LIST: Manila road closures, traffic rerouting starting January 8

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2021   •   361

MANILA, Philippines — Several roads near Quiapo Church will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night in anticipation of the influx of Catholic devotees despite the cancellation of the annual Traslacion, local authorities said.

In an advisory, the Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit said the following roads will be closed to motorists starting 10 p.m. Friday:

  • Southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from A. Mendoza/Fugoso to Carlos Palanca St.
  • Northbound Lane of Quezon Blvd from Carlos Palanca St. to Fugoso St.
  • Westbound lane of España Boulevard from P. Campa to A Mendoza St.
  • Stretch of Evangelista St. from P Paterno St. to Recto Ave.
  • Stretch of Palanca St. from Carriedo/Plaza Lacson to P Casal St.

The following roads will also be closed to motorists starting January 9 at 12 midnight and onwards:

  • Stretch of Ronquillo St. from Rizal Ave. to Plaza Sta. Cruz
  • Stretch of Bustos St. from Plaza Sta Cruz to Rizal Ave.

Local authorities said vehicles going to the southbound lane of Quezon Blvd from A. Mendoza must turn right to Fugoso St. then left to Rizal Avenue.

Vehicles going to the southbound lane of España Blvd must turn left to Nicanor Reyes St., or turn right to P. Campa St., then left to A. Mendoza St., then right to Fugoso St.

Motorists from McArthur Bridge intending to utilize Palanca St shall go straight to Rizal Ave. to point of destination.

Vehicles coming from Ayala Bridge intending to utilize Palanca St. shall go straight to P. Casal St. to point of destination.

Motorists from P. Burgos Ave. intending to utilize Quezon Bridge shall go straight to McArthur Bridge or Jones Bridge to point of destination.

Vehicles utilizing southbound lane of Rizal Ave. going to Ronquillo St. shall turn right to CM. Recto Ave., turn left to R. Regente St., to J. Luna St. turn left to Plaza Cervantes to Jones Bridge or go straight to Muelle dela Industria to Escolta to point of destination.

Motorists from McArthur Bridge intending to utilize Bustos St. shall go straight to Rizal Ave. to point of destination.

The city government earlier urged devotees to view the masses and other activities connected to the event via Facebook live which will be made available by Quiapo Church amid the threat of COVID-19.

Ilang bahagi ng Intramuros sa Maynila, binuksan na sa publiko

Robie de Guzman   •   February 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Bukas na sa publiko simula ngayong araw ang ilang bahagi ng Intramuros sa Maynila, ayon sa Department of Tourism (DOT).

Sinabi ni Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, handa na ang makasaysayang walled city sa pagtanggap ng mga turista lalo’t marami itong malalawak na lugar na ligtas puntahan ng mga tao sa gitna ng pandemya.

Ang pagbubukas ng Intramuros ay kasunod na rin ng panawagan para sa mas marami pang tourism activities at destinations upang makatulong sa pagbangon ng ekonomiya ng bansa.

“Now, with the easing of quarantine restrictions while the recommended health and safety protocols remain in place, Intramuros is ready and prepared to welcome back the public to the city’s many plazas, open spaces, heritage sites and museums,” ang wika ni Puyat.

Ang mga sumusunod na tourist sites sa Intramuros ang maaaring pasyalan ng publiko:

Ang Fort Santiago na bukas mula Lunes hanggang Linggo, ang Casa de Manila mula Martes hanggang Linggo, at ang Baluarte de San Diego na maaari namang bisitahin mula Sabado hanggang Linggo.

Sarado pa sa ngayon ang iba pang tourist sites sa Intramuros.

Paalala ng DOT na ang mga bisitang may edad 15 hanggang 65 lamang ang papayagang pumasok sa mga nabanggit na lugar.

May entrance fee na P75 para sa mga adult habang P50 naman sa mga estudyante at persons with disabilities. Maaari itong bayaran ng cash o kaya ay sa pamamagitan ng online platform.

Limitado lamang ang maaaring pumasok sa loob ng mga gusali alinsunod sa health and safety protocols kontra COVID-19.

Kukunin rin ang body temperature at sasailalim sa symptoms screening ang mga turista. Hindi maairing pumasok ang mga walang suot na face mask.

Kailangan ring i-download ng mga bisita ang app at sagutan ang health declaration form rito para sa contact tracing. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Manila unveils green space ‘hidden garden’ at Liwasang Bonifacio

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City government on Tuesday (February 16) unveiled a green space in Lawton dubbed as the city’s “hidden garden.”

Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the one-hectare garden is in line with the local government’s policy to open more green spaces in the city and will serve as a ‘gift’ to the future generation of Manileños.

“Ang inyong pamahalaang lungsod ay hindi po tumitigil sa kanyang layunin na mapanatiling maaliwalas o maging maaliwalas ang Lungsod ng Maynila, he said.

The Mayor added that he opened the garden to the public to prove that cleaner and breathable air is achievable in an urbanized city like Manila.

The garden also has its own coffee shop, which will help in generating new jobs and opportunities amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Domagoso also asked for the public’s cooperation in maintaining the cleanliness of the garden.

“We should continue to act in unison as if it is an orchestra with different musical instruments playing one music in synchrony. We must and we should deliver better services to our fellow Manileños,” he said. AAC

Manila unveils COVID-19 vaccine storage facility

Robie de Guzman   •   February 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila formally inaugurated on Thursday its storage facility for COVID-19 vaccines at the Sta. Ana Hospital in preparation for the expected arrival of coronavirus vaccines.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said the city’s vaccine storage facility is comprised of 12 refrigeration units that are capable of storing various brands of vaccines with different temperature requirements.

These include five HYC-390 refrigerators for AstraZeneca and Sinovac vials, two -25°C biomedical freezers, two -30°C biomedical freezers for Johnson&Johnson and Moderna vials, and three -86°C ULT freezers for Pfizer vials.

The storage facility will also be equipped with 11 CCTV cameras working 24/7 and six data loggers to ensure the security of the vaccines, Domagoso added.

According to Sta. Ana Hospital Biomedical Specialist Walter Rigonan, the city government’s 12 COVID-19 vaccine freezers can accommodate the following:

  • 2 units of -10 to -25 freezer: 5,200 vials each
  • 2 units of -10 to -30 freezer: 17,200 vials each
  • 3 units of -86 freezer: 20,000 vials each
  • 5 units of 2-8 degrees freezer: 8,200 vials each

Mayor Isko said COVID-19 vaccines procured by the city will be stored here but neighboring cities and other government agencies may also use this facility should they need it.

“We will welcome anybody, any agency, including our fellow local government units, ibig sabihin kahit saan sa Metro Manila pwede ito,” Domagoso said.

“This is a pandemic, we wanted to approach this inclusively,” he added.

The city government also unveiled on Thursday its COVID-19 vaccination area at the Sta. Ana Hospital for medical workers and other frontline workers.


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