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BJMP on red alert until Saturday

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is on red alert status to ensure the safety and security of jails during the Lenten week.

The measure is in view of the expected surge of visitors this holiday, according to BJMP director Allan Iral.

“I directed all our regional directors to supervise their jurisdictions to accommodate visitors and prevent any untoward incident,” he said.

Meanwhile, the official said the leave privileges of the BJMP personnel manning all 476 jails across the country are cancelled during the Lenten break.

Iral also directed wardens to intensify security and safety measures by conducting incident management or contingency plans in case of any untoward incidents while some inmates participate in Lent-related activities.

The jail official said the red alert status would be in effect starting Wednesday (April 17) until Saturday (April 20). – Marje Pelayo

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NGCP: Luzon grid on alert due to quake damage

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Based on a study, only 89.6% of households across the country have electricity and 2.36 million have no power supply or are located in off-grid areas.

MANILA, Philippines – The Luzon grid has been placed under yellow and red alerts on Tuesday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said.

In a post on Twitter, the NGCP said that Luzon grid will be placed under red alert from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and yellow alert from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The announcement came after a strong earthquake jolted parts of Metro Manila and damaged several power generators, mainly in Bataan, on Monday afternoon.

These alerts mean that power reserves are lower than the power supply demand.

The NGCP said that today’s available capacity of the Luzon grid is 10,576 megawatts (MW) while peak demand is at 10,536 MW.

Monday’s strong quake had caused power outages in several areas Luzon provinces due to multiple trippings and drop in available capacity.

In an advisory, the NGCP said that affected transmission services have already been restored as of 4:39 a.m.

The Department of Energy (DOE) also activated its task force on energy resiliency following the earthquake.

READ: DOE activates task force on energy resiliency following Monday’s 6.1 magnitude quake

The DOE is set to conduct a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon to report on the energy situation. — Robie de Guzman

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Airport authorities brace for Lenten week exodus

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

File photo | Ninoy Aquino International Airport

MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals remains normal on Monday, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

The MIAA said that based on observation, the surge of passengers for the Lenten season is expected on April 17 or April 18 since most of the travelers still have work on Monday to Wednesday.

Although the airport terminal situation remains normal as of this time, The MIAA said that stringent security measures in preparation for the huge volume of passengers on Lenten break have already been implemented at NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The agency said that its “Oplan Semana Santa 2019” has been imposed since April 7 and will last until April 27.

In line with the expected Lenten week exodus, the MIAA will implement tighter baggage inspection.

Departing passengers are also reminded not to include in their hand-carry luggage more than 100 milliliters (ML) of liquids, aerosol and gel (LAGs) in their flights to avoid confiscation at the final security check.

Bringing of pointed and bladed weapons is also prohibited.

Filing of vacation leave of airport personnel from April 7 to 27 were also cancelled, except for emergency situations.

The MIAA has also directed airline companies to add more personnel and check-in counters to avoid long queues of passengers. Help desks will also be set up to assist senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) and other passengers who may need assistance.

The MIAA also coordinated with the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) for the deployment of bomb and drug sniffing dogs while airport traffic personnel will assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing the traffic situation around the NAIA complex.

A two-minute waiting time in loading and unloading of passengers will also be strictly imposed along NAIA’s dropping points to avoid congestion.

Airport authorities also advised passengers to head to the airport earlier, at least three to four hours before their scheduled departure to avoid getting stuck in traffic and missing their flights. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Joan Nano)

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MMDA lifts number coding for Lenten break

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the number coding scheme from April 17 to 22 for the observance of the Lenten season.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim announced this on his Facebook post.

“Ngayong holy week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon [The number coding scheme will be suspended in the following days, this week. Be safe in observing the Lenten week],” Lim said.

ADVISORY: Ngayong Holy Week, suspendido ang number coding scheme sa mga sumusunod na araw. Mag-ingat sa byahe at sana’y maging mapayapa ang inyong paggunita ng Semana Santa ngayong taon.

Posted by General Danny Lim on Sunday, 14 April 2019

According to MMDA Edsa Traffic Chief Bong Nebrija, the number coding scheme was suspended in the said dates in anticipation of the surge of travelers for this season, which is expected to begin on April 17 (Wednesday).

The MMDA will also remain on alert on April 22 (Monday) when passengers travel back to Metro Manila from their respective provinces. – Robie de Guzman

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