Jose Abad Santos hospital declares full capacity, suspends admission of non-COVID OB patients

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2020   •   1117

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday (August 10) informed the public that the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) temporarily stopped admitting new non-COVID OB patients as its occupancy rate has already reached its capacity.

“We closed our acceptance para sa mga manganganak, because we have already breached our load capacity (sa JJASGH),” Domagoso said.

The suspension of admission is indefinite, according to the advisory, also to allow the hospital to decongest, to maintain physical distancing of patients, to avoid potential complications and to protect its staff.

To augment services, Domagoso assured to have the support of adjacent hospitals such as the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in case there is a need for immediate cesarean procedures.

In an advisory, the JJASGH management said that their occupancy rate, as of writing, has already reached 233 percent which means that admitted patients are more than double of the hospital’s capacity, the management said.

“There are six patients waiting to undergo cesarean section, and we have only one operating room. Our other operating room is for COVID-19 patients,” the JJASGH management said.

“Even non-duty OB Doctors are being recalled to help the duty team. There are 31 patients in the Recovery Room with a capacity of only 8,” it said.

Isko Moreno, Willie Ong file COC for president, VP in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday formalized his presidential bid for 2022 elections by filing his certificate of candidacy (COC).

Domagoso will run as the standard bearer of the Aksyon Demokratiko Party with Dr. Willie Ong as his vice president.

Ong also filed his COC along with Domagoso on Monday morning.

Mayor Isko was a former actor who grew in the slums of Tondo while Ong is a cardiologist and an internist who has over 16 million Facebook followers.

Ong ran for senator in 2019. He placed 18th overall but he garnered the second highest number of overseas votes for senator.

Sara Duterte remains top choice among possible presidential bets in 2022 polls – Pulse Asia

Robie de Guzman   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte remains as the top choice among possible presidential candidates in the 2022 national elections, a survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed Wednesday.

In the poll conducted from Sept. 6 to 11, Duterte emerged as the leading bet after 20% of the respondents expressed support for her probable presidential bid in the upcoming elections.

The second choice for president was former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who garnered 15%, followed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso with 13%, and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao with 12%.

Senator Grace Poe placed fifth with 9%, followed by Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (8%), and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson (6%).

Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano garnered 4%, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go with 3%, and former Senator Antonio Trillanes with 1%.

The pollster said respondents are split when it comes to their second choice for president should their original presidential bet decide not to run in the upcoming elections.

The poll showed that respondents would instead vote for Poe (14%), Marcos (14%), Domagoso (13%), Duterte (11%). Sharing the second place in terms of second-choice voter preferences for president are Go (9%), Pacquiao (9%), Robredo (8%), Lacson (8%), and Cayetano (5%).

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III topped the list of preferences for the next vice president with 25% followed by President Rodrigo Duterte with 14%, Moreno with 12%, Marcos with 12%, and Pacquiao with 7%.

The poll also showed that Sotto enjoyed the highest figure with 15% when respondents were asked for their second vice presidential preference, followed by Marcos (12%), Go (11%), and Domagoso (11%).

Placing fifth in the second choice for vice presidential bets are Cayetano (10%), Pacquiao (9%), and Rodrigo Duterte (6%).

The latest Pulse Asia survey was based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults aged 18 and above nationwide. It was conducted using face-to-face interviews.

Manila declares tax amnesty

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila local government on Thursday (September 23) announced a tax amnesty from October through December.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Ordinance No. 8773 granting amnesty on all delinquent business taxes, real property taxes, regulatory fees and other service charges.

The mayor said the ordinance was signed as “the current pandemic has brought about unexpected socio-economic challenges to the country.” He said that the pandemic situation makes it difficult for taxpayers to settle their obligations.

“As a result, many businesses have remained closed, further causing the loss of jobs and opportunities. Amidst the health and safety challenges is the struggle to keep one’s livelihood afloat,” he said.

Under the ordinance, Domagoso said tax amnesty shall be granted to the following:

1. Persons who own, operate or are engaged in any business enterprise within the City of Manila

2. Persons who own or administer real property declared for the first time subject to back taxes

3. Persons who own or administer any delinquent real property with or without notices of collection

4. Persons who have violated traffic and parking rules imposed under the Manila Traffic Code and the No Contact Apprehension Program

5. Persons who have pending local tax cases before any judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative body concerning local business taxes, fees and charges or real property taxes

The general tax amnesty program, Domagoso said, shall take effect on October 1, 2021 until December 29, 2021 only. AAC

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