Zipper lane, binuksan sa Commonwealth Ave. para maibsan ang mabigat na trapiko

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2021   •   350

MANILA, Philippines – Sinimulan na ngayong Lunes ang pagpapatupad ng zipper lane at stop and go traffic scheme sa Commonwealth Avenue sa Quezon City upang maibsan ang mabigat na traffic na dulot ng isinasagawang MRT line 7 project.

Ayon sa Quezon City Task Force Traffic Management, naging maayos ang unang araw ng implementasyon sa eastbound lane at hindi naman bumigat ang dlaoy ng mga sasakyan patungo sa Fairview, Quezon City.

Batay sa kanilang monitoring, mahigit 100 na sasakyan ang dumadaan sa zipper lane kada sampung minuto.

Ayon kay Quezon City Assistant Administrator Alberto Quimpo, nagbukas sila ng zipper lane at nagpatupad ng stop and go scheme upang mapabilis ang daloy ng mga sasakyan tuwing rush hour, lalo na sa bahagi ng Elliptical Road.

Sinabi ni Quimpo na isa sa nakakapagpabagal ng trapiko sa lugar ay ang konstruksyon ng MRT-7 project.

Naniniwala ang opisyal na sa pamamagitan ng zipper lane, hindi na kailangan ng mga motoristang nasa westbound lane na umikot pa sa may elliptical road kung pupunta sa University Avenue o CP Garcia.

Ito ay dahil maaari na aniya silang mag-counterflow papasok sa tapat ng Tandng Sora o Luzon Avenue o kaya ay dumaan sa tapat ng UP Ayala Technohub, diretso palabas hanggang University Avenue.

Noong wala pa umanong zipper lane at inaabot ng nasa 30 hanggang 45 minuto ang biyahe ng mga motorista mula UP Ayala Technohub bago makaikot papuntang University Avenue at CP Garcia.

Samantala, Ipinatutupad naman ang stop and go scheme sa mga U-Turn slot upang bigyang daan ang mga sasakyang pa-eastbound at westbound.

Ipatutupad ang zipper lane at stop and go scheme hanggang Pebrero 27 mula ala-sais hanggang alas-onse ng umaga, Lunes hanggang Biyernes.– RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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.

QC gov’t tests four individuals who lined up in Angel Locsin’s community pantry

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Government has tested four individuals who lined up during actress Angel Locsin’s community pantry.

According to the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz, three of the individuals were not showing any symptoms connected to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while the other one was experiencing headache, loss of smell, and loss of taste.

“Today is the fifth day since Ms. Locsin’s event. The average incubation period for COVID-19 is approximately five days. So we call on everyone who went to last Friday’s gathering, please report to us and have yourself tested. If there was a transmission and you were exposed, you may observe some symptoms manifesting starting today,” he said.

Since Friday, Cruz said, the CESU has been receiving an average of 950 swab test requests daily while around 600 per day were approved or conducted.

He also reminded that residents who wish to get tested for the virus can sign up for an appointment through QC Contact Tracing Hotlines: 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, and 0931-095-7737. AAC


QC govt asks patrons in Angel Locsin’s community pantry to avail of free COVID swab test

Marje Pelayo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) has asked residents and patrons of actress Angel Locsin’s community pantry to avail of the city’s free swab testing service.

CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz particularly calls on residents who are showing COVID-19 symptoms such as flu and cough after going to the event at the Titanium Building in Barangay Holy Spirit.

Cruz stressed that they need to come forward and have themselves checked just to make sure they are not infected.

“Hindi natin puwedeng isantabi ang posibilidad na nagkahawahan dahil sa dami ng dumalo. Mabuti nang makaseguro na hindi natin mahawahan ang ating pamilya at mga kasama sa komunidad,” he said.

Affected residents may book an appointment online via

They may also call any of the following QC Contact Tracing Hotlines: 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, 0931-095-7737.

Meanwhile, the CESU also appealed to Locsin and her team to coordinate and work closely with the city should they be aware of any individuals who need to be tested immediately.

“Our office will remain open for support from Ms. Locsin and her camp, considering the effort and cost of doing testing and contact tracing of those who participated in the community pantry. We hope to be furnished with any pertinent information that could aid us in immediately identifying, testing, and isolating suspected Covid 19 cases,” said Cruz.

For her part, Mayor Joy Belmonte thanked Locsin for her many philanthropic works in the city and appealed to her to also help in identifying potential cases.

“Nananawagan ako kay Angel na makiisa sa hakbang ng lungsod na matugunan ang posibleng pagkalat ng Covid 19 sa pamamagitan ng maagang pagtukoy sa mga bagong kaso, lalo na sa hanay ng mga nagpunta sa community pantry na kanyang inorganisa,” Belmonte said.


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