3 barangays in QC to have low to no water from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15 – Manila Water

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2019   •   725

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water announced service interruptions from August 13 to 15 in three areas in Quezon City due to power supply transfer activities at its Luzon Water Treatment Plant.

Specifically, residents in Barangays Holy Spirit, Pasong Tamo and Sauyo in Quezon City may experience “low pressure to no water service” starting Tuesday until Thursday.

“Manila Water is advising residents of the said barangays to store enough water to supply their needs only during the interruption schedules,” Manila Water told its clients in a statement.

The service interruption may affect around 20,000 households and commercial and business establishments in the affected areas.

The schedule of water service interruptions is as follow:

August 13 (Tuesday) 8 p.m. to August 14 (Wednesday) 6 a.m.

August 14 (Wednesday) 8 p.m. to August 15 (Thursday) 6 a.m.

August 15 (Thursday) 8 p.m. to August 16 (Friday) 6 a.m.

SERVICE ADVISORY: Power supply transfer activity scheduled at Luzon Water Treatment Plant in Quezon City on August…

Posted by Manila Water on Friday, 9 August 2019

QC warns of fines, jail time vs violators of COVID-19 vaccination rules

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2021

People engaging in illegal acts relating to COVID-19 vaccination and those violating the inoculation rules will face fines and jail time, the Quezon City government warned Thursday.

In a statement, the city government said the policy will be implemented after Mayor Joy Belmonte received reports that some individuals are showing up at vaccination sites with fake notification messages from the city government.

The supposed text or email messages were purportedly sent to them, but their names were not on the list of confirmed vaccine recipients for the day when verified, it added.

“This should serve as a warning to those who want to take advantage of the city’s vaccination program through illegal means,” Belmonte said.

“We won’t take your illegal acts sitting down and we will go after you with the full force of the law,” she added.

The city government also received reports about individuals engaging in fraudulent sale of COVID-19 vaccines and falsification of vaccination cards.

To address this, Belmonte approved Ordinance No. SP-3032, S-2021, to thwart any illegal acts relating to the government’s vaccination program.

Under the ordinance, counterfeiting, forging, altering or imitating a vaccine card or any information, signature, seal or feature on the same are prohibited.

The policy also prohibits the following acts:

  • Misrepresenting any information requested by authorities in relation to vaccination, including the information indicated in the vaccine card, for purposes of obtaining undue benefits or privileges.
  • Sale, advertisement, distribution, solicitation, or administration of COVID-19 vaccines for profit and commercial purposes without any authorization or permit issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Purchasing COVID-19 vaccines, whether from a private individual or a government official/employee, without any authority, issued by the FDA.
  • Sale, advertisement, distribution, solicitation, or administration of fake or adulterated COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Sale of COVID-19 vaccine slot/s originally reserved by the person applying for the same to others for the purpose of substituting someone other than the original and supposed applicant.
  • Purchasing COVID-19 vaccine slot/s, whether from a private individual or a government official/employee.
  • Misrepresentation of vaccine status for purposes of fraud or deceit, including a fully vaccinated person pretending to be unvaccinated for purposes of receiving additional inoculations.
  • Commission of any other deceit or fraud in relation to the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

The city government said violators will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months, or both at the discretion of the proper court.

“If the offense is committed by a firm, partnership, corporation or other juridical entity, the chief executive officer, president, general manager or such other officer in charge will be held liable,” it said.

“Aside from this, violators may also be charged for violation of Republic Act No. 9771 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 1991, the Revised Penal Code and other applicable laws,” it added.

The Quezon City government said it continues to implement a no walk-in policy in the local vaccination program.


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.


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