Quezon City gov’t begins aid distribution

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2021   •   939

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has started distributing the national government’s financial assistance to its citizens in 30 sites covering 40 barangays on Wednesday (April 7).

As directed by the government, the city government will base the list of workers and low-income families from the beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), SAP waitlisted, 4Ps list provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the city’s own QC SAP list.

Around 2.4 million individuals from more than 800,000 families stand to receive P1,000 each, with a maximum amount of P4,000 per family.

The QC government received a total of P2,481,942,000 from the national government as part of the cash aid during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for its constituents.

Quezon City hires more contact tracers amid rise in NCR COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

The Quezon City government on Thursday said it has hired 350 more contact tracers to help combat the surge in COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In a statement, the city government said the additional contact tracers were employed under the emergency employment program of the Public Emergency and Services Office (PESO).

The contact tracers were previously part of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) contact tracers program.

“The additional contact tracers were already part of our contact tracing army until December 31 of last year under contract with the DILG. But since we still need their services, especially during this surge, we hired them under our emergency employment program so as to continue the important task of contact tracing among many other responsibilities borne out of the rapid spread of Covid-19,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Aside from the additional hires, the city government said 360 contact tracers from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) got renewed for an additional 30 days from January 17 to February 19.

QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) Head Dr. Rolando Cruz said the city government currently has more than 1,000 contact tracers whose tasks include  the conduct of community case monitoring, data collecting and encoding, validating reported cases, assisting in vaccination and monitoring the implementation of minimum public health standards.

“Contact tracing is one of the key strategies that the city government has employed since the COVID-19 outbreak in order to contain the spread of cases,” Cruz said.

“We were able to reach the ideal ratio of individuals traced per positive patient then, and we are still doing our best to reach the ideal numbers now despite the volume of cases,” he added.

Quezon City to set up online registration for COVID-19 vaccination of minors aged 5-11

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

The Quezon City government announced it will soon open online registration for the vaccination of minors aged 5 to 11 years old.

In a statement, the city government said it has started preparations for its online registration system where parents can sign up their children for vaccination at the time and place of their choice.

The online registration shall be posted on the website of the QCVaxEasy Portal once available.

The move follows the approval by the Food and Drug Administration of the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be used for 5 to 11-year old children.

Dr. Maria Lourdes Eleria, coordinator of QC Task Force Vax to Normal, said that the city government is also closely working with barangays, and both public and private schools in the city to consolidate a master list of children in the said age group.

“We are now synchronizing the list of children enrolled in our schools and those included in the census of our barangays so we can identify the number of children eligible for this round of pediatric vaccinations,” Eleria said.

However, she clarified that the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) and the Department of Health (DOH) has yet to issue additional guidelines to aid the city towards properly implementing the vaccination program.

“We need to abide by the guidelines of the national government especially concerning issues such as the amount of doses, requirements pertaining to eligible vaccination sites, protocols in administering the vaccines, and other special instructions for the safe implementation of the vaccine program for this younger population,” she said.

In the same statement, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city government is “anxiously anticipating” this pediatric vaccination roll-out amid high COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Finally our younger children will be given the opportunity to receive the protection they so badly need in order to experience some kind of normalcy in their lives after having been cooped up for so long inside their houses to prevent the risk of infection,” she said.

The national government earlier said that the vaccination against COVID-19 for children aged 5 to 11 may begin in February as they expect more supply of vaccines formulated by Pfizer-BioNTech for this age bracket to arrive in the country in the coming weeks.


DOLE, may ayuda sa mga empleyadong naapektuhan ng ipinaiiral na COVID-19 Alert Level 3

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Department of Labor and Employment na may matatanggap na ayuda ang mga manggagawa na naapektuhan ng ipinaiiral na COVID-19 Alert Level 3 sa ilang bahagi ng bansa.

Ayon kay DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay, P1 bilyon ang ilalalan nilang pondo para sa one-time financial assistance sa formal sector workers na apektado ang trabaho dahil sa umiiral na alert level 3.

Sa pagtaya ng kagawaran, mahigit sa 30,000 empleyado ang naapektuhan ng paghihigpit ng COVID-19 restrictions mula Enero 1 hanggang 15.

Nasa 11,500 sa mga ito ay mula sa 759 establisimyento ang permanenteng nawalan ng trabaho habang 20,190 naman mula sa 508 establisimyento ang nasa flexible work arrangement o pansamantalang nawalan ng trabaho.

Sa ilalim ng COVID-19 adjustment measures program (CAMP), bibigyan ng P5,000 na ayuda ang bawat formal sector workers na apektado ng kasalukuyang restrictions.

Nauna nang sinabi ng DOLE na maaaring umabot sa 200,000 empleyado sa Metro Manila ang maapektuhan dahil sa pagtaas ng alert level.

Madadagdagan pa ito dahil mas dumami pa ang mga lugar na isinailalim sa Alert Level 3, kabilang na dito ang Rizal, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, at Baguio City.

Sa ngayon, ayon kay Tutay, ay pinag-aaralan pa ng DOLE ang guidelines para sa ipamimigay na ayuda.

“Iyon pong guidelines ay atin ipe-present po natin sa ating kalihim at senior officials anytime soon at kapag ito po ay naaprubahan na po niya ay ready na po to implement CAMP 2022,” ang wika ng opisyal.

Sa Martes ay magpupulong aniya ang mga opisyal ng DOLE para isapinal ang guidelines. Inaasahang masisimulan ang distribusyon ng cash aid sa susunod na linggo.

Para sa mga nais mag-apply para sa camp, maaring mag-register sa reports.dole.gov.ph at isumite ang kinakailangang data para ma-proseso ang application.

Maliban sa CAMP ay tuloy rin ang iba pang programa ng DOLE para matulungan ang mga manggagawang labis na naapektuhan ng pandemya.

“Nandiyan pa rin po ang ating emergency employment under TUPAD para naman po doon sa ating mga informal sector workers natin kung saan pwede po silang makapag-trabaho ng minimum of 10 days para po magkakita sila ng minimum wage in their region and then maryoon din po tayong mga livelihood assistance para po sa mga may gustong magumpisa ng sarili nilang negosyo,” ang wika ni Tutay. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)



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