8 bus routes operational in QC by December — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020   •   387

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Quezon City government signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the in-city Bus Augmentation Program.

The Bus Augmentation Program aims to provide additional public transport services within Quezon City which would serve commuters especially its residents.

The MOA covers eight routes for public utility buses (PUBs) which will undergo thorough evaluation with the LTFRB. 

The eight proposed routes are as follows:

  • Quezon City Hall to Cubao P. Tuazon cor. Gen. Romulo Ave. (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to Litex (and Vice Versa)
  • Welcome Rotonda to Aurora Katipunan (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to General Luis via SB Road (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to Mindanao Ave. (Quirino Highway) (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to LRT 2 Gilmore (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave cor. Ortigas Ave. (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to LRT 1 Roosevelt to Quezon City

These PUB routes are expected to be formally operational in December 2020.

QC gov’t to launch KyusiPass app to boost contact tracing efforts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Government is set to launch KyusiPass application to boost its contact tracing efforts.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the contact tracing app can help the city keep track of who is visiting establishments within its jurisdiction.

“Currently, our businesses are requiring their guests to fill-up health declaration forms. Through our KyusiPass, they will just tap their QR code onto the scanner and their information, including their name and mobile number, will automatically be sent to our servers handled by our City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU),” she said.

Belmonte said each individual with a valid mobile number who is residing, working, or doing business in Quezon City is required to get a personal QR code. They can register by signing up on the SafePass website, SafePass Facebook chatbot, and through SMS.

Meanwhile, CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz assures app users that their data will remain private and protected.

“Our QCitizens have nothing to worry about because their data will be protected and secured. Only us in CESU can access their information, and only if we need to trace the contacts of a ‘positive’ visitor from a specific establishment,” he noted. AAC

Quezon City gov’t readies 10 initial COVID-19 vaccination sites

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government is readying the 10 initial locations where inoculation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to its constituents will be held.

The designated areas for vaccination are as follows:

  1. Project 6 Tennis Court (District 1)
  2. Batasan Hills National High School (District 2)
  3. NGC Covered Court (District 2)
  4. Aguinaldo Elementary School (District 3)
  5. Dona Josefa Jara Martinez High School (District 4)
  6. Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School (District 4)
  7. Kaligayahan Activity Center (District 5)
  8. Fairview Covered Court (District 5)
  9. Emilio Jacinto Elementary School (District 6)
  10. Culiat High School (District 6)

“Pinili natin ang mga lugar na ito para madaling puntahan ng mga residente ng anim na distrito ng ating siyudad,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

“Nagsimula na tayong magtalaga ng vaccination sites para handa na tayo oras na dumating ang bakuna. We have to plan ahead to assure our people that we are doing everything to make these vaccines available as soon as possible,” she added.

Belmonte said the city government is targeting to establish 24 sites, in addition to the three city-run hospitals – QC General Hospital, Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital and Novaliches District Hospital.

City Health Department head Dr. Esperanza Arias said they have already identified the other vaccination sites but these are still being evaluated to comply with Department of Health (DOH) standards.

“The vaccination site must have unidirectional workflow or one entry and one exit, comfort rooms and ample space for free movement of staff and observance of minimum health standards,” said Dr. Arias.

Arias added that a standby generator set, an ambulance and presence of Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) personnel are also required, among others.

”For every site, the QC government will designate 22 employees composed of physicians, marshals, vaccinators, counselors, and admin staff,” Arias said.

The city government earlier entered into a tripartite agreement with the AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines and the national government for the delivery of 1.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The vaccines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2021.

QC gov’t won’t lock down area of Filipino with new COVID-19 variant

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The residential area of the Filipino who tested positive for the new variant of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will not be subjected to stricter quarantine rules, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Thursday.

Belmonte said there is no reason to put the barangay under lockdown as the patient was immediately placed on quarantine after he returned to the Philippines on January 7.

“It’s very unlikely that nakahawa siya sa kanyang mga kapitbahay etc… Wala pa ring batayan para maglockdown doon,” she said.

“Noong tiningnan ko datos ng Barangay Kamuning, nakita ko ang Kamuning is one of the barangays in Quezon City with the lowest number of COVID positive cases, and we have not observed any clustering or any community transmission,” she added.

The 29-year old male patient is the first case of the more transmissible COVID-19 variant recorded in the country. He lives in Kamuning with his family.

The Department of Health earlier reported that the patient tested negative for COVID-19 before his flight to Dubai in December. He also tested negative upon arrival in the Gulf state.

When he returned to the Philippines on January 7, he underwent a swab test and proceeded to a quarantine facility. His test result came out positive the following day.

His female companion, who was with him when they travelled to the Philippines, was also quarantined and tested negative for COVID-19 upon arrival. She would undergo another swab test for precautionary measure.

The patient’s family will also be quarantined and will undergo tests. The health workers who assisted the patient will also be placed under isolation.

Belmonte, meanwhile, appealed to the public not to discriminate residents from Barangay Kamuning following reports that some workers residing in the area have been told to no longer report for work for fear of transmission.

“Gusto ko ring ipaalam sa ating mga employers, ‘yung ibat ibang opisina, nauunawaan ko na kayo ay nangangamba pero dito sa lungsod Quezon, meron tayong tinatawag na Anti-Discrimination Ordinance. This is something that we are ready to pursue kung patuloy na dinidiscriminate mga mamamayan ng Barangay Kamuning nang dahil sa kasong ito,” she said.

A barangay official, however, lamented the disclosure of the patient’s residential area as this may cause fear among residents and may also affect businesses.

“Yun po yung sa akin, sana hindi na lang po dinisclose… May mga businesses po tayo katulad ng palengke na naapektuhan na tapos meron po tayong mga kabarangay na hindi na pinapapasok sa kanilang work,” Armida Castel, chairperson of Barangay Kamuning said.

The city government said it is currently tracing 10 passengers on board the flight of the patient, who are all residents in the city. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

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