DILG to offer shuttle service for health workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 18, 2020   •   1429

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said they are eyeing to provide shuttle services for employees working in the health sector amid the enhanced community quarantine.

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said the instruction of DILG Secretary Eduardo Año on the first day of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is for local government units (LGUs) to assist their health workers.

Inaayos na po natin ang sistema para magkaroon na po sila ng shuttle service, (we are working on the system for them [health workers] to have shuttle services),” he said.

Amid the mass transportation ban, the government of Quezon City provided free rides for stranded passengers. A rescue van in Caloocan, meanwhile, also offered free rides to stranded passengers along Balintawak area.

Alberto Caranto, a barangay officer in Caloocan City said there was still enough space in their van so there was no reason not to assist stranded passengers.

Nakita namin itong mga tao kawawa naman po ilang oras nang naghihintay, kaya kami isinakay na namin sila, (We saw these people who are waiting for hours so we offered to give them a ride)” he said. — AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

QC issues MECQ guidelines for business establishments

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 18, 2020

Amid the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Quezon City government has provided guidelines for business establishments that will resume operations.

The local government provided a list of establishments that will be allowed to operate at full or limited capacity and ones that are not allowed to open.

Several establishments that will be allowed to resume full operations include essential retailers like supermarkets, medical and hygiene product manufacture or distribution, laundry shops, and logistics and delivery services.

Establishments with limited operations include hotels, veterinary clinics, and general manufacturing and production.

Meanwhile, cinemas, gyms and other fitness centers, museums, and other establishments for leisure are still not allowed to operate.

For the full list of establishments visit: www.quezoncity.gov.ph

Fare for tricycle, pedicabs, e-trikes ride in QC remains at P18 per trip — LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government did not grant the request for fare increase made by tricycle drivers in the city based on the new issued guidelines on operations of tricycles under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Under the guidelines, ordinary tricycles may only load one passenger at a time while electric tricycles or e-trikes may only load up to two passengers. 

This means tricycles will operate on special trips.

Thus, tricycle drivers are asking the LGU to allow them to increase regular fare from P18 to P27 for a special trip.

Before the community quarantine, tricycle drivers used to charge two passengers P9 each per trip.

But since they can only load one person at a time, they want to charge P27 for the first kilometer with additional P1 for every succeeding kilometer. 

But based on the guidelines signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte, standard fare for tricycles as well as pedicabs and e-trikes must remain at P18 for every kilometer and an additional P1 for every succeeding kilometer thereafter.

Likewise, a 20% discount shall be given to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs). 

Health protocols must also be observed such social distancing during queuing in all terminals, the use of transparent barriers, wearing of face masks, gloves and a regular sanitation and disinfection of units and terminals must be regularly done, the guidelines said. 

All  tricycle, pedicab, and e-trike operations shall only be from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm only, it added. 

The QC government also requires all drivers to have themselves medically checked before operating. 

The LGU assured, however, that medical consultation and COVID-19 tests among drivers will be shouldered by the local government. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

Brgy. Bagong Silangan in QC prepares evacuation center in view of Typhoon Ambo

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Residents in Tumana area, a low-lying portion of Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, are among the very first to evacuate during the onset of a tropical cyclone.

Around 300 families reside in the area.

As Typhoon Ambo drenches Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Quezon City local government has prepared evacuation centers where affected residents may temporarily stay.

One of them is a covered court in Sitio Kumunoy in Bagong Silangan where 10 modular tents are installed.

Each tent may accomodate up to 5 family members.

According to some residents, the worst flood that they have experienced was during the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy.

Nag-e-evacutate kami agad. Iyong mga gamit namin inilalagay namin sa [third floor] kasi tumataas ang tubig, (We evacuate immediately. We placed our belongings on the third floor because the floodwater was rising),” said Josephine Reynon, a resident in Tumana area,

Chesnaroys dela Torre said they have learned their lesson so they do not think twice anymore when going to evacuation centers.

“Nag-iingat na rin po kmi. Parang nadadala na kami kaya tingin-tingin kami na kapag tatlong araw na yung ulan, tumataas na po kami (We are cautious now. We have learned from the past so we now observe: if it’s three straight days of rain, we evacuate),” Dela Torre said.

Chesnaroys said they have small bancas on standby if needed.

QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Myke Marasigan expressed concern over the possible surge of floodwater coming from the Sierra Madre mountain range that is part of Typhoon Ambo’s track.

Kahit walang ulan dito kapag bumaba na ang tubig na binuhos sa upstream ay dadaan dito sa San Mateo River na nagdudulot ng pagbaha dito sa Bagong Silangan (Even without rains, whenever upstream water runs down to San Mateo River, it causes flood in Bagong Silangan), ” Marasigan said.

Nevertheless, Marasigan said they will ensure that residents will be placed on safer grounds.

Likewise, he stressed that in view of the current pandemic on coronavirus disease (COVID-19), certain protocols are in place to make sure that none of the evacuees is a carrier of novel coronavirus.

For one, strict social distancing measures will be observed to prevent potential spread of diseases especially COVID-19.

The QCDRRMO meanwhile is also monitoring situations in Barangays Roxas, Tatalon, Sto. Domingo, Apolonio Samson and Araneta Avenue for possible flooding in view of the heavy downpour brought about by Typhoon Ambo. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)


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