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Taguig signs deal with AstraZeneca; in talks with other vaccine suppliers to complement nat’l gov’t supply

Taguig inked a deal to procure COVID-19 vaccines from biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, and is in talks with other vaccine suppliers but clarified that it is expecting the first delivery from the national government and the local government procurement will only serve to complement the national government supply.

 

“The national government’s allotment will come first. We expect it during the first quarter but that will be for medical frontliners and the vulnerable sectors so we have already been preparing our vaccination sites and vaccination protocols,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

 

“We want however ALL Taguigeños to have access to the COVID vaccine. ALL LGU procurement of vaccines, we are told will come AFTER the national government allotment and that will be sometime during the last quarter of 2021,” Mayor Lino added.

 

The Taguig City mayor explained that health experts agree that immunizing people is key to ending this pandemic soonest . “So far, we have ensured that our testing, disease surveillance and treatment services meet the highest standards. We certainly plan to continue leading as we approach the homestretch,” he added.

 

Taguig City currently has 43 active cases and consistently holds the lowest active cases per 100,000 population with only 4 active cases. The city is also among the lowest case fatalities at 1.58 percent. However, as of January 10, NCR has 2,650 active cases based on the data released by LGUs on their social media pages and websites. This is equivalent to 18 active cases per 100k population. The case fatality rate of NCR is currently at 2.93 percent.

 

This has caused Mayor lino to remind Taguigeños that Metro Manila should be viewed as one mega city because while there is freedom of movement, “we need to be prepared for cases to rise as the overall numbers in Metro Manila is still high. From testing to treatment to vaccination, all Metro Manila cities have to continue working together.”

 

On January 5, Taguig City announced a P13.5-billion recovery fund for 2021, with P1 billion earmarked for free vaccines conducted citywide. Mayor Lino shared that the city had been planning for vaccination since September last year.

 

The AstraZeneca deal Taguig City has entered has the approval of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 and the Department of Health.

 

Aside from AstraZeneca preorder, the city is in talks with other companies. “Following the advice of our scientists and experts we are looking at all available options and continue to be aggressive in our preparation and research into other vaccines and new technologies to help end COVID-19,” noted Mayor Lino.

 

There have been concerns about the complications in transporting and storing the vaccines but Taguig is ready.  “We have one of the best public immunization programs in the country and the DOH has cited Taguig in the past years for this,” he added.

 

Although AstraZeneca vaccine requires refrigeration temperature like most current vaccines, Taguig is also working on a rollout plan for Vaccines that need sub zero temperatures like Pfizers’ BNT162b2.

 

“This is why we prepared for several vaccines, we want to be ready to execute based on what it’s immediately available” the goals in vaccination remains to be able to inoculate all Taguigeños safely and immediately. We are constantly working on these to goals. Safety and speed and working closely with the national government is key,” Mayor Lino said. ###

MAYOR LINO WARNS OF POSSIBLE LOCKDOWN

Numerous violations of health and safety protocols reported

“We may be facing a new lockdown and quarantine restrictions soon.”

We are working hard to make Taguig City safe and open for business, having the lowest number of active cases per population. However, the freedom of movement in Metro Manila and the recklessness of some establishments and citizens has begun to compromise the gains we have made over the last few months.

There have been neglect of orders for no social gatherings, parties with multiple households, overcapacity in restaurants, bars that operate in secret, and playing of contact sports like basketball that is unregulated.

Yesterday, we received numerous reports of these violations. I hope these establishments and citizens realize that their reckless behavior will bring us closer to another spike in our cases and a possible lockdown that would harm both our public health system and our economy that we have been working so hard to rebuild.

We have seen this before in Barangay Fort Bonifacio where  we went from having 0 to 300 cases in a week. Early detection and active disease surveillance allowed us to contain that outbreak and have all 300 recovered.

Now, despite being aggressive in opening businesses, we remain to have the lowest active cases per population in Metro Manila and around the world. As of today, Taguig has 7 cases per 100,000 population compared to the whole of Metro Manila with 22 cases per 100,00 population. Our city has lower active cases per population compared to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Seoul.

We are on the right track but if we become careless, we will face bigger problems ahead.

We have seen it in homes that held parties, restaurants that disregarded rules, bars that operated despite the ban, and events that are unregulated or misrepresented themselves. Because of this, we may soon be facing an even more dangerous wave that will force us to impose a lockdown. It has happened all around the world, we’ve so far managed to avoid it with strong government regulation and citizen cooperation.

Let us stay disciplined and committed so we can continue to stop transmission, save lives, and be open for business safely.

Taguig City lauds local police for arrest of another Tinga Drug Syndicate member in P20M drug bust

The Taguig City government on Thursday lauded the Taguig Police for its successful buy-bust operation that led to the seizure of over P20 million worth of shabu.

The local government also hailed the arrest of a notorious member of the Tinga Drug Syndicate during Wednesday’s  operation on Mariano St. in Barangay Ususan around 5:30 p.m.

A police report identified the suspect as  Patrick Ace Tinga, 24.

Nine others–Tom Jovy Cruz, 30; Elmer Bautista, 34; Wenston Ray Lopez, 20; Jessie Aviles, 24; Jomari Lopez, 19; Chris Klein Lopena, 19; Adrian dela Cruz, 22; John Paul Esteban, 26; and John Christian Roxas, 34; were also arrested, while two minors were rescued.

Apart from the three kilograms of shabu worth P20,400,000, seized from the group were 41.7 grams of marijuana worth P50,040; three digital weighing scales; two keypad cellphones; one eco bag; P8,000 in different denominations; and two P200 bills with dusting powder from the Southern Police District Crime Lab. The police also recovered a blue book of clients and buyers.

According to Mayor Lino Cayetano, the arrest and seizure of the sizeable amount of illegal drugs are proof of Taguig’s commitment to the war on drugs even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We vowed to keep Taguigeños safe. That means we will do whatever is necessary that is allowed by the  law to protect them not just from COVID-19 but from illegal drugs and criminality as well,” he said.

Mayor Lino said the city government would continue to support the local police, as they continue to enforce laws and arrest those violating them.

According to Mayor Lino, there is, after all,  no room for criminals in Taguig.

“We are a peace-loving people. Anyone who attempts to disrupt our peace is not welcome here,” he said.

Taguig has been very aggressive in its campaign against illegal drugs.

In 2016, Tinga Drug Syndicate member Joel Tinga was sentenced to reclusion perpetua for selling illegal drugs.

Another member of the syndicate, Elisa “Ely” Tinga,  wife of Noel Tinga and  a cousin of former Taguig Mayor Freddie

Tinga, was meted out the same punishment  in February 2017. She was at that time the third most wanted person on the list of illegal drug personalities.  She was the seventh member of the Tinga Drug Syndicate to be arrested and jailed.

The Taguig government also implements a one-strike policy against business establishments allowing customers to use illegal drugs. Under the policy, the city government immediately revokes the business permits of violating establishments.

The local government also has programs to help rehabilitate drug users. The Taguig Anti-Drug Abuse Council’s two-month program aims to reintegrate them as productive members of society. ###

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 City Hotlines

Taguig City Hall 555- 7800 Police Taguig Mobile Patrol 0921-7221972
Fire Department at City Hall 642-9982 Public Order & Safety Office 642-1261
Fire Department Taguig Central 837-0740 / 837-4496 Taguig Environmental / Solid Waste 642-7557
Fire Department at FTI 837-4496 Traffic Management Office 640-7006
Lake & River Patrol 628-1377 Taguig-Pateros District Hospital 838-34-85
Office of Social Welfare & Development 555-7919 Taguig City Rescue 0919-0703112
PNP Taguig / COP 642-35-82 Taguig Emergency Hotline 165-7777
Tactical Operation Center Police 642-3582 Taguig Command Center 789- 3200
Police 117 / Emergency 1623 Doctors-On- Call 0917- 8210896
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