Manila City buys 500 additional Tocilizumab vials for COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2021   •   397

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Manila procured about 500 additional vials of the life-saving Tocilizumab for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The delivery of the immunosuppressive drug already arrived in the city which Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan inspected on Tuesday (May 18).

In a statement, Domagoso said the Tocilizumab vials will be offered to patients admitted in public and private hospitals, whether residents of Manila or not.

“Ito po ay io-offer din natin sa public and private hospitals for free bukod sa six district hospitals ng lungsod at Manila Health Department,” Domagoso said.

“Sa maliit nating kaparaanan, mas makatutulong po tayo sa nakararami nating kababayan. The COVID-19 pandemic is a universal problem. It has to be approached inclusively,” the Mayor said.

Manila City General Services officer, Thelma Perez said the additional vials were procured by the local government to strengthen the city’s response against the pandemic.

Perez said the local government allocated P13 million for the procurement of these vials.

Traslacion suspended anew in 2022 due to pandemic – Manila LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The annual ‘Traslacion’ will be suspended in 2022 due to the persistent threat of COVID-19, the city government of Manila said Friday.

Instead of procession, a motorcade will be held instead in selected areas in Manila.

In a statement, the city government said the decision was reached following a consultation between the officials of Quiapo Church and the local government.

Also present during the meeting were representatives from the Manila Police District (MPD), the Philippine Red Cross, the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

According to MPD Director General Leo Francisco, a minimum of 8,000 police personnel will be deployed during the event.

Additional manpower may be deployed depending on the situation and the alert level status of the city of Manila come January 2022, he added.

In 2021, the city government also suspended the Traslacion due to the pandemic.

Lifting of face shield mandate in Manila remains — Mayor Isko

Maris Federez   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso maintained that his Executive Order lifting the mandatory use of face shields will continue to be enforced in the capital city.

Domagoso made the clarification following Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement saying that such issuances are null and void.

“Well, he is entitled to his opinion. As far as the Local Government Code is concerned, it is within the power of the local chief executive under Section 16, the general welfare clause. His opinion is as good as mine,” Domagoso said in an interview.

“We, the local government unit and all other elected official, have a responsibility to take care of our people. Kami (ang) binoto ng mga tao. Sila, inupo lang ng mga kung sino,” he added.

Mayor Isko also cited the provision of the Local Government Code that states that every local government unit “shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.”

Domagoso on Monday signed Executive Order No. 42 removing rules requiring the wearing of face shields in the city.

Face shield requirements, however, will remain in effect inside health facilities.

Manila was the first city in the capital region to make an official issuance on the removal of face shield rules.

This was after the Metro Manila Council agreed to urge the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to repeal its rules on the mandatory use of face shields.

The 47-year-old mayor claimed that the low COVID-19 infection rates in the city, which resulted from the local government’s mass vaccination program, justified his order.

“As far as Manila is concerned, we are vaccinated, the people. We have a low infection (rates). The people of Manila deserve some ease. And that’s what we’re after. Tao muna,” he said.

Calling face shields the ‘face of corruption,’ Domagoso called on the national government to focus on purchasing live-saving medicines instead.

“Ito ang mukha ng corruption. Nasa mukha ng mga Pilipino. Baka hindi pa ubos yung binili nila. Wala naman bisa. Bili sila (ng) tocilizumab tsaka remdesivir. Makakatulong iyon sa tao,” he said.

Manila City to begin construction of P110M Baseco hospital

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Manila City is set to begin the construction of a P110 million hospital within the Baseco Compound at Manila’s Port Area.

The facility will be named President Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital, according to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso who led the ground breaking ceremony on Monday (October 18).

“We always try to be ahead of the situation or possible uncertainty because we are always certain in the City of Manila,” he said.

Once completed, the President Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital will be a three-storey building with a 24/7 fully operational emergency room, digital x-ray equipment, and centralized oxygen supply line.

It will also have a community-inclusive outpatient department, radiology department, laboratory and central diagnostics department, dietary department, 24/7 maternity department, and surgery and internal medicine department.

Male and female wards, isolation wards, and a pediatric ward will also be available in the new 50-bed facility. AAC

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