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This Week in Metro Manila (October 17 to 23, 2016)

The public is still advised to bring an umbrella due to inconsistent weather this week.

By: Karen Grace Libao | October 17, 2016
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After experiencing a storm level number 1 in the previous week, another storm is expected to enter the country on Monday afternoon, October 17. Metro Manila will be continuously shadowed with overcast sky while sunshine can be expected in the latter days of the week with a stray of afternoon showers. The public is still advised to bring an umbrella and dress up comfortably to easily adapt to inconsistent weather.


Nationwide smoking ban

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Public smoking sessions will soon become a thing of the past.

An executive order (EO) that aims to ban smoking in public places have been submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte and is currently under review for his signature. The Department of Health (DOH) made the draft EO patterned after Davao City’s existing ordinance. Under this EO, smoking is banned in all public places such as parks, malls, bus stations, public vehicles. The DOH is hoping to implement this act by the end of October.

LTO to add more offices

Following the extension of driver’s licenses up to 5-year validity, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is planning to add more satellite offices in malls and public places. This is intended to assist more motorists who will apply for renewal. The most recent Driver’s License Renewal Office (DLRO) opened at the 3rd floor of Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Manila.

QC emergency hotline

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Quezon City hall

The Quezon City government implements emergency hotline 122 which every resident, tourist, and commuters transiting within the city can dial for help during urgent situations. The hotline will be available 24 hours and will be manned by call takers from the Quezon City Police District, Bureau of Fire Protection, QC Radio Communications Service, the QC Public Affairs and Information Services Office, and the QC Department of Public Order and Safety. Mayor Herbert Bautista is expected to launch the 122 hotline within October.


No-window Policy starts Monday

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Major roads with no-window traffic scheme (Photo from MMDA Facebook page)

The actual implementation of the no-window traffic scheme starts on Monday, October 17. The new traffic system applies to EDSA, C5, Alabang Zapote Road, Roxas Boulevard, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Las Piñas with the intent to reduce the number of vehicles plying through these areas. However, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that motorists can cross EDSA, but not traverse it. The new traffic scheme will be in effect until January 31, 2017 and will be evaluated by the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic Management.

New P2P Bus Units Launched

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Each double decker bus has 52 reclining seats and flat screen TV monitors (Photos from P2P Premium Bus Service Facebook Page)

Froelich Tours, Inc. recently launched 14 new ANKAI P2P bus units to serve public commuters traversing EDSA. Five out of the 14 buses are devised for persons with disability, two are VIP double decker buses, and seven units are VIP semi double-decker intended for individuals who will be affected by the new no-window coding scheme. The VIP double decker buses have 52 reclining seats, with a VIP cabin room, sofas, a conference table and flat screen TV monitors on the lower floor.


QCinema Film Festival 2016

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The Festival is more than a week long (Photo from QCinema Official Facebook Page)

The 4th QCinema Film Festival is happening on October 13 to 22 at the following Quezon City cinemas: Gateway Cineplex, Trinoma Cinemas, Robinsons Movieworld Galleria, UP Town Center Cinemas, and QCX Museum at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) has been providing grants to filmmakers since 2012, helping them reach a wider audience through short and full-length film competitions. Admission is priced at PhP150 each; discount is not available.
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About Karen Grace Libao
Karen writes for a living and for fun. She started her writing career in 2014 when she worked as Content Manager for a women’s website and never looked back since. On her free time, she tries to catch up on her current reads, seeing independently-produced films, watching theatre plays, and attending live music and open mic gigs. She dreams of becoming a published writer and film producer in the future.
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