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

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2020   •   1092

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)

Former gov’t COVID-19 special adviser calls for voluntary ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2020

Dr. Tony Leachon

MANILA, Philippines — Former Covid-19 National Task Force Adviser Dr. Tony Leachon said he recommended the re-imposition of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila when he was invited to the Malacañan Palace on July 15.

Last weekend, medical professionals expressed the same recommendation to the national government in hopes of stopping the mounting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

But because of economic considerations, the government has decided to reinforce modified ECQ instead.

Leachon said he welcomes this decision.

“The MECQ has activity and mobility of 50 percent. It will not totally stop the transmission,” he noted.

“But we will observe in the next two weeks whether the MECQ will arrest the transmission,” he added.

He explained that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is alarming considering that there are unreported cases, or even deaths linked to the new coronavirus.

“When they go to the emergency room they are severely sick then would be intubated and they die, or they are rejected from the hospital so they die at home, or they don’t have access to RT-PCR because it’s expensive” Leachon explained.

So ang daming namamatay diyan na ganyan (So, many cases die that way )” he added.

At this point of the pandemic, Leachon is calling on the public to submit themselves to a voluntary ECQ especially the old and the sick.

Tayo na ang magboluntaryo mismo na huwag na tayo makadagdag. Ang lumabas na lang ay iyong talagang kailangang lumabas, iyong 50% ng workforce (Let’s take it upon ourselves not to add to the problem. Only those who need to go out should be outside, such as 50% of the workforce),” Leachon advised.

“Pero iyong iba, iyong 25% doon sa GCQ ay huwag na po. Huwag na, kasi kapag nagkasakit kayo wala ng pera nga ang government tapos baka magkasakit pa ang mga doktor (But others, the 25% in the GCQ areas, it’s better not to go out. Refrain from going out because once you get sick, the government no longer has funds and worse, the doctors might get sick as well)” he stressed.

Dr. Leachon also highlights the importance of adhering to the minimum health standards, including wearing a face mask and face shield, and using disinfectant for protection. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

‘No need to panic buy,’ Palace reminds public

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2020

Consumers in Metro Manila flocked to grocery stores after President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday night, approved the reversion of some areas to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in response to the medical frontliners’ plea for a two-week “timeout”.

This prompted Malacañang on Monday to remind the public not to panic buy amid the implementation of MECQ in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“Walang dahilan para mag-panic buying. Supplies are high, delivered in supermarkets in anticipation of bigger demand prior to MECQ,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Palace official reiterated that only essential establishments will remain open including supermarkets, banks, and hospitals. He also said that the “time out” will be used to strengthen the government’s testing, tracing, and treatment of COVID-19.

“This is primarily to accede to the demand of the frontliners for a break. A ‘time out,'” Roque said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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

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