Manila City OKs limited in-person classes, internships in 4 medical schools

Robie de Guzman   •   March 3, 2021   •   618

MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Manila on Wednesday announced it has approved the plan of four medical schools to conduct limited face-to-face classes and clerkship programs for their health-related programs.

In a statement, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said these schools include Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) College of Medicine, Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences, Chinese General Hospital Colleges, and Manila Theological College – College of Medicine.

The PIO said that under PLM’s proposal, University President Emmanuel Leyco asked Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to allow the gradual reopening of the clinical clerkship program in the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.

Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences Executive Vice President Remedior Habacon also requested to gradually re-open its face-to-face classes and clinical clerkship under the Doctor of Medicine program.

The Manila Theological College – College of Medicine likewise asked for an approval to allow its 4th year medical students to conduct a limited in-hospital duty at Tondo Medical Center, the school’s base hospital.

For Chinese General Hospital Colleges, Domagoso approved its request to resume hands-on pre-clinical training and clinical rotation in their campus laboratory and hospital for their students under the programs of Doctor of Medicine, BS Nursing, BS Medical Technology, BS Radiologic Technology, and BS Physical Therapy.

“If you need testing for your students, we have a good capacity to test para magkaroon ng peace of mind among each other, including your professors,” Domagoso offered.

The city government earlier allowed the University of Santo Tomas and Centro Eskolar University to hold in-person classes for medical courses.

Under the guidelines issued by the Commission on Higher Education, educational institutions have to consult with their respective local government units first before submitting their official application for limited face-to-face classes.

Nagtahan Flyover in Manila partially closed for repair

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Nagtahan Flyover in Manila will be partially closed for seven months as it undergoes rehabilitation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the flyover will be closed from October 2021 until April 2022 to undergo major repairs after cracks and defects were found on the bridge.

Trucks are prohibited from traversing the area, it added.

“Only one lane at a time shall be occupied and only light vehicles are allowed to pass on the flyover and the Nagtahan Service Road,” it said.

The MMDA said the bridge rehabilitation will be done in segments:

  • Segment 1 and 2: Northbound (R. Magsaysay to G. Tuazon) within two months
  • Segment 3: Southbound (G. Tuazon to R. Magsaysay Area) within 1.5 months
  • Segment 4 and 5: Northbound (EARIST to R. Magsaysay Blvd. area) within 2 months
  • Segment 6: Southbound (R. Magsaysay to EARIST area) within 1.5 months

The MMDA advised vehicles going north to take Osmeña Highway, right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Ave. Ext., left to U.N Ave., right to Romualdez St., left to Ayala Blvd, and Roxas Blvd. to destination.

Meanwhile, vehicles going Southbound may take A. Bonifacio Ave., right to C3, R-10, to their destination, it added.

The MMDA said the rehabilitation of the bridge will address the big cracks at its abutment wall and railing, loose steel enclosure of retrofitting on its piers, and rusting steel enclosure of retrofitting at several piers.

The repair also seeks to avoid untoward incidents that the bridge might cause to motorists and other road users.

Listahan ng 120 paaralan na kasama sa pilot face-to-face classes, ilalabas ngayong linggo – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Inaasahang ilalabas na ngayong linggo ng Department of Education (DepEd) ang listahan ng 120 paaralan na makakasama sa pilot test ng face-to-face classes.

Ayon kay DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, nakatakdang magpulong ngayong Lunes ang kanilang regional directors para sa pinal na listahan ng mga lalahok sa limitadong in-person learning program.

Layunin ng pagpupulong na matalakay ang iba pang mga katanungan o isyu sa pilot run ng physical classes. Pag-uusapan rin sa pulong ang isinagawang risk assessment bago ang pagsasapinal at pagsasapubliko ng listahan.

Giit rin na Malalan na limitado lamang ang mga mapipiling eskwelahan at bilang ng mga mag-aaral na sasabak sa physical learning program na target isagawa sa loob ng dalawang buwan.

“Gusto talaga natin na masiguro na maayos itong magiging pilot natin dahil nakasalalay dito yung expansion,” ani Malaluan.

“We really appeal to everyone, this is not a localized effort but a national effort… We hope that we will regard this as a national effort even if this are happening in certain select areas,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang sinabi ng DepEd na 100 pampublikong paaralan at 20 pribadong paaralan lamang sa mga lugar na mababa ang banta ng COVID-19 ang kasali sa pilot run.

Labindalawang estudyante sa Kindergarten, at 16 mag-aaral naman ang kasali sa Grades 1 hanggang 3. Nasa 20 learners naman ang kasali para sa Technical-vocation classes sa limang senior high schools.

Tatlong oras lamang ang ilalagi sa paaralan ng kindergarten hanggang Grade 3 students habang ang senior high school students naman ay hanggang apat na oras.

Pinagsamang face-to-face classes at distance learning din ang gagamiting programa na ang ibig sabihin ay may mga araw na naka-online classes pa rin ang mga mag-aaral.

Kailangan ding bakunado na kontra COVID-19 ang mga guro at school personnel na sasali sa pilot test. Dapat rin ay nasa 65-anyos pababa ang kanilang edad at walang co-morbidity.

Una nang tiniyak ng DepEd na naghanda na ito ng contingency plan para sa iba’t ibang senaryo sakaling magkaroon ng kaso ng hawaan ng COVID-19 habang isinasagawa ang pilot run.

Isko Moreno, Willie Ong file COC for president, VP in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday formalized his presidential bid for 2022 elections by filing his certificate of candidacy (COC).

Domagoso will run as the standard bearer of the Aksyon Demokratiko Party with Dr. Willie Ong as his vice president.

Ong also filed his COC along with Domagoso on Monday morning.

Mayor Isko was a former actor who grew in the slums of Tondo while Ong is a cardiologist and an internist who has over 16 million Facebook followers.

Ong ran for senator in 2019. He placed 18th overall but he garnered the second highest number of overseas votes for senator.

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