Quezon City does not allow walk-ins in its vaccine sites — Belmonte

Maris Federez   •   August 8, 2021   •   267

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Sunday slammed those who are spreading fake news on social media of walk-in accommodations being allowed in vaccination sites.

“To be categorically clear, Quezon City does not allow walk-ins in its vaccine sites,” Belmonte said.

“Hindi po maaaring magbakasakali at pumila lamang upang mabakunahan. May maayos na sistema po ng pre-registration at scheduling na patuloy na ipinatutupad sa ating lungsod,” she added.

Belmonte cited video footages of large crowds forming outside vaccine sites which can easily become super-spreader events, due to the fake announcement being posted on social media.

The local chief executive said these online saboteurs are endangering the lives of men, women, and children.

“To those spreading this fake news (for whatever malicious reason), makonsensya naman kayo […] Kung hindi kayo madadala sa pakiusap, kaso ng reckless endangerment, violation ng Cybercrime Law, at unjust vexation ang ihaharap namin sa inyo,” she warned.

Belmonte also appealed to national law enforcement agencies to investigate these posts and file the necessary charges.

“To social media platforms, I hope that you can help curb the spread of this particularly dangerous type of fake news, and permanently ban those who use your platform to jeopardize the health and safety of others,” she further said.

Belmonte also urges the public to continue to be vigilant, practice standard precautions, and stay safe.

Businesses must implement ‘KyusiPass’ by Aug. 15 — QC gov’t.

Maris Federez   •   July 21, 2021

 

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has approved an ordinance that will further boost the city’s contact tracing efforts through the full implementation of its “KyusiPass” contact tracing app.

In a statement, the QC government said the move resulted from reported cases of the more contagious and transmissible Delta COVID-19 variant in the country.

Ordinance No. PO21CC-456, introduced by Majority Floor Leader Franz Pumaren and Councilor Ram Medalla, requires establishments to prepare their QR Codes for the full implementation of the “KyusiPass” contact tracing app not later than Aug. 15, 2021.

The ordinance will also penalize business establishments not properly using the KyusiPass, following reports that bars recently closed by the city for violations of IATF and city government guidelines, were not using the contact tracing app for the purpose for which it serves.

“We found out that those bars have KyusiPass at their entrances for display only, but when we tried to contact trace their customers, their databases were empty,” Mayor Belmonte said.

“Such irresponsible behavior renders our contact tracing efforts useless and negatively affects our pandemic response. With the swift passage of this ordinance, we can now do random checks of various establishments and determine if they are really using the app properly,” she added.

The local chief executive underscored the need to immediately implement the digital contact tracing app to beef up the city’s contact tracing efforts amid the entry of the Delta variant in the country.

“Susi para mapigil ang pagkalat ng Delta variant ang pinatinding contact tracing na maaari nating makamit sa tulong ng Kyusi Pass,” Belmonte added.

The statement said the Quezon City Council earlier approved Ordinance No. 3019, S-2021 or the “KyusiPass” Ordinance. This provided business establishments with a six-month transition period before its full implementation.

“Considering the reported cases of a more contagious and transmissible COVID-19 variant, e.g. Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, there is a need to fully implement the “KyusiPass Ordinance” to not later than August 15, 2021,” the Ordinance stated.

Failure to comply with the ordinance will face a P3,000 fine and suspension of franchise and business permit for the first offense.

A P5,000 fine and suspension of franchise or business permit with the issuance of temporary closure order will be meted out for the second offense.

Third-time offenders, on the other hand, will have their business permit or franchise revoked and closed, on top of paying the P5,000 fine.

The QC government has implemented KyusiPass, a contact tracing app powered by SafePass, to provide contactless and more efficient contact tracing, in compliance with DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020-007 and IATF Resolution No. 42 Series of 2020, the advisory said.

Business owners must secure a dedicated QR Code per establishment from the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD), the statement added. —/mbmf

Duterte: I salute community pantry scheme but…

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said that he salutes individuals and groups behind community pantries but stressed that protocols against the transmission of COVID-19 should be strictly observed during these events.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving information that at least 86 persons have tested positive for coronavirus disease after going to a food distribution activity in a barangay in Quezon City more than two weeks ago.

While he acknowledges the intention behind the establishment of community pantries, the chief executive said organizers must ensure that these activities will not go out of control and become super spreader events.

“Wala man question itong pantry scheme. As a matter of fact, I salute the people behind this and those who originated it,” Duterte said during his weekly public address on Monday night.

He also said that basic health protocols should likewise be implemented to avoid overcrowding and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

“Nagkulang sila (pantry organizers) and maybe they are ignorant of the prohibition imposed by law, not by me. Hindi siguro niyo nabasa pero sa totohanan lang, if it is a matter of assessing whether or not you are doing good you are doing super good,” he said.

“Saludo ako at maganda ang konsensya ninyo sa tao ninyo but please read the restrictions first,” he added.

QC grants daily allowance to volunteer health workers in jab sites

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has signed an ordinance granting medical professional volunteers a daily allowance of up to P2,500.

The ordinance is the local government’s way of providing proper compensation to help augment Quezon City’s medical workforce and inoculate the city’s residents.

“It is only right and just that we give them a daily allowance so they won’t be spending their personal funds for transportation and food, for example,” said Mayor Joy.

“Malaking tulong na ang serbisyong ibinibigay nila sa ating lungsod lalo na at kulang tayo sa mga medical staff gaya ng mga doktor at nars na kwalipikadong magbakuna,” Belmonte added.

Under Ordinance No. SP-3024 s., 2021 or “An Ordinance Granting Daily Allowance to the COVID-19 Vaccination Volunteer Medical Staff”, the city government will pay for food, transportation, and other necessities of the volunteer medical staff serving at any of the city’s COVID-19 vaccination sites.

The measure states that anyone who will sign up as a volunteer will be remunerated per day based on the following categories: P2,500 for medical doctors; P1,400 for dentists and nurses; P1,300 for post-graduate interns; P1,000 for other allied medical professionals, and P800 for midwives.

The ordinance was introduced by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Eric Medina, Jun Ferrer, Donny Matias, and Lala Sotto-Antonio.

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