening of classes tomorrow.

Both heads of the two rail systems said they have been preparing security and safety precautions as well as making plans to address expected and unexpected problems that may take place during the opening of classes and the days to follow.
[DatePublished] => 2005-06-05 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1735838 [AuthorName] => Sandy Araneta [SectionName] => Metro [SectionUrl] => metro [URL] => ) [2] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 269644 [Title] => MRT-3 to restructure fare rates; minimum raised to P10 [Summary] => The Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) will start implementing a new restructured fare rate, increasing its minimum fare from P9.50 to P10, this March 13.

In a memorandum to Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza dated Jan. 27, 2005, Assistant Secretary Roberto Lastimoso, general manager of Metrostar Express, said that the current fare structure needs modification due to the following reasons:

• MRT-3 requires too many people involved in the manual selling of tickets;
[DatePublished] => 2005-03-09 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1735838 [AuthorName] => Sandy Araneta [SectionName] => Metro [SectionUrl] => metro [URL] => ) [3] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 212573 [Title] => LTO chief ordered to go on ‘official leave’ [Summary] => It’s official now.

President Arroyo ordered yesterday Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief, Assistant Secretary Roberto Lastimoso, to go on official leave — the Palace euphemism for a graceful exit — effective on July 15.

While she did not give the exact date when Lastimoso’s official leave would end, the President assured him he retains his post as assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
[DatePublished] => 2003-07-05 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1804833 [AuthorName] => Marichu A. Villanueva [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [4] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 209499 [Title] => Missing LTO staff gets GMA’s goat [Summary] => President Arroyo is trying to curb her vile temper, but her officials aren’t cooperating. The President once again blew her top yesterday, this time in a surprise inspection of the main office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on East Avenue in Quezon City.

The President caught LTO workers red-handed cutting their work time and closing their booths as early as 4 p.m., an hour earlier than the normal close of government offices at 5 p.m. [DatePublished] => 2003-06-10 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => [AuthorName] => [SectionName] => News Commentary [SectionUrl] => news-commentary [URL] => ) [5] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 208372 [Title] => Tricycle drivers blast officials’ ‘careless’ claims [Summary] => An estimated five million tricycle drivers all over the country are in an uproar over "careless pronouncements" by Cabinet officials over the reported ban on the registration of two-stroke motorcycles, Land Transportation Office (LTO) officials said over the weekend.

But LTO chief Assistant Secretary Roberto Lastimoso clarified over the weekend that it was not true that the LTO is set to ban the registration of the two-stroke motorcycles.
[DatePublished] => 2003-06-01 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => [AuthorName] => [SectionName] => Headlines [SectionUrl] => headlines [URL] => ) [6] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 207723 [Title] => Lemonade-serving car dealers [Summary] => If you want to buy a brand new vehicle, you might consider getting it from the Isuzu dealer at Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. This is a company that delivers a brand new Isuzu Crosswind to a client with a clearly badly-chipped, brand new door, a brand new steering wheel with too much play – increasing the probability of an exciting life-threatening situation as one drives on our high-speed highways – and a brand new diesel engine that idles incredibly roughly on the smoothest roads. [DatePublished] => 2003-05-27 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133858 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => 1316794 [AuthorName] => Felipe B. Miranda [SectionName] => Opinion [SectionUrl] => opinion [URL] => ) [7] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 204666 [Title] => License processing eased [Summary] => Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza said yesterday the public can now be served better with the opening of the Land Tansportation Office’s One-Stop-Shop at the LTO Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City.

Citing reports from LTO chief Assistant Secretary Roberto Lastimoso, Mendoza said the One-Stop-Shop will allow the public to renew their driver’s license without having to line up or go to the LTO district office.
[DatePublished] => 2003-05-03 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => [AuthorName] => [SectionName] => Metro [SectionUrl] => metro [URL] => ) [8] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 175599 [Title] => LTO launches one-stop-shop at Motorex [Summary] => Motorex, the country’s newest transport exhibition, opened last Saturday, Sept. 7, at the New Harrison Plaza Annex in Malate, Manila with Manila City Councilor Kim Atienza and TV and sports personality Dyan Castillejo-Garcia leading the guests of honor.
[DatePublished] => 2002-09-11 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => [AuthorName] => [SectionName] => Motoring [SectionUrl] => motoring [URL] => ) [9] => Array ( [ArticleID] => 166714 [Title] => Vanity plates: New revenue source [Summary] => Motorists can now have their names inscribed on their vehicle license plates.

President Arroyo has ordered Assistant Secretary Roberto Lastimoso, director of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), to draft the implementing rules and regulations for car owners to apply for optional motor vehicle plates bearing their names. [DatePublished] => 2002-07-02 00:00:00 [ColumnID] => 133272 [Focus] => 0 [AuthorID] => [AuthorName] => [SectionName] => News Commentary [SectionUrl] => news-commentary [URL] => ) ) )
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