Malacañang admits shortcomings in not building more laboratories soon enough

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 9, 2020   •   210

Malacañang admitted the government had shortcomings in not building more coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing laboratories to boost the country’s response against the pandemic.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the country only began having more testing laboratories last March, adding that the country should have already boosted its testing capacity when the first COVID-19 case was reported.

Inaamin po natin na medyo naging mabagal ang proseso sa lumipas po na dalawang buwan (We admit the process has been slow in the past two months),” he said.

“If I were to look back, what could have we done better? Siguro po noong nagkaroon tayo ng unang kaso imported case ng COVID, dapat pinalawak na natin ang testing capacity natin agad (When we had the first imported case of COVID-19, we could have already boosted our testing capacity), Roque added.

The country only had one COVID-19 laboratory in January. As of July 7, licensed RT-PCR laboratories across the country have reached 78. The Palace official said the government is improving its COVID-19 testing, treatment, and contact tracing to better the response against the virus.

The Duterte Administration also called on the public, local government, and business establishments to be more responsible in following minimum health standards including social distancing, wearing face masks, and hand washing.

Roque also announced the government will further boost its targeted testing.

Bukod po sa 10 million na naorder natin at 1 million na na-deliver na PCR testing, magkakaroon ng mas malawak na targeted testing na iaanunsyo po natin sa mga darating na panahon (Aside from the 10 million we ordered and the 1 million PCR testing that has been delivered, there will be wider targeted testing which we will announce soon), he said. –AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

PUV drivers at mga pasahero, pina-alalahanang sumunod sa 1-meter physical distancing policy

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang mga otoridad sa mga tsuper at pasahero ng public utility vehicles (PUV) na istriktong sundin ang isang metrong physical distancing sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ginawa ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) ang paalala matapos nitong harangin at sitahin ang mga pampasaherong jeep na hindi sumusunod sa nasabing patakaran.

Ang inspeksyon ay isinagawa ngayong Lunes sa kahabaan ng EDSA-Kamuning sa Quezon City.

Bitbit ang isang metrong panukat, sinita ng HPG ang mga tsuper na sobra ang bilang ng sakay at pinababa ang mga pasahero.

Nguni tauon kay HPG chief Police Colonel Wilson Doromal, hindi naman pinagmulta ngunit binigyan lang ng babala ang mga nahuling tsuper.

“Mahirap itolerate yung distance na nakita natin kanina halos balikat sa balikat na so hindi po natin hinayaang bumiyahe upang yung kalusugan ng mga commuters natin makaiwas po sa anumang sakit,” ang wika ni Doromal.

Ang inspeksyon ay kasunod ng desisyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na panatilihin sa isang metro ang agwat ng mga pasahero sa mga pampublikong sasakyan upang matigil na ang usapin rito.

Noong Sabado, sinabi ng Department of Transportation na istriktong ipatutupad ang 50% capacity sa mga jeep at bus upang masunod ang one-meter physical distancing.

Ang physical distancing at pagsusuot ng face mask at face shield ay kabilang sa mga ipinatutupad na health protocols upang maiwasan ang hawaan ng COVID-19 sa pampublikong transportasyon.

Kaugnay nito, inaasahang maglalabas ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ng mga bagong panuntunan upang malaman ng tsuper kung ilan lamang ang maximum na bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring isakay sa bus at jeep.

“My advice na lang din is to be on the side of caution, malalaman naman din ng driver yan kung iilan. He will have a sense kung gaano kahaba yung isang metro, sa loob ng isang sasakyan ilang pasahero ang kakasya… hopefully give us time,” ang pahayag ni LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra.

Sa Martes, Setyembre 22 ay inaasahang pupulungin ng LTFRB ang regional directors ng ahensiya upang magtakda ng malinaw na patakaran para sa one-meter physical distancing sa mga pampublikong sasakyan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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Pagbabayad ng toll sa NLEX, cashless na simula Nov. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Simula sa Nobyembre 2 ay cashless na at gagamitan na ng 100% radio frequency identification (RFID) system ang pagbabayad ng toll sa North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

Ayon sa Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), ang operator ng NLEX, alinsunod ito sa direktiba ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na magpatupad ng contactless system upang malimitahan ang physical contact sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay Atty. Romulo Junji Quimbo, maaaring magpakabit ng RFID sticker ang mga motorista na dadaan sa NLEX upang hindi sila kailangang magbayad ng cash.

Maaari itong ipakabit ng libre sa NLEX Customer Service Center o kaya ay mag-apply online.

“Ang DOTr bilang tagapangasiwa ng transportation, ay naglabas po ng department order na mahikayat po ang mga kababayan natin, na huwag na pong magdala ng cash. Ang cash po whether sumakay kayo ng bus, o kaya jeep, o kaya sa mga UV, ay nagpapalitan po ng pera doon, at nagsusuklian yun po iniiwasan,” ang wika ni Quimbo.

Para magamit ang RFID, kailangang mag-load ng minimum na P500 sa reloading at online stations.

 “Libre po itong sticker, kinakabit po ito ng Easytrip, ay yun po naman ay may minimum load lang, para lang kayo nagbabayad ng toll kaya lang hindi na po barya ang dala-dala, hindi na po pera, RFID System,” ang pahayag ni Quimbo.

Aniya, sa November 2 na magiging epektibo ang sistema pero bibigyan pa rin naman ng konsiderasyon ang hindi makakapagpakabit ng RFID stickers.

Maaaring bisitahin ang social media accounts ng NLEX Corp. para sa iba pang detalye at katanungan hinggil sa RFID system. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Nestor Torres)

DOH proposes COVID-19 swab test ‘price cap’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 21, 2020

The Department of Health on Monday (September 21) said it has submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte its recommendation for an executive order issuance that would place a price cap on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) swab tests.

DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the department has noticed the differential pricing of swab tests in laboratories across the country. She added that the current law on price ceiling for medicines excludes diagnostics and professional fees.

“We may be able to have this executive order so that we can somehow regulate the prices of swabs, or prices of testing for COVID-19,” she said.

The DOH official also said the department will conduct small surveys to determine price range and will consult experts and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regarding the swab test prices. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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