QC announces traffic rerouting for Duterte’s final SONA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2021   •   177

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) announced a temporary vehicle traffic rerouting scheme at the vicinity of the House of Representatives (HOR) Complex in Quezon City on Monday (July 26) in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA).

QCPD Director Police Brigadier General Antonio Yarra said road and sidewalk obstructions and illegally parked vehicles will not be allowed in the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (North Bound) from Quezon City Memorial Circle/ Philcoa to Litex and IBP Road.

This has been in effect starting Sunday (July 25).

Meanwhile, earlier at 6:00 AM (Monday) July 26, the Northbound of Commonwealth Avenue is already closed for private vehicles passing by the HOR area thus motorists are advised to take alternate routes.

From Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC), motorists can take North Ave., turn right to Visayas Ave. then turn left to Congressional or Tandang Sora Ave. and exit Mindanao Ave. Then they can turn right to Quirino Highway going to Commonwealth Extension passing thru then right turn at S&R Shopping Store landmark heading to the Southbound Lane.

For those individuals and commuters residing along Commonwealth Avenue to Fairview, they may take the QCPD Libreng Sakay service traversing along the said routes.

During the same time, the entire stretch of IBP Road may be put on lockdown if heavy traffic occurs and motorists will be rerouted from QCMC to Filinvest 1 and 2, Brgy Bagong Silangan, and some inner portions of Brgy. Batasan Hills.

From there, they can take Maharlika St., then turn left to Mayaman St., then turn right to Maginhawa St., turn left to Masinsinan St., then turn right to C.P. Garcia to Katipunan Ave., then take U-turn Slot in front of Miriam College, then turn right to H. Ventura St, turn left to Heizer St., then turn right to Katipunan Ext, and then take a left turn to JP Rizal to San Mateo road going to their destination.

Motorists from Filinvest 1 Subdivision affected by the traffic lockdown along IBP Road may take Luzviminda St. to Cotabato St., turn left to Sinagtala St. to Congressional St. leading to Batasan-San Mateo Road, and exit to Marikina Road en route to their destination.

Those from San Mateo Road to Filinvest 2 Subdivision/Bagong Silangan may take Doña Franceska St., then turn left to Doña Juliana St., and to King St. turn right to Don Vicente to Bagong Silangan/Filinvest Gate 2.

Motorists from Capitol Hills and Vista Real Executive Village going to QCMC may counterflow using the inner lane of Commonwealth Ave. (Northbound) from Zuazeregui to Katipunan.

“We are appealing for the understanding and patience of those who will be affected by the heavy traffic on Monday. The rerouting advisory may help motorists to find or take alternative routes,” said Yarra.

“It would also be best for those who have no important transaction to just stay home, if possible until after the SONA,” he concluded.

Quezon City gov’t looking into possible causes of COVID-19 spread in 2 convents

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

The Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) is currently looking into the possible causes of COVID-19 outbreak in two convents in the city, the local government said Thursday.

In a statement, the city government said massive contact tracing efforts are underway to contain the further transmission of the virus.

A total of 114 individuals, including 64 nuns and 50 staff members, tested positive for COVID-19 at the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) in Cubao.

At the Convent of the Holy Spirit, 22 individuals were confirmed to have caught the virus, including 13 nuns and 9 staff members.

The city government said both facilities have been placed under lockdown.

CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said they became aware of the situation after the cases were recorded in the surveillance data reported by a testing laboratory.

“Hindi po tayo ang nag-swab sa kanila. Nagpa-test po sila sa iba at nang lumabas na ang resulta sa laboratory, na-record ito sa surveillance data,” he said in the same statement.

“Now, our team is conducting an investigation and intensive contact tracing to get more details about the matter,” he added.

Cruz said part of the ongoing investigation is to determine if any of the positive individuals had any close contact with anyone outside of their facility.

Initial investigation revealed that a nun at the Convent of Holy Spirit passed away due to COVID-19 in early September. A physical therapist in the facility was reportedly exposed to the patient.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte earlier ordered the CESU to conduct active surveillance of closed settings in the city such as nursing homes and convents after 122 people, including 99 children, in an orphanage tested positive for COVID-19.

Quezon City eyes vaccinating over 267K minors vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021

The Quezon City government on Wednesday said it is now preparing for the registration and inoculation of the younger population against COVID-19.

In a press statement, the city government said it is looking to vaccinate around 267,000 students aged 12 to 17 when it starts the rollout of the vaccination for minors.

The local government said its QC Task Force Vax to Normal is currently working with public and private schools to determine the number of currently enrolled students aged 12-17 years.

“We are closely working with our private and public schools because the strategy now is to put up sites in their campuses and school grounds,” QC Task Force Vax to Normal Co-chair Joseph Juico said.

As for the out-of-school youth, homeschooled and students enrolled outside the city, Juico said the task force is coordinating with barangay officials for proper enlisting.

The online booking system developed by the city will also be activated to schedule their inoculation once the vaccines for children become available.

This data will then be used as a basis for the allocation and registration of this age group for the vaccines, it added.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the vaccination of minors may be implemented soon as the city already inoculated around 80 percent of its eligible population.

“It is now time to shift our attention to minors because they are also vulnerable to the virus. Moreover, they comprise about 30% of the city’s approximately 3.1 million population and it is impossible to reach herd immunity or 80% of total population without including them,” Belmonte said in the same statement.

As of September 15, the city said it has administered 1,750,537 first doses or 102.97 % of its target population. Fully vaccinated individuals stood at 1,232,681 or 72.51 % of the target population.

Data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that as of September 14, the city has recorded a total of 13,441 cases of COVID-19 among children aged 0 to 17.

Over 1 million people fully vaccinated in Quezon City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2021

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Over 1 million individuals in Quezon City are now fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As of September 13, record shows that 1,749,916 individuals or 102.94% of the 1.7 million target adult population has received first dose, while 1,091,536 individuals or 67.95% of the 1.7 million target adult population has completed the second dose.

In total, 69.72 percent (1,185,266 individuals) of the city’s target population are now fully vaccinated.

The local government continues to encourage the public to get  vaccinated and register at www.qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph/qcvaxeasy

 

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