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This Week in Metro Manila (February 8 to 14, 2020)

Brace yourselves: Valentine's Day falls on a payday Friday!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | February 08, 2020
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Metro Manila, travel, things to do, weather, Valentine's Day

Along with Valentine's Day, cold weather, traffic news, and health advisories are the main points of Metro Manila updates this week. Valentine's Day is not a major holiday, but it is celebrated by most Filipinos. Since the occasion will fall on a payday Friday this year, prepare for heavier traffic at night.

Commuters in Metro Manila can expect traffic to persist around the Skyway Stage 3 as it will undergo repair works after parts collapsed from a warehouse fire. However, commuters near Pasig will experience less traffic stress thanks to the ferry system's extended free service. Meanwhile, in terms of updates on the novel coronavirus, the Department of Health (DOH) informed the public to avoid hoarding face masks. Health bureaus also assure the public that private hospitals are prepared to aid patients who will show symptoms of the virus. Read on for these news and more updates.

Weather Advisory: Cold winds to last until third week of February

Jackets and sweaters will be very useful in Metro Manila due to the cold winds of the northeast monsoon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stated that the chilly weather will persist but will weaken by the 3rd week of February [1]. The lowest temperature recorded in Manila this year was 18.5 °C last February 1. For this week, the temperature will slowly turn warm again with a range of 30 °C to 33 °C during the day. Night time will remain cool with a temperature of 22 °C to 24 °C. Besides jackets and sweaters, umbrellas are also useful since there’s a small chance of rainfall on some days of the week [2].

Traffic News

Skyway Stage 3 to be rebuilt after collapsing

The Skyway Stage 3 will be reopened in July instead of April as portions of the infrastructure collapsed due to a warehouse fire in Pandacan, Manila. The delay in the construction is expected to affect the traffic flow around the area, but San Miguel Corporation promises a 24/7 work to speed up construction and repairs [3].

Pasig City ferry services will be free until February 29

Due to overwhelming public support, the Pasig City ferry service will extend its free ride trial until the end of the month. The trial was supposed to last until January 31, but the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) extended the duration for the public. The ferry service is found to be a great alternative for commuters, since land travels are often affected by heavy traffic [4].

Travel Updates

Updates on 2019-nCOV

The DOH advises the public to avoid hoarding face masks. The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) said that the use of face masks is not yet recommended for those who do not have respiratory symptoms such as coughing and difficulty in breathing [5]. Good hygiene is the most effective way to prevent the virus, according to RITM.

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines INC (PHAPi) also assures the public that hospitals in the country are prepared to handle suspected cases of the 2019-novel coronavirus. Those who are seen to possess symptoms will be immediately deferred to any of the DOH hospitals to be treated and observed. These facilities have one or two isolation rooms designed to prevent contagious diseases from spreading [6].

Fort Santiago Dungeons are now open to the public*

Tourists can now visit Fort Santiago dungeons from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day. Entrance to this historic landmark will be PhP75 for adults and PhP50 for students, seniors, and PWDs [7].

Go to Yoorekka for more travel updates about Metro Manila.

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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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