DOH: New traffic scheme in Intramuros to encourage exercise

By , on March 9, 2015


Youngsters enjoy the serene ambiance at the Wall of Intramuros in Manila on Wednesday (June 25, 2014) as the city celebrates and remembers Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who established a permanent settlement in Manila on June 24, 1571 and ordered the construction of the walled city of Intramuros. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)
Youngsters enjoy the serene ambiance at the Wall of Intramuros in Manila on Wednesday (June 25, 2014) as the city celebrates and remembers Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who established a permanent settlement in Manila on June 24, 1571 and ordered the construction of the walled city of Intramuros. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA — The historic walled city in Manila will be implementing a new traffic scheme which will encourage walking and exercise, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Apart from seeking to redeem the cobbled streets of Intramuros, the DOH said that the new traffic plan will help local and foreign tourist improve their health through walking.

Discovering Intramuros by foot is a good way to exercise,” said Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy in an interview with reporters.

He added that walking has many health benefits including decreasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke as well as lower bad cholesterol and maintain normal blood pressure.

He also advised the public to be careful in getting exposed to the sun specially in the coming summer season.

“The risk of getting a heat stroke increases during hot and humid weather, especially if you are engaged in physical activity, dehydrated or exposed directly to the sun for too long,” he said.

The new rules will allow southbound vehicles through General Luna Street from Muralla Street to Andres Soriano Avenue.

Historic landmarks along General Luna includes San Agustin Church, the Casa Manila Complex, the Knights of Columbus, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

 

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