Minors banned outdoors anew for two weeks starting March 17

Marje Pelayo   •   March 16, 2021   •   431

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Council through the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is once again banning minors from going outdoors starting Wednesday, March 17.

The MMDA is now drafting a resolution prohibiting minors, particularly aged 15-17, to go outdoors for a period of two weeks.  Only individuals aged 18 to 65 years old will be allowed to go outside their residences amid the alarming number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.

This will be implemented in all the 17 local government units comprising the National Capital Region.

According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, the move has been agreed upon by the Metro Manila mayors in a bid to contain the transmission of the virus in the metropolis.

“We are implementing age restrictions because of the increase in our COVID-19 cases. We encourage everyone to strictly observe and practice the minimum health protocols, and be extra careful and follow stringent measures particularly when around vulnerable family members, as there have been reports of transmission among family members.” Abalos said.

“As I’ve said before, the metro mayors and MMDA are regularly monitoring the COVID-19 numbers and we will implement calibration and changes on our directives depending on the figures that we have,” he added.

Last month, Abalos said NCR mayors agreed to ease age restrictions as the government sought to encourage economic activities.

MMDA implements 30-min heatstroke break for traffic enforcers, street sweepers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has implemented a 30-minute break for traffic law enforcers and street sweepers to prevent them from having heatstroke.

The country has been experiencing intense heat in the past few days. On Thursday (May 6), the heat index in Science Garden in Quezon City reached 40 degrees Celsius. Due to this, the MMDA will be implementing a 30-minute heatstroke break policy.

For traffic law enforcers on duty from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. can take their 30-minute break from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For traffic law enforcers on duty from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., they can take their break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Street sweepers assigned from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. can take their break from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while personnel on duty from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., can take a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, in a statement, said one of the agency’s main concerns is the safety and welfare of its personnel. Apart from the 30-minute break, there will also be an additional 15-minute break if temperatures rose to 40 degrees Celsius.

“Our personnel’s safety is our paramount concern. This special heat stroke break is available for traffic enforcers and street sweepers who work under the dry season’s searing heat and protect them from heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and heat cramps,” he said.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 18 areas in the country hit dangerous levels in the heat index with temperatures ranging from 41 to 47 degrees Celsius.

The state weather bureau also reminded that individuals can experience heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to heatstroke if the temperature further rises to 54 degrees Celsius. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

 

MMDA extends suspension of truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has extended the suspension of the truck ban in Metro Manila until May 14.

The MMDA said this is to ensure the unhampered movement of essential goods. Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after President Rodrigo Duterte announced its extension on Wednesday evening (April 28).

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The said suspension of the truck ban, however, will only be imposed in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila except on EDSA and Roxas Blvd. AAC

MMDA clarifies community pantries urged to coordinate with LGUs, permits not required

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has clarified that the agency is only urging community pantries to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and is not requiring them to apply for a permit.

On Wednesday (April 28), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia reiterated helping fellowmen should not require any permits.

What needs to be done, Garcia added, is to make sure that the people queueing in community pantries should be safe from getting infected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and other health protocols.

Ang nilabas lang nating resolution is ‘urging strongly’ ang ating organizers makipag-coordinate sa ating LGUs, barangay, sa mga mayor nila para at least ang minimum health protocol maipatupad natin (The resolution only said that it ‘urging strongly’ the organizers to coordinate with LGUs, barangay, mayors so that, at least, the minimum health protocol is implemented), he said.

Garcia said the MMDA only seeks to provide assistance to the organizers of community pantries in keeping the people safe from the virus spread. AAC

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