COVID 19 – QUEZON CITY – 14 day LOCKDOWN in areas of Barangays Bahay Toro, Culiat, Sauyo, Batasan Hills, and Tatalon.

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Walang JOY sa limang barangay sa Kyusi. COVID 19 o GUTOM ang pinagpipiliang landas ng buhay para sa maraming dukha. Nangako naman ang pamahalaang lungsod na sagot nila ang pagkain sa mga naturang mga lugar. Matatao. Masikip. Mahihirap. Informal settlers. Poorest of the poor. Mga botanteng malimit ay binebenta ang kanilang mga boto tuwing halalan upang mapanatili ang mga KURAP na DYNASTY.


QC to place ‘high-risk’ areas in 5 barangays under ‘special concern lockdown’

Twenty areas in five Quezon City (QC) barangays will be placed under the 14-day special concern lockdown (SCL) starting 5 a.m. on Wednesday (May 13) for having the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city.

The Quezon City government on Tuesday said that initially the SCL will be enforced in high-risk areas in barangays Bahay Toro, Culiat, Sauyo, Batasan Hills, and Tatalon.

As of May 11, Barangay Culiat has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 37, followed by Barangays Batasan Hills, 29; Bahay Toro, 21; Sauyo, 19; and Tatalon, 17.

However, the city government has yet to identify the high-risk areas in the five barangays.

Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo said these areas were initially chosen by the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) based on the results of community-based testing it conducted through its Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU).

Instead of a total lockdown on the whole barangay, Kimpo said the city government will focus on the high-risk areas of each of these barangays where clustering of COVID-19 cases are numerous.

These high risk areas may be a block, street, or compound within the aforementioned barangays, Kimpo said.

In preventing the spread of COVID-19, Kimpo said another major area of concern is the high density population of places where quarantine protocols are neglected.

He said the QCHD will focus on densely populated locations where COVID-19 transmission is most likely to occur.

Since the containment of the virus is a primary concern, Kimpo said the city government will further strengthen its community-based testing and quarantine efforts.

Kimpo assured the residents of the high-risk areas in the five barangays that the city government will provide them with food and other assistance.

Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU), said they will conduct intensified testing and monitoring in these areas to ensure that they are COVID-free after the 14-day quarantine period ends.

Kimpo noted that quarantine officers from the newly formed “QC Laban COVID-19” team will help the QCESU perform its job by ensuring the strict enforcement of quarantine rules.

The team is composed of members from the City Health Department (CHD), the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Special Action Force (SAF), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), under Brig. Gen. Alex Luna.

The QCESU will be accompanied by two personnel from the QCPD and three from the AFP, including one regular officer and two reservists.

“More than 200 members of the QCPD-AFP-SAF contingent will undergo training on the process of implementing quarantine rules and monitoring of confirmed and possible COVID-19 cases,” Cruz said.

Aside from ensuring the strict implementation of quarantine processes, Cruz said the quarantine officers are also mandated to conduct information dissemination drives on how to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Mayor Joy Belmonte reiterated her appeal to citizens in the affected areas to fully cooperate with the local government’s effort to combat COVID-19.


Parts of Quezon City on 14-day lockdown

Janvic MateoMarc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star)
May 13, 2020 

MANILA, Philippines — Starting this week, some areas in Quezon City will be placed under a 14-day “special concern lockdown” due to the high number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Under the special concern lockdown, only authorized persons outside of residence such as frontliners with necessary identification cards will be allowed to leave their homes.

The city government will provide relief goods and supplies to all families within the designated areas.

Rolly Cruz, head of the city epidemiology and surveillance unit, said the decision to place areas under a special concern lockdown is based on the results of community-based testing conducted by the city government.

Urban poor areas and highly dense locations in barangays may also be put on lockdown if there is presence of clustering, according to the city government.

Extensive testing would be conducted in these areas to ensure that the residents are COVID-free after the 14-day period.

City health officials, police officers and soldiers will be deployed in these areas to ensure that quarantine protocols are strictly followed.

They will also be tasked to conduct information dissemination on how to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Joy Belmonte appealed to all residents in areas under special concern lockdown to fully cooperate.

As of Monday night, the Department of Health has recorded 1,589 confirmed cases in Quezon City, with 138 recoveries and 361 deaths.

Meanwhile, 4,175 swabs have so far been collected from residents in the community-based testing of the city government. A total of 1,080 have been tested, with 925 negative and 155 positive.

Caloocan village on EECQ

Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan placed Barangay 156 in Bagong Barrio on lockdown last night due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the barangay.

Malapitan said he placed the barangay on extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) from 8 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Friday.

Under the EECQ, residents will no longer be allowed to leave their houses even with quarantine passes, and non-essential businesses will be ordered closed.

The lockdown will also enable city government to conduct contact tracing and swabbing of samples from residents.

Barangay captain Maritess Go promised to provide relief goods to affected residents.

According to the city government’s public information office, Barangay 156 has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases at 25.

As of yesterday, there were 269 cases of COVID-19 in Caloocan. Of the 269, 203 are active cases, 24 are deaths, and 42 are recoveries.

COVID 19 – NGAWA ng NGAWA. QC NANISI NANAMAN sa SAP distribution na hindi umabot sa deadline

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QC – finger pointing nanaman. Social distancing daw sila maski hindi. Sobra daw kasi ng dami ang dapat bigyan. Yun naman daw ibang COVID 19 patients sa mga ospital sa QC ay taga ibang lungsod naman nakatira.


QC official blames limited time for failure to meet cash aid distribution deadline

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) – Quezon City is among 369 local government units that failed to meet the deadline to finish distribution of the first tranche of the national government’s cash aid program.

Quezon City Assistant Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo told CNN Philippines that city officials experienced ‘time pressure’ in distributing cash aid to the 377,000 beneficiaries under the government’s social amelioration program.

“Ang binigay sa atin na panahon upang maka-distribute ay maiksing maiksi lamang at yung bilang na dapat mapagbigyan ng ayuda galing sa DSWD ay napakalaki,” Kimpo said.

[Translation: The time given to us to distribute (cash aid) is very short and the number of beneficiaries that must be given aid from the DSWD is huge.]

“At yung deadline yan ay kahapon kaya pinilit talaga natin na ma-meet yung deadline na ito, isa na rito sa Barangay Bagong Pag-asa,” he added.

[Translation: And the deadline was yesterday so we really forced ourselves to meet this deadline, and this includes Barangay Bagong Pag-asa.]

On Sunday, photos circulated online showing beneficiaries lining up at the gate of Barangay Pag-asa Elementary School to receive cash aid under the social amelioration program. While physical distancing protocols were observed inside the school, they were not implemented in the queue.

Kimpo said the local government has been implementing strict physical distancing protocols when distributing cash assistance.

“Kung mayroong mga sandali na hindi nasusunod yung ating social distancing na minimum requirements agad din namang pinaalalahanan lahat na sumunod dito at ginagawa natin ang lahat ng ating makakaya,” Kimpo said.

[Translation: If there are times when social distancing minimum requirements are not observed, we remind them right away to follow and we are doing everything we can.]

As of Monday, Quezon City reported 89.3 percent distribution rate for cash aid beneficiaries, citing challenges on the ground.

Kimpo said barangays have been instructed to strictly follow the list validated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). However, he said some beneficiaries on the list fail to appear, while those not on the list show up trying to collect.

“Kaya meron pong ilang percentage ng bawat payout target rate sa mga barangay na hindi nare-release ang mga amounts na ito at ito yung pinipilit natin mahabol ngayon na binabalikan natin ang mga barangay kung saan hindi 100 percent yung rate,” Kimpo said.

[Translation: So there are a few barangays that have not reached the target payout rate because these amounts are not being released, and these are the barangays we come back to where the distribution rate is not 100 percent.]

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya earlier said local government units who were not able to beat the deadline can continue to distribute, unless the DSWD demands for the return of the funds.

Quezon City has the biggest population among cities in Metro Manila, and currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region at 1,578.

But Kimpo disclosed that not all of the COVID-19 patients there are residents of Quezon City. He said some are patients who have been admitted to the city’s hospitals but actually reside elsewhere.

“As of May 9, nasa 1,168 yung na-validate talaga ng ating city epidemiology and surveillance unit,” Kimpo clarified.

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