TNVS gears up as operations resume on June 1

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 30, 2020   •   379

The Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) industry is already preparing for the resumption of operations on June 1 when Metro Manila finally shifts to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

TNVS driver Noel Guimbaolibot has added plastic covers and disinfectant solutions in his car as part of the minimum health standards for public transportation.

Noel is looking forward to the resumption of operations since he hasn’t been able to earn for over three months because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

He said he has to brave the risk of getting infected in order to earn for his loved ones.

“Sa ngayon, hindi pa naman nawawala iyong COVID-19. Ang pinakamaganda talaga ay lagi lang maging maingat. Magsuot ng face mask every time, mag-spray ng alcohol, (COVID-19 is not going away just yet. It would be best to always be careful. Wear a face mask and spray alcohol),” he said.

Grab PH will be implementing new protocols for their partner-drivers in accordance with the directives of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Before being allowed to operate, Grab PH’s partner-drivers will have to answer a checklist to determine if they are fit enough to operate. They will also undergo training to make sure they are following health protocols.

Cashless system will also be encouraged to avoid direct contact. Drivers will also be allowed to cancel their booking if the passenger is not wearing a face mask. Likewise, passengers may also cancel their booking if the driver is not wearing a face mask.

Grab PH president, Brian Cu assures that they will not implement any fare hike as operations resume. However, they will appeal to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for a five-peso fare increase by next month.

“The disinfection kits and disinfection measures are an added cost for them, to the drivers, so we made a proposal to the LTFRB to raise the per trip cost by a fixed amount to help cover these items,” he said.

Meanwhile, TNVS drivers are not required to undergo COVID-19 testing before resumption of operations unless they are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms. Grab PH has test kits prepared for their partner drivers. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Duterte extends ECQ in Cebu City; GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City until July 15, 2020.

The President noted the “stubbornness” of its residents despite strict government protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19. He cited the situation in Talisay City where people tend to ignore social distancing protocols, with some even engaging in drinking sprees and gambling.

Ayaw ninyo maniwala, bakit marami? One of the reasons — even without consulting the Body— because you did not follow rules,” President Duterte said.

“You have the highest. Cebu is now the new hotspot for COVID-19. Bakit? Marami sa inyo ay hindi sumusunod,” he added.

The President expressed concern over the situations in Cebu City which he hopes will improve through the supervision of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the following areas will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until July 15:

  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Benguet
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Leyte
  • Ormoc
  • Southern Leyte
  • Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion Municipalities in Cebu Province

The President commended the response of residents in the said areas to the government-imposed protocols which helped slow down the rate of COVID-19 infection.

You know Manila, maraming tao but because sumunod nila — with few violations thereabout— we here in Manila have a good chance of at least avoiding it,” he said.

To save the economy, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguz recommended to the President the further relaxing of quarantine measures in Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region. 

The rest of the country, meanwhile, will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) specifically those identified as moderate and low risk areas where localized community quarantine and minimum health standards may strictly be observed. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DSWD provides aid to locally-stranded individuals in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   June 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday assured it will continue to provide assistance to individuals who are stranded in Metro Manila due to coronavirus quarantine measures.

“DSWD will continue to coordinate with local government units and concerned agencies to determine and provide appropriate interventions and assistance to LSIs (locally-stranded individuals) in Metro Manila,” the agency said in a statement on Monday night.

The department said that on June 17, it provided financial assistance, through its Field Office National Capital Region (FO-NCR), to around 500 LSIs currently staying in Pier 4 in North Port, Manila.

Most of the LSIs who received aid under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program were stranded workers, students and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were unable to return to their provinces amid the coronavirus crisis.

The DSWD also reported that LSIs temporarily staying in the facility of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City have also received financial aid on June 19.

Officers of the DSWD FO also went to the Philippine Coast Guard Gymnasium, Eva Macapagal Port Area in Manila to distribute Family Food Packs (FFPs), sleeping kits, and sanitation kits for OFWs stranded in Pier 15, South Port.

Earlier, the department also provided financial assistance and non-food items to LSIs staying at the Villamor Airbase Elementary School and at the Philippine State College of Aeronautics in Pasay City.

Ilang LGU sa Metro Manila, nagpatupad ng lockdown dahil sa tumataas na kaso ng COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ilang lungsod sa Metro Manila ang nagpapatupad ng mas mahigpit na quarantine measures bunsod ng patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sa kani-kanilang lugar.

Sa Malabon City, inilagay ng lokal na pamahalaan sa enhanced community quarantine ang Sitio Sais sa Barangay Catmon hanggang Hunyo 21 dahil sa paglobo ng mga naiimpeksyon ng coronavirus disease.

Sa 22 na nag-positibo sa sakit sa Barangay Catmon, kalahati rito ang naitala sa Sitio Sais.

Ayon sa kapitan ng Barangay na si Brian Manapat, ang dikit-dikit na mga istruktura at mga bahay na hanggang limang pamilya ang nakatira ay marahil isa sa mga dahilan ng mabilis na hawahan ng mga may COVID-19.

“Ang nakakabahala dito yung mga PUI at PUMs nila napakarami na. Kaya talagang for lockdown na ni-request ko na,” ani Manapat.

Sa ilalim ng quarantine measure, bawal lumabas ng bahay ang mga residente, maging ang mga frontline workers.

Magsasagawa rin ng disinfection at contact tracing sa barangay sa loob ng limang araw.

Pinalawig rin ng Navotas City government ang umiiral na lockdown sa H. Monroy St. sa Barangay Navotas West.

Ayon kay Mayor Toby Tiangco, dahil ito sa tumataas na coronavirus infections na napapaulat sa lugar.

Aniya, sa 96 na sumailalim sa rapid antibody test ay 49 ang nag-positibo.

Ani Tiangco, sasailalim pa ang mga nag-positibo sa rapid test sa RT-PCR test upang makumpirma kung talagang dinapuan sila ng COVID-19.

Sa Taguig City naman, isinailalim sa enhanced community quarantine ang Purok 5 at 6 sa Lower Bicutan simula ngayong June 17 hanggang July 1 dahil pa rin sa lumulobong COVID-19 cases.

Magsasagawa ng active case finding ang lokal na pamahalaan kasabay ng paghikayat sa mga residente na agad ipagbigay-alam kung may nararamdamang sintomas ng sakit.

Sa lungsod naman ng Maynila ay ilalagay sa 48-hour lockdown ang mga Barangay 60, 163, at 844 simula June 19 hanggang 20.

Layon nitong makapagsagawa ng targeted testing at disease surveillance upang maiwasan ang pagkalat pa ng COVID-19.

Sa tala ng Manila City government, nasa 10 ang nagpositibo sa Barangay 60, 22 sa Barangay 163, at dalawa sa Barangay 844. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rey Pelayo)

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