MIAA to move remaining flights to NAIA Terminal 1 starting March 28

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020   •   636

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will move all remaining flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 starting March 28.

According to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal this aims to minimize the exposure of airport workers to the coronavirus disease(COVID-19) while ensuring continuous operations at NAIA, as per the instructions of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Beginning 0001H (12:01AM) of March 28, 2020, the following airlines will be operating to and from NAIA Terminal 1:

Gulf Air, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Hong Kong Air, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Royal Brunei, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

From Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA Facebook post

Several foreign and local airlines have already ceased operations due to the imposed travel ban to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, MIAA vowed to continue sweeper flights at NAIA Terminal 2.

“Sweeper flights and repatriation flights to help foreign nationals return to their home countries, are jointly undertaken by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in collaboration with the embassies,” according to MIAA.

LRT-1 assures safety as it increases passenger capacity to 30%

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator and maintenance provider of Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1), on Tuesday, assured the safety of its passengers as it increases the capacity of trains following the government’s move to ease restrictions on public transportation.

In a statement, the LRMC said the rail line’s passenger loading capacity will be increased to 30% gradually up to 50% later on in compliance with the directive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to gradually increase the maximum passenger capacity of trains and adhere to its Oplan Air.

Passenger control will be implemented using the passenger limit per platform strategy, wherein a defined number of passengers are allowed to board per station, it added.

The rail operator also emphasized the importance of wearing face masks and face shields which are part of the “7 commandments of public health” being imposed on public transportation to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

These health protocols also include the prohibition of talking and making phone calls, as well as eating when aboard a public vehicle, keeping the vehicle well-ventilated, the conduct of frequent disinfection, and the observance of physical distancing. Passengers showing COVID-19 symptoms are also not allowed inside public transportation.

“Rail Public Transportation is an enabler of our consumer-driven economy.  Our mission remains to provide safe transportation, and we achieve this using best in class safety protocols. In addition, we study the passenger behavior and target disinfection on the places most in contact with the passengers,” LRMC President and CEO Juan Alfonso said.

“These are measured by our team weekly, and adjustments are made to the priority areas for cleaning. I can assure our commuters that the LRT-1 system is safe,” he added.

The LRMC also said it is conducting a study on the safety protocols for its trains aimed at applying best practices in trains systems from abroad.

Alcohol drinking weakens resistance against COVID-19, experts say

Marje Pelayo   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Cardiologist Dr. Tony Leachon used to believe drinking alcohol has health benefits.

For 30 years as a practicing heart doctor, he used to recommend moderate alcohol drinking to his patients until five years ago when he stopped doing so after realizing its risk.

Myth ang sinasabing moderate alcohol drinking can actually prolong survival dahil sa pagtaas ng good cholesterol (The claim that moderate alcohol drinking can actually prolong survival because it raises good cholesterol is a myth) . Hindi po totoo mga kababayan (It’s not true),” Leachon said.

Number 5 iyan sa checklist ko — no alcohol drinking (It’s number five on my list — no alcohol drinking),” he added.

A study published in the medical journal, The Lancet in August 2018 concluded that there is no safe level when it comes to drinking alcoholic beverages.

In fact, drinking alcohol can cause various illnesses including cancer, the study said.

Nutritionist-dietitian and lifestyle doctor, Dex Macalintal explained that regular exercise will be useless if accompanied by alcohol drinking. It is still best, he said, to be on the safe side especially concerning one’s health.

“Alcohol actually can increase estrogen levels. The studies vary pero mas maganda, (but preferably) we err on the safe side. A drink a day can increase the breast cancer risk by 10 perecent,” he said. 

Nag-e-exercise ka nga pero uminom ka naman ng alcohol (So what if you workout, when you drink alcohol anyway). A drink a day gives you 10 percent risk,” he added.

Alcohol drinking is also one of the leading causes of road accidents in the country, noted Dr. Leachon.

There are other diseases that may develop from regular drinking of alcoholic beverages, he added.

“Kung everyday mo gagawin iyan, magkakaroon ka ng dilated cardiomyopathy, lalaki ang puso mo (you will have an enlarged heart). Then, magkakaroon ka ng (Then you’ll have) fatty liver, then liver cirrhosis and then cancer,” he warned.

Leachon stressed that doctors and civil society groups presented these arguments at a hearing in Congress that’s why lawmakers agreed to impose higher taxes on alcoholic beverages.

The former special adviser of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 further warned that alcohol drinking can easily weaken the immune system which leads to higher risk against diseases especially during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Kapag umiinom kayo ng alak at wala kayong ginagawa sa bahay, hihina ang inyong resistance lalo kayong magkakasakit (If you are regularly drinking alcohol and lead a sedentary lifestyle, your resistance will weaken and you will develop more diseases),” he advised.

“So don’t ever do that. Ang gawin nyo ay (What you must do is) have a healthy lifestyle in this time of crisis,” he added.

Quitting alcohol drinking may prolong one’s life by 10 to 15 years more, Dr. Leachon said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Checkpoint at travel pass, ipatutupad pa rin sa ilang lugar – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa rin ititigil ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang pagpapatupad ng checkpoint at travel authority pass sa ilang lugar sa bansa kahit pinayagan na ang paglabas ng mas maraming tao sa gitna community quarantine.

Ayon kay police Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, nasa desisyon ng mga lokal na pamahalaan kung papayagan ang paglabas at pagbiyahe ng mga taong hindi kabilang sa authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) at locally-stranded individuals kasunod ng desisyon ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) sa paglabas ng tahanan ng mga nasa edad na 15 hanggang 65 taong gulang.

Una nang sinabi ni League of Provinces of the Philippines head, Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velaso na tuloy pa rin ang pagpapatupad ng quarantine rules para sa kapakanan ng kanilang constituents laban sa coronavirus disease.

Sa kabila nito, sinabi ni Eleazar na hindi isinasantabi nila ang posibilidad na may mga lugar na nais nang alisin ang travel restrictions para makabangon ang lokal na ekonomiya.

Pero hangga’t hindi aniya inaalis ang travel restrictions ay mananatili ang checkpoint at paghahanap ng travel pass sa mga checkpoint bilang requirement sa mga uuwi o bibiyahe sa mga probinsiya.

Sa ngayon aniya ay nakikipag-ugnayan na ang police ground commanders sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang alamin kung may mga pagbabago sa ipinatutupad na travel protocol policy.

“Ibig sabihin noon, kapag ang isang probinsya ay wala nang restriction, hindi na kailangan ng travel authority kung pupunta doon,” ang pahayag ni Eleazar.

Payo naman ng opisyal sa publiko na alamin ang panuntunan ng mga bayang pupuntahan o dadaanan bago ang kanilang biyahe upang maiwasan ang aberya.

“Dahil kung ang pupuntahan niyo o yung dadaanan niyo, alin man don ay restricted pa din like nagre-require ng travel authority ay kailangang mag secure kayo ng kanilang requirement,” ang wika ni Eleazar. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)


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