Quezon City implements new process for permit application, license renewal

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020   •   344

A new process for the submission of applications for building permits and business licenses will be implemented in preparation for the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Quezon City government announced.

In a statement, the city government said that starting Monday, June 1, applicants who wish to secure or renew their business permits are advised to download and fill out the Unified Business Permit Application form.

The accomplished form should be submitted to the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Division through email at BPLD@quezoncity.gov.ph for evaluation.

“After making a submission online, applicants will be sent an acknowledgment and their status of application,” the city government said.

Likewise, applicants are advised to use bank payment via Landbank to avoid queuing in QC Hall. Copy of deposit slip for business tax payments is to be sent via email to CTO@quezoncity.gov.ph.

Margarita Santos, head of BPLD, said  their office has set up an e-Response team dedicated to monitor and respond to incoming applications.

She added that the issuance of permits and licenses may take one to three days from submission of application.

Once the permit has been issued, the applicant may choose to get said permit either via pick-up or delivery via courier service of choice, at cost to the receiver.

“We will be strict with our policy that no walk-in applicants will be accepted. For those who prefer to personally submit their application, they will still have to schedule an appointment with us and wait for the appointment confirmation email,” Santos said.

Appointment may be scheduled via https://qcbpldbusinesspermitapplication.setmore.com.

According to City Mayor Joy Belmonte, this move will limit face to face interactions between citizens and city hall employees, especially that social distancing is strictly advised during this time.

“It is high time that we harness the benefits that technology can offer and implement creative approaches to ensure everyone’s safety,” Belmonte said.

Quezon City Hall of Justice closed after 4 personnel contract COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Hall of Justice building and its annex will be temporarily shut down after four of its court officers and employees tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the city government announced on Friday.

The city government said Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered the closure of the buildings for seven days of until the city’s Epidemiological and Disease Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) has completed the appropriate testing and containment measures.

In her letter to Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert and Metropolitan Trial Court Executive Judge Ace Alagar, Belmonte explained that her decision to temporarily shut down the Hall of Justice is to enforce measures during epidemic or outbreak to prevent spread of disease.

QC-ESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said they will conduct exhaustive contact tracing of all those who were in close contact with the court officers and employees who were found positive and perform follow-up testing as necessary.

Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases shall be placed on home quarantine or isolation in a quarantine facility as feasible under the circumstances, he added.

Meanwhile, the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) started the thorough surface disinfection and misting of the whole City Hall complex.

The agency said the disinfection began on Thursday and will last until Sunday.

QC to conduct contact tracing after mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2020

The Quezon City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) on Thursday said it will conduct a contact tracing on those who recently had direct contact with Mayor Joy Belmonte and two other employees who tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

QCESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said employees who had contact with Belmonte and the two other staff will undergo swab testing, especially those working on the third and 14th floors of the city hall.

“Other people who had direct contact with the Mayor and the two other employees, including visitors, will also undergo swab testing,” Cruz said.

“Employees who will be tested need to undergo home quarantine until results are released as part of protocol,” said Cruz, adding that results will be out in three days.

Belmonte earlier said she is not manifesting symptoms of COVID-19 and that her office have already been closed for disinfection.

Other parts of the city hall will also undergo sanitation but operations will remain normal as not all employees came in direct contact with the mayor in the past few days.

Belmonte also assured she will continue to discharge her duties and functions as mayor even under quarantine through various alternative work arrangements.

DILG-Napolcom building in QC on 7-day lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) building along EDSA opposite the MRT-3 Quezon Avenue Station has been placed under seven-day lockdown starting Monday (July 6).

The lockdown was declared after a senior official of the Department tested positive for COVID-19.

According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, disinfection measures will be implemented while the building is on lockdown.

Contact tracing will also be conducted among employees to determine if there are other carriers of the disease.

DILG is now in the process of setting up work-from-home arrangements for its personnel and advises the public to transact all concerns through the Department’s online platforms posted on its website www.dilg.gov.ph

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