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Malacañang on Monday said the quarantine classification in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) from Sept. 8 to 30.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said localized or granular lockdowns, however, will be piloted in Metro Manila during the GCQ period with comprehensive details on the guidelines to be issued on Tuesday.
“During this period, the guidelines for pilot areas shall be observed, supplemented by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) omnibus guidelines on the implementation of community quarantine in the Philippines amended,” Roque said.

Roque said once the piloted granular lockdowns become effective, placing different community quarantine classifications in various areas may not be observed anymore.

"Ito'y pilot sa Metro Manila. So, tama po kayo baka dumating ang punto na mawawala ng community classifications pero ipa-pilot na po muna natin ito, so hindi pa po yan sigurado (It's only a pilot in Metro Manila. So, you're right, maybe, time will come that community quarantine classifications will not be needed anymore but we are piloting this first so still it's not sure)," he said.

Metro Manila is currently placed under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after being placed under the most restrictive ECQ from Aug. 6 to 20 amid the threat of highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant.


Roque also reported different community quarantine classifications in various areas nationwide from Sept. 8 to 30 as per the IATF-EID omnibus guidelines.

Placed under MECQ from Sept. 8 to 30 are the provinces of Apayao, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Iloilo, and the cities of Lucena, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro.
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Caraga region; the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Pangasinan, Quezon, Batangas, Antique, Capiz, Cebu Negros Oriental, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Davao Del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao Occidental, and the cities of Naga, Lapu-Lapu, Bacolod, Davao, and Butuan will be placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

Aside from NCR, areas to be placed under regular GCQ from Sept. 8 to 30 include the provinces of Kalinga, Abra, Quirino, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Tarlac, Occidental Mindoro, Aklan, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Lanao del Sur, and the cities of Baguio, Dagupan, Santiago, Cebu, Mandaue, Zamboanga, Iligan, General Santos, and Cotabato.
The rest of the areas nationwide will be under modified GCQ.

Roque said the travel restrictions for international passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia “are now lifted effective today.” 

via PNA

NCR to pilot granular lockdown under GCQ until Sept. 30

This is the next big thing in Southeast part of Metro Manila!

Since the C6 Road or the Laguna Lake Highway was built and opened in Taguig, the traffic in the east side of the metro has been eased and the movement of the transportation from Rizal Province has been even faster than before. That's why I am also excited about this new expressway to be built in Taguig and the neighboring cities in Laguna.


The Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike is a proposed expressway in the Philippines that will start from the coastal area of Laguna de Bay from Taguig in Metro Manila to Calamba and Los Baños in Laguna.

The project will involve the construction of a 47-kilometre-long (29 mi), six-lane dike including bridges, pumping stations and ancillary flood gates.

The project also involve reclamation of 700 hectares west of and abutting the expressway-dike, separated from the shoreline by a 100-150 meter channel in Taguig and Muntinlupa.

The project aims to provide a high-standard highway that will speed up traffic between the southern part of Metro Manila and Laguna, as well as a dike that would mitigate flooding in the western coastal communities along Laguna Lake.

The expressway will cost an estimated PHP36.74 billion or US$854.42 million. When constructed, it is expected to ease traffic congestion along Muntinlupa and Calamba area, and to serve as flood control measure for communities on the western shore of Laguna de Bay.


The route alignment starts from Bicutan, Taguig connecting to the proposed C-6 Expressway Road Project. It traverses southwards passing the city boundaries of Taguig, Parañaque and Muntinlupa in the southern part of Metro Manila and then continues further south passing the cities of San Pedro, Biñan, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba and ends up at Los Baños in Laguna, near its boundary with Bay.

The construction of the expressway dike is proposed to involve two sections:
  • from Bicutan to Calamba; and
  • from Calamba to Los Baños.

The project details for the Expressway Dike as of October 2013 indicated plans for a 41.54-kilometre-long (25.81 mi), four-lane dike,[1] but the official announcement of the approved project in June 2014 indicated that it would be 47-kilometre-long (29 mi), and have six-lanes.


While the expressway dike hopes to alleviate flooding on the southwestern shore of Laguna de Bay, officials and planners have acknowledged that there is still a need to cope with the excess water volume in the lake itself, with urban planner Felino Palafox describing the situation as "like having a toilet without a flush."

As the expressway dike would alleviate flooding in the more metropolitan western shore of the lake, similar projects have been proposed which would prevent the additional water volume from causing larger-scale flooding on the eastern shore, which includes the coastal towns of Rizal province and of eastern Laguna Province.

These projects include the construction of a "Pacific spillway" from the lake to the east coast of Luzon, which would drain excess water from the eastern part of the lake; and the construction of the revamped Laiban Dam and Kaliwa Low Dams in Tanay, Rizal, which is projected to reduce the water flowing into the northeastern portion of the lake.

However, construction of the Pacific Spillway has been identified by the DPWH as a low priority, while the construction of the Tanay dams has been controversial, such that only the construction of the Kaliwa Low Dam has been approved as of the second quarter of 2014.


August 2012 Monsoon Floods and Initial Conception

The idea of "a dike around Laguna" to serve as "a flood-control system meant to protect flood-prone areas along Laguna Lake" was first seriously raised in 2012, in reaction to the damage wrought by the 2012 Metro Manila Monsoon Floods. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was tasked to take on the project.

Proposed Project Financing

President Aquino also said in the vernacular that "the best part [of the road dike project] is that it can be self-financing, ", explaining that the dike may be financed through reclamation:

"Ang proposal nung proponent is dahil may mare-reclaim nga ang bayad sa kanila something like a third of the reclaimed area mababayaran na yung combination dike and road that will open up a lot of areas around Laguna leading to development." (The proposal of the propinent is that since there is reclamation to be done, the payment to them could just be something like a third of the reclaimed area. That would pay for the combination dike and road that will open up a lot of areas around Laguna leading to development.)

In an interview the following day, Nereus Acosta announced in another interview that the project fell under Public-Private-Partnership program for the C-6 Extension, while in another interview, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said the dike could be built under a "built-operate-transfer" scheme,[9] meaning that the project would be financed and operated by a private agency for a period not exceeding 50 years, after which it would be taken over by the government.

May 2014 rejection due to environmental impact questions

The Expressway Dike Project was initially slated for approval by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in its May 29, 2014 Board meeting,[28][29] with the inter-agency Investment Coordination Committee of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-ICC) endorsing the project for final approval by the board.
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It was initially rejected at that meeting, however, when some of the board members had questions about some of the environmental and technical aspects of the project.

The DPWH later announced that it would make the "necessary clarification" regarding the project's environmental impact, specifying that concerns raised in the meeting had included "the height of the dike, the construction of water circulation, the separation between the low-lying communities and the new islands that would be created as part of the reclamation, the establishment of pumping stations, among others." The department indicated that they hoped to get final approval for the project and be able to bid the project out "toward the end of 2014 or in the first quarter of 2015"

June 2014 Approval

In June 2014, the Expressway Dike Project was finally green-lighted for implementation.

The NEDA board deferred on the project again during their June 2, 2014 meeting, requesting the DPWH to prepare and submit materials to be presented at the June 19 meeting, specifying the DPWH's responses to specific questions raised by the NEDA board.

The project was finally approved during the June 19, 2014 board meeting, in which the board also approved the operation and maintenance of the Bohol Airport and of Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental. At P123-billion, this made the Expressway Dike the biggest PPP project under the administration of President Aquino.

Public-Private Partnership Center Cosette Canilao told Reuters that the auction process "will start within the next quarter."
Construction of the expressway dike was then slated to begin in "late 2015" and to finish in 2021.

On July 28, 2014, President Aquino cited the expressway dike in his 5th State of the Nation Address as one of the infrastructure projects approved by his administration as part of its disaster preparedness efforts.

What is Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike?

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Going to Tagaytay has never been easier and faster until this expressway came into reality!

I was able to get to experience driving on CALAX for a few times when I recently had trips to Tagaytay with my friends. It was the real game-changer, easing the traffic flow in the busy Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road which is usually used by many. 

The Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAX or CALAEX) is a partially operational controlled-access toll expressway in the provinces of Cavite and Laguna, Philippines. The construction of the 44.63-kilometer-long (27.73 mi) expressway, which began in July 2019, costs an estimated ₱35.43 billion. 

Once completed, it will connect the Manila–Cavite Expressway in Kawit to the South Luzon Expressway in Biñan and is expected to ease the traffic congestion in the Cavite–Laguna area, particularly along the Aguinaldo Highway, Governor's Drive, and the Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road.
CALAX begins at a roundabout at South Luzon Expressway's Greenfield City (Mamplasan) Exit in Biñan, continuing west then making a reverse curve to the southwest through the undeveloped private property owned jointly by Greenfield Development Corporation and Ayala Land, Inc.

It enters the Laguna Boulevard right of way near the boulevard's intersection with Greenfield Parkway. It approaches the first toll plaza near the Verdana Homes gated community, and continues southwest, passing through a mix of developed and undeveloped areas at barangays Loma and Timbao, then turning south into barangay Biñan, where it passes near Laguna Technopark, De La Salle University – Laguna Campus and several gated communities; access for them is provided by service roads that also serve as the southbound lanes of Laguna Boulevard.

The expressway partially runs above grade, utilizing underpass bridges, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls and a viaduct at this section to pass above major intersections and accesses.

Entering Santa Rosa, CALAX descends into grade level to cross the Silang–Santa Rosa River and clear a power line, then gently curves to the southwest to follow the Nuvali Boulevard right of way, where the expressway ascends above grade again to pass over South Boulevard, served by the Laguna Boulevard Exit.

Past the exit, it leaves the Nuvali Boulevard right of way and crosses the Silang–Santa Rosa River once again, this time the Cavite–Laguna provincial boundary into Silang. It makes another reverse curve through cornfields and ends at the Santa Rosa City Exit, a trumpet interchange which leads to Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road. A stub section is built west of the interchange, which will connect to the Cavite segment of the expressway.

The expressway continues southwest and makes a few turns before traversing a bridge and enters a cut section, passing near the Ayala Westgrove Heights. It turns northwest and passes under Tibig Road before ending at Silang East Exit, a diamond interchange which leads to Tibig-Kaong Road. A future road will be built west of the Silang East interchange that will connect to the Cavite segment of the expressway.
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The first 8.9 kilometers (5.5 mi) of the expressway has been made accessible on October 30, 2019, in time for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. The entry and exit points at Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna and Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road were opened to serve an estimated 10,000 cars. According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, this will cut travel time from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes. However, the segment was supposed to be operational back in December 2018 or by February 2019.

The expressway was closed from January 28 to 31 and February 4 to 7, 2020 at 1:00 AM to 4:00 AM (PST) to give way for construction and clearing operations due to ashfalls brought by the 2020 Taal Volcano eruption.

On August 18, 2020, the Laguna Technopark and Laguna Boulevard Exits in Biñan and Santa Rosa, respectively, were opened to the public.

On August 24, 2021, the 6-kilometer (3.7 mi) section leading to the Silang East interchange in Silang, Cavite was opened to the public. However, this segment was supposed to be operational back in June 2021. Meanwhile, the section leading to the Silang interchange is expected to be completed in 2022.


Cavite–Laguna Expressway is a closed road system, where motorists pay a toll rate based on the vehicle class and distance travelled. In 2020, motorists pay a fixed toll rate at their respective exit points when there were initially two operational toll barriers on the first 8.9-kilometer (5.5 mi) segment of the expressway:

Mamplasan and Santa Rosa City. The electronic toll collection (ETC) system on the expressway is operated by Easytrip Services Corporation and collections are done on mixed lanes at the toll barriers.

  • Class 1 (Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys) - ₱64.00
  • Class 2 (Buses, Light Trucks) - ₱128.00
  • Class 3 (Heavy Trucks) - ₱192.00

In accordance with law, all toll rates include a 12% value-added tax.

Cavite–Laguna Expressway

Address: MPT South Hub - Alapan II-B, Imus, 4104 Cavite
Hotline: (02) 1-35000
Facebook Page: CALAX
Twitter Account: @OfficialCALAX

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All you should know about Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAX)

The quarantine classification in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Laguna and Bataan has been downgraded from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to modified ECQ (MECQ), Malacañang announced Thursday.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte, upon the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EUD), approved the latest quarantine status in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

“These latest classifications are without prejudice to the strict implementation of granular lockdowns,” said Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, in a press statement.
Roque said Metro Manila will be placed under MECQ from Aug. 21 to 31.

Bataan, on the other hand, will be under MECQ from Aug. 23 to 31, he added.

Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan were initially placed under ECQ, the strictest form of community quarantine, due to the spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.

Roque stressed that despite the deescalation of quarantine level, religious gatherings should remain “virtual” in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan.
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He added that indoor and al-fresco dine-in services, as well as personal care services such as beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops and nail spas should remain prohibited.

Roque said local government units in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan are likewise directed to improve the vaccination rates within their localities, as well as intensify the “Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) strategies to control the spread of Covid-19.

He said minimum public health standards must also be observed in the three areas.
“These protocols shall be observed in the aforesaid areas under the inclusive dates they are under MECQ,” Roque said.

via PNA

NCR, Laguna shift to MECQ until end-August

Whether you are a fan of brewed coffee, iced coffee or hot chocolate, this HUGE box will surprise you! 

Apparently, Dunkin' (DD) has announced their newest deal which all coffee lovers will surely love. 


Dunkin' now has a D'Coffee Box that can serve up to 4 cups of coffee.
The D'Coffee Box is available for these Dunkin' drinks: Brewed Coffee, Iced Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and the Choco Java. The box of Brewed Coffee costs P270, Iced Coffee costs P270,  Hot Chocolate costs P270, and the Choco Java costs P270.

The coffee box comes with free cups, utensils and condiments. They also bundled it with their delectable donuts and our favorite munchkins. 

I checked on GrabFood delivery, you can get a D' Coffee Box for P300. 

D' Coffee Box is available in most Dunkin's outlets nationwide.

Photo courtesy of Cyndee Montojo (Facebook) 
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D' Coffee Box, 1 liter of coffee from Dunkin'

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A place where kids and adults can enjoy farm experience near Tagaytay.

Last July, I went with my family and our barkada for a weekend Tagaytay stay and we got a chance to explore this zoo in Mendez, a few minutes drive away from the elevated city.

It was raining hard all-week prior to the day of our trip from Metro Manila (and it was a week away from declaring ECQ for NCR). We were just so fortunate that Paradizoo was open that day since it was closed because of the Habagat and now it's temporarily closed again because of the stricter community quarantine in Cavite. 

This was my first time to visit a zoo after my last experience at Pasig Rainforest Park in Pasig City roughly 3 years ago.


Paradizoo Theme Farm is a 10 hectare rolling terrain land which boast of different areas like Farm Animals, Vegetable and flower garden and a lot more.

Paradizoo is a combination of zoo and themepark making it the only themefarm concept in Metro Tagaytay. It offers a variety of educational, outdoor and group outing programs for nature, flowers and animal lovers.



  • Vegetable Garden
  • Flower Garden
  • Meditation Garden
  • Eclectic Garden
  • Farm Frenzy
  • Orchid Pavilion
  • Pet Cemetery
  • Honey Bee Farm
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Goat House
  • Wedding Pavillion


The week-long rain and storm was ending when we me, my family and friends went for a Tagaytay staycation. We went together with our children. One of our friends suggested us to drop by this well-known zoo for the kids to enjoy for.

So on Monday, after we checked out from Casa Cenzo (an Airbnb staycation in Tagaytay), we went to buy pasalubong and drove straight to Paradizoo. 

It was a gloomy and cloudy afternoon. There was rainfall from time to time and the sun is sneaking a few times. But mostly, the sky is just gray and covered by thick clouds. 

Upon arrival, we saw a gate which looks old and their huge signage was hiding from our direction. It was muddy the time we visited. That's because of the continuous rainfall all over Luzon island in the past days. 

The staff welcomed us at the entrance and asked us for the fees. They also informed us that they have just reopened after the Habagat days and that the whole farm was not in good condition. 
After we parked and stepped out of the vehicles, we were welcomed by a herd of geese, chickens and ducks. There was a peacock, there were roosters and even doves. All of them follow us to our entry to the farm. 

Watch this video:
We were the only guests in the farm during our visit and of course we all wear our masks.

Two of their main attractions are the camel and the ostrich. We both feed them with the grass we bought upon our entrance. It came along with bird feed and sticks of sliced carrots for the rabbits. 

There were also horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, pigs and goats - all are in separate cages. Most of them we fed with the grass. 

There were installations inside the farm for photo-ops but not really inviting as of our visit. We spent almost half-hour inside the farm until we reached their toy store. The kids were awakened seeing the stuffed toys and other items at the store. 

The whole farm is not well-maintained (in my honest opinion) but at least it was not really that muddy opposite to our expectation. 

Not too far away, we also checked out their garden where you can see different plants, flowers and trees inside. However, because of tiredness, my family decided not to explore forward. 

Last but not least, there was also a butterfly house which comes with an entrance fee. 

Aside from the farm, Paradizoo houses a cafeteria which was closed (I supposed) that day. However, they sold us water and let us use their restroom. 
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All in all, my zoo experience here is quite nice at reasonable price. I have just learned that there is another zoo/farm just across the street named Yoki's Farm which features zebras and other animals. 

After here, we headed to Coffee & Dreams, a new charming cafe in Olivares Plaza area for some snacks


Ride a bus to Tagaytay City or at Olivarez terminal, then ride any jeepney or bus to Mendez and inform the driver to drop you off to Maglabe Drive, then look for the trycicle terminal and ride to Paradizoo. Fare is P30 per tricycle.

If you are coming with vehicles just like we did, you can use Waze or Google Maps for directions. There's a signage of Paradizoo just right next to the road but you might miss it because it is covered with plants and leaves. 

There's a plenty space for parking inside. 

Paradizoo Theme Farm

Address: Km. 63 Panungyan, Mendez, Cavite
Operating Hours: 8:00 am - 5pm, Monday-Sunday

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PARADIZOO: a theme farm in Mendez, Cavite

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The Light Rail Transit Line 1, commonly referred to as LRT Line 1 or LRT-1, is a rapid transit system line in Metro Manila, Philippines, operated by Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) and owned by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) as part of the Manila Light Rail Transit System. Currently, the line consists of 20 stations and runs on 19.65 kilometers (12.21 mi) of fully elevated route.

It travels in a general north–south direction from Baclaran to Monumento, and then east–west from Monumento to Roosevelt. The line links the cities of Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Pasay, and Parañaque. Passengers may transfer to the LRT Line 2 at Doroteo Jose and to the MRT Line 3 at EDSA.

A 1977 study conducted by Freeman Fox and Associates suggested a street-level railway in Manila but the government revised this recommendation to an elevated system. On July 12, 1980, President Ferdinand Marcos created the LRTA and construction of the line began the following year. With the opening of its first segment on December 1, 1984, it became the first rapid transit service in Southeast Asia.

Originally referred to as Metrorail and the Yellow Line, LRT Line 1 was reclassified to be the Green Line in 2012. Future plans include an eight-station southbound extension into the province of Cavite by 2027 (with partial operations in 2024) and an eventual extension to the North Triangle Common Station which will provide additional connections to MRT Line 3, MRT Line 7 and the Metro Manila Subway.


The line is predominantly aligned to the path of Taft Avenue (Radial Road 2) which was chosen largely due to its straight course. Later on, as Taft Avenue ends, it shifts to Rizal Avenue and Rizal Avenue Extension (Radial Road 9) then turning right on EDSA before ending at the corner of North and West Avenues and EDSA.


The line serves 20 stations along its route. A twenty-first station is yet to be constructed. Eight stations which are part of the LRT Line 1 South extension are also set to be constructed south of Baclaran. A previously proposed station, Malvar station in Caloocan was proposed during the construction of the northern extension located between Monumento and Balintawak stations, becoming a bargaining object during the entire extension line's construction in the jurisdiction of Caloocan. However, the planned Malvar Station was completely shelved by the Aquino administration.
In September 2020, Roosevelt station was temporarily closed to give way for the construction of the North Triangle Common Station. During this closure, the tracks extending eastward from Roosevelt station would have to be realigned in order to provide the necessary connection to the Common Station.

Current Stations

  • North Triangle Common Station - Quezon City
  • Roosevelt (Existing terminus) - Quezon City
  • Balintawak - Quezon City
  • Monumento - Caloocan
  • 5th Avenue - Caloocan
  • R. Papa - Manila
  • Abad Santos - Manila
  • Blumentritt - Manila
  • Tayuman - Manila
  • Bambang - Manila
  • Doroteo Jose - Manila
  • Carriedo - Manila
  • Central Terminal - Manila
  • United Nations - Manila
  • Pedro Gil - Manila
  • Quirino - Manila
  • Vito Cruz - Manila
  • Gil Puyat - Pasay
  • Libertad - Pasay
  • EDSA via Taft Avenue - Pasay
  • Baclaran (Existing terminus) - Pasay

Future Stations

  • Redemptorist - Parañaque
  • Manila International Airport - Parañaque
  • Asia World - Parañaque
  • Ninoy Aquino - Parañaque
  • Dr. Santos - Parañaque
  • Las Piñas
  • Zapote - Bacoor
  • Niog - Bacoor


In 1977, the results of a fourteen-month study conducted by Freeman Fox and Associates and funded by the World Bank recommended the construction of a street-level light rail line in Manila. Following a review by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, later the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the proposal was revised to an elevated railway in order to avoid building over the city's many intersections. This raised the project's cost from ₱1.5 billion to ₱2 billion.

An alignment along Rizal and Taft avenues, which spanned from Monumento, Caloocan in the north to Baclaran, Pasay in the south, was selected because it followed a relatively straight path for most of its route.
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On July 12, 1980, President Ferdinand Marcos created the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and assigned First Lady and Governor of Metro Manila Imelda Marcos as its chairman. While the LRTA confined its roles to policy making, fare regulation, and future planning, the line's operations were assigned to Metro, Inc., a sister company of Meralco. The line came to be referred to as Metrorail.

The Belgian Government granted a ₱300 million soft and interest-free loan for the project's construction, with a repayment period of 30 years. Additional funding was later sourced from a ₱700 million loan, provided by a Belgian consortium consisting of ACEC, La Brugeoise et Nivelles, Tractionnel Engineering International, and Transurb Consult.

The consortium also supplied the line's first light rail vehicles, power control, signalling, and telecommunications, as well as provided training and technical assistance. Designed as a public utility rather than a profit center, the line was expected to incur a deficit through 1993, but complete its repayments within a period of 20 years.

Construction and opening

The government-owned Construction Development Corporation of the Philippines was the project's sole contractor. In 1981, an economic recession and the government's inability to provide counterpart funds for civil works and right-of-way acquisition, which amounted to 60 percent of the project's total cost, led to a delay in construction. Work finally began in September of that year along Taft Avenue, between Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Libertad Street.
In order to make way for Carriedo station and a segment of tracks approaching the Pasig River, a department store and a classroom building owned by FEATI University were demolished. The southern section, between the Baclaran to United Nations stations, was inaugurated on September 11, 1984, and commercial operation along this section commenced on December 1. 

The line was extended from Central Terminal to Monumento on May 12, 1985, and subsequently became fully operational on May 13, 1985. During the first several years, two-car trains that could accommodate up to 748 passengers were utilized. This amounted to a capacity of 20,000 passengers per direction.

North extension

The line's North Extension is a 5.4-kilometer (3.4 mi) extension of LRT-1 to the North Triangle Common Station which also involves the construction of two stations: Balintawak station and Roosevelt station, as part of the MRT-LRT Closing the Loop project under the Arroyo administration. Construction of the North Extension began in 2007 and was finished in 2010. The construction was intended to integrate the LRT Line 1 and MRT Line 3 operations, but it never happened although there were test runs in 2010 and 2012. Balintawak station opened on March 22, 2010, while Roosevelt station opened seven months later, on October 22.

During the construction of the North Extension, Malvar station was proposed but was shelved years later.

In 2018, the project was reconfigured and now includes an extension to the under-construction North Triangle Common Station.

South extension

An extension of LRT Line 1 to the south, known as the South Extension Project or the Cavite Extension Project, is under construction and will serve the areas of Parañaque to Cavite. The extension will span from the Quirino Avenue, Harrison Avenue, and Taft Avenue Extension intersection, then would travel down from Redemptorist Road to Coastal Road, and will traverse through the Parañaque River and will enter Ninoy Aquino Avenue until reaching and traversing the C5 Extension Road; and will once again enter Coastal Road, crossing the Las Piñas-Bacoor Boundary Bridge along the Zapote River, and traverse through the Alabang–Zapote Road and Aguinaldo Highway intersection, until reaching the Niog station located along the Molino Boulevard at Bacoor, Cavite.

The extension project would add 8 stations covering 11.7 kilometers (7.3 mi) of new elevated railway sections and would be the third rail line extending outside the Metro Manila area (after the east extension of Line 2 and the construction of Line 7). The project is divided in two phases - Phase 1 covers five stations from Redemptorist to Dr. Santos, while Phase 2 covers the remaining three stations from Las Piñas to Niog.

Plans were also laid out to include 2 additional stations for the extension project:
  • Manuyo Uno station - Las Piñas
  • Talaba station - Bacoor

The project was first approved by the National Economic and Development Authority on August 25, 2000, while the Implementing Agreement for the project was approved on January 22, 2002. An unsolicited bid to conduct this work from Canada's SNC-Lavalin was rejected by the Philippine government in 2005.

In 2006, the government worked with advisers (International Finance Corporation, White & Case, Halcrow and others) to conduct an open-market invitation to tender for the extension and for a 30-year concession to run the extended line. However, Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo subsequently withdrew the project.

Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS)

An Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) using plastic magnetic tickets as fare medium is being utilized in both the LRT Line 1 and LRT Line 2 Systems. The old magnetic ticket fare collection system of LRT Lines 1 & 2 was totally replaced with the new contactless smartcard based AFCS starting 16 December 2015, through the Department of Transportations’ PPP for the Automatic Fare Collection System Project for LRT Lines 1 & 2 and MRT3.

The Common Ticketing Project for LRTA Lines 1 & 2 and MRT3 under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program is a joint venture between the government and private organization led by Ayala and Metro Pacific. This new AFCS project replaced of the old-magnetic-based ticketing system installed in early 2000 and replacing the old system with contactless-based smart card technology on LRTA Lines 1 & 2 and MRT3.

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The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said 11 areas in Metro Manila have been placed under the highest alert level for COVID-19 due to rising infections and hospital bed utilization.

These areas are Las Piñas, Malabon, Makati, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, San Juan, Pateros, Quezon City, Taguig, and Valenzuela.

“The National Capital Region maintains positive two-week growth rate and a high-risk average daily attack rate (ADAR) and is currently at high-risk case classification,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing.
Alert Level 4 means an area has been classified as moderate- to critical-risk and has a healthcare utilization rate higher than 70%.

NCR is under enhanced community quarantine -- the strictest among quarantine classification -- for two weeks, or from August 6 to 20. Under ECQ, only essential trips and services are allowed.

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The government placed NCR under ECQ in light of the threat posed by the Delta coronavirus variant.

Meanwhile, other areas under Alert Level 4 are:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region: Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet
  • Region 1: Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte
  • Region 2: Cagayan, Quirino
  • Region 3: Angeles City, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Olongapo City, Zambales
  • Region 4A: Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Lucena City, Rizal
  • Region 5: Naga City, Masbate
  • Region 6: Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Iloilo, Iloilo City
  • Region 7: Bohol, Cebu, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Siquijor
  • Region 8: Ormoc City, Tacloban City
  • Region 10: Bukidnon, Cagayan De Oro City, Camiguin, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Oriental
  • Region 12: Cotabato (North Cotabato), General Santos City, South Cotabato
  • Caraga: Agusan del Sur
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Vergeire said the country averaged 10,459 new cases per day from August 6 to 12, a jump from its average of 7,987 in the week before, with “a new peak [in infections] set weekly.”

The Philippines is still classified as a high-risk area for COVID-19 after logging a two-week case growth rate of 60%, ADAR of 8.37 cases per 100,000 population, a healthcare utilization rate of 58.81%, and an ICU occupancy rate of 68.08%.

The country has tallied over 1.7 million cases with 1.58 million recoveries and 29,539 deaths as of Thursday afternoon.

11 NCR areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 4