Metro Manila police beef up security after deadly Jolo bombings

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2020   •   219

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been placed under heightened alert following the deadly explosions in Jolo, Sulu, its chief Police Major General Debold Sinas said Tuesday.

In a press briefing, Sinas said they have also intensified their intelligence gathering and coordination with their counterparts in the Mindanao region to monitor the entry to Metro Manila of anyone possibly involved in the Jolo bombings.

“We also coordinating with our counterparts in ProArm lalo na sa Jolo area at sa Region 9, and let’s go back to our dialogue to our Muslim brothers and sisters na andito sa NCR so that they can help us prevent the same incident,” he said.

He also said that police officers have also strengthened their patrol operations in establishments such as train stations, malls, grocery stores, terminals, places of worship and other places of convergence.

“Sa ngayon pinaigting namin EOD K9 natin. Dati tig-iisang aso lang bawat distrito, ngayon tig-dalawang aso araw araw na bawat distrito,” he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa has condemned the deadly blast allegedly perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Monday’s twin blasts at Barangay Walled City in Jolo killed 14 people – seven soldiers, one policeman and six civilians – and injured 75 others.

The first explosion occurred just before noon beside Paradise Food Shop while the second blast transpired an hour later about 100 meters away from the first blast site.

Gamboa said he has directed the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to beef-up police checkpoints in the region as well as police visibility as they intensify their intelligence gathering and coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the pursuit operations of those behind the attack.

The PNP chief also urged the public to remain vigilant and to report to authorities any suspicious events or individuals for immediate action. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Mas maluwag na general community quarantine, umiiral sa Metro Manila —Malacañang

Marje Pelayo   •   October 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mas marami na ang maaaring lumabas ng bahay ngayon at pinalawig pa ang kapasidad ng pampublikong transportasyon sa kabila na nananatili ang banta ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Hinihikayat na rin ng pamahalaan ang pagsasagawa ng business activities upang maka-engganyo ng mas maraming customers bukod pa sa mas maraming negosyo ang pinahihintulutan nang magbukas.

“Tama po kayo, mas maluwag na general community quarantine ang pinaiiral ngayon sa Metro Manila,” sagot ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa mga mamahayag nitong Lunes (October 19).

Ang pagluwag ng quarantine restrictions ay upang makabawi ang ekonomiya sa bansa mula sa epekto ng pandemya.

Samantala, ayon sa kalihim, may mga sang-ayon sa mungkahi ng Metro Manila Mayors na palawigin na ang general community quarantine (GCQ) sa National Capital Region (NCR) hanggang buwan ng Disyembre.

Subalit, naka-depende pa rin ito sa desisyon ng policy-making body ng gobyerno laban sa COVID-19.

“Iyan po ang parang nabubuong concensus, pero siyempre po hindi ko po pwedeng pangunahan because it is a collegial decision,” pahayag ng opisyal.

“Pero ang nangyayari po kasi ngayon, bagaman naka-GCQ ang Metro Manila, nagkakaroon po tayo ng mas malawak na pagbubukas ng mga industriya,” dagdag nito.

Inaasahang bago magpalit ng buwan, isasapubliko ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang panibagong quarantine classification sa NCR para sa Nobyembre.

Giit ng opisyal, posible ang anumang quarantine classification sa NCR subalit mananatiling iisa ang posisyon ng pamahalaan – ang pahintulutang makapag-hanapbuhay na ang mga mamamayan habang ipinatutupad pa rin ang minimum health standards. MNP (sa ulat ni Rosalie Coz)

LTFRB opens 44 new PUJ routes, allows 4,820 more jeepneys on Metro Manila streets

Marje Pelayo   •   October 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened additional 44 routes of the traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJ) on Tuesday (October 13). 

Aside from this, the agency also allowed 4,820 PUJ units to ply routes in Metro Manila as stated in the Memorandum Circular 2020-058 dated Saturday (October 10).

Overall, a total of 27,016 traditional PUJs are now operating on 302 routes across Metro Manila since the government opened transportation with the implementation of General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The agency said it is working on opening more routes for PUVs to address the need for mass transport as business further reopen. 

This was after public transport capacity was limited amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) unit breakdown in Metro Manila since operation started on June 1, 2020:

Traditional Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ)

  • No. of routes opened: 302
  • No. of authorized units: 27,016

Modern Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ)

  • No. of routes opened: 48
  • No. of authorized units: 845

Public Utility Buses (PUB)

  • No. of routes: 34
  • No. of authorized units: 4,016

Point-to-point buses (P2P)

  • No. of routes opened: 34
  • No. of authorized units: 387

UV Express

  • No. of routes opened: 76
  • No. of authorized units: 3,263

Taxi

  • No. of authorized units: 20,927

Transport Network Vehicles Services (TNVS)

  • No. of authorized units: 24,356

Provincial Public Utility Bus (PUB)

  • No. of routes opened: 12
  • No. of authorized units: 286

Modern UV Express

  • No. of routes opened: 2
  • No. of authorized units: 40

Metro Manila may shift to MGCQ by November, MMC Chairman says

Marje Pelayo   •   October 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region (NCR) might shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status by the month of November.

This is what Parañaque City mayor and Metro Manila Council chairman Edwin Olivarez said at a press briefing on Wednesday (September 30).

This is on the condition that the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Metro Manila continues to decrease.

The official also mentioned that the council is considering easing the existing curfew in the NCR.

Olivarez added that the Council is set to discuss the preparation of measures to be taken in reopening Metro Manila’s economy amid the pandemic.

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