LIST: Active routes under DOTr’s free ride program for healthcare workers amid MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2020   •   382

MANILa, Philippines —  The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds health workers that the agency’s free ride program is still in full-swing despite the limiting of public transport under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces.

The Department stressed that to ensure safety while in transit, drivers and enforcers should wear full personal protective equipment gear in line with strict health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to leaving the pick up points, medical workers will be asked to fill out contact tracing forms, as well as undergo temperature checks.

All vehicle units for the program are being disinfected every loop, the DOTr assured.

The Department said that frontline medical workers can avail of the free ride program at the following routes which can also be viewed online through Sakay.ph:

  • Route 1: Meralco (Malanday) to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 2: Valenzuela Gateway Complex to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 3: SM City San Jose Del Monte to Centris
  • Route 4: SM Masinag to The Medical City Ortigas
  • Route 5: Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center to Rizal Medical Center
  • Route 6: MRT 3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital via MRT 3 Centris Station
  • Route 7: Pasig City General Hospital to Makati Medical Center
  • Route 7a: Medical City Ortigas to VRP Medical Center
  • Route 8: Starmall Alabang to St. Luke’s Medical Center – BGC
  • Route 9: Vista Mall Daang Hari to United Doctors Medical Center
  • Route 10: RITM to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 11: Starmall Alabang to Manila Doctors Hospital
  • Route 12: Dasmariñas Pala-Pala to Manila Doctor’s Hospital
  • Route 13: Starmall Alabang to Sea Oil Imus Daang Hari/Aguinaldo
  • Route 14: SM City Taytay to St. Luke’s Medical Center – QC
  • Route 15: SLEX Sucat Exit to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 16: MRT-3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital
  • Route 17: SM City San Jose Del Monte to SM Fairview/ Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center
  • Route 18: LRT-1 Monumento to Baclaran Market
  • Route 19: First Cabuyao Hospital and Medical Center to Starmall Alabang
  • Route 20: SM City Masinag to Lawton

Airports affected by Typhoon Ulysses resume full operation — CAAP

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday (November 12) confirmed through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) that airports recently affected by Typhoon Ulysses have already returned to operations.

Based on CAAP’s airport managers’ report, the following airports are fully operational as of today Friday (November 13):

Bicol Region Airports (Area 5 Airports)

  • Virac Airport – No damages and on-duty personnel are relocated in safe areas.
  • Naga Airport – No significant damage in the airport’s facilities.
  • Legazpi Airport – No damages in the airport’s facilities.

As reported, all personnel in these airports were also well-accounted and safe.

Meanwhile, Area 3 Airports sustained no damage to its facilities and all equipment and personnel are also safe, according to CAAP.

These airports include Jomalig, Mamburao, Marinduque, San Jose, Pinamalayan, Wasig, Romblon, Subic Bay, Iba, Baler, Alabat, Calapan, Lubang Airports.

However, Plaridel Airport sustained mild flooding in its apron, the agency said, and sustained cracked door panels and water leakages on its tower building due to storm surges. It also experienced power outages. 

Meanwhile, Sangley Airport in Cavite sustained flooding at Runway 07, its hangar and general aviation area and likewise experienced power outage.

Busuanga airport in Area 4 is currently operational, CAAP confirmed.

Despite the exit of Typhoon Ulysses, CAAP airport managers are still tasked to be on high alert and to closely monitor their respective airports especially in the aftermath of the weather disturbance.

MECQ in Lanao del Sur, GCQ in Metro Manila, five other areas starting October 1

Marje Pelayo   •   September 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Starting Thursday (October 1), new quarantine classifications will take effect across the country and will remain for a duration of one month, as announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in his late night public address Monday (September 28).

The President approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force to place under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) areas in the province of Lanao del Sur including Marawi City from October 1 to 31. 

Meanwhile, six areas in the country will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) after the end of September.

These include Metro Manila, Batangas, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City and Iloilo City.

The rest of the country will be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The President said he is pleased with how the local governments are responding to the crisis brought about by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He reiterated the national government’s readiness to respond and continue its services especially in the face of a pandemic despite the criticisms.

Mga kababayan ko, wag kayong masyadong maniwala diyan sa mga atake-atake (My countrymen, don’t listen to the attacks too much). It would just muddle up your mind,” he said.

Nandito kami (We are here). Our purpose is to serve and to work, if we cannot serve, and if we cannot work, then we might as well get out of the government as ask somebody else to take over,” the president concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Bacolod City, Lanao del Sur placed under MECQ until Sept. 30

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (September 7) placed Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from September 8 to 30.

Duterte approved the recommendation of National COVID-19 response Chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. following reported increase in number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the said areas.

“We recommended to the IATF for the upgrading of Lanao del Sur as MECQ considering it is contagious to Iligan City and its cases also rising up,” Galvez told the President during Monday’s meeting.

“Based on the recommendation of the NTF, with consultation of Bacolod City, the cases of Bacolod City are much higher than Iligan City which is also MECQ. We will recommend Bacolod City be placed under MECQ as recommended by the IATF,” he added.

Other than Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur, Iligan City is also under MECQ until September 30.

Meanwhile, the President believes that the Philippines has already flattened the curve of COVID-19 infection which he credited to the public’s obedience to health measures imposed by the government.

He, however, advised the public to remain vigilant and always adhere to health protocols to further eliminate COVID-19 transmission.

“Remember that the lessening of contamination wala na masyadong tao nagkaroon ng COVID is not because COVID-19, the germ, is gone,” he said.

“It is there floating around us. Kaya lang ang mga tao sumunod na. Hindi humawak, alcohol kaagad. The mask was one important factor,” he said.

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