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This Week in Metro Manila (February 1 to 7, 2020)

With a confirmed case of coronavirus in Metro Manila, everyone is urged to practice safety measures.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | February 01, 2020
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Metro Manila, travel, things to do, weather

The month of February starts with several traffic and health measures. In terms of transportation, a new point-to-point (P2P) bus route will be useful for commuters who frequent Parañaque City and Glorietta 3 in Makati City. Meanwhile, Aurora Boulevard will be closed for seven nights for the rehabilitation of the LRT-2 Cubao Station. In terms of health and safety, the government urges the public to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against the new coronavirus strain. Lastly, tourists are also reminded to observe proper etiquette when exploring Intramuros. Read on for the details of these Metro Manila news.

Weather Advisory: Consistently cloudy and sunny

Just like the previous month, February will be having mostly cloudy and sunny days. The amihan (Northeast monsoon) will be persistent, which means colder wings can be expected during the nights and early mornings. For this week, the temperature will be cooler during the day with a range of 29 °C to 32 °C. According to forecasts, skies will be particularly sunny and cloudy all over Metro Manila with low chances for rainfall or thunderstorms [1].

Traffic News

Several parts of Aurora Blvd to be closed for a week

Starting this February 1, parts of the Aurora Boulevard will be closed for seven days to give way to the renovation of the LRT-2 Cubao Station. Affected parts will be the Manila-bound or westbound lane between Oxford and Imperial Street. The area would be closed from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM [2].

New P2P bus route for Parañaque and Makati residents

Commuting between BF Homes in Parañaque and Glorietta 3 in Makati will be more convenient because of the new P2P bus launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The new bus service has started operations last January 27 and the bus features an electronic payment system, WI-FI, CCTV, dash cameras, and GPS. Fare would be PhP100 for regular passengers and PhP80 for PWDs, students, and senior citizens.

The pickup and drop-off points in Parañaque include Tierra de Maria (Behrouz restaurant), E. De la Rama (across Ministop), and Puregold branch along the Mandarin Palace. The specific time schedule is not indicated, but the service is said to operate from Monday to Friday [3].

Travel Updates

Government urges public to take precautionary measures

Practicing good hygiene is the best way to be protected against the new coronavirus strain, according to the Department of Health (DOH). The public is advised to frequently wash their hands and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Disinfecting surfaces and objects will also lessen risks. When coughing or sneezing, cover the mouth with a tissue and practice proper disposal. Those who feel flu-like symptoms are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately [4].

The new coronavirus strain was detected last December 31, 2019 in Wuhan, China. Last January 30, 2020, the Department of Health has confirmed that a Chinese woman from China in San Lazaro, Manila has the virus.

Intramuros tourists should be responsible, admin says

The Intramuros Administration (IA) reminds tourists to observe proper etiquette after a man was caught defecating on a flower pot at the historical spot. The administration also calls every tourist to be vigilant and alert authorities if a similar instance occurs. The government is still on the lookout for the said tourist [5].

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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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