QC launches tamper-proof security seal for vax cards

Maris Federez   •   July 9, 2021   •   1194

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.

QCPD chief asked to explain alleged breach of agreement with LGU, SONA protesters

Marje Pelayo   •   July 28, 2021

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Mayor Joy Belmonte asked Quezon City Police District Police District Chief Antonio Yarra to explain in writing the alleged breach in agreement with the local government unit (LGU) regarding the conduct of the rally during the state of the nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 26).

Rally organizers claim the agreement forged between the protesters and the QC LGU through Belmonte and Yarra was not honored by the latter.

The demonstrators said they were permitted to exercise their constitutional right to peaceably assemble and exercise their freedom of expression, on the strict condition that minimum health standards including the submission of all the names and contact details of rally participants would be observed, according to the gentlemen’s agreement arrived at after a lengthy dialogue prior to the day of the SONA.

However, the QCPD allegedly broke their word by blocking the march along Commonwealth Avenue thereby causing a commotion.

Progressive leaders lamented that if only barriers were not set up along Commonwealth Avenue, the protests could have ended peacefully and as scheduled.

“Some police officials decided to put up orange barriers along Commonwealth Avenue to block the march, in violation of the agreement with the QC LGU and PNP command that marchers would be allowed to reach St. Peter’s Chapel in Tandang Sora. Kaya ngayon barado ang daan,” former Bayan Muna partylist Representative Teddy Casino complained in a tweet.

He called on Belmonte and PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar to tell their people to comply with the agreement so that the protesters can end their program and go home.

Otherwise, he said, they “will all end up stuck along Commonwealth Avenue the whole day.”

Casino requested that the orange barriers be removed and the march to be allowed to reach its destination.

This year’s SONA activities was the first time the Quezon City government, the QCPD and the various progressive groups agreed to work together to uphold both the human right to health and the constitutional rights to peaceable assembly and free speech.

The agreement, the rally organizers said, was forwarded to and approved by Eleazar and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año through Mayor Belmonte.

QC imposes two-week liquor ban starting March 15

Marje Pelayo   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has imposed a liquor ban as an additional measure to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.

Apart from the reimplementation of a two-week liquor ban, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued supplemental guidelines imposing protocols which include the reiteration of public safety hours, strict compliance to health protocols in workplaces, and mandatory use of the Kyusi Pass digital contact tracing app.

The guidelines which will take effect on March 15 to March 31 covers workplaces, public areas, and business establishments.

“The drastic increase of cases is very alarming. We want to stop the transmission as early as now so that we no longer have to implement another nationwide lockdown,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

She also stressed the following measures will be implemented for the duration of two weeks:

– All retail sales of alcoholic beverages are suspended.
– All gyms, spas and internet cafes are closed.
– All barangays may again issue quarantine passes to their residents to limit movement. However, a barangay may not close down any establishment without the approval of the city government.

Returning Overseas Filipinos (OFs) staying in hotels and other accommodation establishments in the city organized by the national government or private entities must report to the Office of the City Administrator for documentation and monitoring, and for guidance on health, security, and logistics protocols. All OFs are required to complete the mandatory quarantine period of at least 14 days regardless of the RT-PCR test result.

All member offices of the city’s law and order cluster, regulatory departments, the barangays, and the QCPD and its police stations shall continue enforcing the protocols contained in these guidelines.

QCitizens may review the full list of guidelines in the Quezon City government website www.quezoncity.gov.ph.

QC launches online registration for QCitizen ID

Maris Federez   •   January 7, 2021

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

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