Malacañang assures cash aid to ECQ-affected areas

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021   •   309

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that families and individuals affected by the recent Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) classification will soon be able to receive assistance from the national government.

In an announcement on Thursday (July 29), Roque said each individual in ECQ-affected areas will receive P1,000 each or as much as P4,000 per family under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Uulitin ko po, nandiyan na po ang assistance na sinabi ng Pangulo na kinakailangan ibigay pag tayo po ay nag ECQ,” said Secretary Roque.

“Ang pondo po ay dina-download na po sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ng Iloilo province, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, at Gingoog City,” he added.

The said areas were retained under ECQ from August 1 to 7, 2021 according to the latest recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

The recommendation was approved Wednesday night (July 28) by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Quezon City completes distribution of ECQ ‘ayuda 2’ to 2.3 million residents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 30, 2021

The Quezon City government has completed the distribution of P2.48 billion financial assistance to its residents.

As of August 28, a total of 2,339,420 individuals or 747,520 families have claimed their P1,000 to P4,000 aid from different distribution centers in the city.

The local government reported that the aid distribution was completed five days earlier than the deadline set by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city has also begun distribution of unclaimed ayuda. She reported that there are still 89,154 households that have yet to claim their financial aid.

According to Social Services Development Department (SSDD) head Fe Macale, the city had updated the beneficiary list to remove ineligible and duplicate names days before the ayuda distribution.

“Kaya naging mabilis at maayos ang distribution natin ngayon kasi malinis na ang listahan natin. Inayos natin ito para ma-update ang listahan at mabigyan ang mga residenteng nararapat talagang mabigyan ng ayuda (The distribution has been fast and orderly because our list is organized. We updated the list to make sure eligible residents will receive aid),” she said.

Beneficiaries who have yet to get their ECQ ayuda 2 are advised to monitor the QC government Facebook page and website for further announcements.

Meanwhile, a grievance and appeals committee was stationed in payout sites to address the complaints of constituents regarding financial aid.

Kapag may natitira pang pondo pagkatapos nating maibigay ‘yung ayuda para sa mga unclaimed (should there be excess in the funds after the distribution for the unclaimed has been released), residents who filed grievances or complaints will now be subject for payout,” Macale added. AAC

2 empleyado ng Pasig LGU, sangkot sa modus operandi sa ECQ ayuda

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2021

Bistado ang isang modus operandi sa pamamahagi ng ayuda mula sa social amelioration program (SAP) ng pamahalaan sa isang distribution site sa Pasig City.

Batay sa ulat ng Pasig City Police Station, dalawang kawani ng lokal na pamahalaan ang naglalagay sa listahan ng pangalan ng indibidwal na magpapanggap na benepisyaryo ng ayuda.

Kasabawat ng mga ito ay dalawang fixer na magre-recruit ng mga pekeng benepisyaryo at papipilahin sa payout site. P4,000 ayuda ang nakukubra ng mga ito sa bawat transaksyon.

Pagkatapos pumila at makuha ang mga ayuda sa distribution site, kukunin ng mga fixer ang bahagi ng pera na nakuha nito.

“Ibabalik sa kanila noong mga nakakubra ang P3,000. Ito namang mga kinausap nila, P1,000 na lang ang matitira sa kanila at tsaka ang ayudang ibinigay,” ayon kay Community Affairs Section of Pasig City Police Station Officer-in-Charge PLT. Catherine Deligente.

Isinumbong ng isang concerned citizen sa pulisya ang modus operandi.

Agad namang nagsagawa ng entrapment operation ang mga pulis na nagresulta sa pagkakadakip ng hindi bababa sa 10 suspek kung saan ilan ay hindi taga Pasig City.  Labingtatlo sa mga suspek ay isinasailalim na sa inquest proceedings upang sampahan ng mga kaso kabilang na ang paglabag sa Anti-red Tape Act.

Posible namang maharap sa kasong sa estafa at paglabag sa Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act ang mga LGU personnel.

Ayon kay Mayor Vico Sotto, 1,000 staff ang nagpapagod para maging maayos ang pamamahagi ng ayuda samantalang hindi nabibigyan ang lahat ng cash aid.

“1,000 staff natin ang nagpapagod para maging maayos ang pamamahagi ng ayuda. Alam nating hindi kaya bigyan lahat ng cash ayuda mula sa nasyonal, pero basta’t walang korapsyon o palakasan, okay tayo,” aniya.

Ngunit hindi pa rin aniya talaga maalis-alis sa utak ng ibang tao ang panlalamang sa kapwa.

Iniimbestigahan na ng mga pulis kung may iba pang sangkot at katulad na pananamantala sa iba pang lugar sa lungsod. (mula sa ulat ni Asher Cadapan Jr.)

QCGH expands COVID-19 caring facility; sets to convert chapel into ICU

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

The Quezon City General Hospital and Medical Center (QCGHMC) has announced that it is set to convert a chapel into a COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) ward.

In a press release issued Friday, this is in response to the increasing demand for beds for severe COVID-19 cases.

The chapel, located inside the hospital compound, will be utilized as a 21-bed COVID-19 ICU to allow admission of more severe COVID-19 cases, the statement said.

“Our COVID-19 ward and ICU has already reached its full capacity. With this extension facility, we hope to admit more COVID-19 patients who are in need of urgent and extensive treatment,” QCGHMC Director Dr. Josephine Sabando said.

The Quezon City government is now in the process of assembling hospital beds to be installed in the said facility. It is also procuring additional equipment such as patient monitors, high flow machines, and ventilators.

“Once we positioned the beds and received the machines, we can start assigning doctors and nurses in the extended facility and make it fully operational,” Sabando said.

Meanwhile, the hospital said that the Out-patient Department has reverted to a teleconsultation scheme since the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on August 6.

It added that the OPD is now being utilized as a makeshift quarantine facility for healthcare workers who were assigned to the COVID-19 ward.

“We have also reached full capacity sa ating non-COVID ward and pediatric ward. Despite these, we will still admit urgent cases like trauma cases, vehicular accidents, and acute cases of stroke as well as obstetric cases,” Sabando said.

“Non-urgent cases should consult first through our teleconsult services para mai-schedule kung kinakailangan nila ng face-to-face consultation,” she added.

The QCGHMC also houses a nearly 300-bed quarantine facility at the 2nd and 3rd floor of Hope 4 (the old building).

It also has a four-bed COVID dialysis unit that caters to asymptomatic to severe COVID-19 confirmed renal patients. —/mbmf

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