QC implements preemptive evacuation in low-lying, landslide-prone areas

Maris Federez   •   October 31, 2020   •   388

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The city’s local government has implemented a preemptive evacuation in low-lying and landslide-prone areas on Saturday afternoon.

An advisory issued earlier said the move was in preparation for the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly to ensure zero casualty in the entire city.

These landslide-prone barangays include Bagong Silangan, Bagumbayan, Batasan Hills, Blue Ridge A and B, Commonwealth, Culiat, Escopa, Fairview, Holy Spirit, Kaligayahan, Libis, Loyola Heights, Matandang Balara, Pansol, Pasong Putik, Pasong Tamo, Payatas, Sta. Monica, St. Ignatius, Sta. Lucia, Ugong Norte, UP Campus, and White Plains.

The low-lying barangays covered in the preemptive evacuation, on the other hand, are Apolonia Samson, Bagong Silangan, Dona Imelda, Mariblo, Masambong and Roxas.

The local government urges affected residents to coordinate and cooperate with the authorities in the said preemptive measure. —/mbmf

QC gov’t asks public to refrain from spreading misinformation on PNP-PDEA shooting incident

Marje Pelayo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Investigation is underway on the shooting incident involving anti-illegal drug operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Quezon City on Wednesday, February 24. 

The Quezon City government in a statement said it fully supports the ongoing investigation of the PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry into the incident.

“What happened was highly deplorable, as it endangered the lives and safety of our QCitizens, and disrupted the peace and commerce in the area,” the local government unit (LGU )said in a statement.

“The authorities can expect the city government’s full cooperation, and will extend a helping hand if necessary, in order to ferret out the truth,” it added.

The LGU is appealing to the public to refrain from spreading misinformation and disinformation on the incident, pending the results of the probe.

“We hope that the PNP and PDEA will come up with a protocol to avert such an unfortunate incident in the future,” the LGU noted.

The tragic misencounter left four people dead including two PNP personnel; one PDEA agent and the informant. One police officer and three PDEA agents were also injured in the incident.

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

QC gov’t urges residents to secure medical travel clearance from local health centers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2021

The Quezon City Government advises its residents to secure their medical travel clearance from local heath centers after the City Health Department (CHD) announced it will no longer issue the said clearance from the city hall.

In an advisory, the local government said Quezon City residents who want to travel outside Metro Manila must secure their medical travel clearance to show that they are not on the list of COVID-19 suspect, probable, or confirmed individuals.

Residents who wish to secure a medical travel clearance should accomplish the downloadable health declaration form.

Applicants should bring a government-issued identification card and a barangay clearance that will verify their residence. For those who will bring children aged 18 years old and below, they must present documents showing their relation to the said minor.

Meanwhile, for applicants who will be accompanied by senior citizens or those 60 years old and above must present documents indicating that they have the same residence. AAC


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