Garbage still main cause of flooding in NCR — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021   •   450

MANILA, Philippines — Garbage is still the main cause of flooding in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. reported there are low areas in the NCR that are prone to flooding but other areas have clogged drainages due to wastes.

He also said that the MMDA is repairing and declogging the pumping stations for the flood water to go to Pasig River.

Sa ngayon ay ginagawa natin ang mga pumping station para i-pump out ang mga tubig na bumabaha. Pero paano mo ipa-pump out kung talagang heavy ang siltation, barado dahil sa basura” he said.

(Presently, we are repairing the pumping stations to pump out the floodwater. But how will you pump it out if there is heavy siltation and it’s clogged due to the garbage.)

In San Andres Pumping Station, around 8 to 10 cubic meters of garbage are collected per day during the rainy season.

The MMDA reminds the public to avoid throwing garbage on the streets. -AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.) 

Resto owners group says dine-in allowed for fully vaccinated customers only

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Indoor dining in restaurants in the National Capital Region (NCR) will only be available for fully-vaccinated customers, according to the group Restaurant Owners of the Philippines (Resto Ph).

Under Alert Level 4, indoor dining or dine-in services will be at 10% capacity and is reserved for fully-vaccinated individuals. The NCR is currently under Alert Level 4 until September 30.

Resto Ph president Eric Teng said fully-vaccinated customers would need to present their vaccination card to avail dine-in services. For unvaccinated individuals, they can avail of the outdoor or al fresco services which operate at 30% capacity.

“We reminded our members to be vigilant with enforcing the safety protocols. We post signs asking guests to present their vaccine card before being seated indoors,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) said it will continue to observe on a weekly basis the effect of the pilot implementation of Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila before deciding on implementing a new alert level classification. AAC

Police checkpoints sa NCR, aalisin na sa ilalim ng quarantine alert level 4 – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Wala nang ilalagay na checkpoints sa National Capital Region (NCR) kapag sinimulan na ang pilot testing ng bagong quarantine alert levels system sa Huwebes, ayon sa Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ito ay dahil ipapakalat na ang mga pulis para magbantay sa mga barangay na isasailalim sa granular lockdown.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, inatasan na niya ang mga pulis na makipag-ugnayan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang malaman kung aling barangay sa kanilang nasasakupan ang ilalagay sa lockdown bunsod ng COVID-19.

Ngunit paglilinaw ng PNP, hindi pa rin naman mawawala ang mga pulis sa mga matataong lugar sa NCR para magbantay laban sa kriminalidad at terorismo.

Simula sa Huwebes ay isasailalim na sa alert level 4 ang NCR kung saan bawal lumabas ang mga taong may edad 18 pababa at 65 pataas. Hindi rin papayagang lumabas ang mga may co-morbidities at mga buntis.

Maaari namang lumabas ang mga residente kung bibili ng essential goods o kaya ay para sa essential services.

Limitado lang din ang papayagang capacity para sa indoor at al-fresco dining services pati na sa personal care services, at religious gatherings.

Sa ilalim ng alert levels system, maaaring ipatupad ang granular lockdown sa mga partikular na lugar na may mataas na COVID-19 cases gaya ng barangay o kaya ay isang gusali.

Ang maaari lamang lumabas sa ilalim ng polisiyang ito ay mga healthcare workers, mga may medical emergencies at mga paalis o pauwi na overseas Filipino workers.

Ayon kay Eleazar, hindi na bago ang pagpapatupad ng granular lockdown dahil ginagawa na ito sa ilang barangay sa NCR na may kumpul-kumpol na hawaan ng coronavirus disease.

NCR police to assist LGUs in pilot implementation of new quarantine alert levels system — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Police commanders in the National Capital Region (NCR) will assist in the pilot implementation of the quarantine alert levels system that is set to start on Sept. 16, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said Tuesday.

In a statement, Eleazar said the NCR police will particularly help in the information dissemination on the new guidelines on quarantine alert levels system and in coming up with strategic enforcement and deployment in coordination with the local government units.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Monday night released the guidelines for the system, which aims to prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the continuous rise in cases.

“Sa paglabas ng mga alituntunin ng quarantine alert level system, inatasan ko na ang ating mga police commanders sa Metro Manila na pag-aralang mabuti at patuloy na makipag-ugnayan sa mga LGUs para sa strategic deployment at enforcement para sa maayos na pagpapatupad ng mga ito,” Eleazar said.

The PNP chief said police commanders should prevent confusion in the implementation of the rules, which sometimes lead to unnecessary arguments and confrontations with the public.

Under the guidelines, the alert levels system will cover cities or municipalities, which will be classified under Alert Level 1 to Level 5. The alert levels per area will be determined by the Department of Health depending on the COVID-19 incidence rate.

The granular lockdowns, on the other hand, are the critical zones that will be declared by the local government unit.

“Aktibong makikibahagi ang inyong PNP sa enforcement at information dissemination sa guidelines na ito, na ang ibig sabihin din ay kailangang sumunod din ang kapulisan sa mga alituntuning ito,” Eleazar said.

He reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance, impose only what is only stated in the guidelines, and never punish violators.

Eleazar also reiterated his appeal to the public to cooperate with authorities and to follow the guidelines.

“Hinihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan sa Metro Manila na alamin ang mga patakarang ito dahil ang pagsasa-puso sa pagsunod ng mga alituntuning ito ay isang mabisang sandata hindi lamang para proteksyunan ang inyong sarili kundi pati na rin sa patuloy na pagkalat ng COVID-19,” Eleazar said.

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