QC prohibits the use of tricycles as a school transport service

admin   •   June 2, 2016   •   8920

Tricycles form in queue in  a station in Quezon City. (UNTV News)

Tricycles form in queue in a station in Quezon City.
(UNTV News)

The Quezon City government will not allow the use of tricycles as school service this school year.

The city administrator said, other than tricycles are not authorized by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), it is not covered by insurance unlike legitimate school services.

Based on the ordinance, tricycles can only carry three persons and children are prohibited as back riders.

The local government will apprehend anyone who will violate the ordinance and will be fined three thousand to five thousand.

But the local government admits that it is hard for them to identify whether a tricycle is used a school service or just hailed by students, they will just monitor overloading because it is prohibited.

“It’s hard to prove that a tricycle is use as a school service unless there will be a complainant that will tell us if a tricycle is use as a school service,” said City Administrator Aldrin Cuña.

In Quezon City, there are forty thousand tricycles aside from those that are out of line, this is the reason why it is not easy for the local government to monitor all.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB is in favor of the step made by Quezon City.

Because of this, the board will write a letter to all local governments to urge them not to allow the use of tricycles as school services.

“I will request the board if we can send again reminders to all LGUs if they can strictly enforced monitoring on all tricycles because of its involvement in many accidents,” said LTFRB public affairs Arnel Del Rio.

All tricycles in the country are outside the jurisdiction of LTFRB but under the local government units.

(MON JOCSON/UNTV News)

Bus operators in DOTr’s free ride program belie claims of limited ops; assure weekly pay for drivers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The consortium of bus operators plying the EDSA Busway system has released a statement belying claims that bus companies participating in the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) free ride program have limited their operations due to non-payment by the government.

The Mega Manila Consortium Corporation (MMCC) assured that their drivers are being paid weekly by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The MMCC also gave clarification to the issue of long lines of passengers waiting for the buses.

The consortium said that according to their member operators, “the long lines of passengers are brought about by the limited passenger capacity on deployed buses as mandated by health protocols to stem the spread of COVID-19 and because many MRT-3 passengers would rather wait in line to avail of our free bus rides.”

On its Facebook post, the DOTr noted the MMCC’s support for its initiative.

“The MMCC likewise reiterated their unequivocal support and commitment to the initiative of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTFRB in providing for the transport needs of the commuter amid the prevailing quarantine measures and protocols that are in place, specifically in the affected area of NCR plus,” the DOTs said.

“We are fully supportive of this endeavor of the DOTr as this will be for the benefit and convenience of the public at this time of the pandemic,” the MMCC statement read.

“We understand how integral our role is in making sure that people who need to travel for work or for serving as frontliners have access to public transport and will continue to work with both the government as well as other stakeholders of NCR to ensure the riding public’s interest is given the highest priority,” the MMCC added.

Meanwhile, bus conductors who collect fees during free bus ride operations will be facing sanctions and will be removed from participating in the free bus ride program. AAC

Smart Araneta Coliseum as mega vaccination site, inoculation to start Saturday — QC gov’t

Marje Pelayo   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government announced that the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao has been identified as one of the city’s mega vaccination sites.

Mayor Joy Belmonte confirmed that the Araneta Group has allowed the city government to use the Big Dome in support of the city’s vaccination program. Inoculations are expected to begin there on Saturday (May 15).

“We estimate that the Big Dome will be capable of delivering 1,000 to 1,500 COVID shots per day,” said Belmonte.

She added that measures for indoor settings, such as proper filters and fan systems for adequate ventilation, will be installed to ensure the safety of everyone who plans to get their jabs at the facility.

Belmonte expressed gratitude to the Araneta Group for offering the Big Dome to the city’s vaccination program for free.

“It is a suitable site for a massive and critical government health drive since it offers adequate space and accessibility to both our healthcare workers and the public,” Belmonte said.

“This will help us strengthen our efforts to provide our QCitizens the protection they need against COVID-19. The faster we vaccinate our people, the sooner we can achieve economic recovery,” the Mayor added.

Also, the Araneta Group committed to provide their own medical personnel to help with the inoculation.

“We are very pleased to accommodate the QC LGU’s vaccination campaign inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum. This is our contribution to the government’s efforts to control the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city and to improve public health,” according to Antonio Mardo, SVP for Operations of the Araneta Group.

The city earlier partnered with the Araneta Group in expanding its free COVID-19 swab testing initiatives. Araneta City was tapped since fourth quarter of 2020 as a venue for the local government’s free RT-PCR tests for the general public.

The company also allowed the free use of the Araneta City Bus Port as an accessible site for the drive-thru COVID-19 RT-PCR saliva testing of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

The site, which opened in February 2021, offers a painless and less invasive method of collecting samples while reducing person-to-person contact in COVID-19 testing.

QC gov’t asks DOH, FDA to make clear stand on use, distribution of ivermectin

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) to issue a clear stand on the safety and general use of anti-parasitic drug ivermectin.

In a statement issued on Thursday, City Health officer-in-charge Dr. Esperanza Arias said a firm stand by the national regulatory agencies will “help set the record straight regarding the legality and efficacy of the drug, including its distribution to the general public.”

The city health office made the call following reports of the distribution of ivermectin to residents of Old Balara wherein each beneficiary supposedly received a minimum of three capsules or tablets.

“We were not given a go signal by the FDA to use ivermectin as a prophylaxis or cure against COVID-19 since it’s still pending further studies. Hence, we cannot use it nor endorse it,” Arias said.

“But on the other hand, we cannot also stop its distribution since use of it against COVID has not been declared illegal as well,” she added.

The city health office advised citizens to remain vigilant, as the drug has not yet been proven to be effective against the virus and allegedly causes side effects.

“The city government continues to stand by the science-backed recommendation that vaccination is still the safe and effective way of protecting people against COVID-19, together with the strict adherence to minimum health standards,” Arias said.

She also expressed hope that Anakalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor and House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta would accept accountability for any adverse effects their distribution activity may cause the general population in the future.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said that he has yet to determine whether the two exemptions cited by FDA Director General Eric Domingo have sound legal bases.

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