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08 Aug 2020

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QC encourages residents, workers to self-report probable, positive COVID-19 cases

The Quezon City government strongly encourages residents and employees working in the city to self-report all probable or confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), saying this will be a big help in arresting the spread of new infections.

In a memorandum, Mayor Joy Belmonte said all confirmed and probable cases may be brought to the attention of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) as well as the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT).

“This shall further enable the CESU to respond in a timely manner to accomplish contact tracing of confirmed cases,” said Belmonte.

“Every day and every hour is important, so self-reporting helps the Philippines end the COVID-19 pandemic faster,” she added.

Through self-reporting, the lady Mayor stressed that individuals positive of the virus or probably infected with COVID-19 can prevent family, friends and co-workers from acquiring the disease.

Belmonte said the city will provide positive and probable COVID-19 patients with free quarantine accommodations through its HOPE community quarantine facilities, where they can be taken cared of by skilled health care workers.

According to CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz, there are many cases wherein the CESU only learned about an individual’s COVID-19 positive status long after results have been released due to a number of reasons.

“It is possible that an individual was tested in a health facility outside of QC, or that there are weaknesses in COVID-19 information systems, or perhaps hospitals and laboratory facilities are lacking in available encoders,” he said.

Cruz said self-reporting must contain significant information such as full name, birth date, exact address, contact number, work and company name, date when symptoms started, among others.

Self reporting can be done through e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) CESU’s Facebook accounts (www.facebook.com/QCEpidemiologyDiseaseSurveillance), (facebook.com/qc.esu.official, facebook.com/qc.esu.official1, facebook.com/qc.esu.official2, and facebook.com/qc.esu.official3) and its hotline numbers (landline: 8703-2759, 8703-4398; Globe: 0916-122-8628, Smart: 0908-639-8086, Sun: 0931-095-7737).

“Self-reporting can also be accomplished through the respective hotlines of your barangay,” said Cruz, adding that the report will be kept strictly confidential and will not be used for any purpose except contact tracing.



07 Aug 2020

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Belmonte lauds emergency workers’ role in campaign vs COVID-19

The Quezon City government has praised the untiring effort of workers under its Emergency Employment Program (EEP), saying they are instrumental in the successful delivery of goods and services during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating programa dahil sa kanila. They served as our support team when we needed more hands on deck, such as when we had thousands of names and data to encode for our Kalingang QC,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Some 342 workers displaced from their previous jobs due to the pandemic were hired under the first batch of the program.

According to Rogelio Reyes, head of the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the workers were hired as administrative staff and encoders for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and Kalingang QC program, and as bus drivers for the Libreng Sakay program.

“These workers were remunerated with P16,000 a month, in accordance with the labor department’s minimum livable wage. We’ve allocated a total of around P5 million for the emergency employment program,” he said.

Reyes said the workers are residents of nearby barangays, making it easier for them to be shuttled to Quezon City Hall.

“Tapping these displaced workers has allowed us to add reinforcement despite our skeletal workforce, the community quarantine guidelines and travel restrictions,” Reyes said.


06 Aug 2020

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QC to DOH: Contact tracing futile without complete info on COVID-19 cases


The Quezon City government appealed to the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure complete information on all positive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) individuals to hasten its contact tracing efforts.
In a letter to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III dated Aug. 4, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the agency’s failure to provide complete information in some cases delays contact tracing by days and forces frontliners to spend valuable time looking for the needed information from other possible sources including social media.
“The lack of available information from the outset, specifically addresses and contact numbers, amounting to half of all cases reported, delays contact tracing by days,” she added.
Due to the lack of information, the lady Mayor said the city’s precious time and resources are spent in coordinating with disease reporting units (DRU), laboratories, and hospitals “to request information that should have been diligently filled up in the first place.”
Emphasizing her point, Belmonte said on Aug. 3, DOH reported 1,224 COVID-19 cases from Aug. 1 to 2 through its COVID KAYA information system.
Of these, 401 are already in the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU) master file of confirmed cases or were already previously contacted and contact traced by CESU. Some 241 cases have addresses or contact numbers, or were reported by the QC Health Department.
However, 573 of those cases or 47% have no addresses or contact numbers, forcing the CESU to label them as ‘unknown’.
“This means that almost half of the reported cases tagged as QC in the KAYA info system for these days have no addresses and contact numbers, posing a major challenge in contact tracing,” said Belmonte, adding that it is possible these cases may not even be QC residents.
She also mentioned that the DOH failed to provide information about which hospitals or laboratories conducted the swab tests of 35 positive cases.
“With that, we appeal to your good office as Secretary of Health to set the vision and direction in improving data quality for rapid contact tracing,” Belmonte told Duque.
Belmonte said the DOH can provide financial or non-financial incentives for quality data and impose penalties or sanctions for incomplete information or the failure to report data.
“As we increase our investment in logistics and human resources for contact tracing, we hope that LGU efforts are matched by leadership and action from DOH in improving data quality,” she said.
CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz backed Belmonte’s call to the DOH, saying it would be easier for the city’s contact tracers to perform their job with complete data on hand.
“The DOH would be of great assistance to our contact tracers if they will provide us with sufficient data. This way, we can cover more ground efficiently,” said Cruz.
The Quezon City government recently procured a fleet of 15 vehicles to add to the 15 already being used, and put together an army of 700 contact tracers to heed the national government’s call to ramp up contact tracing.



04 Aug 2020

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Liquor ban makes return in QC to help prevent COVID-19 spread

The Quezon City government has reimposed a liquor ban during the duration of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from Aug. 4 to 18 as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mayor Joy Belmonte issued the memorandum upon the recommendation of the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU) to stop the selling of liquor to arrest the rise of virus cases in the communities.

“Ito’y makatutulong para mapigil ang paglaganap ng virus sa ating mga komunidad na karaniwang nangyayari dahil sa pagtitipun-tipon ng mga tao,” said Belmonte.

According to CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz, there were cases that drinking sessions in public places caused the spread of the virus in some communities including those placed under Special Concern Lockdown.

“There were various instances where those who contracted the virus claimed they simply went out for a drink with neighbors,” said Cruz.

In Belmonte’s order, any person, establishment or entity is barred from selling alcoholic beverages during the MECQ period, even if they have a valid license to sell.
The lady Mayor however clarified that alcohol consumption is allowed inside private residences.

Belmonte said those found to be in violation of the order will be meted closure, suspension, or revocation of permit or license.

“In the case of unlawful consumption, they will face possible arrest and criminal charges under applicable laws or ordinances,” she said.

The City’s Department of Public Order and Safety, Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD), Liquor License and Regulatory Board (LLRB), Quezon City Police District and the barangays are tasked to implement the order.

The city imposed a liquor ban during the ECQ, but partially lifted it when Metro Manila was placed under MECQ last May 16, allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


03 Aug 2020

Liquor ban is implemented in Quezon City during the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, from August 4 to August 18, 2020.


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03 Aug 2020

Guidelines for Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)

Narito ang updated localized guidelines sa muling pagpapatupad ng Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) sa lungsod Quezon simula August 4 hanggang August 18.



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29 Jul 2020
Ayon sa Department of Health, 6270 na ang bilang ng nagpositibong kaso ng #COVID19PH sa lungsod. 6195 dito ang may kumpletong address sa QC. Umabot naman sa 6170 ang kumpirmado ng ating QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU).
Ang datos na mula sa DOH ay dumadaan sa validation ng CESU, health center staff at mga opisyal ng barangay para masigurong sila ay residente ng QC. Posible pang magbago ang bilang ng mga kaso sa lungsod dahil na rin sa isinasagawang community-based testing.

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29 Jul 2020
Paalala sa ating QCitizens!
Itapon nang maayos ang mga face mask na nagamit na upang hindi magdulot ng kalat o polusyon sa ating kalikasan, at maiwasang makahawa sa kapwa. Sundin ang tips sa tamang pagtatapon ng face mask.
30 Jul 2020
Bubuo ang Quezon City government at ang Roman Catholic Diocese of Novaliches ng isang model community farm bilang bahagi ng #GrowQC program ng QC Food Security Task Force na naglalayong isulong ang urban agriculture.
Sa kasunduang nilagdaan ni Mayor Joy Belmonte at Diocese of Novaliches Bishop Most Rev. Fr. Roberto Orendain Gaa, tataniman ang 5,000 square meter na unused land sa Novaliches ng mga native na gulay at ang pangunahing benepisyaryo ng programa ay ang indigent residents ng lungsod.
30 Jul 2020
Ayon sa Department of Health, 6452 na ang bilang ng nagpositibong kaso ng #COVID19PH sa lungsod. 6357 dito ang may kumpletong address sa QC. Umabot naman sa 6331 ang kumpirmado ng ating QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU).
Ang datos na mula sa DOH ay dumadaan sa validation ng CESU, health center staff at mga opisyal ng barangay 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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