QC gov’t asks public to refrain from spreading misinformation on PNP-PDEA shooting incident

Marje Pelayo   •   February 26, 2021   •   533

MANILA, Philippines — Investigation is underway on the shooting incident involving anti-illegal drug operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Quezon City on Wednesday, February 24. 

The Quezon City government in a statement said it fully supports the ongoing investigation of the PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry into the incident.

“What happened was highly deplorable, as it endangered the lives and safety of our QCitizens, and disrupted the peace and commerce in the area,” the local government unit (LGU )said in a statement.

“The authorities can expect the city government’s full cooperation, and will extend a helping hand if necessary, in order to ferret out the truth,” it added.

The LGU is appealing to the public to refrain from spreading misinformation and disinformation on the incident, pending the results of the probe.

“We hope that the PNP and PDEA will come up with a protocol to avert such an unfortunate incident in the future,” the LGU noted.

The tragic misencounter left four people dead including two PNP personnel; one PDEA agent and the informant. One police officer and three PDEA agents were also injured in the incident.

QC gov’t urges pregnant women to get COVID-19 jab

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government is encouraging pregnant women in the city to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as they are part of the expanded A3 priority group.

Experts stressed that vaccination is safe for pregnant women during their fourth to ninth month of pregnancy.

However, those who are in their first trimester of the first three months from conception must present a medical clearance from their personal doctors before getting inoculated.

The city government’s latest schedule for pregnant women is on Monday and Tuesday (September 27 -28).

The city government advised concerned parties to log in to https://qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph/qcvaxeasy to register or visit the QC government’s official Facebook page for more updates.

QC adds beds in Hope facilities amid rise of COVID-19 cases among children

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government has expanded its Hope community care facilities to accommodate more children who tested positive for COVID-19 as well as their families or guardian.

Quezon City Health Department chief Dr. Esperanza Arias said the local government recently procured additional beds, oxygen tanks, and medicines for all the city’s 11 COVID-19 facilities.

Arias said the city is adding “family rooms” across all Hope facilities. This is to accommodate more COVID-positive children as well as their families who may also be COVID positive or their guardians who will look after them.

“We’re adding more family rooms to avoid children being separated from their families. We want to provide optimum care and take into account the psychological wellbeing of these children as well,” said Arias, noting that only Hope 3 and 6 had family rooms in the past.

Meanwhile, the QC government is recruiting more staff as the opening of three more Hope facilities is underway.

Data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that nine percent or 318 of COVID-19 cases recorded between August 1 and 7 were children aged 17 and below.

Five percent or 169 are aged 0 to 11, while four percent or 149 come from the 12 to 17-year age group.

The report also said that the total number of cases during this period is 293 percent higher than that of the July 1 to 7 data with 81 recorded positive cases.

“One factor that causes these infections among children could be the improper way by which COVID-positive adults quarantine themselves. There are those who stay at home and do not self-report to CESU,” said CESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz.

The local government has recently issued guidelines that strictly prohibit home quarantine for confirmed COVID-19 cases and symptomatic close-contacts.

The guidelines stipulated that these cases must be transferred to the city’s hospitals, Hope community caring facilities, barangay isolation facilities, or national government-accredited isolation hotels.

“We’re continuously ramping up our contact tracing efforts so every household will be safe, especially young children who are not yet able to follow minimum health protocols on their own,” Cruz said.

“But ultimately, we need everyone’s cooperation. We are appealing to anyone who is experiencing symptoms to please inform CESU immediately,” he added.

CESU can be reached through its official Facebook page and QC Contact Tracing hotlines 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, and 0931-095-7737.

QC gov’t approves P250M fund for ECQ, MECQ workers’ hazard pay

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has approved the release of P250 million funding to provide hazard pay to all its eligible workers.

Those qualified for the said benefit include employees who physically reported for work during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

“All our workers on-duty deserve to be fairly compensated for their sacrifices especially since they face the inevitable risk of contracting the virus,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

“They deserve no less as they continue to support us in the delivery of our services and programs to the public,” she added.

Quezon City Ordinance No. SP-3025, s-2021 states that “all workers who occupy a regular, contractual or casual position or those engaged through a contract of service, job order, or similar schemes are all qualified to receive P500 hazard pay per day of duty.”

Meanwhile, a hazard pay of P200 per day will be provided to barangay personnel who occupy plantilla and contractual positions under Ordinance No. SP-3026, s-2021.

“Barangays are also encouraged to draw from their funds and to add up to P300 maximum as hazard pay to their staff who were on-duty during the period,” said Assistant City Administrator for Fiscal Affairs Don Javillonar.

The ECQ was declared in the National Capital Region from March 29 to April 4 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

It was subsequently extended to April 11 then downgraded to MECQ from April 12 to April 30.
Further, MECQ was extended until May 14.

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