7 nabbed in separate Quezon City drug bust ops

Robie de Guzman   •   June 13, 2019   •   2052

(left-right) Drug suspects arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted in Luzon Avenue and Tandang Sora

Seven individuals suspected of dealing drugs, including a police asset and a pregnant woman, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted in Quezon City on Thursday morning.

In an operation launched in Luzon Avenue in Pasong Tamo around 2 a.m., members of the Quezon City Police District nabbed two drug suspects who were former detainees charged with drug selling and possession. They were both released from jail last June 6.

Two others, including a five-month pregnant woman, were also arrested at the scene.

Seized from them were 10 grams of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P68,000, a weighing scale and other drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after the said operation in Luzon avenue, authorities then swooped in on another area in the corners of Tandang Sora and Congressional Avenue extension which yielded the arrest of three individuals.

The suspects include a police asset who helped police in a previous drug buy-bust operation.

Seized from them were several plastic sachets of suspected shabu.

All suspects are now facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Quezon City implements new process for permit application, license renewal

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020

A new process for the submission of applications for building permits and business licenses will be implemented in preparation for the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Quezon City government announced.

In a statement, the city government said that starting Monday, June 1, applicants who wish to secure or renew their business permits are advised to download and fill out the Unified Business Permit Application form.

The accomplished form should be submitted to the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Division through email at BPLD@quezoncity.gov.ph for evaluation.

“After making a submission online, applicants will be sent an acknowledgment and their status of application,” the city government said.

Likewise, applicants are advised to use bank payment via Landbank to avoid queuing in QC Hall. Copy of deposit slip for business tax payments is to be sent via email to CTO@quezoncity.gov.ph.

Margarita Santos, head of BPLD, said  their office has set up an e-Response team dedicated to monitor and respond to incoming applications.

She added that the issuance of permits and licenses may take one to three days from submission of application.

Once the permit has been issued, the applicant may choose to get said permit either via pick-up or delivery via courier service of choice, at cost to the receiver.

“We will be strict with our policy that no walk-in applicants will be accepted. For those who prefer to personally submit their application, they will still have to schedule an appointment with us and wait for the appointment confirmation email,” Santos said.

Appointment may be scheduled via https://qcbpldbusinesspermitapplication.setmore.com.

According to City Mayor Joy Belmonte, this move will limit face to face interactions between citizens and city hall employees, especially that social distancing is strictly advised during this time.

“It is high time that we harness the benefits that technology can offer and implement creative approaches to ensure everyone’s safety,” Belmonte said.

Quezon City to strictly enforce face mask-wearing in public as Metro Manila shifts to GCQ

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2020

The Quezon City government will strictly enforce its order mandating residents to wear face masks in public places to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Joy Belmonte said as Metro Manila shifts to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.

“Dahil face mask ang isa sa pangunahing depensa laban sa COVID-19, paiigtingin natin ang kampanya upang masanay ang lahat na magsuot nito sa mga pampublikong lugar,” Belmonte said in a statement Thursday.

Belmonte issued Executive Order No. 25, Series of 2020 in April, requiring residents to wear any form of covering for the nose and mouth, including medical masks, industrial masks, earloop masks or even do-it-yourself masks, in all public places.

Citing a study by the United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the mayor emphasized the importance of wearing a face mask in public places to prevent the transmission of coronavirus disease.

“Sa pag-aaral na ito, makikitang malaki ang naitutulong ng pagsusuot ng face mask para mabawasan ang kaso ng COVID kaya dapat nating ugaliin ang paggamit nito tuwing nasa pampublikong lugar,” she said.

Belmonte has tasked the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), all barangay officials, the Department of Public Order and Safety, Task Force Disiplina, the Market Development and Administration Department, and other concerned offices of the local government to enforce the order.

Unlike before where authorities were lenient on violators by giving them face masks, residents without one while in a public place will now be automatically penalized, she warned.

“Sa tagal na ng COVID-19 pandemic, dapat nakaugalian na nating magsuot ng face mask dahil ito’y para sa ating kalusugan at kaligtasan,” Belmonte said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night announced that he has approved the Inter-Agency Task Force’s recommendation to put Metro Manila under GCQ starting on Monday.

He also said that Davao City will remain under GCQ while Regions 2, 3, 4A, and the province of Pangasinan and Albay will also be placed under GCQ until the general situation has been reviewed.

Iloilo City and Baguio City will also be under GCQ while Cebu City will shift to modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The rest of the country will transition to modified ECQ, Duterte added.

Under the less stringent GCQ, more businesses will be allowed to reopen and a percentage of workers will return to work provided that health protocols like social distancing and wearing of face mask are observed.

Public transportation will also be allowed to operate at a limited capacity provided that social distancing is observed.

Mass gatherings and opening of leisure establishments will remain prohibited under GCQ.

Meanwhile, gatherings that are intended for the provision of critical government services and authorized humanitarian activities will be allowed, provided that minimum health standards are observed.

QC issues MECQ guidelines for business establishments

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 18, 2020

Amid the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Quezon City government has provided guidelines for business establishments that will resume operations.

The local government provided a list of establishments that will be allowed to operate at full or limited capacity and ones that are not allowed to open.

Several establishments that will be allowed to resume full operations include essential retailers like supermarkets, medical and hygiene product manufacture or distribution, laundry shops, and logistics and delivery services.

Establishments with limited operations include hotels, veterinary clinics, and general manufacturing and production.

Meanwhile, cinemas, gyms and other fitness centers, museums, and other establishments for leisure are still not allowed to operate.

For the full list of establishments visit: www.quezoncity.gov.ph

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