UP “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar takes on public transport in the time of COVID

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Telehealth Center and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against COVID-19.

Efficient transportation has always been an issue in the Philippines. It is no surprise that it has also been gravely affected during this pandemic. The main concern is how to safely transport workers, emergency cases, and most especially, frontliners in their day-to-day jobs. We are not likely to go back to pre-COVID times soon, so we must adapt and find ways to stay safe as we go about the business of living and making a living.

This Friday, October 15, from 12pm-2pm, we shall discuss all this in the “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar episode, “Travel in the Time of COVID-19”. With the highly transmissible Delta Variant, especially in closed spaces, will public transport be safe? Likewise, is there enough ventilation in LRTs and MRTs? What kind of precautions should we be taking to stay safe while traveling?

The webinar will discuss taking public transportation every day and traveling to farther places by plane, land, and sea. What are the requirements when moving from one province to another? Is there enough information, training, and capacity in the transport system to ensure no risk of contracting and further spreading the virus?

Our main speaker, Hon. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, will enlighten us about the topic. She will discuss current measures that are being undertaken to protect both our domestic and international tourism industries.

Alongside Hon. Romulo-Puyat are three panel reactors: Engr. Gerald Jo Denoga, Assistant Dean for Research of the UP College of Engineering in Diliman, Prof. Richard Gonzalo, Assistant Vice President of the UP System and Professor at the UP Asian Institute of Tourism, and Cielo Villaluna, Philippine Airlines (PAL) spokesperson. UP Manila Chancellor Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla will give the closing remarks.

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The “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It has pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management.

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