LTFRB reminds PUV drivers to ensure names are listed for cash assistance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2020   •   6086

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminds drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) to ensure that their names are listed for cash assistance under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for Drivers.

The LTFRB said PUV drivers may check their names on the list issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development at https://tinyurl.com/SAPforDRIVERS

Muli, pinaaalalahanan ang mga drayber na huwag magtungo sa Landbank kung ang pangalan ay wala pa sa listahan (Again, we are reminding drivers not to go to Landbank if their names are not in the list),” their post reads.

The LTFRB also announced that Landbank satellite office at the Land Transportation Office in East Avenue, Quezon City will be open on Wednesday (April 15) until April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. –AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

QC to conduct contact tracing after mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2020

The Quezon City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) on Thursday said it will conduct a contact tracing on those who recently had direct contact with Mayor Joy Belmonte and two other employees who tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

QCESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said employees who had contact with Belmonte and the two other staff will undergo swab testing, especially those working on the third and 14th floors of the city hall.

“Other people who had direct contact with the Mayor and the two other employees, including visitors, will also undergo swab testing,” Cruz said.

“Employees who will be tested need to undergo home quarantine until results are released as part of protocol,” said Cruz, adding that results will be out in three days.

Belmonte earlier said she is not manifesting symptoms of COVID-19 and that her office have already been closed for disinfection.

Other parts of the city hall will also undergo sanitation but operations will remain normal as not all employees came in direct contact with the mayor in the past few days.

Belmonte also assured she will continue to discharge her duties and functions as mayor even under quarantine through various alternative work arrangements.

Duterte on reopening the economy: ‘We cannot afford to gamble’

Marje Pelayo   •   July 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The country is not yet ready to fully reopen its economy, according to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Chief Executive said the government is doing the process gradually, otherwise the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections would spike that could lead to a bigger problem.

He said he cannot follow the example of other countries because the Philippines does not have as much resources if the situation gets worse.

“Tayong pobre we cannot afford really a total epidemic or pandemonium. Mahirap tayo. Hindi tayo puwedeng sumugal (As a poor country, we cannot afford really a total epidemic or pandemonium. We are poor. We cannot afford to gamble),” the President said during his public address on Tuesday evening (July 7).

President Duterte cited situations in the United States and Brazil where despite being powerful and wealthy, are not spared from the impact of the pandemic.

“Although they opened their economy for money to come into the government coffers, there was a spike. They were having a problem of almost a relapse — in the totality of the number,” he added.

Meanwhile, the President expressed doubts that the country has entered the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak.

“Now we do not even know if the number of 34, 178 of active cases is still a part of the first wave or have we arrived at the second wave. I don’t think so. We are still grappling with the first wave,” he argued.

He urged Filipinos to obey strict health protocols and have more patience as the government works to combat the pandemic.

Mga kababayan ko, ako mismo gusto ko nang lumabas. Ayoko nang magpapigil. Kung gusto ko nga makipag-away na ako. Ang problema iyon ang gusto ko, pero ang gusto ko ay hindi makakabuti sa ating lahat,” he said.

(My fellow countrymen, I personally I want to go out. I don’t want to be barred from doing so. I am even ready to fight over this. The problem is, what I want is not good for everyone.)

“We have to be very circumspect in reopening the economy. Dahan-dahan lang (Let’s do it gradually), because if you open the entire Philippines and thousands upon thousands of new cases would happen, then we are in deep s***. Talagang mahirapan tayo (We will seriously struggle),” he said. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

New York City schools to reopen with in-class, remote learning, mayor says

UNTV News   •   July 9, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday (July 8) unveiled a plan for reopening the country’s largest school system in September with a “blended learning” schedule that would have students alternating between classrooms and their homes.

“So many New Yorkers desperately need to get back to work. For a lot of people, that means they have to get back to a workplace and they need to know that their kids will be safe and secure, getting a chance to be educated much more deeply,” de Blasio told reporters during news conference.

De Blasio said the city’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests was at 1%, the lowest level it has reached since the coronavirus epidemic began. (Reuters)

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