Manila, San Juan LGU workers to work only ‘til half-day on Dec. 23

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2019   •   566

MANILA, Philippines – The governments of Manila and San Juan cities have declared that workers in their respective local offices will only render half-day work on Monday, December 23, in line with the holiday season.

“Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno declares half-day work for all local government offices today, December 23,” the Manila Public Information said in an advisory posted on Twitter.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, meanwhile, posted a memorandum on his Twitter account which states his order for city hall employees to work only until 12 noon.

“Work in San Juan City Hall for today will be half-day, until 12nn, in order for our employees to have more time to spend with their families. For everyone’s guidance and reference,” he said.

However, local agencies in San Juan involved in the delivery of disaster response, basic health services, and other vital services were ordered to continue operations.

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)

Manila LGU buys 2,000 remdesivir vials for COVID-19 patients

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 13, 2020

The Manila City government has acquired 2,000 remdesivir vials to treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Thursday (August 13) announced that the local government spent P13 million to purchase the vials from Mylan, the pharmaceutical firm that created remdesivir.

The mayor said the initiative aims to strengthen the city’s efforts to provide better medical treatment for COVID-19 patients confined in Manila’s district hospitals.

“Kung saka-sakali kakailanganin pa, bibili pa po tayo, mapangalagaan lang namin kayo, mapataas lang namin ang probabilidad na kapag kayo ay na-infect ng COVID-19, kayo ay mag-recover,” Domagoso said.

Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan also stressed that remdesivir will only be used in hospitals and added that the medication is not available over-the-counter.

“Sa ospital lang po ito ginagamit, hindi po ito sa bahay ginagamit, para po ito sa atin pong mga pasyente na mayroong mild, moderate or severe na mga sintomas,” Lacuna-Pangan said.

In a statement, the local government said the antiviral medication has been approved for use at the city’s six district hospitals by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration. AAC

5 San Juan cops who allegedly snubbed Baguio health protocols relieved from post – NCRPO

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Five policemen from San Juan City who allegedly disregarded the health and safety protocols in Baguio City amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have been ordered relieved from their posts, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Monday.

NCRPO chief Police Major General Debold Sinas said the five policemen will temporarily stay at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Bagong Diwa pending investigation into the incident.

Sinas said the cops have been ordered to submit their explanation about the incident in the probe that will be conducted by the regional Internal Affairs Service.

The five cops were part of the entourage of San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora who allegedly snubbed a checkpoint and violated the regulatory mechanism of quarantine check and triage examination at the Naguilian facility last Friday.

Zamora’s convoy also allegedly failed to present a medical health clearance when asked at the Baguio Country Club.

In a separate press briefing, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa said they are also probing whether the said cops violated the protocols in securing an authorization to escort a VIP as only two police officers are allowed to be assigned as permanent VIP security.

“National kami in nature and there are certain protocols in securing individuals, yung sa PSPG is more on permanent security yun. But for case to case basis, a letter order could suffice to secure VIP travel, proper authority should be issued,” Gamboa explained.

The PNP chief also said he has yet to decide on whether San Juan City Police chief Jaime Santos will also be ordered relieved regarding the incident.

“Hindi naman kasama si chief of police sa convoy… I will not give my decision because I  have to hear kung ano ang ginawa niya after that. In the course of investigation, ano yung degree ng liability niya,” he said.

The PNP chief added that he already talked to Magalong and apologized over the actions of policemen involved.

He said all police personnel have been told to always abide by local quarantine protocols. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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