Taguig City trains public, private teachers for ‘Learn-From-Home’ program

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2020   •   1417

MANILA, Philippines — Teachers and students should become accustomed to a new norm when classes reopen in Taguig City.

In response to the changing demand in the current education system, the local government has started web training around 4,000 public and private school teachers across the city to prepare them for the new form of teaching once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted. 

This new online program, in particular, is Taguig City’s ‘Cyberlab At Home’ – an online program under the Taguig Online Resources and Community Hub (TORCH).

Mayor Lino Cayetano explained that the number of students in a classroom may be limited when classes resume so they will use the internet for other activities.

Para ma-ease natin yung volume ng mga tao sa mga classrooms, pwede silang mag-aral sa kanilang bahay (To ease the volume of people in classrooms, they may study at home),” Cayetano said.

The TORCH program includes Training and Enrichment Courses from the Taguig Online Campus (TECTOC) through which residents of Taguig City may enroll in courses like accountancy or computer courses.

Doon sa iba nating mga gustong magpalit ng courses, in a matter of one week bago matapos yung ECQ meron na silang certificate sa (Those who want to shift courses, in a matter of one week before the ECQ ends, they will get a certificate in) Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, After Effects,” the mayor noted.

For interested applicants you may visit www.taguiginfo.com. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DOH addresses issue of delayed benefits of healthcare workers

Maris Federez   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has reiterated its mission to lead the country in creating a productive, resilient, equitable, and people-centered healthcare system, amid the issue of delayed benefits of healthcare workers.

In its press release dated November 28, the DOH said that it cannot take the welfare of the healthcare workers out of the equation in realizing the goals of a Universal Health Care system, especially in the midst of a national state of public health emergency where they are most needed.

“We are taking the issue of delayed benefits very seriously. When matters like this come to our attention, we conduct thorough investigations and concerned offices are made to answer to the Secretary and develop solutions to improve the delivery of services and expedite processes,” the DOH said.

“As health workers, many of us in the DOH—including members of our Executive Committee—have experienced working on the ground, in our health facilities, which is why we understand the challenges in the frontlines—being overworked, underpaid, demoralized, and in this pandemic, even more vulnerable,” it added.

The health department explained that the Active Hazard Duty Pay (AHDP) and Special Risk Allowances (SRA) under Bayanihan 1 are based on the savings of hospitals and only covered frontliners who reported for duty during the Enhanced Community Quarantine from March 15 to May 16.

“Considering that other hospitals do not have savings, DOH sub-alloted P51.9 million which has been released to 17 DOH-retained hospitals who requested for additional funding,” the DOH added.

The department further said that the AHDP and SRA for Bayanihan 2 were alloted through the Administrative Orders 35 and 36 issued by the Office of the President last November 16.

For this, the DOH and the DBM issued Joint Circulars 1 and 2 on November 25 which provided for the P9.2 billion sub-allotment to DOH-retained hospitals, Centers for Health Development (CHDs), and the Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for the period of September to December. This, the DOH said, has already been released this week.

The department appealed to the healthcare workers to inform them of health facilities that have not yet released their benefits and to file a written complaint to the DOH – Complaints Handling Unit at dohpau.chu@gmail.com.

The DOH assured that it is taking the matter very seriously and that it does not only respond to the health welfare of the general public but also to the health workers who are with them in attaining this vision and battling this pandemic. — /mbmf

MWSS orders Maynilad, Manila Water to implement 30-day grace period, installment plan for ECQ, MECQ bills

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on Wednesday told concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. to grant their customers a 30-day grace period and three-month installment plan to settle bills that fall due within the tighter community quarantine periods.

In a press release, the MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) said the directive is “in solidarity with the spirit and intentions of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).”

The grace period will cover bills that fall due within the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ periods.

The MWSS RO also directed water distributors to implement a three-month installment scheme for all cooperatives; micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME); and domestic customers after the grace period.

“The said directives will provide customers ample time to update payments for water bills that fell due within the 04 to 18 August 2020 MECQ period without incurring interests, penalties and other charges,” the agency said.

It can be recalled that Metro Manila and nearby areas were reverted to MECQ in August in response to the call of the medical community for a “time out” amid rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

“The MWSS RO assures the public that it will do everything in its mandate to protect their welfare and provide the assistance they need to alleviate the financial burden brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” the MWSS said.

16 quarantine violators in Taguig City nabbed through Joint TF COVID Shield’s social media account

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A report made through the Facebook page of the Joint Task Force COVID Shield led to the arrest of 16 individuals in Taguig City.

Acting on a tip-off posted on the social medial account of the JTF CV Shield, authorities were able to track down the violators in a drinking session at a birthday party.

JTF COVID Shield Commander PLt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they were arrested for violating the government-imposed health protocols. 

“When police personnel went there, those who attended the birthday celebration were not wearing face masks and not observing social distancing,” Guillermo said.

They were held at the barangay basketball court and later released after six hours.

They are now facing charges for violation of city ordinance on drinking in public places and violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code on resistance and disobedience to a person in authority. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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