05 Jul 2020

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Belmonte reminds barangay captains: Strictly enforce GCQ guidelines

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte reminded barangay officials to strictly enforce general community quarantine (GCQ) guidelines after clustering and community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases were observed in some areas.

On Thursday, Belmonte met separately with barangay captains from all 142 barangays, according to district, to reiterate their responsibility in enforcing national and local GCQ regulations to control the spread of COVID-19.
“We have been informed that most of the causes for the spread of COVID-19 cases in areas that were recently placed under special concern lockdown (SCL) were due to various unauthorized activities, which were regrettably preventable,” said Belmonte.

“There were reports that residents in the said areas had drinking sessions, boodle fights, wakes that exceeded limitations in duration and number of attendees, and even played basketball and volleyball,” she added.
She also traced to videoke sessions and birthday parties the causes of transmission in some areas.

The lady Mayor mentioned that additional numbers of COVID-19 cases found in SCL areas were alarming. These were revealed after the conduct of intensive contact tracing, rapid testing, and PCR testing, as part of the health interventions being done by the City during the implementation of the lockdown period.

At the meeting, Belmonte underscored the responsibilities of barangay captains in strictly enforcing within their respective jurisdictions the wearing of face masks, physical distancing, and prohibition of mass gatherings.
Barangays were also directed to make apprehensions against violators, conduct foot patrols to disseminate information to residents, enforce the public safety hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and strictly regulate the sale of liquor which is allowed only between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We also remind barangay officials that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is constantly monitoring if they are cooperating with the city government. Failure to do so may lead to the filing of administrative cases against both local and barangay officials,” she said.

Belmonte said the City, Philippine National Police and barangays are set to release joint protocols to ensure the smooth coordination and uniform implementation of enforcement procedures and penalties in the communities.

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05 Jul 2020

 

Day 2 na ng ating Libreng COVID-19 Screening para sa maliliit na negosyo ng Quezon City hatid ng QC Small Business and Cooperatives Development Promotions Office.

Layon nating masigurong ligtas ang pagbabalik operasyon ng mga maliliit na negosyo sa ating lungsod.

Ikaw ba ay may maliit na negosyo at nagbabalak magbukas muli? I-click ang link upang irehistro ang sarili at ang mga empleyado: tinyurl.com/QCMSE-CovidScreening

 

05 Jul 2020

 

Alinsunod sa LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2020-06, narito ang mga alituntunin para sa muling pagpasada ng mga jeep.

Maaaring kunin ang QR Code sa www.ltfrb.gov.ph. Tingnan ang kabuuang impormasyon dito: https://www.facebook.com/1416241841951073/posts/2651325248442720/?d=n

Ito ang mga ruta na pinayagan ng LTFRB sa Quezon City simula July 3, 2020:

T102 Camarin - Novaliches
T205 Cubao - Proj 4 via JP Rizal
T206 Cubao- San Juan via N Domingo
T208 IBP Road - Lupang Pangako via Gravel Pit Road
T210 Patranco- Proj 2 & 3 via Kamuning
T211 Proj 2. & 3 - QMart
T302 ABonifacio - DTuazon/ERodriguez Ave
T312 Balintawak - Frisco
T343Quezon Ave - Sta Mesa Market via Araneta Ave
T344 Crame- San Juan via Pinaglabanan

 

 

05 Jul 2020

Ayon sa Department of Health, 3622 na ang bilang ng nagpositibong kaso ng #COVID19PH sa lungsod. 3545 dito ang may kumpletong address sa QC. Umabot naman sa 3518 ang kumpirmado ng ating QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU).

Dumadaan sa validation ng CESU, health center staff at mga opisyal ng barangay ang datos mula sa DOH para masigurong sila ay residente ng QC. Posibleng magbago pa ang bilang ng mga kaso sa lungsod dahil na rin sa isinasagawang community-based testing.

For more updates visit: www.facebook.com/QCGov
05 Jul 2020

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QC halts ops of construction firms, facility for health and safety violations, positive COVID-19 cases

 

The Quezon City government has immediately ceased activities of seven construction firms and a maintenance service provider facility for health and safety violations and positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Department of Building Official (DBO) head Atty. Dale Perral said one of the seven construction sites recorded positive cases of COVID-19.

The remaining six firms committed violations of Order No. 39 of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), or the safety guidelines for the implementation of infrastructure projects, and the safe workplace guidelines of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The firms will be required to complete quarantine protocols for 14 days and pass further assessment to ensure compliance with health and safety standards before they can resume on-site construction activities.

“As soon as they are cleared, then there will be no problem. The QC government will allow resumption of their operations,” Perral said.

Likewise, the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) ordered the temporary closure of a maintenance service provider facility after a number of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

“We have also instructed the immediate decontamination of the establishment to stop the further spread of the virus,” said BPLD head Margarita Santos.

She added that all business establishments within the city are being strictly monitored to ensure compliance with basic operational protocols and to guarantee safe occupancy among workers and the public.

According to Dr. Rolando Cruz, head of the city’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU), employees who tested positive were brought to HOPE community-care facilities while those who were exposed were isolated and put under quarantine on-site.

“No one is allowed to leave the affected construction sites and establishments for 14 days. Representatives of DBO and ESU will visit to check on the status of the workplace and wellness of the affected employees,” said Cruz.

Last May, the national government has issued guidelines for the resumption of construction projects in GCQ areas, including the daily health monitoring of workers, and designation of a safety officer to check safety standards and quarantine protocols.

While the city wants to jumpstart the economy, Mayor Joy Belmonte said it cannot afford to be complacent as it could lead to a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases.

“We want to err on the side of caution. Nais man natin simulan ang muling pagbuhay ng ekonomiya ng lungsod, hindi natin maaaring isantabi ang mga isyung pangkalusugan na maaaring makaapekto sa karamihan,” said Belmonte.

 

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05 Jul 2020

Ayon sa Department of Health, 3410 na ang bilang ng nagpositibong kaso ng #COVID19PH sa lungsod. 3333 dito ang may kumpletong address sa QC. Umabot naman sa 3302 ang kumpirmado ng ating QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU).

Dumadaan sa validation ng CESU, health center staff at mga opisyal ng barangay ang datos mula sa DOH para masigurong sila ay residente ng QC. Posibleng magbago pa ang bilang ng mga kaso sa lungsod dahil na rin sa isinasagawang community-based testing.

For more updates visit: www.facebook.com/QCGov
05 Jul 2020

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Belmonte highlights challenges, accomplishments as she marks first year in office

 

 

Mayor Joy Belmonte’s first year at the helm of Quezon City was highlighted by various trials, as well as triumphs for Metro Manila’s largest city. Throughout this, Belmonte said that her administration has never lost track, and remained focused on working for the welfare of her constituents, as well as strengthening businesses and communities.

“For the past year, we as a city have had to face many different trials, challenges, and setbacks. But we remain focused, working towards inclusivity, growth, prosperity, and security for our residents, businesses, and communities,” Belmonte said in her Ulat sa Bayan, posted on the Quezon City Government Official Facebook Page.

A few months into her first term in 2019, Belmonte was able to effectively deal with the emergence of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the city, as the deadly disease swept throughout the country and crippled the livestock industry. “Mabilis nating na-kontrol ang sakit na ito, at nakapagbigay tayo ng financial assistance sa mga apektadong hog raiser,” she said.

In the early months of 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic swept across the world, causing ripple effects across all sectors of society. In Metro Manila, Quezon City was the first local government to declare a state of calamity before enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was placed in Luzon and in other parts of the country. With Belmonte’s decisive action, the city’s 142 barangays were able to immediately address the needs of its citizens through their Quick Response Fund.

Belmonte said the city earmarked almost P7 billion for food packs, cash aid and other forms of assistance under its COVID Response program. “Kabilang na dito ang ‘Kalingang QC ‘ para sa ating vulnerable sectors katulad ng senior citizens, persons with disability, solo parents, lactating mothers, transport sector workers at market vendors.”

“The city also came up with its own Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for those who were excluded from the national government’s SAP program, and provided food assistance to residents of areas under special concern lockdown areas,” emphasized Belmonte.

The local government also allotted funds for decontamination efforts, accommodations, equipment, hazard pay for frontliners and test kits, quarantine facilities and hygiene kits for COVID-19 patients and additional equipment for city-run hospitals. As the city adjusts to the new normal, the local government has crafted a comprehensive recovery plan, including the allocation of P2.9 billion for the blended learning in public schools and universities in the city and stimulus packages to support the city’s micro and small entrepreneurs in this time of need.

“We are also focusing on economic recovery. Tayo ang unang lungsod na nagbuo ng P700 million economic stimulus package. Bahagi nito ang wage-subsidy o ayuda ng LGU sa mga empleyado ng qualified micro and small businesses para matulungang maitaguyod ang kanlang mga nagosyo,” stated Belmonte.

With food security as a vital component in the city’s recovery plan, community farms have been established to complement food security needs. “We are turning idle lands into urban gardens where residents can plant and grow their own produce,” said Belmonte, adding that the city will also establish Mobile Soup Kitchen to provide nutritious food to the needy.

The city has also boosted its bike lane project, allocating 161 kilometers of road for the exclusive use of bicycle riders. “Isasabay ito sa ating pedestrianization project upang maging walkable at bike-able city ang QC. Ito rin ang ating paraan para makatulong maging mas madali ang pagpasok ng ating Qcitizens sa kanilang mga trabaho.”

“We are also transitioning and making online the different processes that used to require face-to-face interaction to make it easier and faster for businesses and the general public to engage with city hall,” said Belmonte.

The city’s unified ID system or QCitizen Card that will expand e-services to all residents is also in the pipeline. Belmonte also gave livelihood to tricycle and jeepney drivers who lost their source of income due to COVID-19 by connecting them to digital platforms Foodpanda and Lalamove for their delivery services.

As for the city’s workers, Belmonte has worked for the increase of their salary into minimum livable wage and provided them with permanent positions, especially those with contractual status for decades.

“Alam po namin na hindi naging madali ang nakalipas na taon. Kaya kami po ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat sa inyong pakikipagtulungan at kooperasyon,” said Belmonte.

“I am proud of our accomplishments as a city, because these are the results of our collective efforts and commitment for positive change,” she ended.

 

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05 Jul 2020

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QC tallies 60 percent COVID-19 recovery rate

 

The Quezon City government has recorded a high recovery rate of 60 percent, proving that its intensified trace-isolate-treat strategy is effective in combating coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

According to Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the QC-Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) of the QC Health Department, the number of recoveries stands at 1,985 among 3,302 cases validated by QC-ESU and District Health Offices as of July 1.

“Dahil mabilis nating naisasagawa ang trace-isolate-treat strategy natin, agad nating naaagapan ang mga kaso ng COVID-19 at nabibigyan ng karampatang atensiyon at pag-aalaga,” said Cruz.

Since June 6 up to present, Cruz said the number of recovered cases in Quezon City has overtaken the number of active cases. In comparison, the National Capital Region’s number of recovered cases is consistently lower than the number of active cases.

Also, the city’s various HOPE Community Caring Facilities are now near capacity because of trace-isolate-treat approach.

“We welcome this situation as this only shows that our trace-isolate-treat method in dealing with the pandemic is effective,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

“Dahil epektibo ang ating community-based testing, mas madali nating naihihiwalay ang mga positibo sa COVID-19 para hindi na makahawa pa sa mga komunidad,” she added.

The city’s various HOPE facilities serve as quarantine areas for possible COVID-19 cases and treatment centers for mild to asymptomatic cases.

Based on latest data, HOPE 2, which has a total bed capacity of 294, currently has 285 patients. HOPE 3, for its part, has 78 patients, six less than its capacity of 84 beds.

“The influx of patients is due to the fact that we have identified positive patients from lockdown areas and through contract tracing of ESU,” said Cruz.

“Sa tulong ng ating HOPE facilities ay hindi na-overwhelm ang mga referral hospital natin. Hospitals were able to cater to more critical cases instead,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cruz said that the HOPE 2 facility at Quezon City University will be closed in the middle of August to pave way for possible face-to-face classes in September.

“In place of that, we will be opening two new quarantine facilities at the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) and in Talipapa,” said Cruz.

The QCGH facility, set to open in August, will have 350 beds while center that will be established at the Talipapa Senior High School has 76 beds.

“The facility in Talipapa will open next month and will also serve as community testing center,” said Cruz.

 

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05 Jul 2020

Narito ang listahan ng mga maliliit na negosyong naka-schedule sa unang batch ng ating libreng COVID-19 screening sa July 1 & 2, 2020, mula 9AM hanggang 1PM.

Dalhin ang photocopy ng inyong proof of business activity at valid ID ng empleyadong isasama sa COVID19 Screening. Bawal ang naka-shorts at tsinelas. Huwag kalimutang mag-suot ng mask.

Magparehistro sa libreng COVID-19 screening ng Quezon City para sa maliliit na negosyo sa link na ito: FREE QC COVID-19 SCREENING FOR MICRO ENTREPRENEURS & ENTERPRISES

05 Jul 2020

Ayon sa Department of Health, 3362 na ang bilang ng nagpositibong kaso ng #COVID19PH sa lungsod. 3284 dito ang may kumpletong address sa QC. Umabot naman sa 3252 ang kumpirmado ng ating QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU).

Dumadaan sa validation ng CESU, health center staff at mga opisyal ng barangay ang datos mula sa DOH para masigurong sila ay residente ng QC. Maaaring magbago pa ang bilang ng mga kaso sa lungsod dahil na rin sa isinasagawang community-based testing.

For more updates visit: www.facebook.com/QCGov
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