Sending off, meeting of passengers inside NAIA banned for now amid COVID-19 threat – MIAA
Robie de Guzman • March 16, 2020 • 2829
MANILA, Philippines – The sending off and meeting of passengers inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals will temporarily be prohibited amid the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.
In a statement issued Sunday, MIAA said non-passengers and non-airport employees will not be allowed to enter the premises of NAIA terminals for now as part of the government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“The Manila International Airport Authority temporarily bans entry of non-passengers and non-airport personnel into the NAIA airport terminals,” MIAA said.
“Effective immediately, sending-off and meeting passengers inside the NAIA terminals will not be allowed. The move is to further the efforts of government to contain the spread of COVID-19,” it added.
In a separate statement, airport authorities also called on passengers of international flights not to proceed to the airport unless they have ticketed reservations or confirmed bookings on a certain flight.
MIAA noted that a big number of passengers with unconfirmed bookings still proceed to the airport to take their chances on boarding a flight.
“This considerable number of chance passengers causes overcrowding inside the airport terminals and goes against the social distancing measures being implemented by the government in its efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” it said.
Metro Manila is currently under a 30-day community quarantine period as government tries to combat the spread of the virus.
During the quarantine period, all land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila is suspended, subject to the daily review of the government.
But cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supplies, government/military flights, weather mitigation flights and maintenance and utility flights may continue with their operations.
All general aviation flights will also be diverted to the Clark International Airport and Sangley Airport as no flights are allowed within the quarantined zone.
As for international flights, special airport-to-airport trips arranged by the airlines, in coordination with airport authorities shall be allowed. Passengers are advised to observe at least one-meter radius distance from others.
MIAA said security officers manning the gates have been instructed to double-check the airline ticket of each passenger entering the terminals and only allow entry to those with ticketed reservations.
Roque said there is less supply of vaccines compared to the supply of clothing detergents. He also reiterated that vaccine experts are more knowledgeable on which COVID-19 vaccines are better.
“Nag-aagawan nga po tayo sa 18% na supply. Pangalawa, hindi lang naman po gagamitin para sa damit. Kaya nga po, hindi lang po isa, hindi lang po dalawa, kundi tatlong grupo pa ng mga eksperto ang magsusuri kung ang mga bakuna ay ligtas at epektibo (We are vying for 18% of [vaccine] supply. Secondly, it will not be used for clothing. Three groups of vaccine experts are reviewing which vaccines are safe and effective),” he said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz).
MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Government is set to launch KyusiPass application to boost its contact tracing efforts.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the contact tracing app can help the city keep track of who is visiting establishments within its jurisdiction.
“Currently, our businesses are requiring their guests to fill-up health declaration forms. Through our KyusiPass, they will just tap their QR code onto the scanner and their information, including their name and mobile number, will automatically be sent to our servers handled by our City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU),” she said.
Belmonte said each individual with a valid mobile number who is residing, working, or doing business in Quezon City is required to get a personal QR code. They can register by signing up on the SafePass website, SafePass Facebook chatbot, and through SMS.
Meanwhile, CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz assures app users that their data will remain private and protected.
“Our QCitizens have nothing to worry about because their data will be protected and secured. Only us in CESU can access their information, and only if we need to trace the contacts of a ‘positive’ visitor from a specific establishment,” he noted. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government is readying the 10 initial locations where inoculation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to its constituents will be held.
The designated areas for vaccination are as follows:
Project 6 Tennis Court (District 1)
Batasan Hills National High School (District 2)
NGC Covered Court (District 2)
Aguinaldo Elementary School (District 3)
Dona Josefa Jara Martinez High School (District 4)
Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School (District 4)
Kaligayahan Activity Center (District 5)
Fairview Covered Court (District 5)
Emilio Jacinto Elementary School (District 6)
Culiat High School (District 6)
“Pinili natin ang mga lugar na ito para madaling puntahan ng mga residente ng anim na distrito ng ating siyudad,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
“Nagsimula na tayong magtalaga ng vaccination sites para handa na tayo oras na dumating ang bakuna. We have to plan ahead to assure our people that we are doing everything to make these vaccines available as soon as possible,” she added.
Belmonte said the city government is targeting to establish 24 sites, in addition to the three city-run hospitals – QC General Hospital, Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital and Novaliches District Hospital.
City Health Department head Dr. Esperanza Arias said they have already identified the other vaccination sites but these are still being evaluated to comply with Department of Health (DOH) standards.
“The vaccination site must have unidirectional workflow or one entry and one exit, comfort rooms and ample space for free movement of staff and observance of minimum health standards,” said Dr. Arias.
Arias added that a standby generator set, an ambulance and presence of Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) personnel are also required, among others.
”For every site, the QC government will designate 22 employees composed of physicians, marshals, vaccinators, counselors, and admin staff,” Arias said.
The city government earlier entered into a tripartite agreement with the AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines and the national government for the delivery of 1.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2021.
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