Quezon City gov’t begins aid distribution

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2021   •   740

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 gov’t to prioritize vaccination in closed, care facilities

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday said she has ordered the City Health Department to vaccinate all individuals residing and working in closed and long-term care facilities.

Belmonte issued the order after the city’s Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) submitted a report on 13 facilities it has visited and surveyed so far.

The said facilities include orphanages, home care facilities, apostolate centers, and rehabilitation centers among others.

According to CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz, the 13 facilities have an estimated 1,027 employees and clients, 594 of which have yet to receive a first dose of COVID vaccine.

“We are working closely with the city’s vaccination team so inoculation can be done at the soonest possible time,” Cruz said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Belmonte confirmed she has seen media reports about the deaths of some nuns from the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Cubao, which reported a COVID-19 outbreak.

However, the city has yet to receive official information from the facility itself.

“On behalf of the city government, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the whole RVM community for losing some of their sisters to COVID,” said Belmonte.

She assured that the local government remains committed to extending assistance and support to all closed and long-term care facilities in the city “to control infection and to prevent deaths from possible future outbreaks.”

Belmonte earlier said she has ordered for the issuance of guidelines that seek to improve the infectious disease resiliency of these facilities through better ventilation.

The guidelines will also help closed and long-term care facilities retrofit their buildings and reduce COVID transmission, she added.

4 religious facilities in QC under lockdown due to high COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2021

The Quezon City local government has placed four religious facilities under lockdown due to high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Based on the report of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) there is a recent outbreak in Christ the King Mission Seminary, where almost half of its population has been infected. Out of the 59 individuals in the seminary, 25 tested positive for the virus.

As of September 18, eleven of these positive cases have recovered, 13 remain active, and one has succumbed to COVID-19.

QCESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz reported that the seminary’s Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman Building have bee placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 18.

The temporary closure of Christ the King Mission Seminary brings the total number of religious facilities in the city under lockdown to four. The other three are  Stella Maris Convent (since September 10); Religious of the Virgin Mary (since September 14) and Convent of the Holy Spirit which has been under lockdown since September 15.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has started creating a set of guidelines on ventilation for buildings and workplaces to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. AAC

24 in QC seminary test positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at a seminary in Quezon City, the local government said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the City’s Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) said the recent outbreak was reported at Christ the King Mission Seminary, where almost half of its population has been infected.

CESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said the facility has a population of 59 individuals –25 tested positive for the virus while 34 were negative.

“The positive cases were composed of nine priests and 16 employees,” Cruz said.

“As of September 18, eleven of these positive cases have recovered, 13 remain active, and one has succumbed to COVID,” he added.

The casualty was reported to have been a priest who was one of two index cases  recorded on September 3, the city government said.

The city government said it has sent medicines, vitamins, hygiene kits, facemasks, alcohol, soap, rice, and food packs among others to the facility.

Cruz said that only the seminary’s Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman Building were placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 18.

This brings the total number of religious facilities under lockdown to four. The other three are the following: Stella Maris Convent (since September 10), Religious of the Virgin Mary (September 14), and Convent of the Holy Spirit (September 15).

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government said it has started creating a set of guidelines on ventilation for buildings and workplaces to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

“We will send these guidelines to building administrators in the city so they will learn how to better retrofit their facilities and make these more resistant to virus transmission,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

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