LIST: Weekend road reblocking, repair in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   February 14, 2020   •   388

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed for scheduled road reblockings and repairs starting Friday, February 14, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In an advisory, the DPWH said the following roads will undergo repair and reblocking starting 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, February 17:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. Cloverleaf to 11th Ave. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Guzent to Roosevelt Ave. (4th lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA approach BP Tuazon flyover to approach A. Boni Serrano flyover (2nd lane from MRT Line)

WESTBOUND:

  • General Luis St. Samote St. to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave to Maharlika St. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND:

  • EDSA QC after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)

The DPWH also said that Eagle Ave. in Barangay Ugong in Pasig City will also be closed by 10 p.m. Friday night until 4 a.m. on Monday to give way to the construction of Manila Water’s main sewer network.

Affected motorists are advised to expect heavier than usual traffic and use alternate routes instead.

DPWH to convert public buildings to health facilities in 10 days

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is proposing to convert state-owned buildings to health facilities to accommodate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the plan was to convert the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the World Trade Center (WTC), the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, and the Philippine Institute of Sports Multipurpose (Philsport) Arena as quarantine sites.

They began the conversion of the PICC, the WTC, and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

Villar also posted design plans for a nurse’s station as well as the floor plan for the PICC facility.

He said the buildings will be used to address hospital shortage due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.

The buildings can accommodate a total of 2,905 possible patients. They already began the conversion on Wednesday (April 1) and expect completion in 10 days. AAC

LTFRB warns PUV drivers, operators overcharging fares amid Metro Manila quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has warned to slap sanctions against public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators overcharging passengers amid the government-enforced community quarantine in Metro Manila against the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The LTFRB issued the warning following reports that some public bus drivers and operators are charging extra due to the passenger limit.

“The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has received reports of Public Utility Bus (PUB) drivers and operators overcharging passengers amid an ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said in a statement.

“The LTFRB strongly condemns such practices of taking advantage of the public while the country is gripped by a State of Public Health Emergency, or any crisis thereof,” he added.

Some commuters have complained about drivers of buses and UV express vehicles asking passengers to pay double to compensate for the reduced passenger volume they are allowed to ferry due to the social distancing being enforced on all modes of public transportation.

Under the government’s transportation restriction guidelines, UV express vehicles may only carry six people, including the driver, at any given time. Passengers must also maintain a distance of one seat from one another.

Public buses should not have more than 25 passengers including driver and conductor, without any standing passenger. Passengers should be one seat apart.

Public jeepneys, on the other hand, should not board more than half of their regular capacity including driver, while taxis or Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), including accredited airport taxis should not have more than four passengers, including driver.

One seat apart distance between passengers should be maintained.

Delgra emphasized that transport operators “under no circumstances” should raise fares unless otherwise approved by the Board.

“An action like this is in clear violation of the agency’s policies,” he said.

Should they be found guilty of violating LTFRB’s policies, Delgra said franchise holders will be subjected to penalties under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, with the possibility of cancellation of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), among other sanctions.

He also urged PUV operators to not take advantage of the ongoing situation experienced in Metro Manila, and to keep in mind the safety and security of the riding public.

Mayor Isko says Manila to impose curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in response to COVID-19 threat

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine capital will impose curfew hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in response to the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced Sunday.

In a Facebook Live video, Domagoso said that under the new curfew policy, no person shall be allowed in the streets, commercial establishments, recreation centers, malls or other areas outside the immediate vicinity of their residence.

“May bago pong curfew na magaganap sa lungsod ng Maynila. Simula alas-otso ng gabi hanggang ala-singko ng umaga, paiiralin ang curfew sa Manila, in line with our challenges, and to continue to fulfill our plan in the city of Manila against COVID-19,” he said.

Mayor Isko said that a resident may only be allowed to go out during curfew hours in cases of emergency, and for purposes of buying essential needs or performing work-related requirements.

Domagoso issued the announcement is in support of the national government’s measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the country.

On Saturday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that all mayors in Metro Manila agreed to issue a resolution imposing a curfew among their constituents starting March 15 to April 14.

It later clarified that the curfew implementation will depend on the ordinances yet to be passed by local government units.

Metro Manila has been placed under community quarantine until April 14 as part of measures to combat coronavirus.

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