MMDA sets up decontamination tents in hospitals, gov’t offices to combat spread of COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2020   •   420

Decontamination tents

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it has installed decontamination tents in several public hospitals and government offices in Metro Manila to help curb the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The MMDA said that as of April 6, decontamination tents have been set up at the Philippine Heart Center, the East Avenue Medical Center, the Malacañang Palace, the Department of Health Central Office in Tayuman, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-National Relief Operations Center in Pasay, and another DSWD satellite office in Quezon City.

The agency said the tents are equipped with a diffuser system that sprays disinfectant to people passing through it before they are allowed to enter the premises of offices or hospitals.

“It aims to decontaminate and disinfect health workers, frontliners and everyone visiting the hospitals and government offices to help contain the entry and spread of covid-19,” MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said in a statement.

Lim said they are planning to put up more decontamination tents in major hospitals in Metro Manila.

It can be recalled that the MMDA had set up a similar disinfection tent at the entrance of its headquarters in Makati City last month.

The body temperature of employees and visitors were also checked by personnel using a thermal scanner.

Mabigat na trapiko, naranasan sa Metro Manila sa unang araw ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga kumpanya

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mabigat na trapiko ang naranasan sa ilang lansangan sa Metro Manila ngayong Lunes, Mayo 18 kasunod ng pagbabalik-operasyon ng ilang kumpaya sa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr. sa Ito ang Balita, partikular na naranasan ang mabagal na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa Marcos Highway na boundary ng mga lungsod ng Pasig at Antipolo.

Ayon kay Edison “Bong” Nebrija, ang EDSA Traffic Czar ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), bumigat ang trapiko dahil sa ipinatutupad pa ring quarantine control points o checkpoints.

Mas naging dama aniya ang bagal ng galaw ng trapiko dahil sa mataas na volume ng sasakyang nasa kalsada ngayong araw kumpara noong naka-ECQ pa ang Metro Manila at mas limitado ang mga taong pinapayagang lumabas ng kanilang tahanan.

“Iba na y’ong volume ng vehicles kapag nasa general community quarantine at saka MECQ. Mas marami na po ngayon at very significant y’ong naging delay sa mga checkpoint because of the volume. Siyempre, marami po talaga mag-i-inspect saka hahaba po talaga y’ong queueing na tinatawag,” ani Nebrija.

Nasa ilalim na ng MECQ ang ilang lugar, kabilang na ang Metro Manila simula noong May 16.

Sa ilalim ng hakbang na ito, pinapayagan ang pagbalik ng kalahating porsyento ng operasyon at workforce ng mga negosyo at opisina ngunit obligado silang magpatupad ng safety at health protocols.

Kailangan ding maghanda sila ng shuttle bus o kaya ay mga pribadong sasakyan na maghahatid-sundo sa mga empleyado lalo’t suspindido pa rin ang operasyon ng public transportation sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Gayunman, limitado lang ang maaaring isakay rito at kailangang nakasunod sa physical distancing ang mga pasahero sang-ayon sa guidelines na inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID.)

Bunsod nito, mas dumami ang mga sasakyang bumibiyahe sa Metro Manila, pati na ang mga nagbibisikleta sa kalye.

Ayon kay Nebrija, inaasahan na nila ito dahil sa limited seating capacity ng mga sasakyang papayagang bumiyahe sa ilalim ng MECQ.

Upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga taong pipiliing mag-bisikleta na lamang papasok sa kanilang trabaho, sinabi ng MMDA official na pinag-uusapan na ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya ang paglalagay ng “protected bike lanes” sa kahabaan ng EDSA.

“It’s on the table already na papaano natin bibigyan ng bike lane; hindi lang basta-basta bike lane lalong lalo na sa EDSA kundi protected bike lane,” ani Nebrija.

“Kasi ‘pag nag-transition na tayo sa GCQ, everybody will be there and we do not want na ma-mix y’ong mga bisikleta sa with private vehicles, public transport or motorcycles,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw rin ni Nebrija na nananatiling suspindido ang number coding scheme sa Metro Manila upang magamit ng mga empleyado ang pribado nilang sasakyan sa pagpasok sa trabaho. – RRD

MMDA sanctions employees violating ‘no back-riding policy’ amid ECQ

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it has sanctioned some of its employees for violating measures being implemented under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim on Wednesday said he ordered penalties and administrative sanctions against errant employees who defy the mandatory measures enforced to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On April 29, three MMDA traffic personnel were placed under 30-day preventive suspension for violating the “no back-riding” policy amid the ECQ based on a number of complaints posted on Facebook.

These employees were identified as Traffic Aide 3 Enrico Garcia, Traffic Aide 1 Dominic Acunin, and Traffic Aide 3 Angelito Diendo Jr.

Garcia was reported to have ridden a motorcycle with Acunin as his backride along EDSA corner Timog Avenue in Quezon City on April 25.

Diendo, meanwhile, was suspended for driving his motorcycle with his daughter along Commonwealth Avenue on April 25.

The MMDA said the three personnel were issued traffic violation ticket with a penalty of P5,000.

“We are very serious in our battle against COVID-19. We cannot afford to waste the agency’s efforts because of some employees who are blatantly disregarding the ECQ guidelines,” Lim said.

“We do not condone recklessness and grave misconduct of our personnel that’s why we ordered sanctions against them,” he added.

The ‘no back-ride policy’ is part of physical distancing measures being implemented during the quarantine period, in accordance with the Republic Act 11332.

PNP sets up additional decontamination tents at Camp Crame

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2020

A decontamination tent

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has installed additional decontamination tents at Camp Crame.

The PNP has set up walk-through decontamination tents to disinfect individuals entering the headquarters.

PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said they have placed the decontamination tents at the gates of Camp Crame as well as in front of the National Headquarters.

Banac said people will have to go through these tents while vehicles will have to go through a tire bath.

“Bahagi lamang ito ng bio-safety measures na ipinapatupad ng pamunuan ng PNP (This is just part of the bio-safety measures being implemented by the PNP management),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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