MRT-3 disinfects trains, enforces measures vs coronavirus
Robie de Guzman • March 10, 2020 • 601
MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Tuesday disinfected its coaches as part of its precautionary measures against the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement posted on Facebook, the MRT-3 management said its personnel are disinfecting the hand straps, rails and seats of their trains to ensure the safety of passengers.
“Patuloy ang ginagawang pagdi-disinfect ng mga tauhan ng MRT-3, kasama ang mga personnel ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP, sa loob ng mga tren. Ginagawa ang pagdi-disinfect sa turnback sa North Avenue station na tumatagal ng 2-3 minuto,” it said.
“Anim na personnel ang naka-assign upang maglinis sa loob ng bawat tren. Pulidong nilang nililinis ang mga handstrap, handrail at mga upuan,” it added.
The management also said that alcohol bottles are also provided in all ticket windows in every station, and restrooms have hand soaps for the use of train passengers.
The MRT-3 operator also reminded the public to wash their hands frequently, eat nutritious food and to boost their immune system to avoid contracting COVID-19 and other diseases.
“Pinaaalalahanan ng MRT 3 ang lahat na regular na maghugas ng kamay, kumain ng mga masusustansyang pagkain, at uminom ng bitamina upang lumakas ang resistensya, at nang sa ganun ay maiwasan ang COVID-2019,” it said.
“Higit sa lahat, kumunsulta sa doktor kung may nararamdamang mga sintomas,” it added.
The management assured it is doing all it can to ensure the safety of the public.
“Makakaasa po kayo na ginagawa ng MRT-3 ang lahat upang mapanatili ang kaligtasan ninyo, ang aming mga pasahero,” it said.
As of posting time, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus infections.
President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the country under a state of public health emergency following the recommendation of the Department of Health amid the surge of COVID-19 cases.
“Sa ilalim ng ganitong estado, ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno at local government units ay kinakailangan magbigay ng full assistance at kooperasyon sa lahat ng hakbang ng gobyerno laban sa pagkalat ng nasabing virus,” the MRT-3 said.
MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is now requiring facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases through IATF Resolution 74.
The new policy however, exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities and their home meets the conditions specified in the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Joint Administrative Order 2020-0001.
Likewise, another exception is when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.
MANILA, Philippines — Iloilo City has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective September 25 until October 9 due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque the new measure is based on the issued Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 74 which also requires facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.
However, the resolution exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities as confirmed by the local health officer.
Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.
On Tuesday (September 22), 33 employees of the Iloilo City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the three-day temporary closure of the establishment beginning Wednesday (September 23) as declared by Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order No. 215-A.
Prior to that, 13 barangays in the city were placed under total lockdown due to the increase in community transmission of COVID-19.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday said it will do away with deadlines and instead continue to hire contact tracers until their target of at least 50,000 is reached.
In a statement, DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the agency’s provincial and city field offices will continue to accept applications until the slots allocated to them have been filled up.
The department earlier announced that the submission of applications for contact tracers is only until Sept. 23.
“What’s important to us is to fill up the slots and recruit the most number of Contact Tracers as provided in the Bayanihan 2 law so those who meet the deadline will immediately be processed but we will continue to accept applications until we have met our targets,” he said.
Malaya said that some 10,000 individuals have already applied in Metro Manila but many have incomplete documents so they are giving more time for them to complete the requirements on a first come, first served basis.
“As soon as they are deemed qualified by the selection board, they will be hired, trained, and deployed to the various LGUs,” he added.
The DILG official said the first batch of DILG-hired contact tracers will be deployed to the local government units by first week of October.
The department earlier said that local and overseas Filipino workers whose service have been recently terminated or their employment contracts were not renewed amid the pandemic will be given priority in the hiring process.
To qualify, the applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree or college level in an allied medical course or criminology course.
Aspirants must also be skilled in data gathering and have assisted in research and documentation; able to interview COVID-19 cases and close contacts in order to gather data; possess the ability to advocate public health education messages; and have investigative capability.
“While our first preference is college graduates or college level of allied medical courses or criminology, we are also open to graduates or college level of any course. So, we urge them to apply and help the country defeat COVID-19,” he said. Malaya said applicants are required to submit an application letter, Personal Data Sheet, National Bureau of Investigation clearance, diploma or transcript of record, and drug test result to the nearest DILG provincial or city field office.
Contact tracers will earn a minimum of P18,784 per month in a contract of service status.
Their responsibilities include conducting interviews, profiling, and perform an initial public health risk assessment of COVID-19 cases and their identified close contacts; refer the close contacts to isolation facilities; conduct enhanced contact tracing in collaboration with other agencies and private sectors; conduct daily monitoring of close and general contacts for at least 14 days, and perform such other tasks in relation to the COVID response.
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