City of Manila offers free RT-PCR swab tests to residents, non-residents

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2021   •   938

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Manila is offering free RT-PCR swab tests to residents and non-residents.

Organized by the Manila Health Department (MHD), the free drive-thru RT-PCR swab testing will accommodate 100 individuals per day from Monday to Friday at the Quirino Grandstand.

Free RT-PCR swab and antigen tests are also available at Delpan Quarantine Facility and at the Sta. Ana Hospital.

Those who wish to have their T-PCR tests done at Sta. Ana Hospital must go through the hospital’s standard procedures.

All interested parties must register an appointment with the Manila Emergency Operation Center (MEOC).  The LGU posted on its Facebook page the following numbers of the MEOC for registeration:

  • 09608229384
  • 09777297572
  • 09150656335
  • 09616281414
  • 09610627013
  • 09684389304
  • 09954966176

Nagtahan Flyover in Manila partially closed for repair

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Nagtahan Flyover in Manila will be partially closed for seven months as it undergoes rehabilitation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the flyover will be closed from October 2021 until April 2022 to undergo major repairs after cracks and defects were found on the bridge.

Trucks are prohibited from traversing the area, it added.

“Only one lane at a time shall be occupied and only light vehicles are allowed to pass on the flyover and the Nagtahan Service Road,” it said.

The MMDA said the bridge rehabilitation will be done in segments:

  • Segment 1 and 2: Northbound (R. Magsaysay to G. Tuazon) within two months
  • Segment 3: Southbound (G. Tuazon to R. Magsaysay Area) within 1.5 months
  • Segment 4 and 5: Northbound (EARIST to R. Magsaysay Blvd. area) within 2 months
  • Segment 6: Southbound (R. Magsaysay to EARIST area) within 1.5 months

The MMDA advised vehicles going north to take Osmeña Highway, right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Ave. Ext., left to U.N Ave., right to Romualdez St., left to Ayala Blvd, and Roxas Blvd. to destination.

Meanwhile, vehicles going Southbound may take A. Bonifacio Ave., right to C3, R-10, to their destination, it added.

The MMDA said the rehabilitation of the bridge will address the big cracks at its abutment wall and railing, loose steel enclosure of retrofitting on its piers, and rusting steel enclosure of retrofitting at several piers.

The repair also seeks to avoid untoward incidents that the bridge might cause to motorists and other road users.

Mayor Sara cancels trip to Singapore

Maris Federez   •   October 4, 2021

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday confirmed that her planned trip to Singapore for personal health management set for Tuesday, October 5, is now canceled.

Mayor Sara said one of her staff who will accompany her on the trip has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following an RT-PCR test Monday morning.

Ang amoang byahe is na-cancel because isa sa amoang kauban didto sa mulakaw is a covid-19 positive, dili to ako. Dili nami dawaton didto sa Singapore because one of the traveller is a COVID-19 positive pag RT-PCR test namo kaganinang buntag,” Mayor Sara said.

[Our trip has been canceled because one of my companions is a COVID-19 positive. It’s not me. Singapore (authorities) will never let us in because one of the travelers is a COVID-19 positive based on our RT-PCR test this morning.]

The local chief executive, however, did not indicate whether she will re-schedule the said Singapore trip.

Mayor Sara said she has already filed a medical leave of absence for the said trip from October 5 to 8, which coincides with the period of the filing of certificates on candidacy for the 2022 national elections. —mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

Manila public, private cemeteries closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2021


MANILA, Philippines—Public and private cemeteries in Manila City will be temporarily closed from October 29 to November 3.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Executive Order No. 33 ordering the temporary closure of public and private memorial parks, cemeteries, and columbaries. These include the Manila North Cemetery, Manila South Cemetery, and Manila Muslim Cemetery among others in relation to this year’s Undas.

The executive order states that only interment and cremation services for non-COVID 19 cases shall be allowed subject to the strict observance of minimum public health standards and social distancing.

Failure to comply with the said order shall lead to the revocation of mayor and business permits. AAC


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