Student-made robots receive diploma as Taguig pilots cyber-graduation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 23, 2020   •   310

In order for students to still celebrate their graduation, Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) held ‘Cyber-Graduation Ceremonies’.

Students from SRCC’s Taguig Robotics Team made toga-wearing robots which received the diploma on behalf of 179 SRCC graduates.

The Taguig Robotics Team developed four remote-controlled robots fully made with recycled materials.

The live videos of the graduates were projected on the heads of the robots as their names were called to claim their diplomas. The graduates witnessed their graduation at home with their families via Facebook Live.

The ceremonies helped the city undertake its programs with minimum health standards conforming with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) protocols.

“We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents,” said Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano. “This is why we came up with a program that can help them celebrate their accomplishment while respecting health standards and policies during the COVID-19 community quarantines.”

Meanwhile, 24 public elementary and 12 other public high schools in Taguig City will also receive the diplomas through the same robots. AAC

Over 300 workers at BGC construction site test positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City currently has the highest number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city – and more than 300 of these were reported in a construction site in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

As of July 9, Barangay Fort Bonifacio, where BGC is located, has 413 confirmed coronavirus infections.

Of this number, 327 were construction workers which immediately put the site on lockdown.

Information from the barangay showed that 36 of them have already recovered while two died.

The patients have been put under isolation in a government quarantine facility.

According to Arnel Sansan, who works as site engineer of the MRB 2 Construction Company, 25 other workers on site underwent rapid testing.

The site has a total of 691 workers.

“To ensure na yung mga tao namin dito is COVID-free, wala po silang sintomas ng COVID-19,” he said.

Health protocols have been in place but Sansan admitted that some workers are not strictly following rules on face mask wearing.

“Nahihirapan daw silang huminga tapos minsan nakakalimutan nilang isuot ang mask,” he said.

The workers have been hired to erect a multi-purpose building in Barangay Fort Bonifacio. But Roel Balaba, the construction project’s foreman, fears the project might be stopped if the remaining workers’ test yield positive results.

“Medyo nakaka-kaba din, kasi siyempre papaano kung may nag-positive? Maaari siguro matigil ang trabaho, kawawa namin kami,” he said.

Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano earlier said he has ordered for the temporary closure and quarantine of the construction site and begun contact tracing, testing, and treatment.

Other offices, facilities, and restaurants in the city that have reported COVID-19 cases or have not complied with health standards were also temporarily shuttered. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento

DOH warns public on possible airborne transmission of COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public on the possible airborne transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Despite the lack of further studies, the Health Department said they are not dismissing the possibility that COVID-19 might spread in the air. They reminded the public to always adhere to the health and safety protocols.

Patuloy po tayong natututo tungkol sa SARS-CoV-2 at COVID-19. Kabilang na nga po dito ang mode of transmission o paraan ng pagkalat ng COVID-19 (We are continuously learning about SARS-CoV2 and COVID-19. This includes the mode of transmission of COVID-19). It’s an evolving science and new evidence continues to roll out,” according to DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.

More than 200 scientists urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to acknowledge the possibility of airborne transmission. According to a study, “viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in the air.”

The WHO previously dismissed the possibility of airborne transmission but said they will release a scientific brief summary regarding the collected data on the modes of transmission of COVID-19

“This is a respiratory pathogen and so it is important that what we know is it fits into the guidance that we have, which is why a comprehensive package of interventions is required to be able to stop transmission,” according to WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19 Pandemic Maria Van Kerkhove.

Meanwhile, the DOH said they will also review and verify the evidence and studies about COVID-19 in order to provide appropriate information and advisories to the public.AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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.

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