QC requires strict use of digital contact tracing app in business establishments

Marje Pelayo   •   March 8, 2021   •   688

MANILA, Philippines — Business establishments in Quezon City are now required to use the ‘KyusiPass’ digital contact tracing app for their employees and consumers to further strengthen the city’s contact-tracing capability amid the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

This is pursuant to the directive issued by Mayor Joy Belmonte which includes the revised guidelines released on March 5 in relation to the latest issuances by the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

KyusiPass, a contact tracing app powered by SafePass, can help the city keep track of the visitors of every establishment within its jurisdiction.

Under the latest guidelines, Belmonte directed business owners to secure a dedicated QR Code per establishment from the Business Permits and Licensing Department to tag its location.

“For clarity, a lessee inside a larger establishment, like individual stores inside malls, should have its own contact tracing log,” said Belmonte.

Establishments that rely on manual contact tracing must encourage their customers to bring their own pen for logging in their name, address, and contact number.

Digital copies of these logs should be readily available to the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) for any given time should contact tracing be necessary.

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.

QC advises gov’t offices to implement ‘work-from-home’ scheme during Lenten week

Marje Pelayo   •   March 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government is calling on national government offices within its jurisdiction to implement a “work-from-home” scheme for the duration of the Lenten week to help arrest the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Mayor Joy Belmonte stressed the local government unit (LGU) is aiming to limit mobility within the next nine days to contain the spread of the virus.

“During this time frame, we hope to reduce the number of infections significantly, thus easing the burden on our healthcare system and our medical frontliners who are tirelessly working 24/7,” she said.

The city government plans to reduce the workforce and if possible, make it even lower than the government mandate of 30 to 50 percent.

Based on their contact tracing, Dr. Rolly Cruz of the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) pointed out that a significant number of COVID-19 cases involve workers who got infected in the workplace and transmitted the virus to members of their household.

Since January 1, CESU has recorded a total of 310 COVID-19 cases in about 30 national government offices in Quezon City.

As of March 24, one hundred ninety-two (192) of the 310 cases are active.


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