Robredo resumes free shuttle services for health workers
A health workers (R) talks to an attendant of a shuttle bus after the government imposed an enhanced quarantine as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Manila on March 25, 2020.
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Robredo resumes free shuttle services for health workers
( - August 3, 2020 - 12:07pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President is set to resume its free shuttle service for healthcare workers as Metro Manila and nearby provinces revert to modified enhanced community quarantine status on Tuesday.

Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan will return to MECQ status on August 4 until August 18. With this, public transportation will be halted for another two weeks.

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“In response to the anticipated need of our frontliners for transportation within the two-week implementation of the MECQ, the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo is again offering free shuttle services for them,” the OVP wrote in Filipino on Facebook.

Healthcare workers may avail of the following routes:

  • Starmall Alabang to Chinese General Hospital
  • Heritage Hotel to Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • SM MOA Globe EDSA to Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
  • EDSA Extension/Macapagal Ave. To Manila Central University Hospital
  • SM Fairview to UST Hospital and Lawton
  • Heritage Hotel to Quezon City General Hospital, ACE Medical Center and Balintawak LRT
  • SM Masinag to Philippine General Hospital, UP National Institutes of Health
  • SM Masinag to Veterans Memorial Medical Center

The routes have several stops in between the starting and end points. These will have morning and afternoon schedules, with some starting as early as 5 a.m.

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Posted by VP Leni Robredo on Sunday, August 2, 2020

The OVP urged those who wish to avail of the free shuttle services to check its social media platforms for updates on the bus routes.

The Philippines is currently grappling with rapidly rising number of coronavirus infections that reached 103,185 on Sunday.

Over the weekend, exhausted medical workers sought for a “time-out” and asked the national government to recalibrate its COVID-19 response as new infections surge and overwhelm our healthcare facilities.  — Kristine Joy Patag

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September 13, 2020 - 1:31pm

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Garcia adds the mayors will meet Sunday night for the guidelines of the implementation of this decision.

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Cemeteries in San Juan City will be closed from October 30 to November 3 as a precaution against COVID-19.

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"Ito po ay para sa kabutihan at kaligtasan ng lahat," Zamora says.

August 18, 2020 - 8:26am

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This announcement comes after President Rodrigo Duterte declared that Metro Manila and, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan will revert to a more relaxed general community quarantine.

August 17, 2020 - 10:35am

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announces that the local government passed an ordinance waiving all regulatory fees for private schools until face-to-face classes are allowed.

"We know private schools are having a difficlut time too, and some are in danger of closing. Many of their students can't afford tuition anymore," Sotto says.

The local ordinance also includes extension of scholarship fund to 3,000 indifent private school students.



August 14, 2020 - 10:05am

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Nograles, co-chairperson of the inter-agency task force on COVID-19, says they have agreed with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on a six-step approach to address the pandemic.

"Quezon City has already been doing special concern lockdowns to control transmission," he says in an interview with ANC's "Headstart".

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