P2P bus routes reach 35

admin   •   December 6, 2018   •   4472

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MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.

New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue

IATF amends guidelines in NCR alert level 4 restrictions

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (AITF-MEID) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of the Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the revised guidelines will take effect on October 1 should the pilot implementation of the alert level system be extended next month.

The new strategy is being imposed in virus hotspots in the NCR until September 30.

The amendments recently approved by the IATF include allowing individual outdoor exercises within general area of residence for persons not required to remain in their respective homes.

Authorities earlier allowed outdoor exercises for residents regardless of health and vaccination status, but they shall only be limited to moving within their village or barangay.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of COVID-19 deceased shall be allowed.

Attendance to these services, however, will only be limited to immediate family members, the IATF said.

All contact sports, whether indoor or outdoor, will remain prohibited. Those being conducted under a “bubble-type” setup are exempted.

Personal care establishments and home services are still not allowed. These services include aesthetic and cosmetic services or procedures, make up services, spas, reflexology, wellness, and holistic services and other similar procedures.

Dagdag operational capacity, hirit ng ilang restaurant owners sa Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nananawagan ang ilang may-ari ng restaurants sa Metro Manila na taasan pa ang antas ng pinapayagang operational capacity upang makabawi naman sila mula sa matinding pagkalugi.

Ayon kay Eric Teng, ang pinuno ng Restaurant Owners of the Philippines, kakaunti lang ang maaari nilang i-accommodate na customers bagaman pinahihintulutan ang dine-in services sa ilalim ng alert level system sa Metro Manila.

“Yung situation po kase namin ngayon yung alert level 4 is 10 percent lang po ang indoor. Natutuwa na po kami kung pwede na pong maiakyat sa 30% sa alert level 3,” ani Teng.

Aniya, bakunado na ang kanilang mga empleyado kontra COVID-19 kaya kung maaari ay mapayagan na ang mga restaurant na tumanggap ng mas maraming customer.

Nais rin ng ilang business owners na maipatupad ang pag-prisinta ng vaccination cards bilang isa sa mga requirements para sa dine-in services.

“Sa situation na pagka 30 percent na wala na pong restriction yun whether vaccinated or not kaya inaabangan po talaga namin yun,” ang pahayag ni Teng.

“Marami pong nagagalit dahil hindi po dala yung vaccine card. Ang gusto po sana namin i-enforce po sana yung instructions sa amin na kailangang humingi ng vaccine card,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinabi rin ni Teng na nauunawaan nila ang sitwasyon sa usaping pangkalusugan subalit nahihirapan na rin ang kanilang mga empleyado lalo’t wala naman silang ayudang natatanggap.

Una nang sinabi ng Department of Trade and Industry na pinag-aaralan na nila ang posibilidad na dagdagan pa ang allowed capacity sa mga kainan sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

DOTr assures no toll fee increase to be implemented amid pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday assured motorists that there will be no toll increase on expressways amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said that he understands the clamor of tollway operators for increases in toll rates to generate needed revenue for operating expenditures.

However, Tugade explained that the DOTr, through the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), must uphold and protect the interest of the public, especially with the pandemic’s economic effects.

“Nakikita natin ang pangangailangan ng operators ng increases na iyan nang sa ganon, ang mga funding requirements nila ay maasikaso. Pero kailangan din ng tulong sa sambayanan, lalo’t higit tayo ay nasa pandemyang nangyayari ngayon,” He said.

“We need to strike a good balance. Ang pangangailangan ng mga investors, ang mga kakayanan ng publiko. Kailangan ibalanse iyan,” he added.

According to Secretary Tugade, considering the conditions imposed by the pandemic, the DOTr may approve toll rate hikes, but will definitely be implemented at a later date. AAC

 

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