COVID-19 Crisis: Tricycles to resume operation in Muntinlupa starting Monday amid MECQ as conditions apply

COVID-19 Crisis: Tricycles to resume operation in Muntinlupa starting Monday amid MECQ as conditions apply

Starting Monday (May 25) tricycles in Muntinlupa City will be allowed to transport authorized passengers provided that they follow sanitary measures amid the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved Executive Order No. 15 s.2020 allowing the resumption of tricycle operations in the city during MECQ.

The resumption of tricycle operations in Muntinlupa is in accordance with the recommendation of Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau and Omnibus Public Transportation Guidelines as approved by the Department of Transportation.

Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODA) will implement an odd-even scheme where all members with Tricycle Regulatory Unit (TRU) numbers ending in an odd digit will be allowed to operate on M-W-F schedule, while those with TRU numbers ending in an even digit will be allowed on T-Th-S schedule.

TODA members are not allowed on Sundays and may only operate from 5:00 AM – 12:00 MN.

Tricycle drivers must install transparent plastic sheet separating the passenger cab and driver to avoid physical contact. Tricycles are to be disinfected at least twice a day and must have alcohol-based sanitizers.

One passenger per tricycle will be strictly followed with an exemption on emergency cases. Due to limited passenger load, each trip will be considered a “special trip” and will amount not exceeding P25.00.

Passengers allowed to board on tricycles include essential workers, frontliners, workers of allowed industries, and heads of households buying essential goods provided that they present quarantine pass and valid ID.

A mandatory temperature check will be conducted in terminals. Disinfecting facility with soap and water, or sanitizers, must also be made available. Tricycle drivers and passengers are mandated to wear face masks at all times.

MTMB-TRU will conduct random inspections to validate the compliance of TODAs. Tricycle drivers found in violation of the guidelines will be penalized.

Muntinlupa City recorded the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in Metro Manila at 56.85% as of May 16. Further, COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down with a doubling time of eight days.

Fresnedi said the City Government will implement more stringent quarantine measures and will not be complacent amid MECQ and with the high recovery rate among Muntinlupa’s COVID-19 cases.  The local exec reminded city residents that they should continue to observe physical distancing and wear masks when going out of their homes.

Muntinlupa City has 205 confirmed cases with 127 recoveries, 48 active cases, 30 reported deaths, 21 suspect cases, and 195 probable cases as of May 21.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa extends deadline of payment of taxes, fees to June 25 amid extended quarantine

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa extends deadline of payment of taxes, fees to June 25 amid extended quarantine

In a move to help the public amid the severe disruption of economic activities brought about by the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and extended quarantine protocols, the City Government of Muntinlupa announced the extension of the deadline of payment of taxes and other fees.

The City Council of Muntinlupa adapted the Department of Finance (DOF) Department Circular (DC) No. 002-2020 through City Ordinance 2020-095 for the uniform adoption and implementation on the extension of deadlines for the payment of local taxes, fees, and charges imposed by local government units.

Section 4 of the circular mandates LGUs to extend the deadlines for the payment of all local taxes, fees, and charges as of March 25 to June 25, 2020.

The extension of the period for the payment of tax on business and other taxes without penalties or surcharges shall cover the following: Real Property Tax, Business Tax, Franchise Tax, Tax on delivery trucks and vans, Tax on sand, gravel and other quarry resources, fines and penalties on business tax.

Business taxes cover manufacturers, assemblers, wholesalers, distributors, exporters, manufacturers, dealers, retailers, contractors and other independent contractors, banks and other independent contractors, peddlers, printing and publication tax, and tax on amusement places.

Other forms of taxes included in the extension of deadline include Community Tax (Corporation, Individual), Professional Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, other taxes, and fines and penalties for other taxes.

As a result of the extension, no interest, surcharge or any form of penalty shall be applied on any local tax, fee or charge accruing on or due and demandable during the extension period.

Further, previous delinquencies shall be due and the accrual of interest, penalties and surcharges shall begin after the extension.

The relaxation in deadline of payment also adheres to Bureau of Local Government Finance Memorandum Circular No. 010-2020 reiterating the extension of deadlines pursuant to Section 4(z) of RA No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

The City of Muntinlupa has 202 confirmed cases with 122 recoveries, 51 active cases, 29 reported deaths, 19 suspect cases, and 191 probable cases as of May 19.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa Mayor Fresnedi urges residents not to be complacent amid MECQ, improvement in COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa Mayor Fresnedi urges residents not to be complacent amid MECQ, improvement in COVID-19 cases

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has warned residents of another spike in COVID-19 cases upon complacency in observing quarantine protocols amid the modified enhanced community quarantine and improvement of COVID-19 cases in the city.

The local exec reminded Muntinlupa residents that the implementation of MECQ and positive results in the local government’s efforts in curbing COVID-19 do not give the public a license to roam freely in malls and other public areas.

He urged city residents to continue to follow preventive measures such as physical distancing and stringent personal hygiene.

Quarantine measures such as curfew, quarantine pass system, and liquor ban are still in effect in Muntinlupa despite the shift from ECQ to MECQ. The public’s movement is still limited and there are modified measures in place in the city’s checkpoints.

Only those who have essential tasks like purchasing food or medicine are allowed by the police to pass at checkpoints, including those who will report to work. Non-Muntinlupa residents who are working in the city are allowed to cross borders provided they present a valid ID and certificate of employment.

Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau says public transportation remains disallowed in MECQ and tricycles are not allowed to operate.

The City Government is set to establish a task force to monitor the compliance of business establishments on guidelines for MECQ as provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction Office has started to inspect malls and other business establishments to ensure that health protocols and safe physical distancing are observed.

In a public briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said areas where quarantine restrictions have been eased may be placed again under ECQ if the number of infections increases.

Muntinlupa City records the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in Metro Manila at 56.85% as of May 16. The local health office says that COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down with a doubling time of eight days.

Doubling time refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number. The standard rate of transmission should be at 7-30 days to be considered decelerating.

Muntinlupa City has 198 confirmed cases with 114 recoveries, 56 active cases, 28 reported deaths, 12 suspect cases, and 192 probable cases as of May 18.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa records highest COVID-19 recovery rate in NCR, urges residents to continue following quarantine protocols

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa records highest COVID-19 recovery rate in NCR, urges residents to continue following quarantine protocols

Following the slowing down of COVID-19 transmission in the city, Muntinlupa now records the highest COVID-19 recovered rate in Metro Manila.

City Health Officer Dra. Tet Tuliao reports that Muntinlupa’s recovery rate at 56.85% as of May 16 is the highest among NCR local government units.

Tuliao said the improvement can be accounted to the city’s intensified targeted mass testing, including contract tracing, isolation strategies, and treatment of confirmed and suspect individuals to have contracted the virus.

Muntinlupa City has an ongoing “express mass testing” for city residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. PCR Testing administered to residents is for free.

As of May 16, the local health office has tested 2,005 residents and frontliners. Confirmed patients are immediately referred to quarantine facilities while close contacts and their families are isolated.

Recently, Muntinlupa City Health Office reported that COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down based on “doubling time” data of confirmed cases over the past days.

COVID-19 doubling time in Muntinlupa has further improved to eight (8) days as of May 18.

Doubling time refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number. The standard rate of transmission should be at 7-30 days to be considered decelerating.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi welcomes the improvement of COVID-19 situation in the city as it will boost the morale of the frontliners. Fresnedi noted that while the city receives positive results in the fight against COVID-19, the public should not be complacent and relax with quarantine protocols. He urged city residents to follow preventive measures such as physical distancing and stringent personal hygiene.

Quarantine measures such as curfew, quarantine pass system, and liquor ban are still in effect in Muntinlupa despite the implementation of modified enhanced community quarantine.

Muntinlupa City has 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 113 recoveries, 56 active cases, 28 reported deaths, 16 suspect cases, and 187 probable cases as of May 17.


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COVID-19 Crisis: 164 Displaced Seamstresses Hired By Muntinlupa City Government for Face Mask Production

COVID-19 Crisis: 164 Displaced Seamstresses Hired By Muntinlupa City Government

The City Government of Muntinlupa announced that it has hired one hundred and sixty-four (164) seamstresses under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa mga Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

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Photo contributed by the City Government of Muntinlupa – Public Information Office.

The hired seamstresses will work to produce face masks primarily for frontliners as well as city residents. TUPAD beneficiaries will render fifteen working days in the program and each will receive a salary of P537 per day.

Muntinlupa Gender and Development Office  head Trina Biazon and Public Employment Service Officer Glenda Aniñon turned-over fabric materials to beneficiaries on Tuesday.

This new development in Muntinlupa resembles that of nearby Las Piñas City wherein a group called KALIPI (Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina) and its practitioners got involved in the production of face masks. This is also the City Government’s latest move on helping local workers who lost their jobs because of the community quarantine. This past April, close to 1,200 displaced workers were hired.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa sees rise in recoveries of COVID-19 patients, intensifies its targeted mass testing

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa sees rise in recoveries of COVID-19 patients, intensifies its targeted mass testing

As of May 7, the Muntinlupa City Health Office has recorded a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 recovered patients with over 66 recoveries. While, there are 313 cleared suspect cases and 321 cleared probable cases that have shown improvement over the recent days of monitoring.

Muntinlupa CHO chief Dra. Teresa Tuliao said the increase in cleared cases can be accounted to the local government’s pro-active contract tracing and mass testing, including a holistic approach in treating residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Muntinlupa City has started its targeted COVID-19 mass testing and has finished collecting swab samples from 596 individuals who are suspected to have contracted the virus to date.

Tuliao said the local health office conducts “express mass testing” where city residents are tested for as fast as 10 minutes. She noted that individuals to be tested undergo pre-assessment for triaging prior to swab collection.

Residents to be tested are transported through Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT) and DRRMO. While, walk-in individuals are assessed by medical staff before being administered with the swab collection.

CHO has started to test frontliners and health workers in barangay health centers. COVID-19 test results are released four to five days after testing.

The local health officer said confirmed patients are immediately referred to quarantine facilities while close contacts and their families are subject for isolation to help contain the spread of the virus in the communities.

A field hospital and isolation rooms have been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to accommodate suspect, probable, and confirmed cases of COVID-19. Barangays in Muntinlupa have also installed quarantine areas to house COVID-19 cases.

Further, the City Government implements a holistic approach in treating COVID-19 patients and suspect individuals by providing psycho-social, spiritual, and support care on top of medical assistance. Recovered patients are continuously monitored by CHO and are given vitamins and other supplies.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assures the public that the City Government implements tougher initiatives to beat COVID-19 in the city and urged residents to follow quarantine measures and to remain in their houses during the health emergency.

Muntinlupa City has 174 confirmed cases with 23 reported deaths, 12 suspect cases, and 432 probable cases as of May 7.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City asks DOJ to reconsider transfer of PDLs with COVID-19 in Bilibid

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City asks DOJ to reconsider transfer of PDLs with COVID-19 in Bilibid

The City Government of Muntinlupa expressed its opposition against the use of the New Bilibid Prison as a quarantine area for persons deprived of liberty who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to the Department of Justice.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi sent a letter to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra signifying the city’s protest for the transfer of COVID-19 PDLs in Muntinlupa saying it poses a threat to city residents.

“Let it be stated that we are mindful that we are mindful of our obligation to extend humane considerations to those afflicted with the pandemic virus. However, we have also to consider the thousands of Muntinlupeños who are put at greater risks with the additional COVID-19 patients brought to the city.” Fresnedi said.

The mayor cited Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 which states that, “Every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied there from, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare. Within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units shall ensure and support, among other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced ecology…”

The City Government of Muntinlupa recently coordinated with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) regarding the protest.

On April 21, the Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) transferred 18 women PDLs who tested positive for COVID-19 from the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City to the New Bilibid Prisons (Medium Security) in Muntinlupa City.

Following the transfer, BUCOR reported one male PDL from the Medium Security Compound who tested positive for COVID-19 and was confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. The male PDL died on April 24.

BUCOR conducted contact tracing on the day the patient was hospitalized and forty (40) PDLs, including medical staff, were placed in isolation.

The Muntinlupa City Council has passed a resolution to express protest and opposition to the transfer. It stressed that such transfer cannot be done without prior consultation with the City Government and the people and villages living or residing near and surrounding the Medium Security Compound, Camp Sampaguita, and without the prior approval of the Sanggunian.

The Bureau of Corrections has recently requested the Department of Education for the use a public elementary school in the New Bilibid Prisons Reservation (Itaas Elementary School) as a quarantine area for its personnel.

Muntinlupa Schools Division Office advised BuCor to comply with the requirements provided by DepEd before it endorses the request to the DepEd-NCR Director for further action.

Department of Interior and Local Government released Memorandum Circular 2020-062 dated March 21, 2020 which states that public schools shall not be used as quarantine or isolation areas unless explicitly allowed by the DepEd and strictly following the guidelines.

As of May 3, Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 154 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city with 22 deaths and 46 recovered cases. According to the local health office, there are 8 “suspect” cases and 443 “probable” cases in Muntinlupa to date.


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