Motorists warned of one-week drainage works on portion of NLEx in Valenzuela City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021   •   114

MANILA, Philippines – Expect heavy traffic flow along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) starting Monday (September 27).

The NLEx management is doing drainage enhancement works along the northbound lane of the expressway specifically in Valenzuela City area.

Specifically, a 200-meter portion of the rightmost lane of NLEx Valenzuela area will be closed to motorists.

Warning signs are installed to guide the public of the ongoing maintenance works for safety.

The NLEx management said maintenance works will last until Saturday (October 2).

NLEX-SCTEX operator prepares for long weekend holiday

Maris Federez   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the operator of the North Luzon Expressway-Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (NLEX-SCTEX), has started preparing for the long weekend holiday.

In a statement, the MPTC said they expect a 10 percent increase in the volume of vehicles that will pass the NLEX-SCTEX starting October 29 to November 2.

The toll operator said they will implement extended working hours for their employees to give more attention to areas that are usually affected by the heavy flow of traffic.

“With traffic growth of 10% anticipated in NLEX-SCTEX, traffic management teams will adopt extended working hours to closely monitor and manage the expected high volume of vehicles in Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Bocaue, San Simon, San Fernando, Tarlac, and Tipo,” the MPTC management said.

The MPTC has also put on hold construction and closure activities in several expressway lanes.

As added service, the MPTC will post traffic situations in the expressway through the NLEX social media accounts. Other information may be obtained through the company’s 24/7 hotline number 1-35000. —/mbmf

PNP dismisses Valenzuela cop who shot teen with special needs

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The police officer assigned in Valenzuela City who was involved in the death of a teenager with special needs has been dismissed from the service, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered the removal of Police Senior Master Sergeant Christopher Salcedo from the service following a review of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) recommendation.

The review was conducted by the Discipline, Law and Order Division- Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DLOD-DPRM) and the Office of the Chief PNP.

“I have signed the order for the dismissal from the service of PSMS Salcedo for grave misconduct and less grave irregularity in the performance of duty,” Eleazar said in a statement.

The PNP said Salcedo was administratively charged for the death of 18-year-old Erwin Arnigo during an anti-illegal gambling operation conducted by Valenzuela City Police personnel last May 23.

The National Bureau of Investigation is still conducting a probe for the filing of a criminal complaint against Salcedo, it added.

In dismissing Salcedo, Eleazar said he has taken into consideration several factors that aggravated his offense, including violation of the police operational procedure as well as the fact that the teenager was a person with special needs.

“Arnigo should not have been arrested by Valenzuela City police personnel, particularly Salcedo, the teenager having no involvement with the tupada (illegal cockfighting) ,” he said.

“Being a person with autism spectrum disorder, he could not have knowingly taken part in the illegal gambling activity,” he added.

The IAS previously recommended a 40-day suspension against Salcedo citing the accidental nature of the fatal shooting and his awards and citations as mitigating factors.

Meanwhile, Eleazar affirmed the dropping of the administrative cases of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty against four other Valenzuela City police personnel who took part in the anti-illegal gambling operation.

He said that there was no substantive evidence to support their supposed administrative offenses of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty.

Valenzuela City begins student health profiling ahead of vax drive for minors

Marje Pelayo   •   September 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In anticipation of the mass vaccination for minors, the city of Valenzuela on Wednesday (September 22) began the process of student health profiling for students aged 12 to 17 across the city.

In its advisory, the city government is encouraging parents of public school children to coordinate with their respective class advisers or school principals to obtain a copy of the student health profile information sheet which can be accessed through Google form

Meanwhile, parents of private school students may ask their respective school heads for the information sheet.

For students residing in Valenzuela City but are studying in schools outside the city, parents will be provided with a link to where they can access and submit their children’s student health profile.

The city government reminds all residents of Valenzuela that only parents or authorized guardians may fill out or accomplish the student health profile sheet.

It also emphasized that vaccination for minors may only be given to Grade 6 to Grade 12 students. Students who are non-residents but are studying in schools within the city may also be vaccinated.

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