During the suspension period, the involved Victory Liner bus units will have their license plates removed while they undergo roadworthiness tests. Meanwhile, the drivers of these buses will attend seminars on public safety. One person was killed and 38 others were injured in the said accident. The only person dead happens to be just a by-stander.
As part of their modernization program, Philippine Airlines replaced 20 of their oldest aircraft with new and fuel-efficient planes. This puts their average fleet size at an Asian-low 3.5 years. Also, this development helps PAL become one of the top airline companies in Asia. Aside from the new aircraft which lessens jet fuel costs and increase profit, the Philippine flag carrier is also upgrading its flight network and customer service.
In a formal apology, Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that even though there is a functioning air conditioning system at NAIA 1, the rehabilitation projects prompted the Manila International Airport Authority to shut down a number of air handling units to avoid dust from endangering the system. Also, safety nets that cover the ceiling of the departure area also disrupts better air circulation.
Out of the total expenditures, over Php 30 billion is accounted to flying operations. Jet fuel expenses is at Php 24.26 billion while maintenance reached Php 7.42 billion. Aircraft and traffic servicing expenses for landing fees, takeoff fees and ground handling expenses totalled Php 9.11 billion. From April to December 2013, Philippine Airlines conducted more than 17,000 roundtrip flights.
With the former Fort Bonifacio now a thriving commercial and residential area in the metropolis, the Bases Conversion Development Authority is looking to do the same with Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union. A former military base by the United States Armed Forces, the BCDA aims to transform this area into a residential, commercial, and business district.
After receiving a request from AirAsia Group owner Tony Fernandes to expand NAIA Terminal 4, the Department of Transportation and Communication will start delving into the proposal. DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that they are still studying whether the project will be done by the government of via a public-private partnership.