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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 13, 2019   •   1137

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 gov’t to launch KyusiPass app to boost contact tracing efforts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Government is set to launch KyusiPass application to boost its contact tracing efforts.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the contact tracing app can help the city keep track of who is visiting establishments within its jurisdiction.

“Currently, our businesses are requiring their guests to fill-up health declaration forms. Through our KyusiPass, they will just tap their QR code onto the scanner and their information, including their name and mobile number, will automatically be sent to our servers handled by our City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU),” she said.

Belmonte said each individual with a valid mobile number who is residing, working, or doing business in Quezon City is required to get a personal QR code. They can register by signing up on the SafePass website, SafePass Facebook chatbot, and through SMS.

Meanwhile, CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz assures app users that their data will remain private and protected.

“Our QCitizens have nothing to worry about because their data will be protected and secured. Only us in CESU can access their information, and only if we need to trace the contacts of a ‘positive’ visitor from a specific establishment,” he noted. AAC

Quezon City gov’t readies 10 initial COVID-19 vaccination sites

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government is readying the 10 initial locations where inoculation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to its constituents will be held.

The designated areas for vaccination are as follows:

  1. Project 6 Tennis Court (District 1)
  2. Batasan Hills National High School (District 2)
  3. NGC Covered Court (District 2)
  4. Aguinaldo Elementary School (District 3)
  5. Dona Josefa Jara Martinez High School (District 4)
  6. Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School (District 4)
  7. Kaligayahan Activity Center (District 5)
  8. Fairview Covered Court (District 5)
  9. Emilio Jacinto Elementary School (District 6)
  10. Culiat High School (District 6)

“Pinili natin ang mga lugar na ito para madaling puntahan ng mga residente ng anim na distrito ng ating siyudad,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

“Nagsimula na tayong magtalaga ng vaccination sites para handa na tayo oras na dumating ang bakuna. We have to plan ahead to assure our people that we are doing everything to make these vaccines available as soon as possible,” she added.

Belmonte said the city government is targeting to establish 24 sites, in addition to the three city-run hospitals – QC General Hospital, Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital and Novaliches District Hospital.

City Health Department head Dr. Esperanza Arias said they have already identified the other vaccination sites but these are still being evaluated to comply with Department of Health (DOH) standards.

“The vaccination site must have unidirectional workflow or one entry and one exit, comfort rooms and ample space for free movement of staff and observance of minimum health standards,” said Dr. Arias.

Arias added that a standby generator set, an ambulance and presence of Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) personnel are also required, among others.

”For every site, the QC government will designate 22 employees composed of physicians, marshals, vaccinators, counselors, and admin staff,” Arias said.

The city government earlier entered into a tripartite agreement with the AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines and the national government for the delivery of 1.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The vaccines are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2021.

Manila hospital resumes face-to-face outpatient consultations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) will resume face-to-face consultation in the Out-Patient Department (OPD) beginning January 18.

The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said patients in the OB-GYN, Pediatrics and Psychiatry departments will be allowed to personally consult with the hospital doctors.

CITY HEALTH ADVISORY: Muling ilulunsad ang face-to-face consultation sa Outpatient Department (OPD) ng Justice Jose Abad…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Thursday, January 14, 2021

Patients would need to schedule an appointment through the hospital’s Facebook’s page. The OPD will accept patients from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The hospital will also accept a limited number of patients. AAC

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