Gov't buildings, malls urged to establish free, safe parking spaces
In this May 24, 2020 photo, electric scooter riders enjoy the temporary bike lane from White Planes avenue to Bonny Serrano Avenue, set up by MMDA in partnership Evolution, a movement led by active transport advocates.
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Gov't buildings, malls urged to establish free, safe parking spaces
( - May 29, 2020 - 12:37pm

MANILA, Philippines — Government offices and shopping malls must provide free and secure parking spaces for bicycles to encourage more people to consider biking as the new primary mode of transportation, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said.

In a statement Friday, Recto said that surge in the sale and use bicycles should be met with more infrastructure to accommodate them.

 “It is not enough that we set aside passageways for bicycles. We should also see to it that the public spaces they’re going to have spots where they can leave their bikes safely,” he said, noting that many riders are afraid that their bicycles will be stolen once parked.  

“A bike has as much right as a car when it comes to a parking space. Hindi dapat relegated sila sa isang puno o sa poste o kung saan na lang pwede sila itabi o ikadena,” the senator added.

(They should not be relegated to a tree, a post or anywhere where they can be left or chained.)

Recto said the government should lead in putting up bicycle racks in its offices, public schools hospitals and markets. Malls should also expand parking areas for bicycles, which must be free of charge.

“Cars can cross-subsidize the expenses in maintaining mall parking lots,” he said.

As the country continues to battle the coronavirus disease pandemic, the government is urging the public to consider pedalling their way to workplaces. Once Metro Manila shifts to more relaxed community quarantine, public transit will return although in limited capacity.

“A bike is a social distancing-compliant ride. It will help fill the void in a mass transport with a shrunk capacity,” Recto said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government told CNN Philippines that it will order local government units to establish bike lanes in their respective jurisdictions.

The Department of Transportation also said bike lanes will soon be installed along EDSA, the capital region’s main thoroughfare. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

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LATEST UPDATE: August 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Metro Manila and other “highrisk” areas were placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine last May 16, which is more relaxed than ECQ, but has more restrictions compared with the general community quarantine (GCQ). Bookmark this page for updates. Photo by The STAR/Michael Varcas

August 18, 2020 - 4:47pm

Sen. Bong Revilla, who earlier tested positive for COVID-19, was rushed to the hospital, according to his wife Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado.

"He is being rushed to the hospital. His latest X-ray shows that he has developed pneumonia and isolation in a regular facility is no longer ideal," Mercado says in a Facebook post Tuesday.

August 18, 2020 - 4:23pm

The Department of Health reports 4,836 additional COVID-19 cases in the country, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 169,213.

The DOH also logs 182 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered patients to 112,861. The national death toll is now at 2,687 with the addition of 7 new reported deaths.

Total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 53,665.

August 17, 2020 - 4:27pm

The Department of Health reports 3,314 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total cases on the country to 164,474.

The health department also announced 237 new recoveries, pushing the total of recovered patients to 112,759. The national death toll is now at 2,681 following 18 new reported deaths.

The total active COVID-19 cases (net of deaths and recoveries) in the Philippines is now at 49,034.

August 17, 2020 - 2:52pm

President Rodrigo Duterte is under "perpetual isolation" as a precaution against COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

According to Roque, there is a velvet rope keeping people six feet away from the president.

In August, Duterte had a meeting with DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, who later on tested positive for the virus once again.

August 6, 2020 - 4:15pm

The Department of Health on Thursday reports 3,561 additional COVID-19 cases in the country based on tests from 89 out of 98 operational labs. This pushes the national tally of coronavirus cases in the Philippines to 119,460.

The health department also announcs 569 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 66,867. The national death toll is now at 2,150 with 28 additional fatalities.

The country's total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) is now at 50,473.

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