Quezon City gov’t to prioritize vaccination in closed, care facilities

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021   •   232

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday said she has ordered the City Health Department to vaccinate all individuals residing and working in closed and long-term care facilities.

Belmonte issued the order after the city’s Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) submitted a report on 13 facilities it has visited and surveyed so far.

The said facilities include orphanages, home care facilities, apostolate centers, and rehabilitation centers among others.

According to CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz, the 13 facilities have an estimated 1,027 employees and clients, 594 of which have yet to receive a first dose of COVID vaccine.

“We are working closely with the city’s vaccination team so inoculation can be done at the soonest possible time,” Cruz said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Belmonte confirmed she has seen media reports about the deaths of some nuns from the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Cubao, which reported a COVID-19 outbreak.

However, the city has yet to receive official information from the facility itself.

“On behalf of the city government, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the whole RVM community for losing some of their sisters to COVID,” said Belmonte.

She assured that the local government remains committed to extending assistance and support to all closed and long-term care facilities in the city “to control infection and to prevent deaths from possible future outbreaks.”

Belmonte earlier said she has ordered for the issuance of guidelines that seek to improve the infectious disease resiliency of these facilities through better ventilation.

The guidelines will also help closed and long-term care facilities retrofit their buildings and reduce COVID transmission, she added.

Cop nabbed over alleged robbery-extortion – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 27, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — A policeman assigned in Quezon City has been arrested for allegedly engaging in robbery-extortion activities, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the PNP identified the cop as Police Corporal Myrldon Linga Yagi, who was assigned at Station 14, Holy Spirit, Quezon City Police District.

He was arrested during an entrapment operation launched by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).

The PNP said the police officer was caught receiving the marked money worth P2,000 as the supposed payment of a complainant.

The complainant gave the money to Yagi so his fruit stand will not be dismantled and to get back his mobile phone that the policeman allegedly took by force, it added.

According to the IMEG, the complainant reported to them that he was mauled, gun-poked and threatened by Yagi.

Authorities were able to seize the marked money, one unit of Taurus 9mm pistol with serial number TZE 30683; two pieces of magazine with 16 ammunition, a PNP identification card and cash worth P1,635 from the suspect.

Yagi is presently under custody of the PNP-IMEG in Camp Crame while criminal and administrative charges are being readied against him.

Eleazar said he directed a thorough investigation into the incident to also determine the possible cohorts or other cops involved in robbery-extortion in the area.

“Dahil dito ay titiyakin natin na habambuhay na pagsisihan ni Police Corporal Myrldon Yagi ang ginawa niyang pangongotong lalo na kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na talagang ginawa niya ito,” he said.

The PNP chief also threatened to dismiss police officers who continue to engage in illegal activities.

Quezon City allows minors to visit Quezon Memorial Circle

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

Minors aged 17 and below are now allowed to go to Quezon Memorial Circle, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that minors will now be allowed to take a stroll in the park provided that they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.

It, however, said that the park will only accommodate up to 30 percent of its capacity.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier said that the intrazonal and interzonal travel of minors is now allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults.

The easing of travel restrictions for minors follows the government’s move to place Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.

Under Alert Level 3, more establishments have been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Backyard piggeries, poultry farms now banned in Quezon City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

The Quezon City government on Tuesday announced that pig and poultry raising will now be prohibited in the city.

In a statement, the city government said the policy is contained under City Ordinance 2990-2020, which was passed in a bid to protect residents from various public health issues.

The ordinance, authored by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Diorella Maria Sotto-Antonio, and Eric Medina, stated that no piggery or poultry farm for the purposes of food or meat production should be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.

City Veterinary Department head Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that aside from operating in an urban area, backyard piggeries also violate various environmental and sanitation guidelines.

Backyard poultry and piggeries also tend to pollute tributaries because such businesses often allow waste to flow into riverways, she added.

The Quezon City Zoning Ordinance also prohibits piggeries and poultries as the city doesn’t have any agricultural or rural zones that allow pig or poultry raising.

The city government noted that 14 out of 17 barangays that previously had backyard farms and piggeries have phased these out, citing data from City Veterinary Department.

“As of today, there are only three barangays (Payatas, Sta. Lucia and Old Balara) with 26 piggeries. They vowed to close these down by November 2021,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in the same statement.

“Bago sila magsara, sisiguraduhin natin na mababawi nila ‘yung dapat nilang kita at bibigyan sila ng alternative na pangkabuhayan para magkaroon sila ng iba pang source of income para sa kanilang pamilya,” she added.

The city government assured to provide livelihood options for poultry and hog raisers who will be affected by the local policy through its Small Business Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office.

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