Valenzuela City imposes ‘no QR code, no entry policy’ for indoor establishments

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2020   •   1211

MANILA, Philippines – The Valenzuela City government has moved the implementation of its ‘no QR code, no entry policy’ to an earlier date as requested by the residents themselves.

Instead of November, the new policy will take effect on October 5, according to Lauro Caiña, head of the Valenzuela City Public Information Office (PIO).

Under the new order, residents, establishment owners and even visitors are required to register with the city’s contact tracing app — the Valenzuela Tracing Application (ValTrace).

The mobile application was launched in accordance with City Ordinance No. 783 in lieu of the physical contract tracing forms that were being filled out in every establishment. 

The city government is confident that this new policy lowers the risk of virus transmission compared with printed forms.

“This is more secure than manually filling out ang form,” Caiña said. 

To register, the public may visit and provide the required information. A username and a password should be created.

The app also has a merchant version which provides establishments with QR code scanner to scan the QR codes of individuals entering their premises.

Meanwhile, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) reminds developers of contact tracing applications to limit the information being requested from users to ensure compliance to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act.

According to Atty. Stephen John Duma of NPC, clients must be assured that their information is protected and will only be utilized for contact tracing purposes.

For its part, the Valenzuela City government assured to keep personal details confidential and that information will only be kept for 30 days. MNP (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

21 arestado sa umano’y cybersex den sa Valenzuela City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2021

Sinalakay ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime group ang isang hinihinalang cybersex den sa Valenzuela City, kung saan arestado ang 21 mga suspek.

Pawang mga call center agent umano ang pakilala ng mga nagta-trabaho rito, pero napag-alaman ng mga otoridad na malalaswang video ang kanilang ibinebenta online sa mga foreigner.

“Mayroon silang violation na ginagawa para sa violation ng RA-10175 which is the anti-cybercrime law, ang ginagawa nila parang call center, nagpapanggap yung mga tao na fake account,” ayon kay PCpt. Arvin Creencia ng Northern Police Anti-Cybercrime Team.

Arestado ang 21 suspek na nagtratrabaho sa hinihinalang cybersex den sa Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City.

Ni-raid ng mga operatiba ng PNP-Anti Cybercrime group ang isang gusali na nagsisilbing kuta ng mga suspek na nagpapakilala umanong mga call center agent.

Nasa 16 lalake at 5 babae ang naaktuhan ng mga pulis na nagpo-proseso ng online transaction at nagbebenta ng malalaswang video sa kanilang mga customer.

Napagalaman ng mga otoridad na gumagamit ng online dating site ang mga suspek at doon ipinadadaan ang pagbebenta ng mga video. Kapag nakabenta mayroong komisyon na P850 ang mga empleyado sa kada kliyente.

Todo tanggi naman ang operations manager ng sinasabing cybersex den, at iginiit na mayroon silang permit bilang Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

Ayon sa may-ari ng isang katabing establisyimento, hindi nila inakala na iligal ang operasyon ng naturang kumpanya. Kwento pa nito, 24 hours ang operasyon ng inaakala nilang BPO, kung saan may shifting pa ang mga empleyado.

Sa ngayon ay nasa kostodiya na ng Valenzuela City Police ang mga suspek at sasampahan ang mga ito ng kasong paglabag sa Anti-Cybercrime Law habang ang mga ebidensyang computer ay dadalhin sa Camp Crame para sa forensic examination. (Ulat ni JP Nuñez)

Gatchalian promises jobs to displaced workers in Nexgreen Corp. ‘coin wage’ controversy

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian on Thursday (July 1) met with some of the employees of the controversial Nexgreen Enterprise which recently made headlines for paying an employee in five and 10 centavo coins.

Gatchalian discussed with the workers potential opportunities for employment.

They will be assisted by the Valenzuela Public Employment Service Office in accomplishing their job application requirements for the city’s job-matching program.

Mayor Gatchalian also asked them to contact their co-workers who were also displaced by Nexgreen to be able to receive food subsidy and job matching opportunities from the city government.

Gatchalian promised that the displaced employees will be compensated accordingly.

On Wednesday (June 30) Gatchalian suspended the company’s business permit and gave its management 15 days to rectify all issues raised against them.

He warned of permanent closure of the factory if the management fails to accomplish what is required in relation to the notice of suspension served in the afternoon of Wednesday.

Valenzuela City suspends business permit of factory that paid worker in coins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2021

Valenzuela City suspended the business permit of the factory that paid one of its workers in five and 10-centavo coins worth P1,056.

In a meeting at city hall on Wednesday (June 30), the owner of plastic hose factory NexGreen Enterprise admitted not paying factory worker Russel Mañoza the proper wages.

According to the city’s Workers’ Affairs Office, Mañoza should have received P55,000 for the five months of work he rendered for NexGreen.

During the meeting, NexGreen’s owner said there was a misunderstanding which led to the wages being paid in coins. He said the coins were meant for religious offering and were handed out to Mañoza by mistake. However, the owner said he will accept any punishment since it is his command responsibility.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, meanwhile, was not convinced by the owner’s defense and said the company also has other violations which include unpaid statutory benefits including Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG, and others.

Mañoza also said that he had made complaints regarding labor practices in the factory and alleged that the owner paid him in coins to spite him.

The local government has given the NexGreen Enterprise 24 hours to rectify the violations. It will also look into the company’s public documents to look into unpaid statutory benefits. Meanwhile the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct ocular inspection in the factory. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)


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