Muntinlupa City to extend P11-m financial assistance to several typhoon-stricken towns in Luzon

In an effort to extend assistance for the recovery and rehabilitation of typhoon-stricken towns in Luzon, the City Government of Muntinlupa announced yesterday that it will be donating P11 million financial assistance to the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Cagayan, and the City of Marikina.

Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) chief Erwin Alfonso announced the donation of Muntinlupa City to 21 local government units (LGUs) that were affected by Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses in the recent weeks.

Alfonso said that the Muntinlupa City Council approved the proposed financial aid from the City Government’s 2020 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund this past November 16 as per recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and MCDDRM.

Muntinlupa City Government is set to extend P1,000,000 financial assistance to the City of Marikina. While P500,000 each will be given to the towns of Bato, San Andres, San Miguel, Baras, and Gigmoto in Catanduanes; Bato, Iriga, Calagbanga, Caramoan, Garchitorena, and Siruma in Camarines Sur; Tiwi, Ligao City, Camalig, and Malinao in Albay; Naujan and Gloria in Oriental Mindoro; Tingloy in Batangas; Alcala and Claveria in Cagayan.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that this initiative is the city’s share in helping our kababayans who are in need. “In the spirit of bayanihan, the City Government of Muntinlupa will continue to lend its hand to towns in the country needing assistance,” the local exec added.

Fresnedi encouraged the City Government’s department heads and employees to also donate, whether in cash or in kind, to help the victims of the recent typhoons.

During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, Muntinlupa City sent Rescue Boats and a Water Search and Rescue Team in Marikina to augment their rescue operations. Typhoon Ulysses triggered severe flooding in Marikina leaving residents stranded on top of the roof of their homes and neck-deep flood waters.

Further, there are still 791 families in various evacuation centers in Muntinlupa as of November 15 according to MCDDRM.

Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the City Government continues to provide hot meals and relief packs to the evacuees. Navarro noted that minimum health protocols are enforced in evacuation centers through the City Health Office. She added that CHO has installed help desks and provides medical consultation, breastfeeding counseling, nutritional assessment, vaccination, COVID-19 screening, and psychological first aid to the evacuees. The City Government of Muntinlupa also provides free coco lumber to displaced families and residents in low-lying areas whose houses were submerged in flood water.

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Latest City Government of Muntinlupa details sourced from their official media release. Some parts were edited for this website.

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Muntinlupa City on blue alert for Severe Tropical Storm Ulysses, barangays urged to conduct preemptive evacuation

Following the raising of Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 in Metro Manila, the City Government of Muntinlupa is on blue alert status as the city monitors and prepares for Severe Tropical Storm Ulysses.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered the Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) to heighten monitoring, mobilize available resources, and prepare for a full scale response operation. Fresnedi convened the Local Disaster Risk Response and Management Council (LDRRMC) on Tuesday to discuss the City Government’s preparation and response efforts.

MCDDRM chief Erwin Alfonso urged Barangay Disaster Risk Response and Management Councils to conduct immediate pre-emptive and forced evacuation of communities in coastal areas identified as flood-prone and landslide prone areas.

The City Government has prepared the prepositioning of emergency response resources and equipment such as rescue boats, generators, emergency vehicles, search and rescue equipment, among others. Alfonso advised the public to be vigilant and monitor advisories from PAG-ASA and the City Government.

Recently, the local disaster response department installed early warning system across the city to inform communities in a timely manner about typhoon signal warnings, severe flooding, and earthquakes, among others.

Muntinlupa Scholarship Program has announced the postponement of scholarship allowance distribution for students of Soldiers Hills Elementary School, Lakeview Integrated School (Elementary, High School), Muntinlupa Elementary School, and Bayanan Elementary School (Unit 1) on November 11 – 12 as a precautionary measure.

According to the latest weather bulletin of PAGASA as of 8:00 AM, November 11, Severe Tropical Storm “Ulysses” is nearing Typhoon category within the next 6 to 12 hours and reach its peak intensity of 130-155 km/h prior to landfall.

On the forecast track, Severe Tropical Storm “ULYSSES” will move generally westward throughout pass over Polillo Islands, mainland Quezon and crossing mainland Luzon going to the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

Heavy to torrential rains over Metro Manila, including Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, CALABARZON, Aurora, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Bataan are expected from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning.

For emergency concerns, Muntinlupa City residents may reach the city’s hotline at 137-175.

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Muntinlupa City approves landmark Freedom of Information ordinance, 4th in NCR

The City Government of Muntinlupa approved the landmark Freedom of Information Ordinance of 2020, the 4th city in the National Capital Region (NCR) to localize the FOI bill, to ensure transparency in local governance.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed the Ordinance 2020-139 or known as the FOI Ordinance of 2020 On October 14, 2020 to give Muntinlupa as well as non-Muntinlupa residents access to information, officials’ records, public records and documents, and papers pertaining to official acts, among others.

Fresnedi said the City Government recognizes the importance of the people’s right to government information by providing a local mechanism to ensure that these rights are respected and upheld.

City Ordinance 2020-139 is an adoption of Executive Order No.2 s. 2016 upholding the right of people to information on matters of public concern. Muntinlupa City is the 4th LGU in NCR to enact an FOI ordinance following Pasig, Valenzuela, and Quezon City.

Under the local ordinance, departments in Muntinlupa LGU are required to make public records available such as contracts, transactions and any information requested by a member of the public, except for sensitive information and matters affecting national security.

Any person who request access to information may consult the local FOI Focal Person for the processing of a request or may go directly to the concerned office that has the information being requested.

If the retrieved information has been approved for release, the FOI Receiving Officer shall immediately notify the requestor of the decision and release the information within fifteen (15) working days upon receipt of request.

Failure of any government officer to comply with the provisions of the ordinance shall be ground for reprimand for first offense, suspension of one (1) to thirty days for second offense, or dismissal from the service for third offense.

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the City Government supports the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s thrust on continuing proactive information disclosure efforts in the spirit of openness and transparency.

She noted that the IRR is still underway but the public can now coordinate with the Public Information Office being designated as the FOI concerned office.

For more information, visit Muntinlupa City’s website at www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph or contact the Public Information Office located at 2F Annex Building, Muntinlupa City Hall with tel. no. (02) 8886-7091 and email address lingkodbayan.muntinlupa@gmail.com.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City to implement new regulations on the sale and consumption of liquor, 8-5 curfew amid GCQ

The City Government of Muntinlupa amended its liquor ban and is set to implement new regulations on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages for the duration of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-119 allowing the sale and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverages in commercial establishments permitted by the Inter Agency Task Force and other implementing authorities during the GCQ. Earlier, Muntinlupa City implemented a liquor ban for all levels of community quarantine.

Under the new local ordinance, drinking of liquor shall only be permitted within the private residence of the consumer. Social drinking involving individuals not living in the same residence is still prohibited.

Meanwhile, the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places such as restaurants, resto-bars, and other commercial establishments shall be regulated. Restaurants may only serve a maximum of two (2) bottles for beers, and two (2) glasses for hard drinks, wine, and whiskey.

Violators will face penalties amounting to P500.00 for first offense, P1,000.00 for second offense, and P2,000.00 for third and subsequent offenses.

As for violators who are minors, a stern warning will be given for first offense, withdrawal of scholarship grants from the local government or P500.00 (non-grantee) for second offense, and P1,000.00 for third and subsequent offenses. Charges for minors shall be fined against their parents or guardians.

A penalty of P5,000.00 including closure, suspension, or revocation of its business permit or license; and imprisonment of at least one (1) year shall be given to violating business entities.

Members of PNP Muntinlupa, Public Order and Safety Office, City Security Office, Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau, Business Permits and Licensing Office, and Barangay Chairpersons shall take the lead in enforcing the new regulations. Local homeowners’ associations, including security guards, will also be deputized to augment operations.

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the relaxation of the liquor ban in Muntinlupa aims to help business establishments recover from losses during the lockdown.

Further, the local City Council has also passed City Ordinance 2020-120 imposing unified curfew period from 8:00 PM to 5:00 Am during GCQ as agreed upon by Metro Manila mayors. Curfew violators may face penalties of up to P1,000.00 and withdrawal of scholarship grants from the local government for minor violators.

As of August 23, Muntinlupa City has 2,893 confirmed cases with 1,909 recoveries, 877 active cases, 107 reported deaths, 944 suspect cases, and 797 probable cases.

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Muntinlupa City Health Office records Zero PUI cases for COVID-19

Muntinlupa City Health Office records Zero PUI cases for COVID-19

Yesterday, the City Government of Muntinlupa announced that there were no PUIs (Persons Under Investigation) for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) within their jurisdiction.

Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao said on February 17 that the five PUIs referred in local hospitals tested negative for COVID-19 (video focused on the virus embedded below for your learning) and were already discharged.

“We now have zero cases of PUIs in Muntinlupa City after laboratory samples of all admitted PUIs yielded negative results for COVID-19. The local government of Muntinlupa is strongly coordinating with the Department of Health and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine regarding this health event,” Tuliao added.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi recently ordered the creation of Muntinlupa 2019-nCoV Task Force through Executive Order 2 s. 2020 as a pro-active measure against the spread of the disease in the city. The local task force spearheads the implementation of DOH protocols and guidelines and extends full cooperation with the department and other national government agencies.

Fresnedi assured the public that the City Government is undertaking actions for the prevention, containment, and control of COVID-19 in Muntinlupa. Further, the mayor advised the public to practice proper hygiene, observe proper cough etiquette, and adopt healthy lifestyles to increase body resistance against infections.

The City Government of Muntinlupa called for an emergency stakeholders meeting to discuss the latest updates on the Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease to barangay emergency response units, barangay officials and health workers, mall owners, hoteliers, and other commercial establishment owners last February 4.

The Muntinlupa City Health Office noted that health facilities in the city are equipped to respond in emergency situations involving patients with respiratory infections. Local hospitals and medical centers were advised to observe high standard of infection prevention and control in dealing with patients suspected to have contracted with the virus.

The Ospital ng Muntinlupa has installed priority lanes for patients experiencing flu-like symptoms and is equipped to respond in emergency situations involving patients with respiratory infections.

The Muntinlupa City Health Office distributed 2,000 pieces of 100ml alcohol bottles to city residents and boosted its information drive in combatting the spread of 2019-nCov ARD through the City Government’s Public Information office. The City Government is inspecting emerging Chinese restaurants and coordinates with Chinese establishments as a precautionary measure.

Muntinlupa City residents are highly encouraged to immediately visit local health centers or Ospital ng Muntinlupa if they are experiencing symptoms of the virus. For more information, the public may coordinate with Ospital ng Muntinlupa at 8771-0457 or with DOH at 771-1001/711-1002.

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This was an official press release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muntinlupa City Signs Agreement with USAID and URC for Local Drug Rehabilitation Program

Muntinlupa City Signs Agreement with USAID and URC for Local Drug Rehabilitation Program

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The City Government of Muntinlupa inks partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the implementation of USAID RenewHealth project, a community-based drug rehabilitation program. Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (3rd from left) signed a memorandum of agreement with USAID RenewHealth Project chief of Party Dr. Gina Hechanova (2nd from left), DCOP Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin (left), and Muntinlupa Drug Abuse and Prevention Control Office last February 3 at Muntinlupa City Hall to officially begin the program for persons who use drugs (PWUDs). USAID RenewHealth Project seeks to address drug dependency problem by expanding access to evidence-based and culturally-appropriate community-based drug treatment and recovery (CBDR) services. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

The City Government of Muntinlupa sealed its partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the University Research Company (URC) for the implementation of USAID RenewHealth project that aims to strengthen the city’s community-based drug rehabilitation program.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed the memorandum of agreement with USAID RenewHealth Project chief of Party Dr. Gina Hechanova and DCOP Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin on Monday at Muntinlupa City Hall on February 3 to officially begin the program for persons who use drugs (PWUDs).

Fresnedi extended his gratitude to USAID for selecting the City of Muntinlupa as one of the Pilot Areas in NCR for the drug rehabilitation project. The local exec said the USAID’s assistance will significantly contribute to the success of the City Government’s drug abuse prevention initiatives.

USAID RenewHealth Project seeks to address drug dependency problem by expanding access to evidence-based and culturally-appropriate community-based drug treatment and recovery (CBDR) services.

For its part, USAID shall provide technical assistance to the City Government personnel in ensuring local CBDR strategies are aligned to service standards provided by the Dangerous Drug Board and other regulations prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH)  and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Barangay workers who serve as coach community facilitators will also be given training for screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment services, including CBDR, and CBDR governance.

USAID RenewHealth project supports the Philippine Anti-illegal Drugs Strategy that calls for a comprehensive and balanced approach to drug supply and demand reduction. It also builds on the Philippine Mental Health law that recognized substance dependence as a mental health issue.

The City Government of Muntinlupa continues to collaborate with various organization to strengthen the local recovery program for drug surrenderees under the Mamamayan at Pamilya Laban sa Droga (MAPALAD), the local community-based response strategy against drug abuse.

Interested parties are free to visit Muntinlupa Drug Abuse and Prevention Control Office located Muntinlupa City Hall, G/F Main Building, Putatan or contact them at telephone no. 8403-6689 / 8862-2525 loc. 212.

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Official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa – Public Information Office.