THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways turned over on Sept. 10 these 40-footer container vans that have been converted into a quarantine facility to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Located inside Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the facilty can accommodate 56 coronavirus patients. The P19.6 million cost was sourced from the DPWH National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund.
Trade, Labor, Transportation departments to draft guidelines on expanded mass transport
DETAILED GUIDELINES on increasing mass transportation, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR), will be jointly drafted by three departments — trade, labor, and transportation, according to the Palace. Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque confirmed on Thursday that the task force handling the coronavirus response approved the economic development cluster’s recommendation to expand mass transport through Resolution No. 69 dated September 7. The specifics, however, are still being finalized to ensure the observance of health standards as the economy reopens. Based on the resolution, more lanes and stops for buses and jeepneys will be set up in major routes. The resolution also approved service contracting of public utility vehicles to serve as partial subsidy to operators. — Gillian M. Cortez
Cebu province penalizes improper disposal of face masks
A FINE of as much as P5,000 or six months in prison, or both, will be imposed on those caught violating rules on the proper disposal of face masks as well as those not wearing one outside of residence in Cebu province. The provincial board approved on September 7 the ordinance defining the penalties as well as guidelines such as the mandatory provision of a separate garbage bin for disposable face masks in all public offices and business establishments. Households are also required to have a separate waste container for used masks. The ordinance applies to the six component cities of Cebu (Danao, Talisay, Toledo, Bogo, Carcar, and Naga) and 44 municipalities.