Muntinlupa City at Work – January 28, 2021

The City Government of Muntinlupa continues to serve its constituents by executing varied forms of public service. To catch up with what they’ve been doing lately, here is a quick look at the recent developments in the city.

Yesterday, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi turned over the City Government’s loan assistance amounting to P938,000.00 to Tulong Negosyo Batch 122 beneficiaries at City Hall. Among the beneficiaries were two local entrepreneurs who received P100,000 each while one member received P75,000. The mayor hopes to revive the local economy by supporting grassroot players through various programs.

A total of P938,000 worth of loans was released by the City Government of Muntinlupa under the leadership of Mayor Jaime Fresnedi. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)
Mayor Fresnedi checks on a local entrepreneur. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

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Muntinlupa City extends Business Permits Renewal until February 11, 2021

The City Government of Muntinlupa yesterday announced that it has officially extended this year’s business permits renewal to February 11, 2021 from its original schedule on January 29 without penalties in a bid to help members of the private sector who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muntinlupa Business Permits and Licensing Office requested for the extension of the business permits registration to the City Council following a consultation with owners of commercial establishments in the city.

Muntinlupa City Council readies a resolution granting the extension of the filing and renewal of Business Permits and the payment of business taxes, fees, and other charges without penalty up to the closing hours of February 11, 2021.

The BPLO vows to assist business locators in the registration process and other services. Muntinlupa City’s Business Permits Renewal Hub is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00AM – 5:00PM at Muntinlupa Sports Center, Brgy. Tunasan.

Strict health standards and distancing protocols are implemented in the Renewal Hub which include sterilization and disinfection of submitted documents using UV box, body temperature check, and installation of alcohol sprays and sneeze guards. The public is advised to wear face mask with face shield and bring their own ballpen for their safety and convenience.

Business taxpayers are also instructed to download the StaySafe app on their mobile device to scan the QR Code at the entrance of the Renewal Hub for contact tracing purposes. The local government partnered with Staysafe.PH through City Ordinance No. 2020-181 to implement a “No QR Code, No Entry Policy” in all establishments for mandatory contact tracing starting January 2021. Further, senior citizens will not be allowed entry into the Renewal Hub, unless they are business owners renewing their permits in compliance with IATF guidelines.

A One-Stop Shop arrangement in the Business Permit Renewal Hub has been installed in the venue for the convenience of taxpayers. Business taxpayers can pay using Debit Cards in the Renewal Hub. Mobile ATMs and a Closed-Circuit Television Systems (CCTVs) are also installed across the venue. Free shuttle service is provided for clients going to the venue with pick-up points located at Muntinlupa City Hall Quadrangle in Putatan.

Recently, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) officials visited Muntinlupa City’s Business Permit Renewal Hub at Muntinlupa Sports Center for an inspection audit last January 21. ARTA lauded Muntinlupa’s policies on Ease of Doing Business including the Zero Contact Policy, Queuing System, and strict implementation of minimum health protocols.

Joining the audit were ARTA Deputy Director General (DDG) Ernesto V. Perez, Director Grace Fernandez, ARTA exec Atty. Marco Balleser, DILG Muntinlupa representative James Fadrilan, and LEIPO Gary Llamas. Earlier, BPLO Muntinlupa also encouraged business taxpayers to renew their business permits online through the Business E-payment SysTem (BEST).

Muntinlupa BEST is an online platform that will allow locators in Muntinlupa City to accomplish business permit applications and transactions through any internet-enabled device.

Taxpayers can access the online platform via www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph and accomplish transactions including application for New Business Permit, Renewal of Business Permit, Application Status Inquiry, Billing and Payment, and Payment History.

The list of requirements is posted in the city’s website www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph. For inquiries, you may call BPLO Muntinlupa at 8317-9964 or email at bplo.muntinlupa@yahoo.com.

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Muntinlupa City at Work – January 25, 2021

The City Government of Muntinlupa continues to serve its constituents by executing varied forms of public service. To catch up with what they’ve been doing lately, here is a quick look at the recent developments in the city.

Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) officials visited Muntinlupa City’s Business Permit Renewal Hub at Muntinlupa Sports Center for an inspection audit last January 21. ARTA lauded Muntinlupa’s policies on Ease of Doing Business including the Zero Contact Policy, Queuing System, and strict implementation of minimum health protocols. Joining the audit were: ARTA Deputy Director General (DDG) Ernesto V. Perez, Director Grace Fernandez, ARTA exec Atty. Marco Balleser, DILG Muntinlupa representative James Fadrilan, and LEIPO Gary Llamas. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)
Tri Motors Technology Corporation and Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation, Inc. turned-over five units of Bajaj RE tricycles to the local government of Muntinlupa as part of its partnership with the City Government. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (center) received the tricycle units from JVR Foundation executive director Gina Bulanhagui (4th from left) and Tri Motors Technology Corp. group chief financial officer Fritzie Castro (left) last January 21. The local exec extended his thanks to Trimotors and JVR Foundation and said that the donated tricycle units will help augment the city’s COVID-19 response and the upcoming vaccination program. Also joining the ceremony were (L-R) City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela and General Service Officer Cristina Andres. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)
Newly installed Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos paid a courtesy call to Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi last January 15. Chairman Abalos discussed MMDA’s plans to decongest traffic in NCR, including the COVID-19 management in the region to Mayor Fresnedi. Also attending the courtesy call were Chairman Abalos’ Chief of Staff Jimmy Isidro, Muntinlupa City Administrator Allan Cachuela, Coun. Louie Arciaga, and other local officials. (Source – Muntinlupa PIO)

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Las Piñas City Police Force at Work – January 20, 2021

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 January 19, 2021, elements of Daanghari Sub-Station utilizing MC 446 Hilux led by PMAJ JERIC M TILAON, Daanghari Sub-Station Commander, and through the strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP of Las Piñas City Police Station conducted RANDOM CHECKPOINT OPERATION at said address. Likewise, strict implementation of protocols and guidelines under general community quarantine. (source – Las Piñas City Police Department)
On January 19, 2021, Joint Operation of elements of WSS led by PLT JAY JOSEPH DE GUZMAN with Six (6) others and elements of CAA Sub Station 3 led by PMAJ ALBERT DT AREVALO together w/ 2 others under the supervision of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP, together with PLTCOL JOSE A ANAZ, ACOPO, Las Piñas City Police Station arrested Above Accused at Barangay Manuyo Dos who has a pending Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Judge Leopoldo E Baraquia of Regional Trial Court Branch 200, Las Piñas City for Viol. Of Sec.11 Art II RA 9165. Docketed under Crim. Case No. 15-0724-25 dated March 8,2017 with bail Indicated. (source – Las Piñas City Police Department)
On January 19, 2021, joint Operation of elements of WSS Led by PLT JAY JOSEPH DE GUZMAN with Eleven (11) others and elements of Station Intelligence Section led by PCPT EDGARDO O ORONGAN together with Two (2) others under the supervision of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP, together with PLTCOL JOSE A ANAZ, ACOPO, Las Piñas City Police Station arrested the above accused at Barangay Pamplona 3 who has a pending Warrant of Arrest for QUALIFIED THEFT Docketed under Criminal Case No.14-0285 issued by Hon Judge ERLINDA NICOLAS-ALVARO of REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 198, Las Piñas City, dated September 18, 2014 with bail recommended of Php 50,000.00 (source – Las Piñas City Police Department)
On January 19, 2021, joint operation of elements of WSS led by PLT JAY JOSEPH DE GUZMAN with four (4) others and elements of CAA Sub Station 3 led by PMAJ ALBERT DT AREVALO together w/ 2 others under the supervision of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP, together with PLTCOL JOSE A ANAZ, ACOPO, Las Piñas City Police Station arrested AboveAccused who has a pending Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Judge Elizabeth Yu-Guray of Regional Trial Court Branch 199, Las Piñas City for Viol. Of RA 9262 Anti Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004. Docketed under Crim. Case No. 21-0044 dated January 15,2021 with bail recommended of Php 36,000.00. (source – 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 Mayor vows to extend financial assistance to 294 families affected in Alabang fire incident

Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi vows to provide assistance to 294 families or at least 1,119 individuals affected by a fire incident at Barrio Bisaya, Alabang this past Sunday.

The mayor assures fire victims that the city council will be passing a resolution to give financial assistance to affected house owners, house sharers, and renters, along with the provision of basic necessities. The City Government is set to provide P10,000 financial assistance to affected house owners, P5,000 to house sharers, renters, and P3,000 to owners of partially damaged houses.

Firefighters working on the fire that happened on January 17. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire broke out in the residential area at 8:20 AM and was raised to fourth alarm. The residential area is situated adjacent to Ospital ng Muntinlupa, including a COVID-19 isolation facility and the city’s Molecular Laboratory.

Affected families are temporarily sheltered at Pedro E. Diaz High School in U.P. Side Subdivision, Alabang. The Muntinlupa Social Service Department has provided hot meals to the evacuees through the installation of the city’s Disaster Response Mobile Kitchen. The City Health Office strictly monitors the evacuation area to ensure that minimum health protocols and measures are observed.

The Muntinlupa City Fire Station extends their gratitude to government agencies, NGOs, fire volunteer brigades who have helped in the fire incident on Sunday morning. Responders declared fire out at 11:06 AM while the cause of fire is still under investigation.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa to buy additional 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, starts training health workers for vaccination roll-out

The City of Muntinlupa recently announced that it is set to order an additional 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca as more local government units in the country sign a purchase deal with the British pharmaceutical firm and the national government.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi announced that the City Government of Muntinlupa requested for an additional purchase of 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as part of an earlier tripartite agreement with the National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines. Recently, Muntinlupa secured 100,000 doses to initially inoculate residents in high priority groups.

The local exec stressed that the agreement is only an augmentation of the national government’s vaccination plan. He said that the Department of Health will continue to provide additional vaccines for the inoculation of the rest of Muntinlupa residents.

Muntinlupa earmarked a 170 million pesos initial budget for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines once they are available and approved for use in the country.

National Immunization Program Coordinator for COVID-19 in Muntinlupa Dra. Maria Rochelle Abat said that 28 health workers from the City Health Office were already trained for the vaccine administration as part of the local immunization program.

The training of Muntinlupa’s medical personnel was facilitated by UNICEF, World Health Organization, and Department of Health last January 12-13. Participants were trained for vaccine administration, managing the side effects of the vaccine, vaccine storage and handling practices, health communication, and waste management.

Abat noted that the training of other health workers from Ospital ng Muntinlupa, including frontliners from local private hospitals and clinics, is still ongoing.

Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) prepares for the operational logistics of the vaccination program and will be purchasing storage equipment for the vaccines. CHO is also coordinating with local storage rental facilities in the city for the cold chain management of vaccines needing special storage requirements.

The City Government is set to launch an information campaign to raise awareness and provide clarification on the immunization program. An online survey on the COVID-19 vaccine in Muntinlupa is currently being conducted by the Management Information System Office and the Public Information Office. Recently, OCTA Research’s Tugon ng Masa survey noted that only 25% of respondents in Metro Manila are willing to get an anti-coronavirus vaccine shot when the vaccine becomes available in the country.

As of January 14, Muntinlupa City has 55 active cases, 5,222 confirmed cases with 5,000 recoveries, 167 reported deaths, 63 suspect cases, and 277 probable cases.

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A Look Back at Prime #16 (1994)

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Welcome back, superhero enthusiasts, comic book collectors and fans of the Ultraverse! We revisit the Ultraverse yet again, only this time it will be through another issue from the Prime monthly series.

In Prime #15, an issue illustrated by the great George Perez, the overly muscular hero entered a certain Hollywood house which was believed to be the headquarters of a drug trafficking operation. What Prime found inside were not only junkies but also zombies and terrifying illusions that tested him mentally and emotionally.

So what happened next? We can find out in this look back at Prime #16, published in 1994 by Malibu Comics with a story written by Len Strazewski and Gerard Jones, and illustrated by Joel Thomas.

The cover.

Early story

The story begins with Prime struggling with questions from the media. Journalists ask him about his involvement with teenage boys, the truth about his youth crusade, and if he was recruiting boys for gangs. Prime, who is really teenager Kevin Greene inside, bluntly states he cares about teenagers and will do justice for them.

Questions about a certain backpack he (as Kevin) dropped and the young boy’s clothing that he carried bothered him deeply, making him remember he dropped a backpack filled with clothes at the office of Baker. Realizing he screwed up, he gets violent with the reporters who ask him hard questions.

Suddenly police helicopters arrive telling Prime he is under arrest….

Quality

The debut of Turbo Charge.

Set shortly after the events of UltraForce #2, the story here is pretty powerful on its own as the stakes were raised by Strazewski and Jones to develop Prime even further than before. Many times, we have seen how being Prime made life more complicated and harder for Kevin Green. In this comic book, the complications have gotten even bigger and deeper as the media has turned hostile towards Prime affecting not only Kevin but also his romantic interest Kelly and her mother. As if that was not enough, there are many fanatics of Prime called “Prime Gangs” who are so obsessed with their muscular idol, they serious believe they can do anything to honor him…even though it means harassing other people. Also notable here was the way Kevin (as Prime) tries to save his fragile friendship with Kelly. There is also the appearance of Turbo Charge here. Clearly, the writing here is really great.

I cannot say the same for the art done by Joel Thomas. His art style is too cartoony and he drew people’s bodies and faces lacking precision. Many times I had trouble recognizing Kevin, Kelly, her mother and other supporting characters. Visually, this is a letdown.

Conclusion

Powerful talk between Prime and Kelly ruined somewhat by the weak art.

Back by very strong writing, Prime #16 (1994) is absolutely engaging to read and it truly served as a crucial turning point in telling the continuing story of Prime. In many ways, the dramatic events here serve as the climax of all the dramatic build-up seen in the previous Prime issues. This comic book’s portrayal of the overly hostile and unrelenting media will easily remind any reader about today’s news media in which unprofessional journalism, secret agendas, political bias, conspiracy between media and political groups, malice and political activism among so-called journalists are now the norm.  

The dramatic turn of events here are so powerful, Turbo Charge’s presence really got overshadowed a lot. Visually, this comic book has some of the weakest looking Prime art I’ve seen.

If you are seriously planning to buy an existing hard copy of Prime #16 (1994), be aware that as of this writing, MileHighComics.com shows that the near-mint copy of the comic book costs $8.

Overall, Prime #16 (1994) is recommended.

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Las Piñas City Police Force at Work – January 14, 2021

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 January 13, 2021, PMAJ LEO GLENN T CALABIO, Talon Sub Station Commander, PEMS Michael S Holanda, Chief Clerk SCADS, with two (2) others under the supervision of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP, conducted the above mentioned seminar in coordination with Kagawad Marlon Chua and Kagawad Rogelio Moral of Brgy Talon Singko, LPC, and attended by sixty (60) Brgy Talon Singko residents held at Barangay Talon 5. (source – Las Piñas City Police Department)
On January 13, 2021, elements of Pilar Sub Station under the supervision of PMAJ JOYLENE A BULAN, Pilar SS Commander and under the strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP of Las Pinas City Police Station conducted Oplan Sita at Barangay Talon Tres. (source – Las Piñas City Police Department)
On January 13, 2021, PMAJ ALBERT DT AREVALO, CAA Sub Station Commander , under the supervision of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP represented by SCAS personnel under the supervision of PLT JAMEL B RINANDANG C, SCADS/PIO together with Team SPD Infodemics under the supervision of PCOL ALDRINE S GRAN AC, DCADD conducted Corona Virus Community Awareness Response and Empowerment (CARE) Infodemic Drive (Information against the Pandemic) in coordination with Kgwad Teddy Agcaoili and Kgwd Edgar Balane of Brgy CAA LPC and attended by Thirty (30) Brgy CAA residents held at the said venue. (source – Las Piñas City Police Department)
On January 13, 2021, elements of Zapote Sub Station under the direct supervision of PMAJ ROMEO A BRITANICO, Commander and PLT FRANCISCO T GUEVARRA JR, Deputy Commander together with the strong leadership of PCOL RODEL A PASTOR, COP Las Piñas City Police conducted Oplan Galugad re Stricter Implementation of Social Distancing and Observance of Minimum Health Protocols in relation to General Community Quarantine within the Area of Responsibility including Anti Illegal Gambling Operation in Barangay Manuyo Uno. (source – 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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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City joins Metro Manila LGUs with signed deals for Astrazeneca vaccine, to initially procure 100,000 doses

The City of Muntinlupa officially joined the growing number of Metro Manila cities that have signed a purchase deal of COVID-19 vaccines from British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed a tripartite agreement with the National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines for the advance purchase of 100,000 doses to initially inoculate residents in high priority groups.

Fresnedi said the agreement is only an augmentation of the national government’s vaccination plan. He noted that the Department of Health will also provide additional vaccines for the inoculation of the rest of Muntinlupa residents.

Previously, the City Government earmarked P170 million as an initial budget for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines once they are available and approved for use in the country. A COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force shall be created to oversee the local immunization program.

Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao said the local government prepares for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines by training its personnel for the operational logistics and vaccine administration. Tuliao reported that CHO has coordinated with local storage rental facilities in the city for the cold chain management of vaccines.

Members of the city’s vaccination teams shall also undergo training for vaccine storage and handling practices, vaccine administration, and health communication on how to talk to patients about COVID-19 vaccines.

The City Government is also set to launch an information campaign to raise awareness and provide clarification on the immunization program.

Recently, OCTA Research’s Tugon ng Masa survey noted that only 25% of respondents in Metro Manila are willing to get an anti-coronavirus vaccine shot when the vaccine becomes available in the country.

On January 6, the Food and Drug Administration announced that AstraZeneca has submitted an application for the emergency approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines.

As of January 10, Muntinlupa City has 54 active cases, 5,177 confirmed cases with 4,956 recoveries, 167 reported deaths, 26 suspect cases, and 292 probable cases.

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Muntinlupa City Government turns over 20,000 tablets for public school students

In an effort to help local learners in the ongoing distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Government of Muntinlupa has provided several tablet computers for local public school students. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi recently turned over 20,000 units of mobile tablets to the Schools Division Office – Muntinlupa, led by Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Dominico Idanan, to be given to underprivileged public elementary, junior, and senior high school students.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (4th from right) turns-over 20,000 tablets to Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Dominico Idanan (center) and student representatives last January 8. Fresnedi says the initiative aims to help Muntinlupa students access online learning resources and help them adapt to the changes and challenges of the new normal in the education system. Earlier, the local government also turned over the first batch of 2,557 laptops and 28 photocopiers to the Schools Division Office for public schools and teachers. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)
A few of the many tablets that were turned over for the benefit of public students of the city. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Fresnedi says the initiative aims to help Muntinlupa students access online learning resources and help them adapt to the changes and challenges of the new normal in the education system. The turn-over ceremony was attended by public school principals and some student representatives.

Previously, the City Government also turned over the first batch of 2,557 laptops and 28 photocopiers to the Schools Division Office for public schools and teachers.

“The City Government of Muntinlupa will continue to support our teachers and students to adapt to the changes of the education system, no one will be left behind. We will ensure that everyone can access all kinds of learning modalities whether online or offline,” Fresnedi said.

This past January 4, the City Government also inaugurated the Muntinlupa Mobile Learning Hub, the first innovative roving ‘learning bus’ in Metro Manila to teach city residents about disaster resilience.

The learning bus is equipped with state-of-the-art Virtual Reality area where residents can wear VR headsets to experience being in ‘close-to-actual’ scenarios of disasters including earthquakes, flooding, storm surge, bomb explosion, chemical poisoning, volcanic eruption, tsunami, and landslide. The VR facility aims to provide immersive, visual and sound-based experience of weather disturbances and calamities and to train residents on disaster response.

Further, the DDRM Mobile Learning Hub has an interactive Lecture Area with informative videos on COVID-19 Protective Measures, Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness, First Aid Response and Management, and Basic Life Support, among others.

Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the Learning Hub will visit several barangays and health and safety protocols will be strictly implemented. Regular disinfection of the facility will also be conducted.

Navarro noted that the learning bus will also be used for the information campaign of the City Government on COVID-19 vaccination.

As of January 7, Muntinlupa City has 48 active cases, 5,152 confirmed cases with 4,937 recoveries, 167 reported deaths, 23 suspect cases, and 287 probable cases.

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