LOOK: Pet owners share work from home experiences

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 14, 2020   •   212

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, countries have implemented work from home schemes to protect citizens from the spread of the virus.

Aside from being safe from getting infected, pet owners are able to spend more time with their fur buddies.

Several of the pet owners share the ups and downs of working from home with their pets.

Despite the interruptions and shenanigans of these pets, they are still 100% loved and a good company to be with during the quarantine. AAC

Woman in viral video arrested for violating quarantine protocols

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 15, 2020

The woman who was caught in a viral video was arrested by the Caloocan City Police and is facing charges for violating quarantine protocols.

According to Caloocan City Police Chief PCol. Dario Menor, Mikaela Tahum is facing charges of Alarm and Scandal, Unjust Vexation, Resistance and Disobedience to a Person in Authority, and for violating the City Ordinance on face masks.

In the viral video, Tahum was trying to enter Barangay 156 in Bagong Barrio but was blocked by the police since the said area was under total lockdown. She was also seen not wearing a mask.

Tahum kept insisting, saying she only needed to hand over a bag to someone living in the area.

“Iaabot nga lang (I am just going to hand this over). Wala akong paki sayo, sino ka ba (I don’t care about you, who do you think you are)?” she told a policeman in the video.

Menor said they verified that Tahum was not an authorized person outside residence (APOR).

“Kitang-kita naman na wala siyang mask. Then nung vinerify kung APOR siya, it turned out na unauthorized person outside residence siya kasi hindi naman siya essential workforce (She clearly wasn’t wearing a mask. Then when we verified if she was an APOR, it turned out that sh wasn’t because she is not a part of the essential workforce),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Caloocan City Police Chief also reminds the public to adhere to quarantine protocols and abide by the law. —AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Poe urges employers to ensure workers’ safety, maintain work-from-home scheme in GCQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe has called on employers to, as much as possible, maintain the work-from-home scheme even in areas that are under general community quarantine (GCQ) to lessen the transmission of COVID-19 among workers.

“Ang aking apela sa mga kompanya saka yung mga nasa government sector, kung hindi kailangan pumasok ng mga empleyado ninyo at puwedeng magtrabaho sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan, huwag nang papasukin,” Poe said.

The senator made the appeal after holding a virtual Senate hearing Monday on the preparations of the transport sector for the resumption of public transportation operations once the community quarantine is lifted.

She said it seems that the transport sector is not yet 100% ready to resume operations even at a limited capacity under GCQ.

Poe, who chairs the Senate committee on Public Services, noted that based on the hearing, various government agencies have prepared precautionary measures to ensure the safety of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, conductors and passengers.

However, there is still a possibility that a problem will arise in the implementation of these measures.

“Magkakagulo tayo pagdating sa pilahan, sa MRT sa LRT, sa mga bus, sa mga istasyon ng bus dahil kalahati lang o 30% lang ang pwedeng ipuno ng mga sasakyan na ‘yun,” she said.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said during the hearing that around two million commuters are expected to take public transportation once Metro Manila is placed under the GCQ.

Poe said this number could still be reduced if companies in areas under a relaxed quarantine status will still continue to implement work from home scheme.

She also called on telecommunication companies to improve their services to provide reliable internet connections, especially now that more workers are conducting their businesses and jobs from the confines of their homes.

“‘Yung mga pinapangako na pagpapatayo ng cell towers para yung transmission ng cell towers, para ‘yung transmission ng signal mas magaan, mas mabilis, payagan na natin. Gawin na natin para mas madaling magtrabaho mula sa bahay,” she said.

Metro Manila and other places characterized as high-risk areas will be under modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting May 16. Other areas with moderate and low-risk from COVID-19 will soon shift to GCQ.

Under a modified ECQ, movement within the zone will be limited to obtaining essential services and work; up to 50% workforce and operation of selected manufacturing and processing plants will be allowed; transportation services will also be limited to essential goods and services; while physical classes in schools will remain suspended. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Donation for fuel: Jeepney drivers in Baguio opt for donations instead of collecting fare

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2020

Alano Abuan is grateful for the chance to go out and operate his jeepney again.

Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the government has temporarily banned public transportation to avoid the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

However, five barangays in Baguio City applied for a travel permit for jeepney drivers to operate, on the condition that instead of passengers paying for the fare, they can opt to donate.

Barangay councilman (Kagawad) Arturo Frias said they want to assist the jeepney drivers as well as constituents who would need to travel amid the ECQ. Frias said they are proud of their jeepney drivers for their service.

Sabi ng mayor, huwag kayong maningil. Kung magkano iyon ibigay na donation, iyong lang. Proud kami sa mga driver dito kasi hindi po sila pwersang naniningil sa mga pasahero (The mayor said don’t ask for payment. Whatever donation they give is fine. We are proud of our drivers because they do not forcefully collect payment from their passengers), he said.

Alano said there is no problem if passengers would only donate as long as he can still provide for his family.

Basta mayroon okay iyon. Nagkakasya naman (As long as we have something. It is enough),he said.

One of the passengers, Andrew Gangganga said the donations can both help the passengers as well as the drivers amid the ECQ.

Maganda po kasi kapag donation, kahit anong amount, okay lang. Nakakatulong din iyong driver, give and take lang (It is good because if it is a donation any amount is okay. It will help the driver, just give and take),” he said. –AAC

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