Pasig City temporarily closes 4 health centers after staffers contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 31, 2020   •   566

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Pasig City has closed four of its health centers after several staff contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Mayor Vico Sotto, the four facilities include: 

  • Manggahan Super Health Center
  • Caniogan Helath Center
  • Napico Health Center
  • Maybunga Floodway Health Center

Sotto added that health workers at Caniogan Health Center are still under quarantine while waiting for the result of their COVID-19 tests. 

The mayor also asked his constituents to approach the city’s operation center for inquiry and assistance.

He assured them that the city government is doing its best to further expand the health centers’ operational capacity.

To date, the city has recorded over 1600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 111 deaths and 741 recoveries.

Pasig City reports one victim of stray bullet, seizes P700k worth of firecrackers

Marje Pelayo   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Vico Sotto reported on Monday (January 4) that Pasig City was able to confiscate more than P700,000-worth of firecrackers and related items from the New Year’s Eve revelry.

Sotto added that based on their tally, only three individuals sustained firecracker-related injuries, the lowest number so far in the city’s history.

He, however, reported one stray bullet injury.

The Mayor said the Philippine National Police (PNP) believes the that the bullet may have come from somewhere in Pinagbuhatan in Pasig, Taytay or Cainta, based on its trajectory.

The victims are now confined at the Pasig City General Hospital.

In December, Metro Manila mayors agreed to impose a complete firecracker ban in welcoming the New Year.

READ: PNP confirms firecracker ban in NCR, warns violators

Despite the total ban, there are still reports of firecracker-related injuries in several areas of the region.

Given the results, Mayor Sotto suggests that the government should keep a close watch on the supply of firecrackers to minimize, if not to fully end, the risks of firecrackers to the safety and health of the people.

“Sa susunod na Bagong Taon, mas kailangan tutukan ang SUPPLY. Kung gusto talaga natin na walang firecrackers nationwide o kahit metro manila, kailangan wala ring mabibili ang mga tao. Maraming nahuli kagabi, pero ang totoo mahirap makipaghabulan,” he said.

Pasig City exempts bikers from wearing face shields

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Pasig City government has exempted bikers travelling in the city from wearing face shields.

In a post, Pasig Transport said they have consulted with experts who said bikers wearing face shields face risk since it would obstruct views and would make breathing difficult.

Bikers are exempted from wearing face shield while biking in Pasig.Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous.

Posted by Pasig Transport on Friday, December 18, 2020

“Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous,” the post reads.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) announced that everyone, including bikers and runners, will be required to wear face masks and face shields at all times in public areas. This is to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). AAC

Pasig City launches free COVID-19 antibody testing for Pasigueños

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Pasig City has launched its free antibody testing for Pasigueños to immediately address potential cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Mayor Vico Sotto, a total of 300 slots will be opened to Pasig constituents under the Enhanced Chemiluminescence Immunoassay (ECLIA) test that will kickstart on Friday (August 14).

The Mayor, however, stressed that Pasig residents need to reserve a slot before proceeding to the testing center as they will not accommodate walk-ins and also to maintain physical distance.

The program is on a first come, first served basis. 

Those interested should first call the testing center hotline 0928-2911716 or 0928-2911717.

Sotto said if the launching on Friday goes smoothly, the city government may conduct such on a regular basis. 

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