PAGASA explains occurrence of tornado in Manila

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PAGASA explains occurrence of tornado in Manila

MANILA, Philippines — Many Manileños were caught off-guard after witnessing a tornado tore through parts of their city last Sunday. But how does a tornado form?

According to PAGASA, a tornado usually forms when there is a high concentration of low thunderstorm clouds that interact with ground surface. It then forms into a wind current in funnel shape.

Tornadoes usually originate over a flat surface.

The tornado that hit manila started to form at the port area and was triggered by the southwest monsoon.

It moved over land where it encountered rugged terrain and barriers, which then caused it to dissolve.

Although tornadoes are not common in the Philippines, it is better to learn from these safety tips in case another one occurs.

If you’re inside a building or a house, go to a closet, interior bathroom or even a small hallway.

If you’re driving, pick an escape route that takes you 90 degrees from the storm’s path.

Remember to always plan ahead and learn about how tornadoes occur. (DARLENE BASINGAN/UNTV News and Rescue)

Quezon City gov’t looking into possible causes of COVID-19 spread in 2 convents

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

The Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) is currently looking into the possible causes of COVID-19 outbreak in two convents in the city, the local government said Thursday.

In a statement, the city government said massive contact tracing efforts are underway to contain the further transmission of the virus.

A total of 114 individuals, including 64 nuns and 50 staff members, tested positive for COVID-19 at the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) in Cubao.

At the Convent of the Holy Spirit, 22 individuals were confirmed to have caught the virus, including 13 nuns and 9 staff members.

The city government said both facilities have been placed under lockdown.

CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said they became aware of the situation after the cases were recorded in the surveillance data reported by a testing laboratory.

“Hindi po tayo ang nag-swab sa kanila. Nagpa-test po sila sa iba at nang lumabas na ang resulta sa laboratory, na-record ito sa surveillance data,” he said in the same statement.

“Now, our team is conducting an investigation and intensive contact tracing to get more details about the matter,” he added.

Cruz said part of the ongoing investigation is to determine if any of the positive individuals had any close contact with anyone outside of their facility.

Initial investigation revealed that a nun at the Convent of Holy Spirit passed away due to COVID-19 in early September. A physical therapist in the facility was reportedly exposed to the patient.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte earlier ordered the CESU to conduct active surveillance of closed settings in the city such as nursing homes and convents after 122 people, including 99 children, in an orphanage tested positive for COVID-19.

Quezon City eyes vaccinating over 267K minors vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021

The Quezon City government on Wednesday said it is now preparing for the registration and inoculation of the younger population against COVID-19.

In a press statement, the city government said it is looking to vaccinate around 267,000 students aged 12 to 17 when it starts the rollout of the vaccination for minors.

The local government said its QC Task Force Vax to Normal is currently working with public and private schools to determine the number of currently enrolled students aged 12-17 years.

“We are closely working with our private and public schools because the strategy now is to put up sites in their campuses and school grounds,” QC Task Force Vax to Normal Co-chair Joseph Juico said.

As for the out-of-school youth, homeschooled and students enrolled outside the city, Juico said the task force is coordinating with barangay officials for proper enlisting.

The online booking system developed by the city will also be activated to schedule their inoculation once the vaccines for children become available.

This data will then be used as a basis for the allocation and registration of this age group for the vaccines, it added.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the vaccination of minors may be implemented soon as the city already inoculated around 80 percent of its eligible population.

“It is now time to shift our attention to minors because they are also vulnerable to the virus. Moreover, they comprise about 30% of the city’s approximately 3.1 million population and it is impossible to reach herd immunity or 80% of total population without including them,” Belmonte said in the same statement.

As of September 15, the city said it has administered 1,750,537 first doses or 102.97 % of its target population. Fully vaccinated individuals stood at 1,232,681 or 72.51 % of the target population.

Data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that as of September 14, the city has recorded a total of 13,441 cases of COVID-19 among children aged 0 to 17.

Intramuros, other tourism sites in Manila to reopen on September 16

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday (September 15) announced the reopening of Rizal Park and three sites in Intramuros; namely Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Plaza San Luis under limited capacity and shortened operating hours on September 16.

In a statement, the DOT said that Rizal Park will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. with a maximum capacity of 500 visitors at any given time.

Fort Santiago will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with a maximum capacity of 150 visitors at any given time.

Meanwhile, Baluarte de San Diego will be operating daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will accommodate a maximum of 80 people at a time.

On the other hand, Plaza San Luis is free for those who want to visit but only from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.

The tourism department, meanwhile, reiterates only those within the age of 18 to below 65 shall be allowed in both Rizal Park and the Intramuros sites.

“We continuously urge our tourists to strictly adhere to the health and safety protocols to sustain the resumption of tourism in the country,” Puyat said.

Meanwhile, the DOT said that to encourage more National Capital Region (NCR) residents to get their COVID-19 jabs, the DOT through the Intramuros Administration will set up an express lane for fully-vaccinated individuals who wish to visit Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego. AAC

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