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Thomasians express dismay over LRT2 service disruption

Thomasian commuters lamented the additional struggle in their daily commute brought about by the disruption of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 operation.

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Thomasian commuters lamented the additional struggle in their daily commute brought about by the disruption of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 operation.

In a number of interviews with TomasinoWeb, students of the University expressed their dismay in the said incident and hope for the immediate resumption of  normal LRT-2 service.

[S]ana matupad talaga yang six to nine months na sinasabi niyo kasi umaasa lahat ng tao dyan,” Arabelle Bayron, a student from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said regarding the time frame allotted for the LRT-2 to fully operate again.

“[3:15 a.m.] ako gumising para iwasan yung traffic tapos mga 5 a.m. ang traffic na sa Cubao. [Madami] na [ang] students [na] nag-aabang,” she added.

Allaine Chua, also a student from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, also shared the same sentiments, “Ang laking problem [na] na-idulot nitong unforeseen event. Pero dapat kahit unforeseen siya, dapat may solution agad ang government.”

Despite not riding the LRT-2 frequently, Karlo Bernabe of AMV-College of Accountancy also expressed the struggle brought by the disruption of LRT-2 service to other commuters. 

“Yung mga nagl-LRT na tiga-Pasig, nasakay na ng mga bus, UV at jeepneys. Ramdam ko na mas nahirapan ako makasakay ng UV pauwi at nadagdagan ang aking travel ng halos isang oras,” said Bernabe.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said that LRTA already had a contingency plan which is spare parts stocking. But despite having spare parts, they are not enough.

“Not only the commuters are affected by this transportation crisis. Even the stalls outside Santolan station are hugely affected since there are no more passengers going in and out of the station. They closed their stalls completely,” Chua added.

“[They] will have to bear their own respective losses. It is a risk they took. It is part of business risk,” Cabrera said when asked about the business stalls.

Despite the exasperation of the commuters, some also praised the free rides provided by the LRTA and other transportation companies.

“Kudos to the LRTA for giving free rides sa mga pasahero habang di pa nag-ooperate yung tatlong stations. […] Sana after magawa ma-maintain na nang maayos lahat to avoid problems kagaya nito and sana makagawa na talaga ng improvements sa transportation system natin,” said Kylie Vergara, a student also from the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

LRT-2 starts partial operation from Cubao to Recto

Partial operation of LRT-2 from Cubao to Recto and vice versa already resumed early today, October 8.

“We have resumed partial operations [from] Cubao to Recto by managing train speed and distribution in the line,” Cabrera said.

This is following the suspension of the LRT-2 operation last Thursday when two rectifiers in Katipunan and Anonas stations caught fire. LRTA said that the incident is “still under investigation.”

Continuous train travel and operation simulations were conducted from Saturday to Monday, according to Cabrera, in order to ensure safe and convenient rides for the LRT-2 passengers.

“Our primary focus and consideration is safety,” he added.

To ease the strain of daily commuters, LRTA provided free rides and asked Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to give special permits to 40 units of modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs), around 89 buses, and to deploy point-to-point (P2P) buses: Masinag to Legarda, Emerald to Legarda, Santolan to Legarda, and Anonas to Legarda.

Motorcycle ride-hailing company Angkas also provided free rides from Santolan to Recto and vice versa, from Tuesday to Thursday, at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Victory Liner bus company also announced yesterday that their buses are available from Santolan to Cubao and vice versa, at 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m, with the same LRT-2 fare rate.

Repairs to take 9 months

Cabrera said nine months is a ballpark estimate, “not set in stone,” necessary to replace and restore the full operational conditions of the damaged rectifiers.

“We are looking into other angles [on] how to shorten the time frame, like the possibility of the [needed equipment’s availability] in nearby countries like Singapore, Hongkong, or Thailand, where they operate train system similar to LRT-2,” he said.

He explained that the shipment of the needed parts and components coming from the United Kingdom, France, and Japan will take time and that the equipment is not “plug and play.”

“They have to [be] manufactured [and] customized for the requirements of LRT-2. They are not readily available in the market. They need to be tested and commissioned after installation. They require fine tuning in order [to] function according to the performance level required,” he said. Coleen Ruth Abiog

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UST aces November 2019 nursing boards

The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

Jarvin Vincent Lumauig led the new batch of 338 Thomasian nurses after placing third in the topnotchers with 88.40-percent score.

Jana Aryn Apolinar and Phil Justine Soriano took the fourth spot with 88.20 percent score, followed by Bennette Salazar and Sheline Tumaliuan at placing fifth with 88 percent

John Reynel Tamayo placed sixth with 87.80 percent, and Maria-Jayne Lerma, Yannah Mae Loyola, and Jireh Li Piñol at ninth with 87.20 percent score.

John Howell Diric, Aaron Kyle Enriquez, Nicson Madulid, Patricia Dianne Melo, Clarice Gabrielle Sanchez, Arabelle Mae Tiu, and Marie Abigail Turingan all placed in the tenth spot with 87-percent rate.

Shaina Kei Watanabe of Davao Doctors College, Inc. topped the exams with a rating of 89.60 percent.

The University took the top spot along with Saint Louis University with all 191 examinees passing, and the De La Salle Medicine and Health Sciences Institute with all 67 examinees passing.

The national passing rate improved to 55.20 percent or 7,627 out of 13,816 examinees making it to the cut from last year’s 39.98 percent or 4,811 out of 12,033 passing.

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Paskuhan opening pushes through despite ‘Tisoy’

The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

According to UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P., the Paskuhan opening would have been moved to Dec. 10 if weather becomes unpredictable.

“It can be moved on December 10 sana. Pero again it was not moved,” the secretary-general told TomasinoWeb.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the opening of the Harry Potter-themed Christmas décor around the campus and expressed his gratitude to the University in achieving a ‘vibrant Manila’ again.

“Thank you, UST. And hopefully we can continue to work together, the government, the institutions, [private coroporations], at tao. Sana talaga magtuloy-tuloy talaga ang Manila to be vibrant again,” Domagoso said in his video in Manila Public Information Office.

Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuña also attended the opening ceremonies.

Aside from the free food and fireworks, a drone light show was also held at the open field, a new addition in this year’s Paskuhan opening.

According to the Central Student Council (CSC), this year’s Paskuhan theme is “Unto us a Child is born” from Harry Potter and winter wonderland.

They urged the Thomasian community to support the upcoming Paskuhan activities.

The UST Christmas concert will be on Dec. 5 and 6 while the Paskuhan concert will be on Dec. 20, 2019. R. Velasco

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UST slips in September 2019 teachers boards

The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

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The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

In the elementary level, UST dropped to fifth spot from being a top-performing school for five consecutive years despite having a higher passing rate from 86.78 percent last year to 88.60 percent this year or 101 out of 114 examinees passing the exams. 

From fourth last year, the University landed sixth in the secondary level top-performing schools after posting a rating of 88.57 percent or 155 out of 175 exam takers from last year’s 91.94 percent.

Alexa Maria Andrea Manlutac shared the tenth place of the elementary level topnotchers with 11 others with a rating of 89.80 percent. 

Kezia Ambag of Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, Joshua Canseco of Mindanao State University-General Santos, and Anjo Literatus of Saint Mary’s College-Tagum led the new batch of elementary teachers after garnering a rate of 92.60 percent.

Marlou Camano of University of Mindanao-Kidapawan took the top spot in the secondary level LET after scoring 93.40 percent.

University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum was named this year’s top-performing school for the elementary level with 96.07-percent passing rate, while the University of the Philippines-Los Baños topped in the secondary level with 98 percent passing rate.

The national passing rate for elementary teachers increased to 31.34 percent or 28,973 out of  92,440 examinees passing the exams from last year’s 20.29 percent or 18,409 out of 90,750 examinees.

In the secondary level, the national passing rate dropped to 39.68 percent, or 54,179 out of 136,523 examinees from last year’s 48.03 percent, or 60,803 out of 126,582 exam takers. A. Basa

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