COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Government grants zero-interest loan to 112 “Muntipreneurs” to help them recover amid pandemic

In a bid to assist local businesses and revive the stalled local economy brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Government of Muntinlupa has provided zero-interest loan to MSMEs and micro-entrepreneurs dubbed as “Muntipreneurs.”

Specifically the City Government assisted at least 112 micro-entrepreneurs through its Tulong Negosyo Program (formerly Dagdag Puhunan) and has distributed P2,762,000 cash assistance from March to September 2020. Muntinlupa City is the first LGU to introduce the micro-financing program.

Tulong Negosyo caters to MSMEs and provides micro finance assistance which ranges from P2,000 up to P150,000 depending on the business capital ceiling and payment record of beneficiaries. The program aims to provide additional capital for business expansion for aspiring and established business owners in Muntinlupa.

On September 23, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi led a turn-over ceremony of loan assistance amounting to P990,000.00 to 28 Tulong Negosyo Batch 116 beneficiaries in Muntinlupa City Hall. Among the beneficiaries, three local entrepreneurs received P100,000 each while one member received P150,000.

Fresnedi vows to continue the program and assist Muntipreneurs especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The mayor hopes to revive the local economy by support grassroot players through various programs.

Recently, the loan repayment period was extended by three months for clients with existing loans from March to June 2020 in a bid to help them recover from losses due to the pandemic.

Tulong Negosyo program has three categories namely: Simulang Kapital (SIKAP) Pangkabuhayan with loan application amounting to P2,000 – P5,000, Asenso Loan Program amounting to P6,000 – P75,000, and Maunlad Loan Program amounting to P75,000 – P150,000.

Further, a Savings Program has been incorporated in the loan assistance to teach clients about the importance of economizing and serve as protection to the clients and the program. Entrepreneurial education through trainings and other related interventions are also conducted.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Tulong Negosyo has implemented Online Application services and cashless repayment system through Smart Padala and G-Cash.

To apply, visit Joint Resources Financing Program – JRF Facebook Page or click the following links: New Applications – bit.ly/TulongNegosyoNew, and Renewal – bit.ly/TulongNegosyoRenewal. The Muntinlupa Joint Resources Financing Program is located at 2F Plaza Central, Brgy. Poblacion with contact numbers 8772-3457and (0921) 888 6124.

Muntinlupa City is hailed the country’s Most Business-Friendly LGU in 2017-2018 by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Las Piñas City Police Force at Work – September 22, 2020

The Las Piñas City Police Department continues to serve the local constituents by means of securing places, implementing rules and helping those who need assistance. Check out these recent media releases and pay close attention to the details written.

On September 21, 2020, personnel of Sub-Station 2 under the supervision of PMAJ JOEL P GOMEZ, SS-2 Commander through the strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP of Las Piñas City Police Station conducted Ugnayan/Dialogue/Lecture with Hon. Romualda C Villalon, Barangay Chairwoman of Barangay Pamplona Dos re: Strict Implementation of Social Distancing and Mandatory Wearing of Face Mask and reiterated health protocols to the public. (source – Las Piñas City Police)
On September 21, 2020, elements of WSS led by PEMS Jay Joseph de Guzman together with Four (4) others under the supervision of PCOL RODEL A. PASTOR COP, Las Piñas City Police Station together with PMaj JOSE A ANAZ, ACOPO, Las Piñas City Police Station arrested a suspect (at Bagong Pag-asa Compound, Brgy. Pilar) who has a pending Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Judge Salvador V. Timbang JR. of Regional Trial Court Branch 253, Las Piñas City, Docketed under Crim. Case No. 20-0667 (source – Las Piñas City Police)
On September 21, 2020, personnel of Sub-Station 3 under the supervision of PMAJ ALBERT DT AREVALO, SS-3 Commander through the strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP conducted Distribution of Flyers re: Safety Precautionary Measures against Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), Health Advisory Flyers, General Community Quarantine Flyers, Anti-illegal Drugs Flyers, Anti-Rape Flyers, Wakasan ang Pang-aabuso sa Kababaihan Flyers and RA 9710 Magna Carta of Women Flyers. Likewise strict implementation of social distancing and mandatory wearing of face mask. (source – Las Piñas City Police)

If you are in Las Piñas City and you need the help of the local police, call 85516401 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pcrstation4/

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Las Piñas City Police Force at Work – September 19, 2020

The Las Piñas City Police Department continues to serve the local constituents by means of securing places, implementing rules and helping those who need assistance. Check out these recent media releases and pay close attention to the details written.

On September 18, 2020, the Las Pinas City Police Station under the supervision of PCOL RODEL ALCANTARA PASTOR, COP, PS4 through Station Community Affairs Development Section personnel led by PLt. JAMEL RINANDANG, C, SCADS conducted Tree Planting Activity in consonance to World Bamboo Day Celebration together with Ms. Jennifer Erispe, School Head of Las Pinas Science High School, Brgy Tanod from Brgy Talon Dos LPC and Sub Station 5 personnel of this station. (contributed by Las Piñas City Police Department)
On September 18, 2020, PMAJ.ALBERT DT AREVALO SS 3 Commander and strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP of Las Pinas City Police Station conducted Ugnayan/Dialogue/Lecture with resident of Barangay CAA re: Strict Implementation of Social Distancing and Mandatory Wearing of Face Mask and reiterated health protocols to the public to include police visibility in the area. (contributed by Las Piñas City Police Department)
On September 18, 2020, elements of Sub-Station 2 under the supervision of PMAJ JOEL P GOMEZ, SS-2 Commander through the strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP conducted Distribution of Flyers re: Safety Precautionary Measures against Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), Health Advisory Flyers, General Community Quarantine Flyers, Anti-illegal Drugs Flyers, Anti-Rape Flyers, Wakasan ang Pang-aabuso sa Kababaihan Flyers and RA 9710 Magna Carta of Women Flyers at Vista Mall along Alabang Zapote Rd., Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas City and likewise strict implementation of social distancing and mandatory wearing of face mask. (contributed by Las Piñas City Police Department)
On September 18, 2020, elements of Sub Station 6 utilizing MC 113 under the supervision of PMAJ JERIC M TILAON, Sub-Station 6 Commander through the strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP performed PNP Good Deeds by providing free transportation to Brgy Almanza Dos, Las Piñas City under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in relation with the Presidential Proclamation No. 922 “Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19”. (contributed by Las Piñas City Police Department)

If you are in Las Piñas City and you need the help of the local police, call 85516401 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pcrstation4/

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Muntinlupa City Hotline 137-175 for centralized quick emergency response officially launched

The City Government of Muntinlupa officially launched Emergency Hotline “137-175” on September 15, 2020. Hotline 137-175 is a centralized post for reporting of emergency cases and incidents, including quick response for emergency rescue cases which require police assistance, firefighter rescue services, traffic rescue services, and ambulance medical services. City residents are welcome to use the hotline for their emergency concerns.

Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) chief Erwin Alfonso said the installation of the unified hotline aims to improve the city’s immediate response in providing rescue, medical, and police assistance.

Alfonso noted that calls received through the emergency hotline will be processed in Muntinlupa City Command Center by designated officers from MCDDRM, Muntinlupa City Rescue, Muntinlupa City Health, Muntinlupa City Traffic and Management Bureau, Muntinlupa City Police Station, and Bureau of Fire Protection – Muntinlupa for coordination to their respective units.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged the public to save the city’s hotline in their phones or in their homes to easily access the emergency service. The mayor hoped that through the centralized emergency hotline, responses of the city’s departments will be delivered in a more effective, quick and coordinated manner.

“The launching of Muntinlupa’s Emergency Hotline 137-175 is very timely especially that we are in a pandemic and enter the rainy season where cases of road accidents increase. The local government hopes to provide a quick response system that will immediately address and respond to the public’s emergency concerns,” Fresnedi said.

As of September 14, Muntinlupa City has 3,872 confirmed cases with 3,066 recoveries, 679 active cases, 127 reported deaths, 487 suspect cases, and 611 probable cases.

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Comic Quest announces closure!

Comic Quest, a notable retailer of comic books and geek stuff (including premium products like action figures) here in the Philippines, announced yesterday that it will be closing its 35-year-old business due to the tremendous economic difficulties related to, unsurprisingly, the ongoing pandemic and also the disrupted state of the international distribution of comic books. Before the end comes, however, a Farewell Sale at their SM Megamall branch in Mandaluyong City has launched and will last until sometime in October. The said sale will have all items discounted at least 50%.

In my experience of the past decade, as a resident of Alabang, Muntinlupa, I often bought new comic books (especially Wonder Woman) at the Festival Mall Alabang branch of Comic Quest. It was also at the same store located a short walk away from the cinemas where I also ordered and received hardback editions of EC Comics Archives. Comic Quest Alabang was a favorite weekend destination of mine for many years. Even before I became a collector of comic books (specifically superhero comics), I first heard about Comic Quest way back in 1990 in the classroom where I had a few classmates who bought comic books from them. Back in the 1990s, Comic Quest had a branch in Makati and it was there where I bought Web of Spider-Man #100 in 1993.

As time passed by, my personal interest in comic books waned and I actually stopped buying comic books (both new and old) shortly before the lockdown here in the Philippines was implemented. The pandemic and related lockdown brought entire economies down worldwide and the Philippines was not spared. It is also depressing to learn that many people lost their jobs as well as their income. No disposable income, no more demand for entertainment products like comic books, theatrical showing of movies, shows and the like. The priority now of people living during the pandemic goes to the essentials.

Yesterday, hours after Comic Quest’s closure announcement, I took the opportunity to visit and see their Festival Mall branch in Alabang. It is gone!

The commercial space in the middle used to be occupied by Comic Quest inside Festival Mall. This picture was taken hours after the closure announcement.

Comic Quest’s decision to close down is understandable and acceptable. They did the best they could to survive and prevent their employees from becoming unemployed until the pandemic-related depression overwhelmed them (as well as the many other businesses of different types and sizes).

Just a few years ago, another comic book specialty retailer had to close down their Alabang Town Center branch. It’s clear that comic books as a business continues to fail especially now that people are often online and find their kind of stuff through digital services/retailers.

In closing this, posted below for your reference is the complete closure announcement of Comic Quest. The retailer will be missed!

This is a special announcement for all our valued customers. We hope you ‘re doing well and staying safe during this difficult time.

We just want to let you know that because of the combined pressure of the pandemic, as well as the disruption of the global distribution of comic books, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to begin the process of closing down Comic Quest. It is and has been an extremely challenging time for us, and we feel that this is our best option moving forward.

It has been a long and amazing road, from our earliest days in our first branch at BF Homes in Alabang, to Greenhills to Makati to multiple branches as far away as SM Cebu. But now the time has come to say goodbye, and let all of you know how much we appreciate being given the chance to be part of the comic book industry.

We want to thank each and every one of you for being one of our valuable loyal customers and a very important member of the Comic Quest family. We wouldn’t have reached 35 wonderful years in business without loyal customers like you. Our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks for being with us through all these years.

In line with our decision, we’re holding a special FAREWELL SALE from September 16th and into October, at our SM Megamall branch. During this time we will be selling ALL items from at least 50% off and up.

Please help us spread the word and share this message with other friends and collectors whom you think might be interested.

While our time in this wonderful industry comes to an end, we’re wishing you many more years of happy collecting! And in the words of the great Stan Lee- Excelsior!

Best wishes,

Comic Quest

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COVID-19 Crisis: Hospitals and clinics in Muntinlupa City mandated to report COVID-19 cases or face charges and penalties

To outline the extent of COVID-19 health situation in the city, the City Government of Muntinlupa ordered hospitals and clinics to submit health information of COVID-19 cases and identified close contacts for disease surveillance and response.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed City Ordinance 2020-107 mandating all hospitals, healthcare facilities, and similar establishments providing laboratory and diagnostic services operating in Muntinlupa City to submit daily COVID-19 related data to the local public health authority.

Under the local ordinance, the City Health Office shall prepare a template requesting for personal health information of COVID-19 cases and identified close contacts from local health facilities.

Processing of health information shall only involve the minimum extent of personal data necessary for case investigation and management, contract tracing and monitoring, quarantine and isolation, mandatory reporting to public health authorities, or treatment and coordination purposes.

The City Government assures the public that the manner of processing of personal health information shall be in accordance with the guidelines by the Department of Health such as Administrative Order No. 2020-0013 (Guidelines for the lnclusion of COVID-19 in the List of Notifiable Diseases for Mandatory Reporting to the DOH) and DOH Department Memorandum No. 2020-0189 (Updated Guidelines on Contact Tracing of Close Contacts of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases).

Muntinlupa City Council majority floor leader Coun. Raul Corro said the purpose of the reportorial requirement is to build a repository of real-time COVID-19 data as basis of evidence-informed health policy and intervention measures.

Corro added the real-time sharing of data from healthcare facilities and the City Health Office will help improve local response activities, including the quality and accessibility of health services and other related interventions for COVID-19.

Establishments violating provisions in the local ordinance shall be penalized with closure, suspension, or revocation of its business permit or license.

Further, Muntinlupa City Council also approved City Ordinance 2020-126 ordering the mandatory self-isolation, or admission to city isolation facilities if requirements for home quarantine are not met as certified by the City Health Office (CHO), for anyone who have undergone COVID-19 swab testing.

The local ordinance aims to restrict movement of suspect cases and prevent possible carriers of the virus to travel and infect other individuals. Residents violating the local ordinance will face P3,000 penalty for first offense, P5,000 for second offense, and a maximum of one-year imprisonment upon discretion of the court and P5,000 penalty for the third and succeeding offenses.

Isolation facilities in Muntinlupa are located in Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Brgy. Alabang and Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) in Brgy. Sucat. An additional quarantine facility is being constructed in Pacwood Site, Brgy. Tunasan in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged city residents to continue exercise vigilance and strict observance of health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, wearing of face masks, proper cough etiquette, and other precautionary measures.

As of September 10, Muntinlupa City has 3,785 confirmed cases with 2,960 recoveries, 696 active cases, 129 reported deaths, 552 suspect cases, and 571 probable cases.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Toyota Philippines Donates Vios to Ospital ng Muntinlupa

In support of the local health workers handling the daily operations of the Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun), Toyota Motor Philippines formally donated one unit of its popular car, the Vios. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, OsMun director Dr. Edwin Dimatatac, and City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela personally received the service vehicle from TMP Chief Physician Dr. Laennec Baquiran, TMP execs Dr. Jojo Cruz and Allen Rufo on September 9.

The Toyota Vios donated to Ospital ng Muntinlupa. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

In return, the City Government of Muntinlupa extended its gratitude to Toyota Motor Philippines for its valuable assistance to improve the local COVID-19 response efforts. The donated Toyota Vios will be used by OsMun as a service vehicle.

As of September 9, Muntinlupa City has 3,743 confirmed cases with 2,913 recoveries, 702 active cases, 128 reported deaths, 523 suspect cases, and 595 probable cases.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City puts RMT 7A compound in extreme localized community quarantine due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Due to the alarming rise of confirmed cases and doubling time of COVID-19 transmission in the area, the City Government of Muntinlupa imposed an extreme localized community quarantine in a residential compound situated in an industrial complex in Brgy. Tunasan.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered a 15-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in RMT 7A Compound starting 12:00pm of September 9 until September 24, 12:00 p.m.

Muntinlupa City Health Officer (CHO) Dra. Tet Tuliao said that the compound has a total of 11 confirmed cases, five probable, and five suspect cases. COVID-19 cases in the area were referred to the city’s isolation and treatment facilities. CHO recorded a narrow doubling time in the community at 6.98 days and a high attack rate of 46/100.

Tuliao added that health protocols were not observed in the compound and it has a high-risk population of children, pregnant women, PWDs, and senior citizens. RMT 7A Compound, which houses 7 families with 24 individuals, is situated inside an industrial complex. There are 57 companies operating in the area with 1,639 employees.

The City Health Office suspects that a canteen in the complex became a transmission hotspot. The City Government has ordered the closure of the canteen while CHO conducts an investigation and inspection with the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office. Companies in the RMT Industrial Complex were advised to augment health and safety measures to prevent further infections.

CHO is set to conduct a mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies. Contact tracing will also commence in companies inside the complex.

The City Government and Barangay will provide additional relief food packs and other basic goods during the effectivity of the ELCQ.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi asks for the cooperation of the residents and companies from the affected community and urged them to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

Muntinlupa City has 3,718 confirmed cases with 2,857 recoveries, 733 active cases, 128 reported deaths, 549 suspect cases, and 584 probable cases as of September 8.

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COVID-19 Crisis: DPWH to Set Up Las Piñas Isolation Facility

Recently the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that it will set up in with Las Piñas City a healthcare facility for COVID-19 patients. Already the DPWH headed by Secretary Mark Villar entered into memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda T. Aguilar.

Specifically, the MOA for the construction of 96-bed isolation facility was signed during the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Pandemic or CODE Team caravan in Las Piñas City spearheaded by Secretary Villar as the deputized Cabinet member assisting the City Government with the challenges in dealing with the health crisis.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar. (source – DPWH Facebook page)
Las Piñas City Government officials led by Mayor Imelda Aguilar (seated, wearing black) with DPWH Secretary Viillar seated next to her. (source – DPWH Facebook page)

Secretary Villar has instructed Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, head of DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of National and Local Health Facilities, to fast track the construction of offsite isolation facility at Almanza so that those COVID patients and close contacts traced can quarantine or isolate when in doubt in the quarantine facility to prevent the further spread of infection.

In accordance with the national government’s strategy to intensify response measures, Undersecretary Sadain reported at the CODE Team Caravan that the DPWH Task Force will work towards completing the offsite isolation facility at Almanza by the end of September.

The DPWH Task Force has been supporting the national and local governments efforts against COVID 19 by spearheading the conversion of available spaces into makeshift hospital with bed cubicles and the setting up of modular healthcare facility nationwide.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Ospital ng Muntinlupa to offer e-consultation, construction of Molecular Lab in full-swing

In an attempt to minimize COVID-19 transmission through face-to-face consultations, the Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun) officially launched its telemedicine services to cater to outpatients and non-emergency medical conditions.

OsMun director Dr. Edwin Dimatatac announced that the city hospital is now accepting appointments for its telemedicine services under the Internal Medicine Department starting September.

Dimatatac noted that Muntinlupa residents can now consult with doctors of OsMun in the comforts of their homes for free. Ospital ng Muntinlupa’s telehealth consultation is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

OsMun Internal Medicine Department requires patients to book an appointment via their Facebook Page (Ospital ng Muntinlupa – Department of Internal Medicine Telemedicine) and fill out some necessary forms. Patients are advised to strictly follow their appointment schedule.

Only non-emergency and non-life threatening medical conditions will be accommodated in the telehealth consultation service.

Further, the construction of the Molecular Laboratory in Ospital ng Muntinlupa is in full-swing and is expected to be operational in the coming weeks. OsMun has submitted its application to the Department of Health for the laboratory’s accreditation. Muntinlupa’s Molecular Laboratory is set to cater 200 COVID-19 tests per day.

Recently, Deputy Chief Implementer Against COVID-19 Sec. Dizon vowed to donate one RT-PCR machine to Muntinlupa’s Molecular Laboratory following its accreditation during the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team’s Visit in the city last September 4. The additional equipment is set to double the laboratory’s capacity from 200 tests to 400 tests per day.

Further, the 128-room isolation facility in Pacwood Site, Brgy. Tunasan is set to be completed by the end of September. The construction of the quarantine facility is through the efforts of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi continues to urge city residents to refrain from going out unless necessary and to follow health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, wearing of face masks, proper cough etiquette, and other precautionary measures.

As of September 6, Muntinlupa City has 3,610 confirmed cases with 2,721 recoveries, 764 active cases, 125 reported deaths, 532 suspect cases, and 675 probable cases.

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