DOH declares leptospirosis outbreak in 18 barangays in Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   July 5, 2018   •   7255

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III formally declared Thursday (July 5) an outbreak of leptospirosis in several barangays in Metro Manila.

These barangays are Barangays Bagbag (3 cases); Silangan (5 cases); Batasan Hills (9 cases); Commonwealth (7 cases); Novaliches Proper (4 cases); Payatas (5 cases); Pinyahan (3 cases); and Vasra (4 cases) in Quezon City; Lower Bicutan (5 cases); Maharlika Village (3 cases); Signal Village (4 cases); and Western Bicutan (4 cases) in Taguig City; Barangay Pinagbuhatan (4 cases) in Pasig City; BF Homes (3 cases) and San Dionisio (3 cases) in Paranaque City; Barangay North Bay Blvd. South (3 cases) in Navotas City; Barangay Addition Hills (3 cases) in Mandaluyong City; and barangay Concepcion (3 cases) in Malabon City.

DOH said there was a significant increase in the number of leptospirosis cases in the said areas with 105 cases in just one month from June 10 to July 3, 2018. This is way higher than 76 cases during the same period last year.

The agency added that the figure this year surpassed the combined number of cases from 2013 to 2017 by 38 percent.

“It has breached what is known as the epidemic threshold. Epidemic threshold means that the average incidence or number of cases over the last five years has been exceeded by the number of cases that we have reported,” Duque explained.

DOH explained that while the public’s common knowledge of leptospirosis is that which acquired from wading through floodwater, there are other means that the leptospira bacteria may penetrate the body other than an open wound.

“Ang leptospirosis is not only transmitted through rats. Pwede siya sa dogs, sa farm, sa mga cattle. Kung nag-aalaga ka ng baboy, pwede ring sa baboy makuha mo ang lepto. Hindi rin kailangan na although very common iyong sa flood water but pwede rin kahit wala sa flood at meron diyan infected na animal, umihi at binungkal mo iyong lupa pwedeng iyong aerosole noon na may infection pwede kang magkasakit ng Lepto.,” warned Dr. Ferchito Avelino, Director 4 of DOH’s  Epidemiology Bureau.

To date, leptospirosis cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) has soared to 368 and 52 recorded deaths.

DOH  advised immediate medical consultation for individuals showing symptoms of leptospirosis infection such as fever, muscle pain, redness of the eyes, yellowing of the skin, urine discoloration, cough, vomiting and diarrhea, — Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

Palace suspends gov’t work, classes in Metro Manila due to Tisoy

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang suspended work in government offices and classes in Metro Manila on Tuesday, Dec. 3 amid the continuing inclement weather brought about by Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri).

Under Memorandum Circular No. 73 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the suspension of government work and classes in all levels was declared effective at 12 noon.

“Upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by Typhoon Tisoy, work in government offices and classes in schools (public and private) at all levels in Metro Manila, are hereby suspended effective 12:00 noon today, 03 December 2019,” the memorandum read.

“However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” it added.

Meanwhile, the suspension of work for private companies and offices will be left to be discretion of their management, the Palace said.

Malls in Metro Manila to adjust operating hours starting Nov. 11 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Operators of shopping malls in Metro Manila have agreed to adjust their operating hours during the holiday season to help in the bid to ease the country’s traffic woes, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Tuesday.

The MMDA said mall operators agreed to open shop an hour later than the usual time at 11 a.m. during weekdays starting November 11, 2019, until January 10, 2020.

Mall sales will also be prohibited from Monday to Friday in the same period, the MMDA said.

Deliveries of non-perishable goods will also be limited at night time, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Shopping mall operators also agreed on deploying additional security personnel to direct the flow of vehicles going inside mall parking areas which cause traffic gridlock.

They also agreed to remove obstructions on loading and unloading bays in mall vicinities.

The MMDA said the agreement was made during their meeting on Tuesday which tackled traffic contingency measures to ease the anticipated traffic, particularly along EDSA, during the holiday season.

The agency estimates there are at least 100 shopping malls in Metro Manila.

“Traffic is already bad and we expect it to get worse as the number of vehicles increases daily,” said MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia.

Road reblocking along EDSA and C5 will also be temporarily suspended in the same period, except for government flagship projects and emergency cases, according to the MMDA.

Manila Water customers warned of new round of service interruptions starting Oct. 24

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Water on Tuesday warned its customers of a new round of water service interruptions which could start this week amid declining water level in Angat Dam.

In a series of advisories posted on Facebook, the concessionaire announced the schedule of rotating water supply interruptions that may possibly be implemented in the east zone of Metro Manila and nearby provinces beginning Thursday, Oct. 24.  

“Ito ay posibleng kailanganing isagawa upang mapagkasya ang limitado pa ring supply ng tubig hanggang sa susunod na tag-araw, maging sa kabuuan ng susunod na taon, kung sakaling hindi na umabot pa sa inaasahang 212 meters na lebel ang Angat Dam sa pagtatapos ng 2019,” Manila Water said.

The utility firm said supply interruptions, which are scheduled between 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next day, may affect selected barangays in Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Manila, Makati, Marikina, Parañaque, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan, and Taguig.

#TubigAdvisory METRO MANILAKung magpapatuloy ang pagbaba ng lebel ng Angat Dam, posibleng ipatupad ng Manila Water ang…

Posted by Manila Water on Monday, 21 October 2019

The rotating service disruption may also affect Manila Water customers in Rizal Province, including in barangays Angono, Antipolo, Baras, Binangonan, Cainta, Jalajala, San Mateo, Taytay, Rodriguez, and Teresa.

#TubigAdvisory RIZAL PROVINCEKung magpapatuloy ang pagbaba ng lebel ng Angat Dam, posibleng ipatupad ng Manila Water…

Posted by Manila Water on Monday, 21 October 2019

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Angat Dam’s water level is at 186.46 meters. The dam’s water elevation has consistently declined in the past few weeks due to a lack of heavy rainfall that could have raised its reserves.

The water concessionaire also urged its clients to conserve water and to store only enough supply for the impending service interruptions.

Last week, the west zone water concessionaire Maynilad also warned its customers to prepare for another round of service interruptions due to dipping water levels at Angat and Ipo dams.

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