Muntinlupa Mayor Fresnedi meets with SMC and EEI execs, demands accountability on Skyway mishap

Following the Skyway Extension Project mishap in Muntinlupa City this past Saturday that left one dead and four injured, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi meet yesterday with contractors and parties involved in the incident to demand accountability.

Fresnedi asked San Miguel Corporation and Skyway contractor EEI Corporation officials to explain the cause of the accident and has given the executives two days to submit a comprehensive report regarding the collapse of a steel girder in the Skyway Extension Project. He expressed concern on the possible lapses in the safety protocols implemented by the contractors that led to the incident.

The meeting at Muntinlupa City Hall yesterday. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

“You must shape up and ensure stricter observance of occupational safety and safe operating procedures especially in high risk areas with heavy traffic. This should be the last incident to happen in your project in Muntinlupa,” Fresnedi warned the officials.

The mayor urged them to take responsibility and extend assistance to the families of the victims and other affected individuals. Also present during the meeting were Congressman Ruffy Biazon, Vice-mayor Temy Simundac, and members of the City Council.

Majority Floor Leader Coun. Raul Corro said the City Council will be passing a resolution demanding accountability from the contractors and mandating tighter construction site safety guidelines in Muntinlupa to prevent similar accidents.

One of several vehicles crushed by the fallen steel gird on November 21 along the East Service Road, Barangay Cupang. (photo source – Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office)

Corro said under the resolution, the City Government shall be requiring contractors to coordinate with the Muntinlupa City Traffic Management Bureau regarding construction activities such as positioning of steel girders for traffic management. The City Council wants to impose road rerouting measures on construction sites as part of the stricter construction protocol.

There was no proper coordination with MTMB for traffic management regarding the installation of steel girders in East Service Road for the Skyway Extension Project on Saturday.

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang on Sunday apologized to the victims and families of the accident and assured that the company will be providing assistance.

The crane operator involved in the incident has been charged with reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, multiple serious physical injuries, and damage to properties, according to Muntinlupa City Police Station.

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Road Clearing Operations in Muntinlupa City Continue

The Muntinlupa Task Force Discipline, through the city’s Traffic Management Bureau, conducted clearing operations along National Road this past Tuesday in compliance with the 60-day DILG Nationwide Road Clearing 2.0 until January 15, 2021.

MTMB personnel work on clearing the sidewalks. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)
An MTMB team member examines the tricycle. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)
An MTMB member checks on a vehicle on the sidewalk. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

MTMB chief Danidon Nolasco says while the local traffic bureau will augment the presence of enforcers for on-ground apprehension of violators, minimum health protocols will be observed. DILG called for the resumption of road clearing operations through the Memorandum Circular 2020-145 mandating local government units to remove road and sidewalk obstructions, implement displacement plans, and rehabilitate cleared roads. Muntinlupa City sustains its compliance to President Rodrigo Duterte’s road clearing directive and supports the national government’s initiative on traffic management.

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6,609 individuals evacuated in Muntinlupa due to Typhoon Ulysses, CHO warns residents against leptospirosis

As Typhoon Ulysses barreled over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon mainland, the City Government of Muntinlupa evacuated 6,609 individuals as of yesterday.

The Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management reported that there were 1,607 families or 6,609 individuals in 20 evacuation centers across the city during the onslaught of the typhoon.

MCDDRM recorded 205 lactating and pregnant women, 258 senior citizens, 70 persons with disability, and 2,079 children among the evacuees from Brgy. Tunasan, Brgy. Poblacion, Brgy. Putatan, Brgy. Bayanan, Brgy. Alabang, Brgy. Cupang, Brgy. Buli, and Brgy. Sucat.

Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao noted that medical personnel from barangay health centers were mobilized to provide vitamins, safe drinking water, disinfection, medical consultation, breastfeeding counseling, nutritional assessment, vaccination, COVID-19 screening, and psychological first aid and prophylaxis against leptospirosis to the evacuees.

Tuliao warned the public to take precautionary measures against the outbreak of leptospirosis considering that some areas in the city remains flooded. She advised city residents to wear protective gear such as rubber boots and gloves to avoid contact with floodwater which may be contaminated. MCDDRM has identified 28 floor-prone areas in the city’s eight barangays including those located along the Laguna Lake. 

This past Thursday, Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau reported that the Muntinlupa – San Pedro, Laguna River overflowed due to heavy rains. A portion of the national highway at the boundary was also flooded because of the overflow. Further, MCDDRM sent two Rescue Boats and a Water Search and Rescue Team in Marikina to augment their rescue operations. Typhoon Ulysses triggered severe flooding in Marikina leaving residents stranded on top of the roof of their homes and neck-deep flood waters.

On the afternoon of Thursday, members of Muntinlupa City Engineering Disaster Response Team have conducted clearing operations at Bruger, Brgy. Putatan, MCTI area and Bayanan Baywalk to clear toppled trees in major roads and residential areas.

Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said most of the evacuees started returning to their houses on Friday to face clean-up drives and restoration of their homes.

Several events hosted by the City Government were cancelled due to Typhoon Ulysses. Muntinlupa Scholarship Program has announced the postponement of scholarship allowance distribution last November 11-12 due to Typhoon Ulysses. MSP advised city scholars to monitor the department’s Facebook page for updates. Public Employment Service Office has also cancelled an Online Virtual Job Fair event on Friday due to the cancellation of government work brought about by the typhoon.

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Muntinlupa City approves Anti-Prank Callers Ordinance, violating minors to face suspension of LGU scholarship grant

Individuals making prank calls to any emergency hotlines in Muntinlupa City will now be penalized through a local ordinance, while violating minors may face withdrawal of their scholarship grant from the City Government.

Recently, mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed into law Muntinlupa City Ordinance No. 2020-141 or the Anti-Prank Callers Ordinance to prohibit malicious and improper use of Muntinlupa City’s emergency hotlines and to ensure that the City Government can urgently respond to emergencies and crisis situations. The mayor stressed that emergency hotlines established by the City Government of Muntinlupa for responding to emergencies shall be free from receiving unnecessary calls at all times.

Fresnedi warned violators that the City Government will be partnering with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBl), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), and Philippine National Police (PNP) for the identification of prank callers.

Under the local ordinance, making a false request or false alarm of an emergency will be penalized. Other prohibited acts include: willful conveying of fraudulent report to cause confusion or panic, making a malicious call to trick someone with the intention to threaten, harass, intimidate, or solicit any comment, request, or sound obscene and indecent, and repeatedly initiating unnecessary calls without speaking, deliberately hanging up or breaking the service connection as or after the call is answered.

Violators will face a penalty of up to P5,000 or imprisonment of 30 to 90 days. The number used to make the prank call shall be the primary determinant of the person to be prosecuted under the local ordinance.

For violators who are minors, a mandatory whole-day seminar shall be imposed by the Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) for first offense. Violating minors shall also face withdrawal of scholarship gran from the local government or incur P300 penalty (non-grantee) for second offense, and P500 for third and succeeding offenses. The fine shall be charged against the minor’s parents or guardians.

Last month, Muntinlupa City launched its local Emergency Hotline “137-175” in a bid to streamline the reporting of emergency cases and incidents, including quick response for emergency rescue cases which require police assistance, firefighter rescue services, traffic rescue services, and ambulance medical services.

Emergency calls received through the hotline are processed in the Muntinlupa City Command Center by designated officers from MCDDRM, Muntinlupa City Rescue, Muntinlupa City Health, Muntinlupa City Traffic and Management Bureau, Muntinlupa City Police Station, and Bureau of Fire Protection – Muntinlupa for coordination to their respective units.

As of October 21, Muntinlupa City has 4,578 confirmed cases with 4,351 recoveries, 78 active cases, 149 reported deaths, 126 suspect cases, and 410 probable cases.

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COVID-19 Crisis: DOTr Sec. Tugade to donate one ambulance to Muntinlupa, coordinates with city execs for COVID-19 response and strategies

Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi in an online meeting with key officials. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade is set to donate an ambulance to Muntinlupa to be used for COVID-19 response efforts after being assigned in the city as an overseer by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Tugade said he will personally donate one ambulance to the City Health Office, in addition to five ambulances to be turned over by the Department of Health, during an online meeting with Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and other Muntinlupa execs last August 18.

Fresnedi extended his thanks to the transportation secretary and said that the ambulance will be used for the transportation of COVID-19 patients and other emergency response activities.

Muntinlupa City officials have updated Sec. Tugade on local initiatives for testing, tracing, and treatment such as the construction of the city’s molecular laboratory, testing efforts, construction of additional isolation facilities, and contact tracing. As of August 18, Muntinlupa City has conducted 11,770 PCR COVID-19 tests and 8,600 rapid tests.

Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun) director Dr. Edwin Dimatatac reported that as of August 5, OsMun has 171 admitted patients for its 203 bed-capacity. He noted that for their COVID-19 dedicated ward with 66 beds, 61 are already occupied. While, there are 17 occupancy for its 54-bed capacity Quarantine Tent.

The City Government of Muntinlupa has partnered with the Department of Public Works and Highways for the construction of an additional isolation facility in Pacwood Site, Brgy. Tunasan with 128-bed capacity.

For contact tracing, Muntinlupa has mobilized 17 teams consisting of 2-3 health workers per team to contact trace 15-17 contacts per confirmed case. Further, Muntinlupa Traffic and Management Bureau chief Danidon Nolasco appealed for the utilization of e-tricycles from the Department of Energy (DOE) for COVID-19 response.

Nolasco said the City Government was instructed to lease the units to tricycle operators as part of a memorandum of agreement with DOE. He noted that the arrangement with TODAs were not materialized.

Sec. Tugade vowed to coordinate the concerns raised by Muntinlupa officials to the IATF and help in operationalizing national government services in the city.

Recently, cabinet members were assigned to Metro Manila cities and other provinces with high community transmission to strictly monitor health system performance, critical care capacity, and stringent compliance to surveillance, isolation, and treatment protocols.

Muntinlupa City has 2,522 confirmed cases with 1,601 recoveries, 823 active cases, 98 reported deaths, 1,011 suspect cases, and 775 probable cases as of August 17.

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