Metro Manila ramp up bike lanes as more workers opt for bike-to-work routine
Aileen Cerrudo • June 3, 2020 • 259
Several cities in Metro Manila ramped up their bicycle lanes as more workers opted for bike-to-work routine amid the limited public transportation due to community quarantine.
In San Juan City, yellow markers and bike lane signage were placed along bicycle lanes to guide cyclists. Bollard will also be installed to ensure their safety.
According to San Juan City Mayor Francisco Zamora, they launched their pop-up bicycle on Wednesday (June 3) in celebration of World Bicycle Day.
“Wala siyang polusyon, siya ay nag-oobserve ng physical at social distancing kaya kung mapapansin mo iyong bike lanes natin talagang good for one bike at tsaka one direction lang (There is no pollution, and [it] observes physical and social distancing. You can notice that our bike lanes are only good for one bike and one direction),” he said on Wednesday (June 3).
Taguig City reopened the bike lane along C6 road and installed additional bike lanes along Cayetano Boulevard and Bayani Road. The local government said they will add more bike routes, as well as launch a Bike Lending Program for employees in the city.
Meanwhile, Quezon City aims to extend its 55-kilometer bike lane to 161 kilometers and upgrade its signage and infrastructure for the safety of the cyclists.
As more workers riding their bicycles to work, EDSA Evolution Spokesperson Keisha Mayuga said it would be a big help to install protected bike lanes to prevent unnecessary accidents.
“Importante na markahan iyong bike lanes para aware din ang mga motorists and road users na may bike lanes. And iyong pinakamaganda talaga is for protected bike lanes (It is important for bike lanes to be marked so that motorists and road users will be more aware of bike lanes. And what is even better are protected bike lanes),” she said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
Malacañang is not convinced that the Philippines has surpassed Indonesia in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
During a press briefing on Friday (August 7), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines is conducting more COVID-19 tests which resulted in more confirmed cases.
“Ibig sabihin po dahil mas maigiting ang ating pagte-test hindi totoo na mas marami tayo kaso kaysa sa Indonesia. Hindi lamang nalalaman ng mga Indonesian kung sino-sino ang mga umiikot na mayroong sakit at least tayo alam kung sino po sila (It means we are conducting more tests. It is not true that we have more cases than Indonesia. The Indonesians don’t know who are sick at least, on our case, we know),” he said.
The Department of Health (DOH) has previously explained that the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines cannot be compared to other countries because of the population difference and health care system.
Meanwhile, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said no country can say they have been successful in their fight against COVID-19.
“No country could ever say they are successful. Look at Japan, look at Italy, even Vietnam, and Singapore,” he said. “We focus on what we are doing is appropriate, proper, and practical rather than everyday compare yourself.” -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
The Quezon City local government has appealed to the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure complete information of all coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive individuals to hasten its contact tracing efforts.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the agency’s failure to provide complete information in some cases delays contact tracing by days.
Due to this, she said frontliners are forced to spend valuable time looking for the needed information from other possible sources including social media.
“The lack of available information from the outset, specifically addresses and contact numbers, amounting to half of all cases reported, delays contact tracing by days,” she said.
Belmote said 573 or 47% out of the 1,224 COVID-19 cases from Aug. 1 to 2 have no addresses or contact numbers, forcing the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) to label them as ‘unknown’.
“With that, we appeal to your good office as Secretary of Health to set the vision and direction in improving data quality for rapid contact tracing,” she added. -AAC
Government offices that have been put under lockdown now reached 153, while over 10,000 government employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Among the offices include the Government Service Insurance System office in Pasay City and Quezon City which will remain closed until Friday (August 7). However, the GSIS advisory states that its online facilities will still remain open for members and pensioners.
The main office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila will remain closed until August 16 for extensive disinfection and decontamination.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES UNDER LOCKDOWN
NCR – 108 Region IV – 16 Region VII – 11 Region I – 5 Region V – 4 CARAGA – 3 Region IX – 2 CAR – 1 Region II – 1 Region XI – 1 Region XII – 1
Civil Service Commission (CSC) Commissioner Atty. Aileen Lizada advised that the head of department or agency should have a concrete internal protocol to prevent the further spread of the virus. This includes swab testing, disinfection, and other health protocols.
“So we need to see, dapat meron kayong ganoong internal protocol para ho na everyone is guided accordingly (So you should have internal protocols so that everyone is guided accordingly),” she said.
Meanwhile, a total of 10,344 government employees tested positive for COVID-19 as of August 5.
Lizada said employees will have free medical services if they wish to be treated in government facilities and hospitals.
She also calls on head of the agencies to continue providing salaries to Job Orders.
“Although there is no employer-employee relationship, I personally believe that the head the agencies must continue paying the salaries of JOs and COS. They were forced to not work because of this virus,” she said. -AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)
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