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This Week in Metro Manila (September 26 to October 02, 2016)

3rd nationwide earthquake drill on 28th; NAIA EXPRESSWAY now open and free

By: Patricia Marie Prado | September 26, 2016
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Government urges public to participate in quake drill

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The government encourages the public to participate in the third National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill on the 28th (Photo from DILG Central Office)

The government encourages the public to participate in the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on September 28. This will be the third nationwide drill where the Department of Interior and Local Government campaigns for and teaches the public to do the “duck, cover, and hold” maneuver.

At exactly 9:00 AM sirens will be sounded all over the metro to signal the start of the drill. The government urges the public to use the hash tag #PAGYANIG to spread the word regarding the activity.

FDA warns public against 6 air fresheners

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public to refrain from buying six air freshener brands that may cause serious health problems to its users.

The said imported brands failed to indicate English or Filipino translations of its label instructions thus violating the Administrative Order 311 or the Labeling Requirements of Hazardous Substances. Lack of information like the chemical ingredients and precautionary words like “danger” or “warning” may cause harm to users.

The products identified by FDA are Die Zhuang Jasmine Perfume Air Freshener 470 ml green pressurized can; Die Zhuang Lemon Perfume Air Freshener 470 ml yellow pressurized can; Stick On Car Air Freshener Lavender 35 g plastic jar; Wanjia Air Freshener Lemon 2×60 g yellow plastic jar enclosed in cardboard packaging material; Wanjia Air Freshener Jasmine 60g plastic jar with green cap; and Wanjia Air Freshener Lavender 60 g purple plastic jar.

QC officials warn market owners

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QC Mayor Bautista warns markets to comply with proper documentation (Photo by Writer)

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista warns market owners in the city to either comply with their business requirements or close for good.

Out of the 30 private markets in the city, Bautista said that only Super Palengke in Project 8 and the Arayat Market in Cubao passed the requirements. The rest failed to complete various documentations including health and sanitation permits, business permits, environmental clearances, or discharge permits.

Bautista gives the remaining markets until before the end of the year to comply. The mayor also stresses that the purpose of the move is to encourage owners to improve their businesses rather than face closure.


Showers and thunderstorms to hit the city

The end of September will have gloomy weather. The sun will not be visible this week as more clouds will cover the skies in the morning. Sporadic showers and thunderstorms are also to be expected in mornings and afternoons. Nights will mostly be cloudy all throughout the week with thunderstorms in some areas.


NAIA EXPRESS WAY now open and free

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NAIA expressway now ready to be used (Photo from Department of Transportation – Philippines)

The government announced that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway is now open and will be free for the first month. Linking terminals 1 and 2 that pass through Parañaque to Macapagal Blvd. and PAGCOR Entertainment City in Pasay are now ready to be used by the public.

Meanwhile, it is strictly advised to turn up early in the airport for passengers to have ample time for airport security and check in procedures and avoid missing their flights. PAL encourages its passengers a lead time of two hours for local flights and three hours for international ones.


World Rabies Day

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September 28 is World Rabies Day

September 28 is World Rabies Day. Celebrated in the country and around the world, this years’ theme is Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate. The World Health Organization, together with other countries around the world, aims to educate the community about the dangers of rabies and hopes to eliminate the case of rabies-related death by 2030.

Various activities including free or discounted spay and neuter as well as anti-rabies vaccination can be found at RabiesFreePH2020 Facebook Page.

Cheaper, faster medicines for employees

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Cheaper medicines for select private and public employees

Landbank Mobile Loan Saver in partnership with RiteMed launched their new project Tamang Alaga TXTMed program. The program aims to provide a faster way to avail of affordable medicines to employees who have a Landbank payroll account.

Public and private employees, except teachers, military, and police personnel, can apply for a loan and once it is approved they can order the medicine online provided by RiteMed at a discounted price. The medicine will be delivered in their respective offices and the payment will be done via deductions from their payroll. This program will help those employees in emergency situations that need medicines and cannot provide outright cash payments.

The service will be available by the last quarter of the year.


Air Asia adds new Airbus into its family

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AirAsia introduces newer and better aircrafts.

AirAsia officially introduced Airbus A320neo as its newest addition to its collection of aircrafts. The A320neo has Space Flex Cabin features and comes with better leg rooms and smart lavatory and accessible toilet giving the passengers a very comfortable ride. It also burns less fuel, thus making it friendly to the environment.

AirAsia ordered 575 units of A320neo from Airbus and 172 are now already being used on its regular flights.


Cosplay Manila 2016

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Meet your favorite cosplayers at Cosplay Manila 2016 (Photo from Cosplay PH)

Anime lovers will be delighted because Cosplay Manila 2016 will be happening on October 1 and 2 at the SMX Convention Center. Participants can dress up as their favorite characters and get the chance to meet like-minded anime fanatics.

Aside from the colorful costumes, cosplay icons like Kaname, Ruka, and Hiko will also be in the event to do some meet-and-greets with the fans. Ticket information can be found at



Lanzones will be in abundance this week as the fruit goes in season. The sweet rounds are available in the markets and will make a perfect afternoon snack. Lanzones are not just a solution to one’s sweet tooth but a source of vitamins to keep the body healthy.

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About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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