DOTr to heighten security against colorum vehicles

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021   •   286

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will strengthen its security to apprehend colorum or unauthorized vehicles.

This was after a video went viral showing a closed van from Southern Tagalog illegally ferrying passengers out of Metro Manila.

DOTr Asec. Mark Steven Pastor said the department is alarmed by the report especially when there is a surge of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Nakakalungkot po na ibalita sa inyo na sa kabila ng pagtaas ng bilang ng COVID-19 cases. May mga kababayan pa rin po tayong pumupuslit sa iligal na pamamaraan particular ho dito sa Bicol na pinipili pong sumakay ng colorum. Dahil nga po sa colorum, wala pong health screening, wala pong nagbabantay kung APOR [Authorized Person Outside of Residence] po sila (It is saddening news despite the rising COVID-19 cases. We have fellow Filipinos illegally travelling, especially in Bicol, there are passengers opting to board colorum with no health screenings and they are not monitored if they are APOR),” he said.

The department already identified the persons of interest in the said viral video and already sent a show-cause order to them.

Other law enforcers also apprehended other colorum vehicles transporting passengers in and out of Metro Manila.

The DOTr said proven violators will be meted out a fine ranging from P50,000 to P1 million. -AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Angel Locsin apologizes after senior citizen died while waiting in community pantry

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Angel Locsin on Friday (April 23) apologized after a senior citizen died while waiting in line at the community pantry in Quezon City.

The actress admitted they were not able to control the huge crowd that waited in line.

She said the community pantry was supposed to open at 10:00 a.m. but they had to open a bit early as the volume of people who want to benefit from the community pantry began to rise.

There were also individuals who did not have a stub and, yet, cut in line.

Hindi lang po talaga nila ma-control ang mga tao. Hindi po ito ang gusto ko, nagsimula po kami ng maayos ang aming layunin pati ang pagpaplano ng social distancing nagkataon lang po talaga siguro na gutom lang po talaga na kahit wala pa sa pila sumingit na. Sa mga nagambala ko po dito pasensya na po hindi po ito ang intensyon ko (We were not able to control the crowd. This is not what I wanted, we started off good and we planned it out including the social distancing. It just so happends that there were a lot of people in need that they had to cut in line. To those I inconvenienced, I apologize. It was not my intention),” she said.

The senior citizen, 67-year-old Rolando Dela Cruz, fainted while he was in line in the community pantry. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Barangay Holy Spirit Captain Chito Valmocina expressed concern over the lack of coordination between the local authorities and Locsin’s personnel.

Ang request nga nila dalawang tanod lang. Alas-dose na hindi pa natatapos ang 300 tsaka pa nila sinabi na talagang hanggang 300 lang (They only requested two barangay tanods. It was already 12:00 noon, they still were not done serving 300 [beneficiaries] when they said they will only accommodate 300 people),” Valmocina said.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City local government said they are ready to provide financial aid to the relatives of Dela Cruz.

The local government added that it still supports community pantries; however, the health and safety protocols should still be followed and organizers should fully coordinate with the local government to avoid a similar incident. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

DOLE to hire 1,000 additional contact tracers for Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will hire up to 6,000 contact tracers to help in the government’s response against COVID-19.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that from the initial 4,000 recruits, the government is now planning to hire 1,000 additional  contact tracers for Metro Manila.

Bello said DOLE  has allotted an additional P65 million for the mass hiring, bringing the program’s total budget to P295 million.

The official explained that such augmentation is necessary as the demand for contact tracers especially in Metro Manila has been high.

“Kailangang-kailangan talaga ng ating mga contact tracer lalong lalo na dito sa NCR at saka sa apat na bubble,” Bello said.

As of Thursday (April 22), the number of applicants for the position has reached more than 10,000.

Bello said training for the contact tracers will begin on Monday (April 26). Accepted applicants will start their duty on May 1.

Each contact tracer will receive a monthly salary of P16,000 or up to P45,000 for three months. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DOTr’s transportation security intercepts 1,880 prohibited items at PH airports

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation’s Office for Transportation Security (DOTr-OTS) intercepted 1,880 prohibited items at various airports in the country for the month of March.

Majority of the items intercepted are commonly prohibited items such as lighters, liquid items in containers of more than 100 ml, air guns, knives, scissors, workers’ tools, cutters, and other similar sharp and pointed objects. A total of 49 of the intercepted items were suspected live bullets, while 81 were ‘non-live’ bullets kept as amulets, or shell casings taken as souvenirs from firing ranges.


The Department of Transportation’s Office for Transportation…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, April 22, 2021

OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul L. del Rosario lauded the vigilance of OTS airport Security Screening Officers (SSOs) who act as the first line of defense at the airport.

“Magmula noong pandemic, siniguro rin natin ang health and safety ng mga pasahero at pati na ang aming mga empleyado,” he said in a statement. AAC




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