Quezon City opens nighttime COVID-19 vaccination for workers

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021   •   314

The Quezon City government on Wednesday announced it has launched a nighttime vaccination program, which will open at 6 p.m. or after working hours to accommodate employees who cannot take time off from work or visit a vaccination site during the day.

In a statement, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the vaccination program, dubbed “QC Bakuna Nights,” aims to expand the reach of the city and immunize workers whose only free time is in the evening.

“Para ito sa mga manggagawa natin na hindi naman makaliban sa kanilang trabaho para makapagpabakuna sa karaniwang oras na 8am-5pm. Lalo na ‘yung mga arawan ang sahod,” Belmonte said.

“Ngayon, hindi na nila kailangang mamili kung arawang kita ba muna o bakuna. We will inoculate them at a time most convenient to them,” she added.

The city government also said on Wednesday that for the first time, around 2,000 pre-registered frontline personnel under the A4 category will be inoculated at the Quezon City Hall Grounds.

QC gov’t sets limits on purchase of goods, tells barangays to issue pass during ECQ

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2021

The government of Quezon City announced it will impose a cap on the number of items or goods that a person can purchase during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila.

In a statement on Wednesday, the city government said it has set some limits on the purchase of goods to avoid hoarding and panic buying.

In the latest ECQ guidelines issued by the city government, the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) has been mandated to implement Ordinance No. SP-2948 S-2020 or “Regulating the Selling of Basic Necessities During Calamities.”

“We have to impose limits to avoid panic buying and hoarding that may lead to supply problems and could prevent other citizens from purchasing the needs of their families during the ECQ,” Belmonte said.

“Mas mabuti na ngayon pa lang ay nakalatag na ang polisiyang ito upang magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang lahat na makabili ng kanilang pangangailangan,” she added.

Under the said ordinance, a customer may only purchase five cans per brand of sardines while the purchase of other canned goods such as meat loaf and corned beef is limited to 10 cans per brand, among other goods.

Belmonte, however, assured residents that there is enough food supply in Quezon City while the delivery of goods will remain unhampered during the ECQ.

The local policy will take effect on midnight of August 6.

Metro Manila will be placed under ECQ from August 6 to 20. During this period, curfew hours will start from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. as agreed earlier by the Metro Manila Council.

Under the ECQ protocol, only persons going to and from work, authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) and those who have confirmed vaccination schedules are allowed to go out.

Dine-in, whether indoor or outdoor, is not allowed but restaurants and other food establishments may provide take-out or delivery services.

Belmonte also ordered the revival of quarantine passes issued by the barangay to no more than one person per household, preferably to a person who is fully-vaccinated and otherwise does not have a company ID or other APOR ID.

A ban on the selling of liquor and the operation of personal care services such as barbershops, nail spas, parlors and salons will also be implemented.

The mayor also mandated essential businesses that operate indoor facilities, such as supermarkets, palengkes and the like, to limit their capacity to ensure at least a two-meter distance among customers and ensure sufficient ventilation.

Business establishments allowed to operate should strictly implement the Kyusi Pass digital contact tracing method.

“A lessee inside a larger establishment (such as individual stores inside a mall) should also have its own KyusiPass contact tracing log. All establishments, institutions and facilities are required to provide their QR code scanners as mandated under the City’s Kyusi Pass Ordinance,” the city government said.

Quezon City gov’t to launch first online birth registration portal

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2021

The Quezon City government is looking to launch this year an online birth registration portal as part of the digitalization program of the city’s public services.

The project, which will be first in the country once it goes online, offers a more convenient and efficient birth registration process, where the requirements can be sent thru the website and be verified by the City Civil Registry Department (CCRD).

“Tulad ng business at occupational permits natin na pwedeng mag-apply online, bubuksan na rin natin itong online portal for birth registration para ma-address natin ‘yung problema natin sa mga late at unregistered birth registration sa lungsod,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

The local government said the automation of the services will also save the residents from the hassle of physically going to city hall to transact and from the possible risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

“Through this initiative, pwede nang mai-submit ang requirements at mai-check online para hindi na magpabalik-balik pa sa city hall,” Belmonte said.

“Hopefully, we can have the portal up and running before the year ends,” she added.

According to City Civil Registrar Salvador Cariňo Jr., they are currently in talks with the City Administrator’s Office and Information Technology Development Department to include the initiative in the city’s QC E-Services portal, which streamlines all city government programs.

“After sending the documents needed, our staff will review and verify these and will advise the applicant if their certificate is ready for pick-up,” Cariňo added.

Aside from birth registration, other Civil Registry Department programs such as marriage registration, and death registration, will soon be available online as well.

The city will also ensure that the portal will have real-time tracking and email notification system for the applicants. High-end equipment will also be utilized to support the system’s needs.

Once formally launched, the portal will be accepting applications from QC residents 24/7, the city government said.

Nearly 10 million people in PH now fully vaccinated vs COVID-19 — NTF

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The number of individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccine doses has climbed to nearly 10 million, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said Wednesday.

In a televised public briefing, NTF deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said authorities on Tuesday have administered more than 680,000 COVID-19 shots, the most jabs given in a day since the vaccination drive started in March.

This pushed the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country to 21,891,012.

A total of 12,064,649 individuals have received their first shot, while 9,826,663 people have been fully vaccinated.

Dizon expressed confidence that the country will reach 10 million administered doses before Metro Manila goes on stricter lockdown starting August 6 to 20.

“Kampante tayo, bukas na bukas, lagpas na pong 10 million ang kumpleto ang bakuna sa Pilipinas,” he said.

The government has been eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against COVID-19.

The Philippines has so far recorded over 1.6 million coronavirus infections with 28,000 deaths.

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