Manila launches Ospital ng Tondo’s walk-in COVID-19 testing center

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 25, 2020   •   244

The Manila City government on Thursday (September 24) launched another walk-in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) serology testing center at the Ospital ng Tondo.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the testing center can accommodate 100 persons a day and will be open from Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m.

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Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Mayor also said the testing center is open to all Manileños and non-Manileños.

“Kahit sino, puwede magpa-test dito. Kahit hindi taga-Maynila (Anyone can be tested here even if you’re not a Manila resident). [The COVID-19 pandemic] is a universal problem. We have to approach it inclusively. That is why this is open to all and for free,” he said.

Domagoso added that another swab testing laboratory will be opened by the Manila City government. AAC

Manila opens quarantine facility at PLM

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2020

The Manila City government has opened its 14th quarantine facility at the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

The local government launched the facility on Thursday (October 22). Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said this is the biggest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facility built by the local government so far, with 66-bed capacity.

“Through experience, nag-i-innovate na nag-i-inovate ang facility at nagiging safe na safe sa medical frontliners and to the patients at mas nagiging komportable, (we are continuously innovating the facility and it is becoming safer and comfortable for medical frontliners and for the patients),” he said.

Domagoso also emphasized the importance of free mass testing and construction of quarantine facilities, saying that these measures would be the most effective way to detect COVID-19.

He encouraged the public to avail free COVID-19 mass testing offered by the city government through walk-in centers and drive-through sites. AAC

Manila City cancels grand procession for ‘Traslacion’ 2021

Marje Pelayo   •   October 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The grand procession of Manila’s annual ‘Traslacion’ set for January 9, 2021 will no longer push through due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Manila City government and administrators of the Quiapo Church have agreed to cancel the procession for the first time to ensure that public health protocols will be implemented on the day of the event.

The annual Traslacion is highlighted by a gathering of millions of barefoot devotees lining up to join the procession of the Catholic image of the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta to the Quiapo Church in Manila.

“Nakikisuyo po ako, iwasan po muna natin ang mga parada at prusisyon ngayong may pandemya dulot ng sakit na COVID-19. Maaari pong mapahamak ang ating mga deboto, mailagay sila sa alanganin,” Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said, noting that public health protocols must prevail over religious traditions as COVID-19 remains a threat to the nation’s capital.

[I ask that we refrain from holding parades and processions during the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Devotees might get sick and their lives placed in danger.]

Maging conservative po tayo sa paggunita ng mga prusisyon. There are things that we cannot control pero pwede maiwasan. Kung libo-libo ang pupunta sa prusisyon, isa lang sa kanila ang maimpeksyon, tapos magkakadikit-dikit pa sila, pinagpapawisan, nagkakalat na droplets ng laway, delikado po iyan,” he added.

[Let us be conservative in observing the procession. There are things that we cannot control but we can prevent. If thousands of people will join the procession, it only takes one infected person in the middle of a tightly packed, sweaty crowd— with saliva droplets all over the place—for things to take a dangerous turn.]

Meanwhile, Quiapo Church rector Monsignor Hernando Coronel said that more masses will be held for the image’s devotees while stressing that the public must adhere to the health protocols set by the government.

Yung physical distancing, kailangan naka-faceshield, naka-face mask, kasama ang regular monitoring ng body temperature, lahat ‘yun susundin natin. Hindi lamang ito sa loob ng simbahan, pati na rin sa labas,” Coronel said.

[Physical distancing, wearing of face shield, face mask, along with regular monitoring of temperature — all of these will be implemented. Not only inside the chapel but even outside.]

Grab PH resumes 24/7 services in Manila, selected areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2020

Grab PH has announced the resumption of its 24/7 services in Manila and other selected areas across the country.

The new service hours for Grab PH will be effective October 20 in the following areas: Manila (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Pampanga (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Cebu (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Baguio (GrabTaxi), Naga (GrabTaxi), Bacolod (GrabTaxi), Iloilo (GrabTaxi), Cagayan de Oro (GrabTaxi) & Davao (GrabTaxi).

The ride-hailing firm also reminded passengers about the minimum health safety protocols that must be observed, including wearing of face masks and face shields in public transportation.

Grab will also implement cashless payment as mandated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). AAC

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