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With lowest cases in NCR, Taguig City focused on the New Normal

Taguig hits 13 active cases per 100K population

The City of Taguig attained the lowest number of active cases among the cities in NCR, having only 13 active cases per 100,000 population according to the latest available data last October 17. This shows that the city has managed to control the transmission of COVID-19 in the city with less people contracting the virus. The city government’s focus is now on helping establishments open safely and responsibly.

“The city believes that the enforcement of health protocols in commercial areas and offices is now the key area we need to focus on,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

Among the other cities with the lowest active cases per 100,000 population are Muntinlupa (17), Parañaque (30), Las Piñas (31), and Caloocan (36). On the other hand, the average active cases per 100,000 population in NCR is still at 56 based on official data released by each local government unit in Metro Manila.

This feat was possible through the local government’s PDITR strategy—Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate. This enabled the city to garner lower cases and increase in recoveries.

Alongside this strategy is the creation of infrastructures such as the newly launched Lakeshore Mega Complex which houses the Taguig Molecular Laboratory, Taguig National Testing Facility, and Lakeshore Hotel Mega-Quarantine Facility. This allows for a faster and easier processing of specimens, conducting accessible PCR tests, and assisting COVID-19 patients in their recovery.

As of October 17, a total of 60,454 PCR tests were conducted. This represents 6.1% of the Taguig’s local population. The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city stands at 8,289 and the recoveries have reached 8,098 which translates to a 98% recovery rate. Meanwhile, the cumulative death toll remains at 60 with the city’s Case Fatality Rate or CFR at 0.72%, which is also among the lowest case fatality rates in the country. The city currently has 131 active cases in the city, the lowest in two months.

Despite this progress on the COVID-19 battle, Taguig City urges its citizens and stakeholders to remain vigilant. The local government ensures to continue implementing interventions against COVID-19 and it’s transmission, as well as creating initiatives and other programs aimed to help Taguig and it’s citizens in the New Normal.  ###

With lowest cases in NCR, Taguig City focused on the New Normal

The City of Taguig attained the lowest number of active cases among the cities in NCR, having only 19 active cases per 100,000 population. This shows that the city has managed to control the transmission of COVID-19 in the city with less people contracting the virus. The city government’s focus is now on helping establishments open safely and responsibly.

 

“The city believes that the enforcement of health protocols in commercial areas and offices is now the key area we need to focus on,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

 

Among the other cities with the lowest active cases per 100,000 population are Muntinlupa (33), Parañaque (33), Caloocan (36), and Las Piñas (37). On the other hand, the average active cases per 100,000 population in NCR is still at 68 based on official data released by each local government unit in Metro Manila.

 

This feat was possible through the local government’s PDITR strategy—Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate. This enabled the city to garner lower cases and increase in recoveries.

 

Alongside this strategy is the creation of infrastructures such as the newly launched Lakeshore Mega Complex which houses the Taguig Molecular Laboratory, Taguig National Testing Facility, and Lakeshore Hotel Mega-Quarantine Facility. This allows for a faster and easier processing of specimens, conducting accessible PCR tests, and assisting COVID-19 patients in their recovery.

 

As of October 13, a total of 59,302 PCR tests were conducted. This represents 6.01% of the Taguig’s local population. The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city stands at 8,136 and the recoveries have reached 7,893 which translates to a 97% recovery rate. Meanwhile, the cumulative death toll remains at 60 with the city’s Case Fatality Rate or CFR at 0.74%, which is also among the lowest case fatality rates in the country. The city currently has 183 active cases in the city, the lowest in two months.

 

Despite this progress on the COVID-19 battle, Taguig City urges its citizens and stakeholders to remain vigilant. The local government ensures to continue implementing interventions against COVID-19 and it’s transmission, as well as creating initiatives and other programs aimed to help Taguig and it’s citizens in the New Normal.  ###

Taguig inaugurates COVID-19 Mega-Complex Facility

The City of Taguig hosted on Friday, September 25, the National Task Force Meeting and inaugurated its COVID-19 mega-complex facility which will host the new city-run Molecular Laboratory, the Lakeshore Mega-quarantine facility, and the Lakeshore National Testing Facility.

Taguig City closely coordinates with the national government and its task force to overcome the pandemic. The local government believes that in order to fight this dilemma, cooperation with the national government is essential.

Taguig is also delivering major infrastructure projects to sustain what has been an effective effort to keep COVID-19 cases low. The facilities are set to supplement an all-of-government approach to testing, tracing and treating COVID-19 cases, which has kept the city’s infections among the lowest in the National Capital Region this September. As of Sept. 22, the city had the lowest number of active cases per 100,000 people across NCR.

The City Government is now opening its very own Molecular Laboratory to further increase its testing capacity.

The Department of Health granted the Molecular Laboratory a license to operate (LTO) on Sept. 13. It had previously passed a five-step assessment, which included on-site assessment and proficiency tests for the staff.

The lab will have both a manual and automated testing machine managed by shifting teams composed of medical technicians, aids and others. At full capacity, this molecular lab will help reach Taguig’s target of 100,000 RT-PCR tests by the end of the year which is equivalent to 10 percent of Taguig’s total population.

Even without its own testing laboratory, Taguig managed to conduct almost 50,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests as of Sept. 23, representing over 5 percent of the total population. This was made possible with strong partnership with the national government and in private testing facilities.

 “This testing facility will be a long-term benefit to the city to help us better manage the COVID-19 situation. Aside from that, the lab can also test pathogens affecting both humans and animals, allowing us to avert serious health issues in the future,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

Within the same complex, the local government will be opening the much-awaited 500-bed COVID-19 Lakeshore Mega Quarantine Facility.

For Section 1 of the facility, 70 units will be opened today, while the other sections will be opened over the next few weeks.

The entire complex is expected to be completed in three months, right before Christmas where the city anticipates a possible spike in COVID-19 cases.

Once completed, the Mega Quarantine Facility will add to the five quarantine facilities in the city that include newly built structures and repurposed government buildings.

The structures ensure comfort for patients. They are complete with beds, partitions, air-conditioning, a bath, a toilet and a living room. All units will also have tables to help in entertaining patients and consulting with doctors. Robonurses, created by the young students of Taguig Robotics Team, will care for the patients.

Among the city’s touted homegrown approaches are the Systematic Mass Approach to Responsible Testing, aggressive contact tracing mechanisms tapping into barangays, and localized lockdowns.

The local government of Taguig is working hard with the National Task Force for our city to effectively transition to the new normal. In span of six weeks since the Modified Enhance Community Quarantine or the Timeout Taguig, the cases of COVID-19 in the city have already been flattened. In spite of these progressive results, the local government still vows to be aggressive in the fight against COVID-19. ###.

AVP PRESENTATION OF THE MEGAQUARANTINE FACILITY AND MOLECULAR LAB

MAYOR LINO’S STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF QUARANTINE PROTOCOL VIOLATORS IN TAGUIG

 

Sixteen individuals were arrested in Barangay Lower Bicutan for violating quarantine protocols last Saturday, September 12.

The City Government of Taguig would like to congratulate COVID Shield Task Force Commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar for the arrest by his men, together with the Taguig police led by Col. Celso Rodriguez, of these individuals who were found in violation of City Ordinance No. 27-89 that prohibits drinking in public places.

They were also later charged with violating Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code for resistance and disobedience to a person in authority.

Taguig City will continue to pursue violators of health and safety protocols.

The city takes pride in being among the cities with the lowest active Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila.

Taguig’s citizens are mostly disciplined and cooperative but like any city, it faces challenges.

Taguig has activated a 1000-man Tapang Malasakit Disiplina team to help the Philippine National Police enforce the city’s new normal ordinance that aims to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Despite having early COVID-19 cases in March, Taguig is among the cities with the lowest active cases in Metro Manila because of its aggressive approach in implementing rules and regulations.

Although the city’s comprehensive approach is centered on compassion and education–partnering with individuals and institutions to fight the virus—the city continues to vow to pursue cases against individuals and establishments not cooperating.

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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Taguig Youthcon 2020 goes online

Taguig spearheads digital convention in new normal scenario

 

COVID-19 did not stop the Taguig City Youthcon for 2020, with Taguig City and the SK Federation gathering youth leaders in events held completely online between August 24 and 29.

 

“Over the pandemic, we’ve pushed ourselves to explore possibilities in the new normal scenario. This annual convention going to the virtual world is us pushing the envelope once more, for the welfare of a sector that has always been dear to Taguig,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

 

The inaugural Youthcon in 2019 gathered some 1,500 Taguigeños aged 15-30, but COVID-19 restricts large gatherings at this time.

 

“Last year’s Youthcon was a success we were determined to continue even when most cancelled or did not celebrate the youth week,” said SK Federation chair Beng Maximo. “In this trailblazing event, Taguig organized a massive digital youth convention. It is an expressions of the city’s inclusive governance – a leadership that listens to, cares for and trains young people.”

 

The lineup marks the nationwide Linggo ng Kabataan, whose theme this year is “Youth Engagement for Global Action.”

 

Positive influence

Just as last year’s convention, the 2020 edition featured a powerhouse of leaders, celebrities and influencers discussing various issues.

 

Taguig SK leaders launched on August 24 the “Infodemic” campaign, which raised media literacy in response to the proliferation of mis- and disinformation during the pandemic.

 

Team Ebs duo Angel Yap and Flow G led the Vlogging 101 webinar on August 25. The next day, athlete Rachel Daquis discussed fitness and confidence. Lazada’s Petrus Carbonell followed with a discussion on e-commerce.

 

Sen. Pia Cayetano, Senate Chair Committee on Sustainable Development, led the “Futures Thinking for Future Leaders” discussion on August 27. Earlier in the day, Mind Museum resident scientists Mikee Estorga at Pecier Decierdo discussed climate change. Following them, Solenn Heussaff and husband Nico Bolzico discussed relationships.

 

August 28, Rocco Nacino at Melissa Gohing zeroed in on relationship goals and fitness; while Bianca King tackled responsible citizenship.

 

On the last day, Bubbles Paraiso met young people for self-care tips.

 

Taguig 2nd Dist. Rep. Lani Cayetano also showed her support for Taguigeño Youth during the Taguig Youthcon 2020 by paying CICLs or Children In Conflict with the Law a visit at Bahay Pag-Asa, a city-funded shelter established in 2015. This provides formation and education to children in conflict with the law.

 

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, on the other hand, shared a light moment with SK leaders as he talked about starting as a young leader in Taguig and discussing leadership values.

 

‘Meaningful citizenship’

In one of the highlights of this year’s Youthcon, students thought up ingenious solutions to “new normal” issues with Youth Hackathon held on August 26-28, 2020.

 

Hackathons gather people for a limited time to collaborate and come up with solutions to specific problems, that can range from information technology to development projects. In Taguig’s iteration, teams from different Department of Education schools discussed solutions to concerns in education, mental health, environment and sustainability, and transportation.

 

“The city wanted to engage future leaders by inviting them to deal with present problems,” said Maximo. “We provided young people a space for meaningful citizenship.”

 

“Older people often say that the young ones are idealistic, as if it’s a bad thing. In fact, many of our successful programs have been initiated or led by young people. This hackathon harnesses their bright ideas and hopes to amplify them for the greater good,” said Mayor Lino.

 

Winners of the tilt will receive an initial funding for their projects and mentorship from the Taguig local government’s resident experts.

 

Exciting events

The Youthcon also hosted “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Tournament” on August 26-29, inspired by the success of e-sports at the 30th South East Asian Games hosted by the Philippines last year.

 

“Mobile games have been a pastime, even a livelihood, for many young people during the community quarantine,” explained Mayor Lino. “Who knows if some of the participants in our tournament could move from representing their barangays to representing the country.”

 

Gamification was a recurring theme of the Youthcon. Adding to the raffles and giveaways, organizers also placed contests, including daily Facebook Live Games which introduced city agendas like agriculture, mobility, tourism and COVID-19 awareness through virtual games.

 

In addition to the learnings, each participant also received a P100 load allowance to cover part of their expenses for attending Youthcon 2020.

 

“It was no wonder why we were able to organize hundreds of young people in this novel event: the content is relevant, exciting and truly inspiring,” said Maximo. “We are truly grateful to the city for focusing on the youth sector and helping us push through with this activity despite COVID-19.”

 

 

“Investing in the youth is investing in the future, which is why we should continue to develop and empower the youth of the city,” noted Mayor Lino. “Let this be evidence that Taguig sincerely believes in young people, and that we are ready to train them and give them opportunities for growth whether or not a pandemic exists. Our commitment is timeless and resilient.”


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