Grab, Food Panda halt services amid enhanced Luzon quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 17, 2020   •   2335

Courtesy : Grab Food Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing firm Grab on Tuesday announced it is suspending all its services, including ride booking, food and package delivery services in Luzon in line with the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in the entire island.

“To safeguard communities from COVID-19, we are temporarily pausing GrabCar, GrabFood, and GrabExpress operations in Luzon from March 17 until further notice,” the firm said in a message on its app.

“We’ll keep you updated as we find ways to continue serving your needs. Stay safe!” it added.

In a separate advisory, Grab said it is also suspending its GrabTrike service in Luzon.

It, however, assured its customers it is working with the government on finding ways to continue serving Filipinos during this health crisis.

“We are one with the government in combating the viral spread, and are working with the different government agencies to find ways to continue serving the needs of Filipinos during these times,” Grab said.

Prior to the declaration of enhanced community quarantine on Monday night, Grab suspended its GrabShare service in compliance with government efforts against the spread of novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, food delivery service FoodPanda also announced the temporary suspension of its operations.

“We’re unavailable right now. FoodPanda has suspended its services in Luzon until further notice. Please check back soon,” it said in a notification on its app.

Under the enhanced community quarantine, the government has restricted the movement of people by implementing strict home quarantine. Only one person per household will be allowed to get out to buy basic needs.

Mass gatherings are prohibited, and classes and all school activities in all levels are also suspended until April 14.

Operations of public transportation, including MRT, LRT and Philippine National Railways, public utility vehicles, are also suspended.

Work in the executive branch shall be in a work-from-home arrangement except for the uniformed personnel, health and emergency frontline workers, border control and other critical services.

Establishments that are allowed to operate are only those that provide basic necessities such as supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, water-refilling stations, banks, money transfer, services, food preparation and delivery services, and power, energy, water and telecommunications supplies and facilities.

The enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon will be in effect from March 17 to April 13.

Signal nos. 1 and 2 still up in parts of Luzon as Maring nears exit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—  Tropical cyclone wind signals are still raised over parts of Luzon as severe tropical storm “Maring” is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

According to PAGASA, Maring was located 315 km West of Calayan, Cagayan and will continue to move westward over the West Philippine Sea. It has maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

Heavy to intense rains are highly likely over Ilocos Region, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra, and Mountain Province.

Moderate to heavy rains are highly likely over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are likely over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and the rest Central Luzon.

TCWS No. 2  prevails in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • The northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Provinc
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

  • The rest of Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • The northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
  • The northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands

Within the next 36 hours,  Maring is forecast to gradually intensify but is becoming less likely to reach typhoon category prior to making landfall over Hainan Island in China.

The state weather bureau continues to remind the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. AAC


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TD Lannie moves towards Camotes Sea; signal no. 1 raised in parts of Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is now over the Canigao Channel and heading towards Camotes Sea, according to the latest bulletin of PAGASA.

The 11:00 a.m. update of the state weather bureau said Lannie  is over the coastal waters of Maasin City, Southern Leyte heading west northwestward at 20 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

From Monday (October 4) until Tuesday, the weather disturbance will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Visayas, MIMAROPA, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, and Dinagat Islands.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over CALABARZON and the rest of Bicol Region and Mindanao.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

The southern portion of Masbate (Pio V. Corpuz, Cataingan, Palanas, Dimasalang, Uson, Mobo, Milagros, Mandaon, Esperanza, Placer, Cawayan, Balud), the southern portion of Romblon (Cajidiocan, San Fernando, Magdiwang, Santa Maria, Odiongan, Alcantara, Ferrol, Looc, Santa Fe, San Jose), the southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Roxas, Mansalay, Bulalacao, Bongabong), the southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay), and the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian and Cuyo Islands.
Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, the northern and central portions of Negros Oriental (Bais City, Mabinay, City of Bayawan, Basay, City of Tanjay, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, City of Guihulngan, Vallehermoso, Canlaon City), Cebu, and Bohol
Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, the northern portion of Agusan del Norte (Magallanes, Remedios T. Romualdez, City of Cabadbaran, Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Butuan City), and Camiguin

Lannie, according to PAGASA, is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning (October 7). AAC

Quezon City completes distribution of ECQ ‘ayuda 2’ to 2.3 million residents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 30, 2021

The Quezon City government has completed the distribution of P2.48 billion financial assistance to its residents.

As of August 28, a total of 2,339,420 individuals or 747,520 families have claimed their P1,000 to P4,000 aid from different distribution centers in the city.

The local government reported that the aid distribution was completed five days earlier than the deadline set by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city has also begun distribution of unclaimed ayuda. She reported that there are still 89,154 households that have yet to claim their financial aid.

According to Social Services Development Department (SSDD) head Fe Macale, the city had updated the beneficiary list to remove ineligible and duplicate names days before the ayuda distribution.

“Kaya naging mabilis at maayos ang distribution natin ngayon kasi malinis na ang listahan natin. Inayos natin ito para ma-update ang listahan at mabigyan ang mga residenteng nararapat talagang mabigyan ng ayuda (The distribution has been fast and orderly because our list is organized. We updated the list to make sure eligible residents will receive aid),” she said.

Beneficiaries who have yet to get their ECQ ayuda 2 are advised to monitor the QC government Facebook page and website for further announcements.

Meanwhile, a grievance and appeals committee was stationed in payout sites to address the complaints of constituents regarding financial aid.

Kapag may natitira pang pondo pagkatapos nating maibigay ‘yung ayuda para sa mga unclaimed (should there be excess in the funds after the distribution for the unclaimed has been released), residents who filed grievances or complaints will now be subject for payout,” Macale added. AAC


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