LGUs offer free rides to commuters affected by strike

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2019   •   763

Local government units (LGUs) has offered free rides to commuters who are left stranded due to the transport strike on Monday (September 30).

Based on the Facebook post of Pasig Transport, free rides are offered in six routes from 5:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Class suspension still falls under LGUs discretion—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2020

The local government units (LGU) remain as the authority for announcing suspension of classes during calamities, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo said the department did not release any guidelines in class suspension amid the distance learning under the new normal setting.

“Ang magdedeklara ng walang pasok ay ang mga local government units, (The local government units will declare class suspension),” he said.

DepEd also said classes will not be heavily affected since most classes are using modules and not online. Teachers can also extend deadlines for assignments and other school projects.

“Ang mga guro natin nagbibigay naman ng konsiderasyon kasi alam nila ang estado ng kanilang mga mag-aaral, (Teachers will provide consideration because they know they situation of the students),” Mateo said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

DILG urges public, LGUs, business establishments to use Stay Safe App

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging the public, local government units (LGUs), and business establishments to use the Stay Safe App for contract tracing purposes.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the improved Staysafe.Ph digital contact tracing system can further boost the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The new and improved StaySafe app can be used by LGUs by accessing the heat map, contact tracer enrollment and deputization, and for cognitive contact tracing. It can also be used by individuals to report their health condition or to generate their own individual QR code which can be pre-filled before entering any building or establishment,” he said.

Business establishments can also use the app to generate a unique QR code and to use the digital logbook system so that they could do away with numerous contact tracing forms and documents.

Secretary Eduardo M. Año issued Memorandum Circular 2020-129 to urge all LGUs, business establishments, and the general public to access the system through the website www.staysafe.ph or by downloading the application on Google Play. AAC

Davao City holds test run of QR code system for Davao-bound passengers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2020

The Davao City government has begun its test run of the QR code system and online arrival form for all Davao-bound passengers.

“Through the online platform developed by the Davao City Information Technology Center (CITC), all passengers bound for Davao City will fill out the online form after they are issued boarding passes at the airport of origin. Each passenger will then be issued a unique QR code to be presented upon arrival at the Davao airport,” the local government said.

The trial run, set from October 7 to 11, aims to ensure a no-contact and paperless recording during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, the head of the Davao City Health Office, said this will also boost the city’s contact tracing system.

“Since it’s digital, the transmittal of cases found to be positive during the RT-PCR swab tests will be faster,” she said. AAC

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