20 buses violating distancing protocols in EDSA apprehended

Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) staff issued a ticket to at least 20 buses passing the -Santolan busway for violating distancing protocols.

According to i-ACT Team Leader Col. Rosendo Borja, among those apprehended violated the “one seat apart” policy which is important for the physical distancing of passengers.

He said that even though the pandemic task force has allowed up to 70 percent of passenger capacity, DoTR and the consortium of operators have decided to keep at least 50 percent or up to 25 to 30 people the number of passengers allowed on the buses.

The issuance of tickers started on Tuesday.

“Ang kinonduct namin na operations kanina ay iimplement talaga namin iyong 7 commandments, dahil marami sa mga bus na nagbibyahe sa EDSA carousel na violators. Karamihan iyong seating capacity nila hindi nila minemaintain ang one seat apat, iyan ang mga hinuhuli namin,” said Borja.

Passengers of buses that violate were not asked to step out of the vehicle because it is rush hour and there are already long queues of passengers boarding the buses.

I-ACT will continue its operations in the coming days until bus drivers and conductors learn to follow health protocols for the safety of passengers.

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Marikina City shows cold storage facility for vaccines

The city of Marikina has already prepared vaccine freezers that they will use to store vaccines against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Marikina City Health Office has set up a “Cold Chain Management Vaccine Storage Room.”

The city’s cold storage facility has temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Centigrade.

It can store vaccines ordered by the LGU for 120,000 residents. The local government is in talks with two other pharmaceutical companies which is from the United States and Europe.

“Gusto ng Marikina, makakuha tayo ng iba-ibang brand para diversified ang portfolio ng vaccine natin, para marami tayong pagpipiliian. Hindi maaaring ipilit sa tao ang isang brand kung ayaw niya rito, kung wala siyang tiwala rito, sa tiwala sa safety at efficacy, mabuti ‘yung may pagpipilian,” said Mayor Marcy Teodoro.

 

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