Pasig declares biking an essential form of transportation during community quarantine

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Pasig declares biking an essential form of transportation during community quarantine
The Pasig City government releases the first batch of bikes to frontline personnel on March 18, 2020.
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MANILA, Philippines — With all mass transport systems temporarily suspended in Luzon, the city government of Pasig declared biking a mode of transportation for people making essential travel during the period of enhanced community quarantine.

Executive Order 18, signed on March 25, declared biking as an essential form of transportation in the city. The order was supported by the Sangguniang Panlungsod through Resolution 59 passed on March 30.

Following the issuance of the executive order and the resolution, establishments in Pasig City that are engaged in the repair and maintenance of bicycles—including vulcanizing—as well as the sale of essential bike parts and accessories will be classified as essential business and will be allowed to operate.

City departments were ordered to evaluate areas of major pedestrian traffic and public transportation interchange to ensure that walking is a viable means of transportation in Pasig.

They were also instructed to identify key locations of bicycle infrastructure for repair, rehabilitation and upgrade.

Last month, the city government lent bicycle units to healthcare workers and other frontline personnel who were affected by the suspension of public transportation under the enhanced community quarantine.

Mayor Vico Sotto earlier appealed to the national government to allow the operation of tricycles, citing difficulties in transporting healthcare workers, other emergency frontliners and even patients. The national government rejected his plea.

President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is inclined to extend the lockdown on the main island of Luzon until April 30 to further stem the new coronavirus outbreak.

The Philippines on Monday recorded a total 3,660 confirmed coronavirus cases and 163 deaths.

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LATEST UPDATE: March 27, 2021 - 8:09pm

Photo shows members of the Philippine National Police deployed in Manila amid COVID-19 threat. The STAR/Edd Gumban

President Rodrigo Duterte on March 16, 2020 declares an enhanced community quarantine over all of mainland Luzon, an expansion of an earlier general community quarantine over the National Capital Region.

The entire National Capital Region—16 cities and a municipality—is under community quarantine from March 15 to April 14, which means the enforcement of social distancing measures like letting fewer people on public transportation, reduced store hours, and the possibiity of curfews.

According to a memorandum issued by the Palace on Saturday, March 14, the quarantine means that "movement of people shall be limited to accessing basic necessities and work; and uniformed personnel and quarantine officers shall be present at border points."

Travel restrictions in and out of the capital will also be implemented.

March 27, 2021 - 8:09pm

A labor group says another lockdown will never resolve rising COVID-19 cases in the Philippines after the government announced that Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal are placed under the enhanced community quarantine starting Monday.

“The Duterte government seems to be deliberate in focusing its efforts in imposing quarantine and lockdown measures instead of addressing the rising cases of COVID-19 and the worsening state of the pandemic through medical solutions and scientific approach,” says Defend Jobs Philippines.



March 27, 2021 - 7:06pm

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says the implementation of enhanced community quarantine is meant to slow down the increase of COVID-19 cases, so hospitals and health workers will not be overwhelmed.

March 27, 2021 - 6:37pm

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announces that Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal are placed under enhanced community quarantine starting Monday, March 29.

January 19, 2021 - 6:04pm

Tuguegarao City will be placed under enhanced community quarantine from January 20 to 29 due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba approved the request of Tuguegarao Mayor Jefferson Soriano to place the city under ECQ for 10 days.

According to the Cagayan Provincial Information Office, the city currently has 246 active cases.


Posted by Cagayan Provincial Information Office on Tuesday, 19 January 2021
April 29, 2020 - 7:51pm

Batangas, one of the provinces hardest hit by the novel coronavirus, has reported no new cases of the disease for two consecutive days.

The provincial DOH Office says the number of COVID-19 cases in the province stood at 91 with no new cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

Lipa City has the most cases with 26, followed by Batangas City (21) and Nasugbu (11).

Tanauan City has the fourth most cases with eight, followed by Bauan (5) and Alitagtag (3). Cuenca and Sto. Tomas City had two cases each, while the municipalities of Calaca, Lemery, Lian, Lobo, Mabini, Mataas na Kahoy, Padre Garcia, San Jose, San Juan, San Pascual and Taal had one case each, respectively. — The Filipino Connection

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