DOTr asks Google to include PH bike lane routes in map app

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2021   •   418

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday said it has requested Google to include the country’s bike lane routes in the dashboard of its popular real-time navigation app Google maps.

The DOTr said the inclusion of bike lanes on Google maps will help cyclists on their daily commutes.

“This will be a very good innovation for Google Maps considering that many Filipinos now are riding bikes as their main mode of transportation which brings significant health and environmental benefits especially amid the pandemic,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement.

Google has yet to approve DOTr’s request but Tugade expressed confidence the tech giant will most likely pursue the suggestion as it is a supporter of active transport.

“We have asked Google to consider this suggestion top priority considering the increasing number of Filipino cyclists. We are confident that we can win their support on this,” said Tugade.

The DOTr said it has already completed its 500-kilometer bike lane network in metropolitan cities across the Philippines.

The bike lane network includes Metro Manila (313.12 kilometers), Metro Cebu (129.47 kilometers), and Metro Davao (54.74 kilometers).

Bike lanes have pavement markings, physical separators, solar-powered road studs, thermoplastic paints, road signages, and bike racks.

The project was funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, the DOTr said.

PH’s first 2 Omicron deaths were unvaccinated elderlies with co-morbidities – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has reported two fatalities linked to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

The DOH said the two death cases were “aged more than 60 years, unvaccinated, and had pre-existing medical conditions.”

“Both were detected during the latest whole genome sequencing,” the agency said in a message to reporters.

The two patients were from Metro Manila and Central Luzon.

These are the first reported fatalities among those infected with Omicron in the country, it added.

The DOH stressed that while the Omicron variant mostly presents with asymptomatic and mild disease, data showed that the elderly, those with comorbidities, and unvaccinated are still most at risk for fatalities.

The health department also reported that 492 more Omicron cases have been detected in the Philippines based on the latest whole genome sequencing involving 714 samples.

The newly reported Omicron cases are composed of 332 local cases and 160 returning overseas Filipinos.

The indicated addresses of the said cases were from the following areas:

  • National Capital Region with 227 cases
  • CALABARZON with 76 cases
  • Central Luzon with 11 cases
  • Central Visayas with 5 cases
  • Cagayan Valley with 2 cases
  • Western Visayas, with 2 cases
  • Davao Region with 2 cases
  • Soccsksargen with 2 cases
  • Cordillera Administrative Region with 2 cases
  • Ilocos Region with 1 case
  • MIMAROPA with 1 case
  • Bangsamoro region with 1 case

The DOH said that based on the case line list, three cases are still active, 467 cases have been tagged as recovered, while there are 20 cases whose outcomes are still being verified.

This brings the total number of confirmed Omicron variant cases in the country to 535.

COVID-19 vaccination drive isasagawa sa PITX

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Sa Lunes, Enero 24, ay muling magsasagawa ng COVID-19 vaccination drive sa Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

Ayon kay Atty. Jason Salvador, ang head ng PITX Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, bukas sa publiko ang vaccination drive na isasagawa katuwang ang Department of Transportation (DOTr) at ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

“We have already met with DOTr and MMDA and we will again have a vaccination program at PITX. This is going to be open to the public,” ani Salvador.

Nasa 500 indibidwal kada araw ang target na mabakunahan sa PITX.

Ayon naman kay DOTr Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran, magdaraos rin ng vaccination drive sa iba pang terminal ng mga pampublikong sasakyan pero isinasapinal pa nila ang mga detalye nito.

Prayoridad sa gagawing pagbabakuna ang mga pasahero na apektado ng ipinatutupad na “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng DOTr sa Metro Manila.

Una nang nanindigan ang DOTr na legal at may basehan ang pagpapatupad nito ng naturang polisiya na nakabatay sa mga ipinatutupad na ordinansa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa kalakhang Maynila.

Ang polisiya ay ipinaiiral habang nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o higit pa ang Metro Manila.

Exempted sa panuntunan ang mga manggagawang papasok sa trabaho, may medical condition kaya hindi makapagpabakuna, mga kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods at services at mga pasaherong naka-schedule na magpabakuna. Kailangan lamang nilang magpakita ng identification card, medical appointment at iba pang dokumento.

Tiniyak naman ni Libiran na handa silang ipatigil ang pagpapatupad nito kapag naglabas ng temporary restraining order ang mga kinauukulan dahil pagkakataon rin aniya ito upang mabigyang-linaw para sa lahat ang legalidad ng nasabing panuntunan.

PHL logs 22,958 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday recorded 22,958 additional COVID-19 infections, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its latest data, the DOH said 21,691 of the new cases occurred within the recent 14 days, from January 6 to January 19.

The top regions that reported high cases in the last two weeks are the National Capital Region, CALABARZON, and Central Luzon.

The latest tally pushed the country’s number of active infections to 270,728. Of these cases, 8,335 are asymptomatic, 257,632 are mild, 2,970 are moderate, 1,487 are severe, and 304 are in critical condition.

The positivity rate was at 43.5 percent, based on samples of 62,531 individuals on January 17.

Six laboratories failed to submit their data on time. These facilities contribute on average 1.5 percent of samples tested and 1.9 percent of positive cases.

Recoveries increased by 36,611, resulting in 2,969,853 total recuperations.

COVID-related deaths rose to 53,044 with 82 new fatalities.

The utilization rate of intensive care unit beds nationwide was at 49 percent, and 53 percent in Metro Manila; isolation beds in the capital region at 48 percent, and 51 percent across the country.

In Metro Manila, 29 percent of ventilators are in use, and 23 percent nationwide.

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