NCRPO at LRT2, nagsagawa ng simulation exercise para sa posibleng pagbabalik-operasyon sa Lunes

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020   •   297

MANILA, Philippines – Nagsagawa ng simulation exercise ang National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) at ang management ng Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) bilang paghahanda sa posibleng pagbabalik-operasyon ng mga tren kapag isinailalim na sa general community quarantine (GCQ).

Sa simulation na isinagawa noong Martes (Mayo 26) 400 police recruits ang nagkunwaring pasahero ng tren upang maipakita ang ipatutupad na social distancing measures mula sa pila hanggang sa pagsakay sa mga bagon.

Sa loob at labas ng istasyon ng tren, may makikitang mga dilaw na marka sa sahig na indikasyon para sa mga mga pasahero kung saan sila dapat tumayo kapag nakapila.

Sa loob ng tren ay may makikita ring mga marka para malaman ng mga pasahero kung saan lang sila maaaring umupo o tumayo.

Ayon kay Jimmy Chua, ang manager ng LRT-2 Security and Safety Division, 160 pasahero lamang ang maaaring isakay sa bawat biyahe ng tren alinsunod sa mga panuntunang inilabas ng pamahalaan.

Sa unang istasyon ng tren, 90 pasahero lang ang papayagang sumakay upang mabigyan pa ng pagkakataong makasakay ang iba pang pasaherong naghihintay sa kasunod na mga istasyon.

Batid ng LRT-2 management na malaki ang malulugi sa kanila pagdating sa koleksyon ng pasahe pero pagtitiyak ni Chua, hindi sila magtataas ng singil.

“Financially, malaki ang magiging loss namin, it’s a government-owned (facility) naman, government-operated, so naka-depende kami sa government para sa subsidy para sa tuluy-tuloy na pagserbisyuhan ang pasahero,” ani Chua.

Upang matiyak namang maipatutupad ng maayos ang physical distancing, nasa 12 hanggang 15 security guards ang idadagdag ng LRT-2 para magbantay sa loob at labas ng tren.

Sinabi rin ni NCRPO director Police Major General Debold Sinas na maglalagay sila ng shift ng apat hanggang 32 pulis bawat istasyon ng tren, depende sa dami ng mga pasahero.

“Habang hindi pa nasanay ang mga kababayan natin kung papaano sumakay, we have estimated already lahat lahat na ay around 500 for the different station lang depende sa request kasama ng istasyon ng PNR ay naghingi din ng minimum ng 2 to 4,” ani Sinas.

Maliban sa physical distancing, magpapatupad rin ang LRT-2 ng ‘no mask, no entry’ policy.

Hindi rin papapasukin ang mga pasaherong may temperaturang mas mataas pa sa 37.8 at nagpapakita ng sintomas ng coronavirus disease gaya ng ubo, sipon, lagnat at pananakit ng lalamunan.

Ang mga hakbang na ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga ulat na posibleng isailalim na sa GCQ ang Metro Manila at iba pang lugar na nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine sa Hunyo 1.

Sa ilalim ng GCQ, maaari nang payagan ang limitadong pagbabalik-operasyon ng ilang pampublikong transportasyon kabilang na ang tren pero kailangang nakasunod ang mga ito sa nakatalagang health at safety protocols upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Nakatakdang magpulong ngayong Miyerkules ang mga miyembro ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases para isapinal ang kanilang mga rekomendasyon na isusumite kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

RITM to further scale down operations after staff test positive for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2020

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) announced it would further scale down its operations as several of their staff tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On Wednesday (July 15), the Department of Health (DOH) said contact tracing is currently being conducted.

“So they had to do contact tracing and some of these employees na kasama natin gumagawa sa lab ay na-quarantine sila, (that we work with at the lab are already under quarantine),” said DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.

The DOH also said that the RITM currently has backlogs due to the amount of specimen being submitted to the laboratory. Vergeire assured that the DOH is coordinating with other laboratories to examine the specimen.

“We are now coordinating with the Philippine Red Cross para iyong backlog na iba ay mapakiusap natin sa kanila. Kapag nag-scale down, hindi ibig sabihin na totally wala gagawin, (so that the backlogs can be given to others. Scaling down does not mean operations have stopped)” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOH to include PUV drivers in expanded COVID-19 testing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) will include additional groups in its expanded testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Aside from the elderly, frontliners, and the immunocompromised, the expanded testing will also cover the PUV drivers, operators, and employees of manufacturing companies.

The DOH said there will be four subgroups for the expanded testing. Subgroup G includes residents in areas with active COVID-19 transmission. Subgroup H will be frontliners in tourist zones while Subgroup I are for employees of manufacturing companies and public service providers.

Subgroup J covers economy workers including PUV drivers, conductors, pilots, waiters, restaurant managers, cashiers, bank tellers, teachers, and security guards.

The Health Department aims to release the updated testing guidelines by next week. DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the additional groups show the increasing testing capacity of the country.

“Alam natin na gusto na natin unti-unting buksan ang ating ekonomiya (We all know that we want to slowly open our economy) and this is part of how we will be opening our economy,” she said.

Vergeire, meanwhile, advised individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 positive patients to undergo isolation while waiting for their own test result.

“Even if the results are not out, they have to comply with the quarantine procedure of having to be isolated for 14 days,” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Number of int’l travelers in PH down by 95% since start of quarantine – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The number of international passengers who entered and exited the country since the start of the community quarantine dropped by at least 95% compared to figures recorded in the same period last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Wednesday.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said passenger arrival volume from March 16 to June 30 decreased by more than 96% while departure declined by 95% due to suspension of international flights and imposition of travel restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We do not foresee these statistics to rise in the near future while the entire world is still fighting to defeat this coronavirus,” Morente said.

In the same statement, Immigration Deputy Spokesperson and BI National Operations Center (BINOC) acting chief Melvin Mabulac disclosed that only 189,000 passengers arrived from March 16 to June 30, which is a far cry from the more than 5.16 million passengers who arrived in the same period in 2019.

He also said that only 238,000 passengers left the country during the period compared to the 5.18 million who departed in that time last year.

Mabulac said the bulk of passengers arrived and departed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) because all other international ports were closed during the lockdown.

He said it was only in June that the government allowed international flights to resume at the Clark and Mactan airports.

“Also included in these figures are the more than 16,000 seafarers who disembarked after being quarantined aboard their vessels anchored at the Manila Bay,” Mabulac said.

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