5 bus sa isang garahe sa Pasay City, nasunog

admin   •   July 11, 2014   •   2858

Nilamon ng apoy ang 5 bus na nakagarahe sa Pasay City, kaninang madaling araw, Hulyo 11, 2014 (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines —Naabo ang limang unit ng Ultrabus na biyaheng Samar matapos masunog habang nakaparada sa garahe sa Back 1 street, Don Carlos Village, Pasay city, pasado alas-dos kaninang madaling araw.

Ayon sa mga barangay tanod na unang rumesponde sa sunog, nakita nilang umuusok ang isa sa mga bus at nakarinig sila ng pagsabog saka sumiklab ang apoy.

Agad silang tumawag ng tulong sa mga bumbero upang apulahin ang apoy.

“Malaki laki na rin kasi nung may sumabog. Nagspread agad yung apoy kaya lumaki agad”, ani Jesus Berbers na isang tanod sa Brgy. 190 sa Pasay City.

Wala namang nasawi subalit isang welder ang nasugatan nang subukang isalba ang kanyang gamit.

Base sa inisyal na impormasyon, pinipinturahan ang naturang mga bus at may mga nagwewelding at naninigarilyo malapit sa bus na posibleng dahilan ng pagkasunog ng mga ito.

“Oo, pinipinturahan iyan. Running condition naman daw po yan, pang biyahe na talaga”, saad ni Berbers.

Iniimbestigahan na ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) kung aksidente o kung may foul play sa insidente.

Mag-a-alas kwatro ng madaling araw nang ideklarang fire out ng BFP habang nasa walong pung libong piso naman ang tinatayang pinsala ng sunog. (Benedict Galazan, UNTV News)

Pasay City bans use of e-cigarettes in public areas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasay City government has banned the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in public spaces.

Under City Ordinance 6061, the use of e-cigarettes and other similar devices for vaping is prohibited in areas such as hospitals, health care centers, public conveyances, government offices, and educational or recreational facilities, primarily intended for minors.

Public enclosed and private workspaces should also have designated area for vaping.

The ordinance also prohibits the selling or purchasing of vaping products to minors.

Violators will be fined a minimum of P2,000 or 12 hours of community service for first conviction; P3,000 or 18 hours of community service for their second conviction, and a fine of P4,000 or 24 hours of community service for third conviction.

The ordinance also provides a “no contest provision” which allows violators to voluntarily pay the minimum administrative fine of P1,000 or render a six-hour community service in a public place to be supervised by a barangay chairman.

Gov’t agencies inspect Araneta Bus Terminal prior to Thursday’s influx of passengers

Maris Federez   •   October 30, 2019

Several government agencies conducted rounds and random checks at the Araneta Bus terminal in Quezon City on Wednesday (October 30).

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started early at 5 in the morning with its spokesperson, Celine Pialago, leading the breath analyzer testing on provincial bus drivers to ensure that they are not under the influence of alcohol.

The randomly selected 13 drivers were tested negative of alcohol test based on the breath analyzer equipment used.

“Well, ‘pag nag-positive po y’ong driver sa alhocol content, iho-hold po siya ng Araneta Center at kailangan po siyang papahingahin at papapalitan po ng driver para po tuluyang makabyahe y’ong unit po ng nasabing bus,” Pialago said.

The Land Transportation Officer (LTO), on the other hand, inspected the lights and the condition of the tires and brakes of passenger buses.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), meanwhile, checked the roadworthiness of the bus units.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said passenger buses must have security and dash cameras installed on their units: otherwise, the operators shall be meted out with P5,000 fine.

They also urge passengers to immediately call out the drivers when they notice or encounter problems while on their trip.

“I have reminded them na kung mag-o-overspeeding y’ong driver o kaya hindi maayos y’ong pagda-drive, sabi ko sa mga pasahero, sila na mismo ang sisita sa driver. Sila na mismo kasi they are there on the road in the bus while they are traveling,” the LTFRB chief said.

The Movie and Television Review and Regulatory Board (MTRCB) also conducted an inspection of the kind of movies being shown inside the buses.

MTRCB chairperson Maria Rachel Arenas said that only films or programs with PG rating or are suitable for children must be played inside the bus.

Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), and the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) are doing rounds in the centers of public conveyance.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is also on 24-hour standby starting on Tuesday (October 29) until Monday (November 4).

As more people are expected to travel on Thursday (October 31), bus terminal authorities warn the public against bringing prohibited materials such as bladed weapons, flammable items, and alcoholic drinks. (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

Fire displaces 700 families in Navotas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of families in Navotas City have been displaced after a fire broke out in a residential area in North Bay Boulevard North early Friday morning.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the blaze erupted at past 2:00 a.m., and reached fifth alarm in just a few minutes.

The fire quickly spread and razed around 200 houses that were mostly made up of light materials.

It was declared fire out around 6 a.m.

The Navotas City Risk Reduction and Management Office said at least 700 families were affected by the fire.

The BFP is still accounting if there are fatalities or missing persons. It also has yet to determine the cause of the fire. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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