I-ACT launches Task Force Alamid to address traffic woes this holiday season

admin   •   October 20, 2017   •   6654

Task force ALAMID

MANILA, Philippines — The bumper to bumper traffic is a normal scene in Metro Manila everyday.

Adding to this is the sale events of malls that cause more congestion on roads due to vehicles parked along roads and erring drivers who ply the stretch of EDSA.

The government’s Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) wants to resolve all these problems.

On Thursday, I-ACT launched what it dubbed as Task Force Alamid.

Under this task force, 300 traffic law enforcers from the Metro Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol will coordinate in managing and fixing the flow of vehicles this holiday season.

The Metro Manila local traffic enforcers, the joint task force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), leagues of barangays and several volunteers from the group Ligtas Patrol will also help in the said effort.

“Our scope is not just in Metro Manila, and but also in areas where MMDA is not allowed like airports and seaports,” said Department of Tranportation (DOTr) Road Transport Usec. Thomas Orbos.

“We can coordinate as well with the movement of the arrivals, the departing passengers, those queuing along NLEX, and SLEX. You might not be aware, the queuing of vehicles there is extreme even on regular days,” he added.

Task Force Alamid immediately began its work on Thursday along the coastal road in Baclaran.

During the operation, the task force apprehended nine “colorum” vans or PUVs without permits with routes from Cavite to Lawton.

“I know this is legal. I have a paper, but it’s just not here,” said a driver of a colorum van.

One of the apprehended vehicles even had a sticker of the Office of the President attached to it. When the driver was asked about the sticker, he refused to answer.

Authorities issued violation tickets to the erring drivers and towed their vehicles.

The apprehended drivers will pay fines of up to P200,000 and their vehicles will be impounded for three months.

It can be noted that a research by a Japanese organization in 2012 revealed that the country’s economy loses P2.4 billion daily due to heavy traffic. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

Unvaxxed, partially vaxxed NCR workers allowed to use public transport for 30 days

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2022

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated employees in industries and establishments allowed to operate in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be allowed to ride public transport for 30 days, starting January 26.

In a joint statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the decision was reached during their meeting last Friday, January 21, after considering the vaccination coverage in the capital region.

“Within the 30-day window, partially vaccinated workers are still allowed to board public transportation,” the statement read.

“However, since partially unvaccinated individuals are still at risk given that they do not have complete protection against the virus as clarified by the Health Department, they are also not allowed to use public transportation if vaccination remains incomplete within the 30-day window,” it added.

The DOTr is implementing a “no vaccination, no ride” policy in public transportation vehicles while the NCR is under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and up. The NCR and other areas with high infection rates have been placed under Alert Level 3 until January 31.

DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Service and official representative to the IATF Artemio Tuazon Jr. said that 30 days following the announcement of the new protocol, only workers in the NCR who are fully vaccinated are allowed to use public transportation.

Fully vaccinated refers to those who have completed the 2-dose primary series vaccination such as for the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, or Moderna brands; or the one-dose vaccination such as for the Janssen brand.

Tuazon added that the joint decision made by the DOLE, DILG, and the DOTr supports the government’s ongoing thrust to ramp up vaccination efforts, especially amid the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

“This joint decision is also meant to support the vaccination drive of the entire government,” he said.

“We want our workers to get fully vaccinated especially now that there is no longer a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, and there is a threat of highly transmissible variants of the virus. We are giving our workers the time to get themselves vaccinated,” he added.

The DOTr official also maintained that the “no vaccination, no ride” policy is not discriminatory.

“As jointly decided by the DOLE, DILG, and DOTr, workers who will remain unvaccinated 30 days after the announcement are not being barred from their workplaces. They are simply not allowed to use public transportation, but can still use other means such as active transport, private vehicles, or company shuttle services,” said Tuazon.

‘No vax, no ride’ policy may legal na basehan pero limitado ang pagpapatupad – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – May legal na basehan ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila, ayon sa Department of Justice (DOJ).

Ang pagtatanggol sa polisiya ay ginawa ni DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra sa gitna ng mga pagtutol sa panuntunan ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na nagbabawal sa mga hindi bakunado laban sa COVID-19 na sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan kung walang maipapakitang dokumento o katunayan ng exemption.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ni Guevarra na ang “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng DOTr ay alinsunod sa Administrative Code (EO292) at batay sa Republic Act 11332 o ang batas na nag-oobliga sa pag-uulat ng notifiable diseases.

Aniya, sa ilalim ng batas ay may kapangyarihan ang pamahalaan na limitahan ang galaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado kung para ito sa interes at kaligtasan ng publiko.

“The state has the power to regulate the movement of unvaccinated persons if it deems that such regulation is in the interest of public health or public safety and is for the benefit not only of the vaccinated but also of the unvaccinated,” ani Guevarra.

“In short, a person may refuse to get vaccinated for his/her own personal reasons, but he/she is duty-bound to obey reasonable state regulations affecting unvaccinated persons for the benefit of society at-large,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinimulang ipatupad sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila ang “no vaccination, no ride” policy noong Lunes, Enero 17.

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.

Maraming grupo ang kumukwestiyon sa nasabing polisiya na tinawag nilang “anti-poor” at “discriminatory” sa mga hindi pa bakunado, lalo na sa mga walang sariling sasakyan.

Pero giit ni Guevarra, hindi naman pinagbabawalang bumiyahe ang mga hindi pa bakunado dahil ang polisiya ay epektibo lamang sa public transportation, at may nakasaad ring exemption sa rule na ito.

“The unvaccinated are not absolutely prohibited from availing themselves of public transport, provided that they have passes to show that they are out to obtain essential goods and service, such as food and medicine; or that they have medical certifications showing that they could not be vaccinated for medical or health reasons,” ang paliwanag ng opisyal.

Binigyang-diin rin ng DOJ chief na tatlo sa apat na indibidwal na naoospital o kaya ay namamatay dulot ng COVID-19 ay hindi bakunado.

At bagaman common carrier o pampublikong sasakyan ay bukas sa lahat, may responsibilidad rin aniya ang mga nangangasiwa nito na ihatid ang mga pasahero nang ligas sa kanilang mga patutunguhan.

“Common carriers are indeed open to everyone, but under our existing laws operators of common carriers are bound to carry their passengers safely to their destinations, and ‘safely’ means freedom not only from accidental injury but also from transmissible diseases,” ani Guevarra.

Paalala rin ni Guevarra na time-bound lamang o limitado lang ang panahon ng pagpapatupad ng polisiya at hindi naman ito required sa iba pang lugar na mababa ang bilang ng mga nababakunahan kontra COVID-19.

Una nang sinabi ng DOTr na ang polisiya ay epektibo lamang habang nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o higit pa ang Metro Manila. Batay rin anila ito sa resolusyong ipinasa ng konseho ng mga alkalde sa Metro Manila na naglilimita sa galaw ng mga unvaccinated person.

ALAMIN: Sino ang hindi saklaw ng ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy ng MRT-3?

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Naglabas ang pamunuan ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) ng listahan ng mga pasahero na exempted o hindi sakop ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng MRT-3 na ang mga sumusunod na pasahero ay hindi saklaw ng panuntunan:

• mga pasaherong papasok sa trabaho
• mga pasaherong may medical condition kung kaya’t hindi makapagpabakuna
• mga pasaherong kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods and services, tulad ng pagkain, gamot, tubig, medical devices, public utilities, enerhiya, at medical and dental necessities
• mga pasaherong nakai-schedule magpabakuna

Ayon sa MRT-3 management, papayagan ang mga nabanggit na pasahero na sumakay ng tren kung makakapagpakita sila ng mga sumusunod na dokumento:

• Certificate of Employment
• Company ID
• Medical appointment
• Health pass mula sa barangay
• Vaccination schedule

Ang paglilinaw ay ginawa ng MRT-3 kasunod ng mga kalituhan at batikos mula sa iba’t ibang grupo hinggil sa polisiya na nagbabawal sa mga hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19 sa pagsakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan habang umiiral ang COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o higit pa sa Metro Manila.

Una na ring sinabi ng Department of Labor and Employment na hindi sakop ng polisiya ang mga manggagawang itinuturing na essential workers o nagbibigay ng mahahalagang serbisyo sa publiko.

Sa panig naman ng DOTr, sinabi ng ahensiya na hindi absolute ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy dahil may exemption naman ang pagpapatupad nito.

Iginiit rin ng kagawaran na hindi “anti-poor” and “discriminatory” ang polisiya dahil layunin nitong maprotektahan ang mga publiko, lalo na ang mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19. Nakabatay rin anila ito sa resolusyon ng konseho ng mga alcalde sa Metro Manila na naglilimita sa galaw ng mga unvaccinated person.

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