QC launches online registration for QCitizen ID

Maris Federez   •   January 7, 2021   •   1628

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The local government will launch anytime on Thursday (January 7) the online registration of QCitizen ID, an identification system that can be used to access various services, including the Q City Bus, health, and other social services.

On Wednesday’s press release, City Administrator Mike Alimurung explained that the QCitizen ID is a unified ID for all residents that will also replace the existing senior citizen, solo parent, and persons with disability (PWD) ID over time. Existing IDs will continue to be valid in the interim.

“The QCitizen ID will enable us to provide better services to citizens and allocate resources more efficiently,” said Alimurung.

Alimurong added that the QCitizen ID will also be used in the LGU’s system in conducting vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“It will also be used to determine the priority list for the distribution of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine,” he said.

To apply for the QCitizen ID, one must first create an account on the city government’s E-Services portal. Those without internet access will be given the chance to apply in the in-person, on-the-ground registration drive that the local government will conduct in barangays in the coming weeks.

Those eligible to sign up are residents who have a government-issued ID or barangay certificate.

“A resident cannot use a single QC E-Services account to register for multiple QCitizen IDs. A family member cannot use their own account to register parents or other relatives. They all have to register separately,” he said.

The city will provide all citizens with a QCitizen ID number and digital ID, but only residents 15 years old and above will be given a free physical ID card.

The digital version of the ID can be accessed via the QCitizen App, which is available on Google Playstore and Apple App Store.

Mayor Joy Belmonte has also announced that the on-the-ground registration will be piloted in Barangay Central on January 15.

“The registration will give importance to those who are on the priority list for the COVID-19 vaccine – senior citizens, PWDs and frontliners,” said Belmonte.

The Quezon City government recently signed a tripartite agreement with the National Task Force Against COVID-19 and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines for the advance purchase of COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens. —/mbmf

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 launches tamper-proof security seal for vax cards

Maris Federez   •   July 9, 2021

The Quezon City government resumed its vaccination rollout on Thursday (July 8) with a new system of affixing tamper-proof security seals on the vaccination cards of QCitizens who have completed their second doses.

Six vaccination sites are scheduled to administer second doses to about 4,000 individuals.

The QC government, in a statement, said affixing the tamper-proof seal will help ensure that fake cards are not mistaken for authentic ones.

It added that the measure will continue until the national government begins implementing its centralized vaccination certification system.

The hologram seal will be countersigned by an authorized representative of Task Force Vax to Normal.

“The security seal certifies that vaccination cards presented by their bearers as proof of having been fully vaccinated are authentic”, Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The city government noted the increasing possibility of fraud as the number of incentives such as freebies and discounts are being offered to fully vaccinated individuals.

“Apart from a vaccination certificate for travel or work, which the Quezon City Health Department also issues, the tamper-proof security seal guarantees that vaccination cards presented for whatever purpose are genuine. Now that interzonal travel for fully-vaccinated individuals is being relaxed and more merchants are offering discounts to vaccinated individuals, our goal is to ensure that our QCitizens will have easier access to places and services,” the local chief executive said.

Quezon City Vax to Normal Co-Chair Joseph Juico said that the city-issued vaccination card was originally aimed at providing necessary information related to an individual’s vaccination. This includes the date of the second dose, the vaccine brand administered, and who administered it.

“But given the delay in the roll-out of vaccine passes or a centralized vaccination certification system by the national government, we are in the interim, putting in place measures to make the vaccination cards more secure, especially for those requiring this for travel, work, and other purposes,” Juico added.

Mayor Belmonte suggested that valid photo-bearing IDs of fully vaccinated persons be presented to restaurants, shops, and malls along with the cards to ensure that these cards are not passed on to unvaccinated persons in attempts to claim incentives or for travel purposes.

The city government said that it will also affix security seals to the cards of some 240,000 fully vaccinated individuals who had received their second doses before the rollout of the security seal should they need one.

This will be implemented through a staggered system to avoid crowds and violations of health protocols.

The first batch will be those who received their second doses in the month of April. They are requested to proceed to the Century Hall of the Quezon City Memorial Circle from July 12-23.

Priority will be given to those with pending domestic or international travel. Schedules will then be set for those fully vaccinated in May and June, the advisory added.

It further instructed individuals and their representatives who need to have a seal-bearing vaccination card to bring a valid ID.

The city government also urged business establishments to take note of the seal-bearing vaccination cards presented to them as valid proof of authenticity, especially when this is presented together with a QCitizen ID or any valid ID.

“We need to promote the safety of everyone by providing other LGUs, airlines, and commercial establishments with evidence of a person’s vaccination status. As we strive to revive the economy, our fully vaccinated QCitizens should be allowed to enjoy more perks for responding to our appeal for inoculation. Hopefully, when the vaccine supply stabilizes, everyone who wants one can get a jab,” Belmonte said.

Meanwhile, the city government is pushing for the immediate passage of an ordinance penalizing all vaccine-related fraud.

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