QC gov’t eyes use of parking spaces in malls to resolve illegal parking

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 13, 2019   •   928

The Quezon City government is proposing to use parking spaces in malls as a solution to the illegal parking problem in the city.

This was after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) imposed a 60-day deadline for city mayors to conduct road clearing in their respective cities.

According to Quezon City Traffic Chief Atty. Ariel Inton, this can be a solution to the illegal parking problem in the city. However, Inton said parking fares should be low.

“Ang mga challenge niyan, number one kailangan kung may sisingilin mababa. Number two, iyong mga tao mismo dapat masanay sa ganoon, konting lakad lang naman ito, (The challenge is, number one, the parking fares should be low. Number two, the people should get used to it, it’s just a short walk),” he said.

The Quezon City government is also looking for vacant private lots which can also be used as parking spaces.

Meanwhile, the city government continues to conduct clearing operations. On Tuesday (Aug 13), authorities issued violation tickets to illegally parked vehicles along the streets of Barangay Socorro.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

QC releases guidelines to speed up contact tracing in large companies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2020

The Quezon City Government has released the guidelines it has drafted to expedite contact tracing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in large companies.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said this is to further contain the virus and minimize the employee risk of infection and economic effects of COVID-19.

Based on the guidelines, an individual is considered a close contact if he or she had face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within one-meter distance, for more than 15 minutes and within a 14 day period from the confirmed case’s onset of symptoms.

Those in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should undergo a 14-day quarantine and should undertake the swab testing if he or she is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

“In either case, close contacts should not be allowed to report for work immediately upon identification as such, and should be required to self-isolate at home,” Belmonte said.

Companies are also mandated to require their employees to list down all usual close contacts, both inside and outside work, even prior to any confirmed or suspect COVID-19 case.

“Companies are also mandated to provide the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU), through qcsurveillance@quezoncity.gov.ph, with updates regarding confirmed cases and close contacts among the workforce,” the guidelines also stated. AAC

QC gov’t warns officials of condos, subdivisions hampering moves vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 27, 2020

The Quezon City government has warned officials of private subdivisions and condominiums in the city who will hamper measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said imprisonment and hefty fine will be imposed on subdivision and condominium officials who will refuse to cooperate in the local government’s contact tracing efforts.

Belmonte issued the warning after officials of a condominium building in Barangay Sto. Cristo and a subdivision in Barangay Matandang Balara prevented the entry of contact tracers into their premises despite intervention from the barangay officers.

“Hindi tayo magdadalawang-isip na kasuhan ang mga opisyal ng subdivision at condominium na hindi makikipagtulungan sa ating mga pagkilos laban sa virus,” Belmonte said in a statement.

“Nakakalungkot ang nangyaring ito dahil dapat ay nagkakaisa tayo sa paglaban kontra sa COVID-19, na kung hindi agarang maagapan ay maaring humantong sa lalong pagkalat ng virus sa mga natukoy na lugar,” she added.

The city government said it will file charges against officials of the said condominium and subdivision for violation of Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

“The city is also mulling to file other charges against them for their non-cooperation and for preventing our health personnel from doing their duty,” Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo said in the same statement.

The violation carries a penalty of ₱20,000 but not more than ₱50,000 in fines, or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months.

“If other homeowners and condominium associations remain uncooperative, we have no other option but to hale them to court as well,” Belmonte stressed.

“Pero huwag na sanang umabot pa sa korte ang usapan. Nananawagan ako sa homeowners and condominium associations na makiisa sa ating kampanya laban sa COVID-19 alang-alang sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” she added.

QC gov’t to allow limited physical rallies on day of SONA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The conduct of a limited number of protests during President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week will be allowed in Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Tuesday.

In a virtual press briefing, Belmonte said demonstrations with limited number of participants will be allowed but would have to comply with the minimum health standards such as the mandatory wearing of face masks and the observance of physical distancing.

She also reminded demonstrators who wish to join protests on Monday, July 27, to coordinate with the city government and the police to get a permit as provided for under the law.

Belmonte warned that protesters will be dispersed if they fail to comply with the rules.

“We will be very strict in ensuring that all of these protesters or demonstrators or rallyist will be complying with minimum health standards. Otherwise, we have to right to of course remind them or disperse them peacefully of course kung nakikita natin na nagiging public health hazard na po sila,” she said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

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