Baguio City, nagsagawa ng simulation sa proseso ng COVID-19 vaccination

Robie de Guzman   •   February 15, 2021   •   903

BAGUIO CITY – Nagdaos ngayong Lunes ng simulation exercise ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Baguio City para sa proseso ng pagbabakuna kontra novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ito ang bilang paghahanda sa inaasahang pagdating ng unang batch ng COVID-19 vaccines sa bansa at pag-arangkada ng mass vaccination program ng pamahalaan ngayong buwan ng Pebrero.

Sa unang bahagi ng simulation, isinagawa ang vaccine transport procedure mula sa City Health Office sa T. Alonzo patungo sa vaccination area sa gym ng University of Baguio.

Walong minuto ang nai-record na oras ng paghahatid ng bakuna.

Sa ikalawang bahagi ng simulation ay inilatag naman ang pagkakasunud-sunod ng bawat phase ng proseso gaya ng paglalagay ng waiting area, registration, counselling, medical screening, at vaccination area sa itinakdang vaccination site.

Upang mapabilis ang proseso, kailangang dumaan sa online pre-registration ang mga magpapabakuna bago ang mismong araw ng immunization.

Pagkatapos nito ay dadaan sila sa counselling at screening para sa anumang impormasyon o katanungan ukol sa pagpapabakuna. Sa phase na ito rin maaaring hilingin sa mga magpapabakuna ang kanilang health status at iba pang bagay na kailangang dumaan sa beripikasyon.

Ipinakita rin ang mga panuntunan at prosesong dapat sundin ng mga magpapabakuna, bago at pagkatapos nilang maturukan, para na rin sa kanilang kaligtasan.

Tiniyak rin ng lokal na pamahalaan na may ilalagay silang standby medical at healthcare workers, pati na ng ambulansiya, sa post-vaccination area upang agad tumugon sa sinumang mangangailangan ng atensiyong medikal o kaya ay magkakaroon ng reaksyon sa tinanggap na bakuna.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan, mahalaga ang pagsasagawa ng simulation upang ma-assess ang proseso at matugunan ang mga nasalungang isyu sa transportation at vaccination.

Ilan sa mga napansin nilang kailangan pang pagtuunan ng pansin ay ang sitwasyon ng mga persons with disabilities (PWD) na maaaring lumahok sa programa gayundin ang pagsasagawa ng sanitation sa bawat lugar.

Ayon kay Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, magagamit ang assessment ng evaluation team sa ginawang simulation upang mapag-ibayo pa ang kalidad at kahandaan ng Baguio City sa pagpapatupad ng COVID-19 vaccination program. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marvin Calas)

Shift to GCQ not just yet, says DTI

Marje Pelayo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — With the current number of COVID-19 infections in the country, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez believes it is not yet time to shift into a more relaxed quarantine restriction.

During Thursday’s (April 15) Laging Handa briefing, Lopez said reverting back to a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) will depend on the utilization rate of major hospitals in the country.

“Kapag further bumaba ang COVID cases at bumaba ang utilization rate, maraming bakante, ibig sabihin pwede tayong magluwag ulit to GCQ,” he said.

In March, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe expressed concern over alleged COVID-19 clustering in workplaces.

Lopez said the recent spike in the country’s COVID-19 cases shouldn’t be blamed on the return of workers because the clusters of cases in workplaces was only about 20 percent since the reopening of the economy.

“Base sa datos, ang contribution ng mga cases —  mga clusters ng ilan sa workplaces — ay around 20% lamang,” Lopez said.  “Isa nga sa observation bago nagtaas muli ang cases ay ang pagdami ng non-essential activities and gatherings.”

For this reason, the official said that when the country reverts to GCQ, he would not recommend the easing of restrictions on non-essential gatherings.

“I would think that once we move to GCQ, isa pa rin ‘yan sa ipagpapatuloy munang ipagbawal – mga gatherings na non-essential,” he said.

PACC receives 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Around 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution have been received by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The PACC, on Thursday (April 15), said during the rollout of the cash aid distribution the agency already received around 8,000 complaints.

PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said the agency is already coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to discuss the said reports.

Nakakalungkot, we have just received 8,000 reports tungkol dito. Sina-summarize namin ang reports para sa gagawing meeting with the DILG, para maaksyunan, ma-imbestigahan, makasuhan (It is saddening, we have just received 8,000 reports regarding this matter. We are summarizing the reports for our meeting with the DILG for immediate action, investigation, and for the immediate filing of cases),” he said.

Belgica reiterated the need to increase monitoring during the distribution process in order to avoid any form of anomalies.

Titingnan po namin ang sistemang gagamitin nila bukod sa mga complaints. Monitoring has to be strengthened para maiwasan ang mga ganito (We will look into the system used by the [DILG] aside from the complaints received. Monitoring has to be strengthened to avoid these issues),” he said.

The PACC officials expressed alarm on the number of complaints. He noted that during the previous cash aid distribution, the PACC received around 9,000 complaints. During the recent cash distribution, the agency already received 8,000 complaints.

Belgica advises officials not to take the money especially when families affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are finding it difficult to get by.

Kaunti na lang po iyan para po sa kanila, para po sa kanilang pamilya para mabuhay. Ibigay na po natin sa kanila iyan dahil kung pinakialaman po natin iyan (The cash aid is not much, it is for the public and their families in order to survive. Give it to them because if you took advantage and we will find out [about it]) we will make sure you will be accountable to it,” he warned. AAC

LRT-2 to shorten operating hours starting April 17

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will temporarily shorten its operating hours due to the increasing number of LRT-2 frontline personnel infected with COVID-19, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said.

In an advisory, the LRTA said the shortened operating hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be implemented starting Saturday, April 17 until April 30.

“Consistent with the guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), our Management opted to shorten the operating hours so as to help us prevent the further spread of the virus and avoid the possible paralysis of our operations in case the numbers continue to surge,” LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya said.

Out of 1,944 total LRT-2 employees, 1,906 have been tested from April 7 to 8. Of this number, 273 individuals were found positive for coronavirus.

The LRTA said that only 56% are currently functioning among ticket management and sales collection personnel, and about 73% among train drivers. Some 68% of the station personnel are left available with the rest under quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or exposure.

“We have already isolated all the infected/exposed personnel, have implemented work-from-home arrangements for depot workers, revisited train ventilation and air-flow protocols, and ensured that all minimum public health standards are complied with at all times to avoid the further spread of the virus,” Berroya said.

He said that the reduced operating hours will allow the LRTA to still effectively manage LRT-2 operations considering the manpower deficit and allow COVID-19 afflicted employees to recover and complete their mandatory quarantine/isolation period.

The LRTA also noted that under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) being implemented until April 30, LRT-2 is expected to experience a significant decline in ridership.

“At this time of public health emergency, the welfare and safety of both our passengers and personnel must always come first,” Berroya said.

The LRTA appealed to passengers to strictly observe all the COVID-19 protocols, stressing that “the road to beat the virus is a two-way street.”

Passengers are also reminded to always wear face masks and face shields, to be self-aware and socially disciplined, and to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety measures in place.

Meanwhile, buses are plying Route 9 (Antipolo to Cubao) and Route 10 (Cubao to Doroteo Jose) to augment LRT-2 operations and to help accommodate affected passengers.

The normal LRT-2 operating schedule will resume on May 1, 2021, the LRTA said

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