DSWD to utilize new facility for SAP payout in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020   •   1318

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to tap a new payout facility to hasten distribution of the Social Amelioration Program’s second tranche of cash aid to Quezon City residents.

This, after the DSWD reached out to the Quezon City local government to settle issues over delay in the payout of cash subsidies to many of the SAP beneficiaries in the city.

According to the agency, the delay were often caused by lack of information, particularly the contact numbers of beneficiaries.

“Naipaliwanag sa amin na nahihirapan sila sa pamimigay dahil marami sa mga benepisyaryo ay hindi kumpleto ang impormasyon, gaya ng cellphone number (They said they had difficulties in releasing the cash assistance because of incomplete information on the beneficiaries such as cellphone numbers),” said  Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The new payment facility is expected to hasten the payout process as well as provide manual payout delivery services to recipients who do not have contact numbers for wire transfers.

“Pinaplantsa lang nila ang mga detalye para ito’y agad na maisakatuparan at upang mapakinabangan na ng ating mga residente ang SAP na ipinangako sa kanila ng national government (They are ironing out the details before proceeding so that the residents can finally benefit from SAP which the national government promised to them),” she added.

So far, the city’s Social Services Development Department said only 151,192 beneficiaries have received the second tranche of the cash assistance amounting to P8,000 out of the 377, 584 SAP recipients in the city, 

Once settled, the payout will begin in October.

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Davao City surpasses QC in average daily COVID-19 cases; records ‘very high’ positivity rate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2021

Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in having high average daily cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to OCTA Research Group.

According to the research group, Davao City along with other areas in Mindanao, has recorded high growth rate in COVID-19 cases. Davao City has an average of 213 daily COVID-19 cases while Quezon City has 207.

Due to this the local government said it will conduct online consultations with doctors to discuss additional temporary treatment management facilities.

A business process outsourcing (BPO) company was also placed under lockdown after 403 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Davao City local government will also conduct an investigation if the said BPO company had  violated public minimum health standards

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Spokesperson Pcpt. Rose Aguilar reminded the public to follow minimum health protocols. Over 3,000 individuals have been apprehended for not wearing facemasks and face shields.

“Sumunod talaga tayo palagi sa health protocols at tayo mismo magbantay sa ating sarili, na hindi tayo makatabi o makalapit sa kapwa indibidwal. Ang ating facemask, face shield at paghuhugas ng kamay palagi nating gawin,” he said.

(Let us follow health protocols and we should be vigilant in maintaining physical distancing. Wear facemask, face shield, and wash your hands.)

Meanwhile, the local government will place additional temporary treatment management facilities due to bed shortage brought by the surge in COVID-19 cases. AAC (with reports from Marisol Montano)

QC to probe barangay captain, homeowner president for failure to report public gatherings

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 7, 2021

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government will conduct an investigation against a barangay captain and and a homeowner association president for failing to report public gatherings.

Barangay Captain Allan Franza and Homeowners Association President Don Brabante of Matandang Balara will be facing probe for failing to prohibit or report a public gathering and a drinking session that led to the spread of COVID-19 to 72 residents.

City Mayor Joy Belmonte has also directed the City Legal Department to investigate other individuals involved in the superspreader event.

“The spread could’ve been prevented but we see that some people, including persons in authority, have started to become lax in the enforcement and practice of minimum health protocols. This should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to remain vigilant and wary of COVID-19. The virus is still very much in our environment and we are counting on everyone’s cooperation,” she said.

City Legal Officer Attorney Orlando Paolo Casimiro said his office has issued a show cause order to Franza for him to explain why he should not be held criminally and administratively liable due to the reported superspreader event.

The agency also filed a complaint against Brabante for violation of health protocols and permitting a social gathering beyond what is allowable by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Based on the report by the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU), a total of 255 residents of Area 7, Matandang Balara were swabbed and among these, 72 were confirmed positive. AAC

Cop to face murder charges after shooting woman at point blank range in QC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A police officer will face murder charges after shooting a woman at point blank range in Quezon City on Monday (May 31), according to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Master Sergeant Hensie Zinampan was captured on video that showed him shooting 52-year-old Lilibeth Valdez in the neck on Monday evening. Reports say Zinampan had a previous argument with Valdez’ son.

During a media briefing on Tuesday (June 1), Eleazar reported that the suspect  already admitted to the crime.

The PNP Chief condemned the said shooting and ordered the Internal Affairs Service to investigate the incident. Apart from the murder charges, Zinampan will also face administrative charges.

The suspect is assigned to the Philippine National Police – Police Security and Protection Group. He is currently detained at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) in Camp Karingal. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)



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