QC DPOS removes more obstructions as deadline for road clearing ops looms

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2019   •   622

MANILA, Philippines – Personnel from the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) on Tuesday (Sept. 24) removed more obstructions on roads and sidewalks as the 60-day deadline set for road clearing operations looms.

Among the obstructions dismantled by DPOS members were signages of some establishments along Pittsburgh street in Barangay Silangan, Cubao.

According to the DPOS intelligence division, these structures are illegally-installed on electric posts and violates a city ordinance which prohibits business owners from fixating any signage on undesignated areas.

“Lalong-lalo na kapag natakpan ang traffic light, natakpan ang pangalan ng street katulad ng signages dito, talagang ipinagbabawal iyon,” QC DPOS intelligence division chief Roger Cuaresma said.

The QC DPOS also removed an old and graffiti-laden barangay outpost erected along Illinois street in the same barangay.

Cuaresma said the unused outpost was brought to the barangay hall for proper disposal.

“Kung meron po tayong project na barangay outpost o kaya barangay control Area, naglagay tayo ng building e gamitin po natin iyon kasi unang-una pera ng gobyerno ginamit natin diyan,” he said.

DPOS also cleared some plant boxes and demolished a gate and other structures and materials occupying the sidewalk.

There are only five days left before the deadline lapses for all local government units to rid roads of obstructions in their respective areas.

The move is following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order during his fourth State of the Nation Address to reclaim thoroughfares that are being used for private ends to ease traffic congestion in the country.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier warned that local officials who are unable to comply with the order would face sanctions ranging from a reprimand, suspension, to dismissal from the service. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Quezon City Hall of Justice closed after 4 personnel contract COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Hall of Justice building and its annex will be temporarily shut down after four of its court officers and employees tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the city government announced on Friday.

The city government said Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered the closure of the buildings for seven days of until the city’s Epidemiological and Disease Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) has completed the appropriate testing and containment measures.

In her letter to Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert and Metropolitan Trial Court Executive Judge Ace Alagar, Belmonte explained that her decision to temporarily shut down the Hall of Justice is to enforce measures during epidemic or outbreak to prevent spread of disease.

QC-ESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said they will conduct exhaustive contact tracing of all those who were in close contact with the court officers and employees who were found positive and perform follow-up testing as necessary.

Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases shall be placed on home quarantine or isolation in a quarantine facility as feasible under the circumstances, he added.

Meanwhile, the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) started the thorough surface disinfection and misting of the whole City Hall complex.

The agency said the disinfection began on Thursday and will last until Sunday.

QC to conduct contact tracing after mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2020

The Quezon City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) on Thursday said it will conduct a contact tracing on those who recently had direct contact with Mayor Joy Belmonte and two other employees who tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

QCESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said employees who had contact with Belmonte and the two other staff will undergo swab testing, especially those working on the third and 14th floors of the city hall.

“Other people who had direct contact with the Mayor and the two other employees, including visitors, will also undergo swab testing,” Cruz said.

“Employees who will be tested need to undergo home quarantine until results are released as part of protocol,” said Cruz, adding that results will be out in three days.

Belmonte earlier said she is not manifesting symptoms of COVID-19 and that her office have already been closed for disinfection.

Other parts of the city hall will also undergo sanitation but operations will remain normal as not all employees came in direct contact with the mayor in the past few days.

Belmonte also assured she will continue to discharge her duties and functions as mayor even under quarantine through various alternative work arrangements.

DILG-Napolcom building in QC on 7-day lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) building along EDSA opposite the MRT-3 Quezon Avenue Station has been placed under seven-day lockdown starting Monday (July 6).

The lockdown was declared after a senior official of the Department tested positive for COVID-19.

According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, disinfection measures will be implemented while the building is on lockdown.

Contact tracing will also be conducted among employees to determine if there are other carriers of the disease.

DILG is now in the process of setting up work-from-home arrangements for its personnel and advises the public to transact all concerns through the Department’s online platforms posted on its website www.dilg.gov.ph


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