Granular lockdowns effective in curbing COVID-19 transmission — MMDA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 22, 2021   •   209

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sees the implementation of granular lockdowns as effective in addressing COVID-19 transmissions.

According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, since the implementation of granular lockdowns in the National Capital Region (NCR), the number of COVID-19 cases significantly dropped in the nation’s capital.

The official noted that the cooperation of barangay officials contributed a lot as they know more about how to implement the measure in smaller areas to contain COVID-19.

With the implementation of granular lockdowns, the healthy population can still move without risking the larger population.

Based on the data from MMDA, the number of active cases dropped to around 36,000 on September 19 from more than 40,000 last September 15.

Also, the COVID-19 reproduction rate in NCR slowed down from 1.90 on September 15 to 1.03 on September 22.

“This granular lockdown [ay] tamang-tama ng structure ng Pilipinas. Kaya nga I would say na it’s one of the things kung bakit bumaba tayo aside from vaccination. It is this effective use of the granular lockdowns,” said Abalos.

Abalos said that local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila are aiming at lowering the Alert Level in the region from  4 to 3 after the implementation of the pilot test of the alert system.

Modified number coding scheme back in Metro Manila starting Dec. 1 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The modified number coding scheme will be re-implemented in Metro Manila starting Wednesday, December 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

Citing a resolution signed by Metro Manila mayors, MMDA chairperson Benhur Abalos said the number scheme will only be imposed during afternoon rush hour, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The number coding scheme will be implemented from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays.

The modified coding scheme only covers private vehicles.

Exempted from the scheme are public utility vehicles (PUV), including tricycles, transport network vehicle services (NTVS), motorcycles, garbage trucks, fuel trucks, and motor vehicles carrying essential and/or perishable goods.

MMDA to lift suspension of number coding scheme this week

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday, November 29, announced that it would lift the suspension of the number coding scheme in the National Capital Region within this week.

According to MMDA Benhur Abalos, the Metro Manila Council of mayors has signed the resolution that will resume the number coding scheme and the same will be published in a Philippine gazette on Tuesday.

Abalos added that the implementation of the resumption of the number coding scheme will be two days after the publication of the resolution.

The number coding scheme will be from 5 PM to 8 PM from Monday to Friday.

He clarified, however, that public transportation will still be exempted from the scheme.

Light trucks, on the other hand, will be banned from EDSA from 5 AM to 9 PM. —/mbmf

Duterte approves lifting of mandatory use of face shields in areas under Alert Levels 1-3

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the lifting of mandatory use of face shields in areas under Alert Level 3 and lower.

This lifting of the mandatory use of face shield policy was recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) following the continuous lowering of daily new COVID-19 cases in the country.

Based on the memorandum issued by the office of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the use of face shields is now limited to areas under Alert Level 5 and granular lockdowns.

Use of face shields in areas under Alert Level 4, on the other hand, will depend on the discretion of the concerned local government units.

This means that in Metro Manila, which is under Alert Level 2, the use of face shields will now be optional.

“OK. Tanggalin na ninyo ang shield, pwede na ninyong tanggalin ang shield, but not the mask, mask will forever remain and will be part of our day to day, part of safety measure. Kasi matagal pa itong virus na nasa hangin lang,” Duterte said during his weekly public address, Talk to the People aired Monday night.

On the other hand, mandatory use of face shields remains in medical and quarantine facilities, as well as in healthcare settings.

Duterte, meanwhile, appealed to local governments to pass an ordinance that will set restrictions on going to the malls, particularly among children.

“I am calling all local government units to consider passing ordinances for age restrictions among minors, who can be allowed to go the malls. Certainly, we cannot allow those below 12 years old or those who are still unvaccinated to be exposed to the risk of getting covid-19 in public places,” the President said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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