24/7 online mental health, psychosocial support launched in Muntinlupa amid COVID-19

24/7 online mental health, psychosocial support launched in Muntinlupa amid COVID-19

Recently the City Government of Muntinlupa launched the 24/7 Live Chat Program on Facebook to provide psychosocial support for its residents. This new move is part of the City Government’s anticipation of the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city particularly on metal health and the well-being of the public in general.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the City Government recognizes the need to support the people’s mental health as fear and anxiety grow from various factors including the virus’ threat to public health, the implementation of strict quarantine, and a wave of social media misinformation, among others.

“We are taking a holistic approach in the COVID-19 health emergency by also providing psychological support for our constituents. We made it accessible online so Muntinlupeños can consult with our medical personnel in the comfort of their homes during the quarantine period,” Fresnedi added.

The Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) provides psychological first aid for residents experiencing anxiety and stress, including referral to local government’s services.

The MHPSS Team consists of registered psychometrician, nurses, social workers, a SPED teacher and other staff from the City Government of Muntinlupa. The public can avail the service for free via Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Facebook Page.

As of March 27, MHPSS Team provided psychological first aid and referral service to 353 clients. The project is facilitated by the City Health Office, Social Service Department, Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office, Schools Division Office – Muntinlupa, Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, and Muntinlupa City Technical Institute.

The Muntinlupa Mental Health and Psychosocial Support program was established last 2016 to cater to persons in crisis such as fire victims and displaced families during calamities. Social workers has provided counselling in evacuation centers and self-care seminars for calamity victims.

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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Muntinlupa City Government extends RPT and business tax payment, asks lessors to waive rental fees

Muntinlupa City Government extends RPT and business tax payment, asks lessors to waive rental fees

The City Government of Muntinlupa announced today that it has extended the payment period on real property tax (RPT) and business taxes for locals and requests lessors to waive fees amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Muntinlupa City Council recently passed ordinances providing a two-month payment extension on taxes given the strict measures implemented during the enhanced community quarantine.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that Real Property Tax payments and other payables to the City Government of Muntinlupa for the 1st Quarter due on March 31, 2020 can be paid not later than May 31, 2020 without penalties, surcharge, and interest through Ordinance 2020-078.

“Considering the large number of taxpayers who will converge to Muntinlupa City Hall and the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we decided to extend the payment of taxes to help our constituents,” Fresnedi said.

Deadline of payment for business taxes and fees payable to the City Government of Muntinlupa for the 2nd Quarter is also extended from April 20, 2020 to July 20, 2020 without penalties, surcharge, and interest through Ordinance 2020-073.

Further, Fresnedi requests lessors of commercial establishments and residential units to waive rental fees and charges of tenants and partners in Muntinlupa City amid the COVID-19 emergency.

The mayor implores the lessors to extend consideration to tenants and renters considering the huge impact of the closure of business establishments during the quarantine period. Fresnedi hopes for the full support of lessors in the local government’s battle against COVID-19.

As of March 25, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 12 confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with 204 persons under monitoring (PUM) and 118 patients under investigation (PUI).

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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Muntinlupa City Government to purchase COVID-19 testing kits, eyes mass testing of city residents

Muntinlupa City Government to purchase COVID-19 testing kits, eyes mass testing of city residents

In a bid to curb the rise in the number of novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) cases in Muntinlupa City, the City Government is set to purchase testing kits through its Quick Response Fund and eyes to conduct mass testing of its city residents.

The Muntinlupa City Council approved a resolution allowing Mayor Jaime Fresnedi to procure Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines and testing kits following the rise in confirmed cases and persons under monitoring and investigation in the city.

As of March 24, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded eight confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with 146 persons under monitoring (PUM) and 72 patients under investigation (PUI).

Fresnedi said a more aggressive medical intervention is needed to effectively segregate, for quarantine purposes, the virus-stricken constituents of the city for appropriate medication and containing of the virus.

“Early detection of a COVID-19 infected person can deter the spread of the virus and the purchase of PCR machines and testing kits is critical in the determination of the medical assistance which must be administered to our constituents,” the local exec said.

While the City Government is eager to immediately purchase the testing kits to conduct a mass testing, Fresned added that the initiative is subject to the guidelines and regulatory standards of the Department of Health (DOH).

Muntinlupa LGU has designated Ospital ng Muntinlupa to house the testing area of the PCR machine upon the approval of DOH.

A field hospital has been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation areas in barangays are also in place for residents suspected to have contracted with the virus for monitoring by the local health office.

Barangay health workers and physicians in barangay health centers are on high alert against sustained local transmission in the communities. Health personnel in the barangay daily monitors reported cases of persons under monitoring and patients under investigation. PUMs and PUIs in the communities are given vitamins and medicines for those with underlying condition.

According to Muntinlupa City Health Office, there are currently two city residents under the care of two community isolation areas in Barangay Tunasan and Sucat for monitoring.

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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Groceries, Supermarkets and Other Exempted Businesses in Muntinlupa ordered to limit operation from 6AM – 6PM amid Enhanced Community Quarantine

Groceries, Supermarkets and Other Exempted Businesses in Muntinlupa ordered to limit operation from 6AM – 6PM amid Enhanced Community Quarantine

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Muntinlupa City Hall.

The City Government of Muntinlupa ordered exempted business establishments during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to limit their operating hours from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM in a bid to reduce movement of people to effectively contain the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in the city.

Specifically, the Muntinlupa City Council passed Ordinance 2020-070 imposing of limited operating hours for convenience stores, sari-sari stores, talipapa, and groceries.

It shall also be mandatory for these establishments to implement social distancing during their operations set forth by the Department of Health and the Muntinlupa City Health Office. Violators shall be given a warning for first offense and cancellation of business permit for the remainder of the current year for last offense.

Earlier, the Muntinlupa City Council also approved the anti-hoarding ordinance that restrict bulk-buying of basic commodities to address the public’s panic buying.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assured the public that there is no need for panic buying during the health emergency as there is enough supply of basic items. The local exec called for an emergency meeting with supermarket and grocery operators on Monday to ensure that there is no shortage of supply for Muntinlupa City residents.

Further, establishment offering non-essential services have been mandated to cease operations through Ordinance 2020-080.

Essential industries are exempted from cessation of operations including supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, industries involved in food manufacturing, processing, distribution, and industries involved in the provision of medicines, medical supplies, and medical care. Other exempted establishments include banks, padala centers, water stations, and utilities. Muntinlupa City is now under a 24-hour curfew amid the enhanced community quarantine.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the City Government will implement stricter measures after receiving reports that many residents are still going out in the streets and do not observe social distancing while the quarantine is in effect.

“Our barangay chairmen reported that the imposition of the 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew hours is not an effective deterrent for the public to stay at home. For this reason, I have ordered the round the clock curfew so that our kababayans will remain in their houses and reduce their risks from being infected by the virus,” Fresnedi noted.

The mayor urged the city residents to refrain from going out unless it’s important and follow protocols provided by the local and national government.

For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.


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Muntinlupa City Government drafts school nurses to aid medical personnel in checkpoints amid COVID-19

Muntinlupa City Government drafts school nurses to aid medical personnel in checkpoints amid COVID-19

In an effort to boost its fight against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city, the City Government of Muntinlupa announced yesterday that it has drafted nurses who got assigned in public schools to serve as additional medical personnel in local quarantine control points.

Muntinlupa City Health Office acting chief Dr. Manuel Casador Jr. said twenty-seven city-paid school nurses have been assigned to three checkpoints in the city to help implement quarantine control measures including checking of temperature, survey of travel history and symptoms, among others.

“We have deployed our school nurses to augment the staff from the City Health Office and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office stationed in San Pedro – Muntinlupa boundary, Commerce Avenue checkpoint, and Victoria Homes checkpoint to ensure that no individuals suspected to have contracted with the virus can enter the city,” Casador said.

The local health officer added that isolation rooms have been installed in quarantine control points to accommodate individuals manifesting symptoms and high temperature for further assessment.

A field hospital has been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation areas in barangays are also in place for residents suspected to have contracted with the virus for monitoring by the local health office.

Barangay health workers and physicians in barangay health centers are on high alert against sustained local transmission in the communities. Health personnel in the barangay daily monitors reported cases of persons under monitoring (PUM) and patients under investigation (PUI). PUMs and PUIs in the communities are given vitamins and medicines for those with underlying condition.

According to Muntinlupa City Health Office, there are currently two city residents under the care of two community isolation areas in Barangay Tunasan and Sucat for monitoring.

As of March 23, Muntinlupa CHO recorded 145 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM), 69 Persons Under Investigation (PUI), and six confirmed cases in the city.

Recently, the local government also launched the Virtual Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Team on Facebook to provide psychological counseling to city residents amid COVID-19 crisis.

To date, the virtual psychosocial team has catered to 168 city residents. The project is facilitated by the City Health Office, Social Service Department, and Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office.

Further, the City Government has distributed initial relief packs to 3,940 families in five barangays in the city. Another 5,000 grocery packs will be released to different barangays in the coming week.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assured the public that the City Government has adequate supply of basic commodities for distribution to indigent residents and daily earners affected by the disruption of work. Fresnedi added that the local government continuous to implement initiatives to help contain the spread of and encourages the public to stay at home during the health emergency.


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24-Hour Curfew in Muntinlupa City Now in Effect

Disclaimer: This is my original work with details sourced by means of inquiring directly with an official of the City Government of Muntinlupa. Anyone who wants to use this article, in part or in whole, needs to secure first my permission and agree to cite me as the source and author. Let it be known that any unauthorized use of this article will constrain the author to pursue the remedies under R.A. No. 8293, the Revised Penal Code, and/or all applicable legal actions under the laws of the Philippines.

After previously announcing their intention to implement stricter home quarantine all over the city in relation to the ongoing effort to halt the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City Government of Muntinlupa confirmed today that it approved an ordinance making it official. As such, the entire city is now under a 24-hour curfew.

The City Council of Muntinlupa passed City Ordinance 2020-074 which was signed into law by Mayor Jaime Fresnedi dated March 21, 2020 (today).

For your reference, posted below are digital copies of the ordinance sourced from the City Government’s Facebook page. Just click to enlarge.

With regards to exemptions and a quarantine pass, below is the explanation by Muntinlupa Council Majority Floor Leader Coun. Atty. Raul Corro (sourced from City Government’s FB page).

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I also learned directly from the City Government that Muntinlupa residents who need to travel to report for work outside the city should prepare evidence (identification essentially) of employment to local personnel who are implementing the curfew.

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Barangay Baclaran Youth Council plus Partners at Work (Community Quarantine and COVID-19 Crisis)

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Barangay Baclaran Youth Council plus Partners at Work (Community Quarantine and COVID-19 Crisis)

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Barangay Baclaran Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman Rachel Garcia (left, wearing black t-shirt) and her companions hand out free items to local residents to help them protect themselves from coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (photo approved for publishing by Barangay Baclaran Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman Rachel Garcia)

With the enhanced community quarantine in effect here in the Philippines as a result of the ongoing corona virus disease (COVID-19) crisis, life is now much different. Most businesses have been halted, people are required to stay at home and others have no choice but to make hard adjustments just as the national authorities work on preventing an outbreak of COVID-19.

When it comes to the authorities of each city, the local government unit (LGU) as well as the barangay units are mandated to govern and manage their respective communities. This includes enforcing curfew, the ban on liquor, traffic management, implementing awareness campaigns about COVID-19 and distributing useful items to the constituents.

Two days ago, I wrote about the community assistance and information campaign done by the Barangay BF Homes Youth Council (Sangguniang Kabataan ng Barangay BF Homes) in . This time, the focus shifts to the Barangay Baclaran Youth Council (Sangguniang Kabataan ng Baclaran) which performed community service (partnered with the Katipunan ng Kabataan) of the same nature.

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A man assisted by Baclaran’s SK chairwoman herself. (photo approved for publishing by Barangay Baclaran Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman Rachel Garcia)

According to Baclaran SK chairwoman Rachel Garcia, her team and the KK prepared a total of 3,000 units of alcohol (with free refilling), 3,000 units of hand sanitizer and 2,000 units of soap. Those said items, which are meant for prevention of COVID-19 from spreading, were distributed by the Baclaran SK and the KK around the local community for free. Garcia and her companions endured the heat of the day visiting residents in Barangay Baclaran from one house to another house.

In addition, the group also organized an awareness campaign so that Baclaran residents will know what they can do to avoid infection, how to avoid infecting others and why they should follow the quarantine by staying at home.

Like their counterparts in BF Homes, the Baclaran SK has a tough task and a huge responsibility to fulfill with regards to the COVID-19 crisis. If you think about it very carefully, it’s just mind-boggling that very tiny microbes like COVID-19 could cause a tremendous, negative impact on the whole world. Look at the many people getting infected as well as those who died.

Overseas, several teams of scientists are working hard to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. In the United Kingdom, clinical testing for a vaccine will start soon. In Israel, biopharmaceutical company Kamada announced that it is working on a blood-plasma treatment for coronavirus. Until medical breakthroughs against COVID-19 materialize, local authorities will have to keep performing with their current duties.

Going back to the publicly elected officials of Barangay Baclaran and its youth council, Garcia and her SK kagawads have more than two years of service left before the next barangay and SK elections will take place. Previously the barangay-SK elections were scheduled to happen this coming May but that all changed when President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act Number 11462 (titled “Postponement of the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections Act”).

To learn more about the Baclaran SK, read my January 1 article and visit their Facebook page.


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