MRT-3 reopens to commuters aged 18 to 65 starting Sept.16

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2021   •   336

MANILA, Philippines – Starting Thursday (September 16), commuters aged 18 to 65 are allowed to board MRT-3 trains during the implementation of Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR).

However, commuters aged 17 below and those with health risks are still not allowed on MRT-3 trains pursuant to the guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

MRT-3 trains will only accept passengers at 30% capacity, equivalent to 124 persons per train car or 372 persons per train set.

The MRT-3 management strictly reminds passengers to observe the “7 Commandments” against COVID-19 as recommended by health experts:

1) Always wear a face mask and face shield
2) Observe the ‘no talking’ and ‘no answering of phone’ policies
3) No eating inside train
4) Maintain proper ventilation
5) Conduct regular disinfection
6) Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are barred inside stations
7) Always maintain proper physical distance

Train operations from North Avenue station begin at 4:37 AM while the first car from Taft Avenue Station departs at 5:17 AM.

The last car from North Avenue station departs at 9:30 PM while the last car from Taft Avenue station departs at 10:10 PM.

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MRT-3 wagon catches fire; 4 passengers slightly injured

Maris Federez   •   October 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — One of the coaches of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 caught fire at around 9:12 Saturday evening.

The fire incident took place along MRT-3 Guadalupe station.

In a statement, the MRT-3 management said it is “currently exhausting all efforts to address the situation, putting into primary consideration the safety of the passengers.”

The management also said provisional service was implemented to ferry passengers from MRT-3 North Avenue station to Shaw Boulevard station.

As of this writing, no casualties and major injuries have been reported.

Minor injuries, however, were recorded including one male and three female passengers. All of them sustained bruises in their legs after jumping off the train to the mainline tracks.

“Lalaki po ‘yung isa. Tumalon po sa tracks from the train. These four people sustained minor bruises, and are now being attended to by rescue personnel,” the MRT-3 management said.

Fire out was declared at 9:51 PM. —/mbmf

 

Work from home setup for CSC employees in NCR extended until Oct. 15

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the extension of the work from home (WFH) arrangement for its employees in the National Capital Region (NCR) in line with the pilot implementation of the Alert Levels System for COVID-19 response.

The CSC said the work from home setup, which covers employees at its central office, CSC NCR Office, and CSC Regional Office IV headquarters, will be extended until Oct. 15.

“The WFH arrangement shall also continue to subsist in other CSC offices under ECQ or MECQ for the duration of their quarantine classification,” the agency said in an advisory.

It advised its clients requesting for the services of the CSC Integrated Records Management Office (IRMO) and Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) to continue transacting business online through the Online Registration, Appointment and Scheduling System (ORAS) at https://services.csc.gov.ph.

“Clients who are scheduled to be at the CSC Central Office to pick-up their requested documents on the said period are instructed to wait for further advisory on the rescheduling of the pick-up of requested documents,” it said.

“Further, documents or printed communications, including mail deliveries from couriers and postal services, shall still be received through a dropbox placed at the CSC Main Entrance,” it added.

The CSC said that a security guard on duty shall facilitate the recording of all documents submitted through the dropbox and ensure the safety of said documents.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 4 until Oct. 15.

NCR business owners hope for lower alert level in October

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A group of business owners on Tuesday expressed hope that the COVID-19 alert level in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be lowered in the last three months of the year in order for them to recoup their losses amid the pandemic.

Resto PH president Eric Teng said shifting to a more relaxed alert level will help business owners as this will allow them more dine-in capacity.

“We’re just asking to move the country slowly, responsibly to the next stage which is alert level 3.  At alert level 3, for example, in our industry, our dining capacity will just go from 10 percent to 30 percent. That’s not significantly a big jump. But for us, it allows us to hire more people because wala namang ayudang nakakarating sa mga empleyado namin at sa pamilya nila eh,” Teng said.

Metro Manila is currently under alert level 4 in line with the alert levels system being piloted in the capital region.

Under level 4, restaurants are allowed to have dine-in customers at 10 percent capacity while level 3 allows up to 30 percent dine-in capacity.

Teng said that not all restaurants were able to operate under level 4, as some do not have outdoor dining space.

But they hope for a better alert level starting next month to help business owners makeup for some of their losses this year.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion also voiced the same opinion, saying lowering Metro Manila’s alert level in the fourth quarter will be beneficial for business.

With a vaccination rate projected to hit 80 percent by October, Concepcion said a loosening of quarantine restrictions is warranted.

“Tataas dito yung consumer spending dahil sa Christmas, at palagay ko, election spending. So, importante na ang quarter na ito sana ay ipalagay na ang quarantine ibaba sa level 3,” he said at a Palace briefing.

Concepcion also pushed for an improvement in the provisions for fully vaccinated individuals under alert levels 2 & 3.

“Kasi importante dito yung capacity, dapat itaas para mas maganda ang benta nila at tatlong buwan lang sa itong quarter. Importante dito na mabawi nila yung mga lugi nila para mabayaran yung 13th month pay sa mga empleyado pagpasok dito ng Christmas,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang said Concepcion’s proposals will be tackled in the next meeting of the government’s task force on COVID-19 response.

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