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    FOR more than a decade now, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 has been operating way above its optimal capacity of 350,000 passengers per day, with the highest recorded passenger volume at over 620,000. This naturally resulted in the reduction of the service levels of the railway facility, worsening its state day after day. The solution that the government

    adopted years later was to add more trains to the facility. It procured 48 new light-rail vehicles from Chinese manufacturer Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co., which has so far de-livered two train cars. The delay has earned the ire of commuters, business executives and government officials. Trans-portation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya could not hold his hors-es, pointing his finger at Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) for its

    failure to do its job of adding ca-pacity to the train line. With mobility a priority for us, we are hoping to provide more available trains to the riding pub-lic through the 48 additional light-rail vehiclesan improvement that should have been done by the sys-tems private owner, MRTC, in the mid-2000sin addition to system upgrades and better maintenance works, the Cabinet official said.

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    MALACAANG and Congress have found a way to salvage the initiative to raise the pension of retired Social Security System (SSS) membersenact the measureempowering the SSS board to increase the contributionof its members.

    THE Department of Environ-ment and Natural Resources (DENR) is eyeing the grant in-centives for its partners in the imple-mentation of the Expanded National Greening Program (E-NGP) starting next year. The E-NGP mandates the DENR to continue the massive reforestation program covering the countrys 7.1

    million hectares of open, degraded and denuded forests.

    Director Ricardo L. Calderon of the DENRs Forest Management Bureau (FMB) said the incentive can be in the form of cash or noncash for a job well done by NGP partners. T his incentive program is currently in the works.It is under the incentive mechanism in the E-NGP,

    said Calderon, also national coordina-tor of NGP.

    Performance can be rated based on the high survival rate of trees planted or for keeping the NGP sites safe from forest fires, Calderon added.

    He said the current NGP contracts with peoples organizations (POs) for site maintenance and protection cover

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    PESO EXCHANGE RATES n US 47.7220 n JAPAN 0.4077 n UK 68.0611 n HK 6.1211 n CHINA 7.2482 n SINGAPORE 33.1541 n AUSTRALIA 32.8189 n EU 52.0695 n SAUDI ARABIA 12.7344 Source: BSP (18 January 2016 )

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    ART D4

    ALAN RICKMAN

    FAVORITESON TRACK

    GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE

    DENR eyes incentives for greening partners

    Belmonte: Sister bill holds key to hike in SSS pension

    SHOW D2

    Abaya, Sobrepea exchangebarbs anew over MRT 3 mess

    SAN ANTONIOSan Antonio stretched its franchise-record unbeaten streak this season to 24-0 by routing Texan rival Dallas, 112-83, on Sunday.

    The result opened a 13-game gap between the top and second teams in the National Basketball Associations Southwest Division, and meant the Spurs were now only one-and-a-half games behind Golden State for the Western Conference and overall league lead.

    streak to 33 games dating back to last season. The 36-6 record after 42 games tied the franchise record set five seasons ago.

    The Spurs won easily despite the loss of Tony Parker late in the third quarter to right-hip soreness; the same injury that forced him to sit out two games at the start of the month. Wesley Matthews led Dallas with just 12 points.

    Oklahoma City cruised to a 99-74 win over Miami, with Westbrook finishing with 13

    Dwyane Wade, who missed the previous game due to shoulder soreness, led the Heat with 22 points on his 34th birthday.

    Denvers Randy Foye hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 21 seconds left to cap a come-from-behind 129-126 victory over Indiana.

    The Nuggets came back in the second half to get their seventh straight win at home over the Pacers. Danilo Gallinari had 23 points. Myles Turner scored a career-high 25 points for Indiana.

    Houston pulled away in the second half to rout the Los Angeles Lakers, 112-95. James Harden had 31 points for the Rockets.

    Minnesota emphatically ended a run of nine straight losses and posted its first win of 2016 by beating Phoenix, 117-87. AP

    Spurs extend franchise-record unbeaten streak

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    FAVORITES ON TRACK

    Conference and overall league lead.Elsewhere, Russell Westbrook posted his

    second straight triple-double to lead Oklahoma City to a big win over Miami, while a three-pointer with 21 seconds left gave Denver victory over Indiana in a high-scoring contest.

    San Antonios LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points as the Spurs stretched their unbeaten

    over Miami, with Westbrook finishing with 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. It was his fifth triple-double of the season and the 24th of his career.

    Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, which set a season best for least points allowed. It was also the least points scored by the