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

Marje Pelayo   •   July 31, 2020   •   225

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.

Mayor Sotto suspends Landers branch for breach of social distancing rules

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Pasig City has suspended a branch of membership supermarket Landers in Barangay Ugong for failing to observe physical distancing.

In his post on Twitter, Mayor Vico Sotto explained that they usually do not announce business names that violate the policy in consideration of their reputation.

But in the case of Landers, the Mayor opted to reveal the name for the safety of the shoppers given the supermarket’s large number of members.

According to Sotto, only the grocery is temporarily closed but the restaurant, barbershop, plant shop, pharmacy, and parking space remain open for business.

Sotto said the management of the supermarket already expressed compliance with the policy.

“We encourage them to use the next few days to improve their health/safety protocols,” Mayor Sotto concluded.

4 areas in Pasig City under localized ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Due to the rise in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in Pasig City, the local government unit (LGU) has imposed a 14-day lockdown in selected areas of Barangay Manggahan. 

The localized enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), which took effect Sunday (July 19), covers the streets of Pipino, Labanos, Okra, and Ubas in the Ninoy Aquino Pilot Community or NAPICO area. 

Barangay Chairwoman Shiela de Asis appealed to her constituents to strictly comply with the health protocols especially the wearing of face masks and physical distancing to curb COVID-19 transmission. 

She assured that residents affected by the lockdown will be able to get food assistance from the LGU. 

As of July 19, Barangay Manggahan has recorded around 110 positive cases, 54 of which are active. Death toll in the area stands at seven.

The Pasig City Police Office said essential workers and authorized persons outside residence (APOR) are the only ones allowed to go out provided they present their valid company ID and permit to leave premises issued by the PCPO. 

A P5,000 fine would be slapped on violators of the localized ECQ that will end on August 2. MNP (with inputs from Jun Soriao)

Pasig begins supplemental SAP distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2020

The Pasig City government has begun the distribution of their supplemental Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to its constituents.

According to Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, the supplemental SAP distribution will begin in five barangays as a pilot run. Each family, who is in further need of assistance, will be given P8,000.

The supplemental SAP are for the families not listed in the government’s SAP. The Pasig City government also clarified that families not qualified for the supplemental SAP includes: families listed in national SAP, all 4Ps beneficiaries, government employees, couples that are not legally married and have no children.

The head of the families qualified for the supplemental SAP need to present a valid ID as well as the photocopy in order to receive the P8,000 cash assistance.

Meanwhile, Sotto advised its constituents to have patience with their distribution of the national SAP.

“Nahirapan lang din talaga tayo dahil hindi natugma ang guidelines na ibinaba sa atin doon sa available na datos at sistema na mayroon na tayo, (We are having difficulty because the guidelines do not match with the available data and system we have now)” he said.

Sotto assured that those who will not receive the national SAP will still be given assistance through the supplemental SAP. AAC

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