Manila LGU launches ‘no contact apprehension’ of traffic law violators

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2020   •   517

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government has started to implement a “no-contact apprehension” of traffic law violators.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday (December 7) led the launching of the policy in an activity held at the intersection of Quirino Avenue and Taft Avenue in Malate, Manila.

Under the policy, motorists will be fined P2,000 on first offense, P3,000 on second offense, and P4,000 on third offense if they are caught disobeying traffic control signs and signals, obstructing pedestrian lanes, driving on yellow box, over speeding, non-wearing of helmet for motorcycle riders, and disregarding lane markings.

The will also be meted out with penalties if they commit counterflowing, reckless driving, and non-wearing of seatbelts.

Domagoso said the program makes use of 36 high definition CCTV cameras installed in key locations in the city which are monitored 24/7.

“With NCAP [no-contact apprehension], panatag ako knowing that traffic violators are always caught and identified, especially sa gabi. Most importantly, even during typhoons or other similar situations, these cameras can function on their own,” the mayor said in a statement.

Motorists caught with violation will receive a formal notice, which will be sent within two weeks after the date of the alleged violation via registered mail.

Domagoso warned traffic violators that they cannot ignore the city’s notices, as non-payment or settlement of traffic violation fines would disallow the violator to renew their vehicles’ registration at the Land Transportation Office along with additional fines and penalties.

Mayor Isko backs opening of Intramuros, parks for ‘family day’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said he agrees with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to open Intramuros and other parks once a week for a designated “family day.”

DOT chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat suggested the reopening of Intramuros for one day without any age restriction to allow families to visit the site.

Intramuros reopened the gates of Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museum, and Baluarte de San Diego last February 17, but only for visitors aged 15 to 65 years old.

Domagoso agreed with Puyat’s suggestion and encouraged families to visit Intramuros as it would also help boost the city’s economy.

The Manila Mayor also reported that the Metropolitan Theater is set to open in April. AAC

Manila Mayor approves P10-k financial aid per family for Parola fire victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has approved the P10,000 financial aid for each family who lost their home in the fire that broke out in Parola, Tondo on Sunday (February 22).

The Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region (BFP-NCR) reported that 600 families were rendered homeless while five people perished in the blaze.

The fire reached fourth alarm at 1:49 a.m. and was declared under control at 5:04 a.m, Sunday.

The displaced families are currently at the P. Guevarra Elementary School, where modular tents were set up for them. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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.)


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