QC to launch City Bus Augmentation Program to ease traffic congestion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2020   •   285

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government will launch its City Bus Augmentation on December 1 to ease traffic congestion in the city and provide additional means of transportation to commuters.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the program will also alleviate transportation problems while public transportation is still limited due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

A Memorandum of Agreement with the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) was signed for the Quezon City Bus Augmentation Program.

“Sa pamamagitan nito, mabibigyan natin ng mas mabilis at ligtas na paraan na pagbiyahe ang publiko patungo sa kanilang mga hanapbuhay at iba pang lugar na kailangan nilang puntahan, (Throught this, we can provide faster and safer transportation for the public who are on their way to their work and other places)” she said.

The bus program will cover eight routes including,  Quezon City Hall to Cubao P. Tuazon corner Gen. P. Romulo Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Litex (and vice versa), Welcome Rotonda to Aurora Blvd. cor. Katipunan Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Gen. Luis via SB Road (and vice versa), QC Hall to Mindanao Ave. cor. Quirino Highway (and vice versa), QC Hall to LRT 2 Gilmore (and vice versa), QC Hall to E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave cor. Ortigas Ave. (and vice versa), and QC Hall to LRT 1 Roosevelt and back to QC Hall. AAC

LGUs conduct dry run of COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The local governments of Quezon City and Valenzuela City have conducted dry run activities for their COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

In Valenzuela City, around 40 residents participated in the dry run, where they went through body temperature checks and disinfection before entering the vaccination site.

They also went through registration and validation before counseling. Counseling covered discussion on the importance of vaccination and its possible side effects. Participants then proceeded to the screening area before vaccination to verify if their health is capable of taking in the vaccine.

According to Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, the dry run is needed to ensure residents are prepared in receiving the vaccines and health protocols are implemented.

Valenzuela City also targets the vaccination rollout to begin in July where 17 vaccination sites will be used.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Health Department held a demonstration on the vaccination process which includes presenting QCitizen IDs, counseling, and screening. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

QC issues notice of violation to over 100 market vendors due to overpricing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 25, 2021

QUEZON, Philippines—Over 100 market vendors received a notice of violation due to overpricing, according to the Quezon City government.

The city’s Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD) has issued 111 violation notices since January 1.

MDAD Chief Procopio Lipana said they will coordinate with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to investigate the wholesalers.

“Madalas, katwiran ng mga vendor ay mataas ang kuha nila sa mga trader. Pero makikipagtulungan tayo sa DA para habulin ang mga wholesalers lalo na’t kung taga-QC sila,” he said

Meanwhile, a Senate hearing will be conducted to discuss the price surge in public markets.

Senator Francis Pangilinan said there is a need to come up with measures to meet the public’s need for nutritious and affordable food.

He also reiterated the importance of boosting the yields of the agricultural sector.

“Let us recall that during the pandemic last year, agriculture was the only sector that grew. If this trajectory continues, agriculture could be a major driver of growth, it would give income to the farmers as well as increase food supply in the market leading to lower prices and food for all. [That’s] three birds with one stone,” he said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

QC orders stricter measures in quarantine hotels amid reports of COVID-19 UK variant in PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 25, 2021

QUEZON, Philippines—The Quezon City government said it will impose stricter measures in quarantine hotels amid reports that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) UK variant has taken root in several parts of the country.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said there is a need to double the city’s efforts in preventing the spread of the new variant. She said there will be stricter protocols in hotels serving as quarantine facilities for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“Now that the DOH confirmed the presence of the new strain in several places of the country, the more we need to double our efforts in preventing the spread of the virus,” she said.

Belmonte reiterated that returning OFWs should follow government-mandated quarantine period, especially if they came from countries with confirmed reports of the COVID-19 variant.

The Quezon City government will also intensify its inspection of hotels and other establishments to ensure health and safety protocols are followed.

Meanwhile, Belmonte reported that Quezon City currently has zero case of the Covid-19 variant after the city’s first index case already recovered. The male resident was already allowed to go home yesterday afternoon, a day after he tested negative for the virus. AAC

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