Tricycles, e-trikes allowed to operate in Manila under MECQ – Mayor Isko

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2020   •   349

MANILA, Philippines – The city government will allow tricycles, electronic tricycles (e-trikes), and pedicabs to operate during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Tuesday.

Domagoso said tricycles, e-trikes, and pedicabs will be allowed to ply roads until August 18.

“Aking pinapayagan ang lahat ng pedicab, e-trike at tricycle na mapaghanapbuhay sa panahon ng MECQ,” the mayor said during a speech before members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau who have been designated as COVID-19 safety marshals during the MECQ.

However, he emphasized that only one passenger is allowed in a tricycle and that both the driver and the passsenger must wear face masks, in compliance with City Ordinance No. 8627.

“Kaya sa lahat ng kaanak niyo, maghanap buhay kayo sa tatlong gulong. Mayroon lang akong pakikisuyo: tupdin natin ang panawagan ng IATF. Hangga’t maaari, isang pasahero lang,” he said.

Domagoso said the decision was made to help tricycle, pedicab and e-trike drivers who are among those whose livelihood were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let me be clear about this. Para matulungan sa loob ng Maynila ang mga empleyado, lalo na ang mga medical health workers natin na magkaroon ng access sa saakyan,” Mayor Isko said.

“(Para na rin) matulungan natin ang ekonomiya at maproteksyunan ang kabuhayan ng mga nahihirapan nating kababayan na silang may mapaghiramunan, mabawasan ang suliranin, at matugunan ang kanilang mga pangangailangan,” he added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier said that tricycles may operate under MECQ, subject to the guidelines set by the local government and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Bacolod City, Lanao del Sur placed under MECQ until Sept. 30

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (September 7) placed Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from September 8 to 30.

Duterte approved the recommendation of National COVID-19 response Chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. following reported increase in number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the said areas.

“We recommended to the IATF for the upgrading of Lanao del Sur as MECQ considering it is contagious to Iligan City and its cases also rising up,” Galvez told the President during Monday’s meeting.

“Based on the recommendation of the NTF, with consultation of Bacolod City, the cases of Bacolod City are much higher than Iligan City which is also MECQ. We will recommend Bacolod City be placed under MECQ as recommended by the IATF,” he added.

Other than Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur, Iligan City is also under MECQ until September 30.

Meanwhile, the President believes that the Philippines has already flattened the curve of COVID-19 infection which he credited to the public’s obedience to health measures imposed by the government.

He, however, advised the public to remain vigilant and always adhere to health protocols to further eliminate COVID-19 transmission.

“Remember that the lessening of contamination wala na masyadong tao nagkaroon ng COVID is not because COVID-19, the germ, is gone,” he said.

“It is there floating around us. Kaya lang ang mga tao sumunod na. Hindi humawak, alcohol kaagad. The mask was one important factor,” he said.

Mayor Isko wants deportation for 2 Chinese behind ‘Manila, province of China’ label

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso called on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to deport the two Chinese nationals who allegedly operated the business establishment which sells cosmetic products with labels that tag Manila as a province of China.

Domagoso said these Chinese nationals, identified as Shi Zhong Xing and Shi Li Li, were behind the company Elegant Fumes Beauty Products Inc. selling products that showed “misrepresentation” for Manila.

The mayor said tagging Manila as a province of China on their product label is “unacceptable.”

“Dalawang Chinese nationals (ay nag-ooperate ng business establishment). Akin pong gagawin ay susulat sa Bureau of Immigration to deport and declare these two Chinese nationals as undesirable aliens,” Domagoso said during his mayoral address on Thursday.

“Hindi po ito katanggap-tanggap sa akin bilang Pilipino, bilang Manileño. Hindi po natin papayagan ito,” he added.

He further denounced the product’s owners for disrespecting the sovereignty of the Philippines.

“Ang Binondo ay bahagi po ng Maynila at ang Maynila ay bahagi Pilipinas. Ang Maynila ang kapitolyo ng bansa, hindi po ito probinsya ng China; at ni minsan, hindi ito naging bahagi ng Tsina sa anumang lathalain o kasaysayan na naitala sa panahon natin at panahon ng ninuno natin,” he said.

“Hindi natin hahayaan ang mga superpower na yan na parang tayo ay pinipitik-pitik lang tayo sa mata at binabalewala nila ang soberentiya ng ating bansa at dito pa gagawin sa Maynila,” he added.

Aside from misrepresentation, the city government also found that the establishment violated the Consumer Act of the Philippines for selling cosmetic products that are adulterated or mislabeled.

Authorities also found that the business establishment was violating rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as their products do not contain any “batch/lot number” and “name and address of the company or person responsible for placing the product in the market.”

These information are required by the law to appear on the immediate and or outer packaging of a cosmetic product.

He said he has ordered the city’s Bureau of Permits to issue a closure order and revocation of permit to operate against their business establishment in Binondo.

“Hindi ito maliit na bagay dahil ito ay misrepresentation. Misrepresentation meaning you’re selling a product and mali yung information,” he said.

The city government said it will revoke the mayor’s permit of the corporation, adding that the FDA is also set to cancel the license to operate of the company due to various issues.

The local government said four more establishments were ordered closed for selling products bearing the same labels tagging Manila as a “province of China.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Malacañang places all except 15 areas under MGCQ from Aug. 16 to 30

Maris Federez   •   August 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has announced the new quarantine classification that will be implemented from August 16 to 30, based on Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No.63.

In a virtual press conference on Saturday morning, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that within the said period, the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon, the cities of Iloilo, Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay, and the towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu province will be under general community quarantine (GCQ).

The majority of the country, on the other hand, will be placed on the more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The Palace stressed, however, that localized and granular lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) remains in place in specific barangays, municipalities, cities, and provinces that would warrant it.

 “Maski sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim na ng GCQ at pati sa mga nasa ilalim ng MGCQ, magkakaroon pa rin po tayo ng localized ECQ. So wala po talagang katapusan ang ECQ, dahil ang atin pong ECQ ngayon ay localized or granular lockdown.”

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, in the meantime, remain under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until August 18.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce the community quarantine classification for these areas on August 17.

Roque said that it will be up to the President to decide if he will keep the said areas under MECQ should the medical community request another timeout, especially with the spike of cases on Friday.

“Nasa kamay na po yan ng President. Siya po ang mag-aanunsyo sa Lunes, galing po sa Davao. Mayroon na pong rekomendasyong ibinigay ang IATF pero di po pwede nating pangunahan ang ating President.” —(with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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