Marikina Mayor urges local police to issue warnings, not penalties to curfew violators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2021   •   915

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro has urged local police authorities not to immediately impose penalties and sanctions on curfew violators.

Teodoro has directed members of the police and barangay officials not to be too strict in imposing sanctions on quarantine violators.

The city mayor said people are already facing difficulties amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and imposing more punishment would be too heavy on them.

Ang curfew, sabi ko kung pwede, magpaalala lang po tayo. Wala munang penalty o punishment na mabigat dahil mahirap ang buhay. Maraming tao ngayon ang nakararanas ng pagkagutom. Maraming kababayan ang walang trabaho (I said just give warnings during curfiew. No heavy penalties or punishments because life is hard. There are a lot of people now experiencing hunger. Many of our fellowmen are unemployed),” he said.

Meanwhile, the mayor is still waiting for the advice of the national government in providing financial assistance to families heavily affected by the quarantine restrictions.

He also assured that the local government is prepared to provide other assistance to its constituents, including distribution of food packs. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

LRT-2 East Extension to begin operations on July 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) East Extension will begin operations on July 6, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Thursday  (July 1) at the inauguration of the project.

The transportation department, in a statement, said commuters will now experience a swifter, comfortable and convenient train ride experience, as the travel time from and to Recto, Manila and Antipolo, Rizal will just be 40 minutes from the current three hours via land transport.

The LRT-2 Extension also aims to reduce traffic along Marcos Highway, especially in Marikina, Pasig and Antipolo.

Trains on the line running from Recto Station in Manila to the Antipolo Station have also been increased to eight from the previous five trains that run from Recto Station to the Santolan Station.

The rail line can now accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers daily, further increasing the rail line’s average daily passenger capacity from 240,000 to 320,000 passengers.

Moreover, at least 1,800 jobs were also generated during the construction of the LRT-2 East Extension Project. The DOTr also projects that 170 rail personnel will be employed to work at the two new stations. AAC



Marikina Mayor expresses concern over low turnout of health workers on Day-2 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2021

Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro has expressed concern over the low turnout of healthcare workers (HCW) during the second day of the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

From the 1,500 frontline workers from the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (ARMMC) who were pre-qualified to receive the vaccine, only 130 actually got vaccinated on Tuesday (March 2) at the Marikina Sports Center.

Teodoro said several health workers changed their minds to wait for the next batch of vaccines that will arrive in the country.

He also said he was willing to get vaccinated first to boost the confidence of health workers in Marikina; however, he was declined.

Testing Czar Vince Dizon said mayors are not yet permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine since it will be allotted for frontline health workers.

Mababa ngayon ang reception, mababa ang tiwala. Iyong marami kapag tinatanong mo, ang sa sinasabi nila, gusto nilang magpabakuna pero gusto nilang makatiyak sa kaligtasan nito (There is low reception, low confidence. Most of them say they would want to get vaccinated if its safety is assured),” Teodoro said. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Manila, Marikina prepare cold storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccines

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippine The local governments of Manila and Marikina have prepared their respective cold storage facilities for the vaccines against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On Wednesday, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso personally inspected a room in Sta. Ana Hospital which is being set up as a cold chain management vaccine storage room.

Domagoso earlier announced that the city government will purchase initial 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.

Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro also said they have prepared a storage room in the city’s Health Department Office for the vaccines that are expected to be delivered in the coming months.

The Marikina government earlier said it has allocated P82.7 million for the purchase of the vaccines.

The Department of Health said that aside from local facilities, it is also tapping the private sector for the establishment of cold storage facilities in various parts of the country.

It is primarily considering opening cold chain hubs in Bicol, Cebu, and Zamboanga while the central hub will be in Metro Manila.

While negotiations for vaccine supply deals are ongoing, vaccine czar and National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said they are also working on the logistics, delivery, and distribution of the vaccines.

“Ang gagawin lang po natin is gagawa tayo ng magandang Gantt chart at saka yung synchronization matrix, i-synchronize lang po natin na kapag dumating kaagad ideploy natin po kaagad. Yun po ang gagawin namin kasi magaling naman po ang logistics ng armed forces, at saka yung logistics ng supply chain na pwede natin kunin kanilang services,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)


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