QC business permits will now be delivered to applicants – Belmonte

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2021   •   655

The Quezon City government has launched a system that allows the delivery of business permits to the applicant’s address.

The city government said that through the Automatic Document Delivery System (ADDS) under the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD), all evaluated and completed permits — new businesses, amended, and renewed permits – will be delivered right at the owner’s doorsteps.

“Before, applicants have to set an appointment or book a courier service at their expense just to pick up their business permits. Now, we have already partnered with Airspeed that will do the delivery for them for free and for their convenience,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

After the applicants have submitted a filled-out unified application form and all necessary requirements at the QC E-services, the documents will be evaluated and verified by the BPLD, Zoning Administration Unit, City Assessor’s Department and other ancillary departments, the city government said.

Approved and completed permits will be released at the Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) and will be forwarded to ADDS, it added.

ADDS will separate documents for filing and delivery, print the KyusiPass, encode the documents ready for release, and print a unique QR code that includes the recipient’s address. After these, the released documents will be turned over to a designated driver to deliver.

“Bago namin i-release ‘yung permit, mayroon kaming checklist at sinisiguro namin na kumpleto ang ipapadala nating documents sa mga business owner. Halimabawa, kapag ipipapadala natin ang permit para sa new business, dapat included sa envelope ‘yung mismong permit, plate, Kyusipass, original official receipt, at tax bill,” BPLD chief Ma. Margarita Santos said in the same statement.

Aside from the physical copy of the permit, the BPLD is also releasing an electronic copy of the document as soon as the business owner’s application is approved.

The city releases 200 to 250 business permits per day.

“To ensure that the documents are not damaged or tampered, stickers and seals are affixed to the envelope,” the local government assured.

The city government said the system is part of the ease of doing business and automation initiatives.

Applicants who wish to apply for, renew, or amend business permits are advised to go to qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph.

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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