Caloocan City establishments to use StaySafe app to boost contact tracing efforts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2021   •   1428

CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines — Several public and private establishments in Caloocan City will also implement the use of QR codes from StaySafe app to boost the city’s contact tracing efforts.

Caloocan City’s Contact Tracing Head Atty. Sikini Labastilla said this would also be a part of the city’s response in preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the surge of cases.

Iyong digital log book and ang blocking those positive cases from entering the establishments, iyon malaking tulong iyon (The digital book and blocking individuals with positive cases from entering establishments is helpful),” he said.

Caloocan City authorities are currently monitoring residents to remind and inform them about the new guidelines in using the StaySafe app. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

DTI: Halos 200-libong manggagawa, balik-trabaho sa ilalim ng GCQ

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Maaari nang makabalik sa trabaho ang nasa 200-libong empleyado matapos na ibalik sa general community quarantine “with heightened restrictions” ang National Capital Region (NCR) at mga karatig-lalawigan.

Ayon kay Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, magiging daan ang paglipat sa GCQ ng NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, at Laguna – tinatawag na NCR Plus – upang mapababa ang bilang ng mga nawalan ng trabaho noong kasagsagan ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“As we further open the economy, we are expecting to bring back 200,000 to 300,000 jobs to lessen the number workers displaced since the start of the ECQ,” ani Lopez.

Noong nasa ilalim ng ECQ ang NCR Plus, umabot sa 1.5 milyon ang bilang ng mga Pilipino nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa coronavirus pandemic.

Nabawasan ito at naging isang milyon noong ipinatupad ang modified ECQ.

Ayon kay Lopez, sa ngayon ay aabot pa sa 700-libong manggagawa ang hindi pa rin nakakabalik sa trabaho dahil sa limitadong operasyon ng ilang establisimyento gaya ng mga restaurant, at barbershop. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

DOH says no to proposed vaccine pass for access to indoor establishments

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it is not recommending the proposal to use a “vaccine pass” that would allow persons already inoculated against COVID-19 to have access to business establishments.

“Hindi po kami sang-ayon sa ganyang pagpapalakad o kaya ay magkaron tayo ng mga ganyang proseso,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergere said in a virtual press briefing.

Vergeire said the DOH is not in favor of the proposal as there is no sufficient evidence yet to say that a person who has already received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can no longer be infected or spread the virus.

She added that initial studies have shown that the currently available vaccines against coronavirus cannot adequately block the virus.

“Wala pa ho tayong sufficient evidence to say na ang isang taong with complete doses of vaccines already would have that kind of immunity, na hindi na siya magkakaroon ng sakit o makakapanghawa dahil nga po dito sa mga paunang mga ebidensiya na ibinigay sa atin, hindi po nakakapag-block ng transmission adequately ang mga bakuna na mayroon tayo ngayon,” she said.

“As we have said, ang pinaka-assurance o benepisyong nakukuha natin ngayon sa vaccines is reducing severe infections and hospitalization. As to preventing mild to moderate infections, hindi pa rin po tayo nagbibigay ng ganyang assurance sa ating mga kababayan,” she added.

Vergeire also reminded the public, especially those who have completed the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to still observe health protocols against COVID-19.

“Even if you are fully vaccinated, meaning you have completed two doses, kailangan pa rin natin magpatupad ng minimum health protocols,” she said.

“Itong sinasabing vaccine pass ay hindi pa rin mairerekomenda ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan,” she added.

DOH tracing, checking co-travelers of PH’s first 2 cases of variant first detected in India

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it is currently tracing the 41 individuals who were onboard the same flights as the two overseas Filipino workers who were found with the B.1.617 coronavirus variant that was first detected in India.

In an online press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the first case, a 37-year old male who arrived from Oman, had six close contacts on his flight.

The second case, a 58-year old male who traveled from the United Arab Emirates, had 35 close contacts.

Citing protocols in a plane setting, Vergeire explained that close contacts refer to persons located four sets on the front, at the back, and the sides of a COVID-19 case.

“We are tracing all of them and trying to check all of their statuses,” Vergeire said.

The health official assured the public that all these passengers underwent protocols, such as quarantine and testing upon their arrival in the country.

“Ito pong lahat ng taong ito ay na-subject sa ating protocols pagdating dito, so they were either tested on the fifth or the sixth day and they have completed yung quarantine nila at the national and at the local government level,” she said.

“The protocols were followed and hopefully hindi naman po tayo nagkaroon ng breaches in protocols para masabi natin na merong danger para sa ating mga kababayan,” she added.

The DOH earlier said that the two cases with B.1.617 variant have already been tagged as recovered.

There were no listed other close contacts aside from their co-travellers as they were immediately subjected to quarantine when they arrived in the country.

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