DSWD to utilize new facility for SAP payout in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020   •   207

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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Quezon City gov’t taps e-commerce platform to help small businesses

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2020

The Quezon City government has partnered with the online shopping platform, Shopee to provide free registration for the city’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME), the local government announced.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the partnership is part of its move to strengthen its programs supporting small businesses affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We value the economic well-being of our MSMEs in the city as they are our important partners in developing the local economy. With Shopee, we will be able to help more of them survive and continue their businesses despite the ongoing health crisis,” Belmonte said.

The QC government through its Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) shall screen applicants and endorse qualified MSMEs to Shopee for onboarding and training.

MSMEs may apply provided that they are compliant with the local government business registration requirements.

“We are happy to partner with Quezon City to help their local sellers step up on their digitalization efforts and capture the growing proportion of online-first consumers,” said Martin Yu, associate director of Shopee Philippines.

Interested applicants may get in touch with SBCDPO through their Facebook page.

DSWD-7 releases 301K relief packs for COVID-19 response

Maris Federez   •   September 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 7 said that the provision of family food packs (FFPs) as augmentation support for COVID-19 response operations continues.

On its Facebook post, the DSWD-7 said they have been providing FFPs to local government units as well as to other national government agencies, organizations, stranded individuals, and displaced workers.

The agency said that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has released a total of 301,843 FFPs equivalent to around P136 million, as of September 1.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala said that the FFPs from the department is contained in a box with the agency’s logo.

She noted that each box has markings on its expiry date, a reminder that it should not be sold, and a warning that selling, buying, repackaging, and replacing of DSWD relief goods are criminal offenses under the DRRM Act of 2010.

“The way how we give the FFP should be the way how it will be given to the people,” Geamala said.

She added that there should be no other tags or stickers attached on the FFP.

The official said that FFPs are purposely given by the DSWD to make sure that people, even from far-flung areas, will be served by the department through the request of the local government units.

“The purpose of giving this to the local government units is to augment the need of the people that are affected by COVID-19,” she said. —/mbmf

QC launches online consultation system for COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   August 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — In partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the Quezon City government has launched a telemedicine system.

Dubbed as QC COVID Telemed, the program aims at providing remote medical assistance to confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the city.

It is an online system that allows patients undergoing home quarantine or those admitted to the city’s community health facilities to consult with their doctors without having to personally meet them.

“Dito sa QC gagamitin nila ang telemedicine sa pagmo-monitor doon sa mga kaso na naka-quarantine para nang sa ganoon, nasusubaybayan nila araw araw ang sintomas nila (Here in Quezon City, they will use telemedicine to monitor the cases of those under home quarantine so their symptoms will be monitored daily),” explained DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag.

“Pwede rin naman para kamustahin ang mga nagumpisa nang magrecover para sa ganoon nalalaman nila kaagad kung baka may iba pang taong nahawa (It could also be used to check on those who are starting to recover to determine if there are other persons who have been infected),” he added.

According to Mayor Joy Belmonte the program would limit physical contact between COVID-19 patients and healthcare workers thus minimizing the risk of further transmission.

The mayor added that the program would also enable doctors who are unable to do full-time hospital duties, such as elderly doctors and those with comorbidities, to perform their profession with no restrictions.

Based on the city health department’s data, the city has around 10,736 confirmed cases to date.

“Sobra po akong nagpapasalamat sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan dahil talagang kailangan na kailangan namin. Sa datos natin ngayon talagang tumataas bilang ng mga COVID positive patients natin (I am extremely thankful to the Department of Health because we really need this. Based on data, our number of COVID-19 positive cases is increasing),” Mayor Belmonte said.

“Kulang na kulang po tayo sa doktor at healthcare professionals. Sa pamamagitan ng telemedicine matutulungan natin ang mga pasyente (We are short on doctors and healthcare professionals. So, through telemedicine, we will be able to help our patients),” she added.

In support of the program, DOH has provided the city government with 15 laptop and desktop units which will be distributed to various HOPE facilities and selected health centers across the city. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

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