Manila City supports Eye Bank’s efforts to promote eye, cornea donation

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2021   •   314

MANILA, Philippines — Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso  supports efforts to promote eye and cornea donation in the country.

The city government of Manila has partnered with the Santa Lucia International Eye Bank of Manila (SLIEB) through a memorandum of agreement signed on Monday (May 17).

Likewise, Domagoso signed a donor card allowing the eye bank to harvest his eyes and corneas in the event of his death. The Mayor said his eyes would be donated to those in need.

“Sana sumunod na kayo,” Domagoso said. “Wala namang mawawala sa inyo kapag naging eye donor kayo. Ibig sabihin lang ay kung namatay kayo, may makikinabang pa rin sa mga mata ninyo.”

The Eye Bank is owned and operated by the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (EBFP) — which is a non-stock, non profit, non-government humanitarian organization that has been serving patients since 1995.

The Eye Bank is the only state-of-the-art eye banking facility in the country that evaluates and distributes donated eye tissue or corneas for use in transplantation, research, and education.

“Napaka-importante maging cornea donor kasi napakaraming tao sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo na hindi makakakita kung hindi dahil sa transplant,” said EBFP president and CEO Dr. Ma. Dominga ‘Minguita’ Padilla as she thanked Domagoso.

As such, Padilla hopes that even more people would be open to the idea of becoming eye donors explaining that the eyes and corneas of the donors are harvested after they have died.

She also pointed out that the eyes and corneas would still be useful to those in need of transplants.

She added that there is a need to educate the public about the matter.

“Huwag kayong matakot maging eye donor,” she said. “Maraming tao na para sa kanila himala na ang makakita uli. Mayor Isko signed as an eye donor, sana marami pang gumaya sa kanya.”

For his part, Domagoso assured Padilla that the city’s district hospitals are committed to helping the Eye Bank achieve its mission to institutionalize cornea and eye donation in the Philippines.

The Eye Bank itself is also located in Manila, specifically within the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Compound.

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.

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

Manila public, private cemeteries closed from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—Public and private cemeteries in Manila City will be temporarily closed from October 29 to November 3.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Executive Order No. 33 ordering the temporary closure of public and private memorial parks, cemeteries, and columbaries. These include the Manila North Cemetery, Manila South Cemetery, and Manila Muslim Cemetery among others in relation to this year’s Undas.

The executive order states that only interment and cremation services for non-COVID 19 cases shall be allowed subject to the strict observance of minimum public health standards and social distancing.

Failure to comply with the said order shall lead to the revocation of mayor and business permits. AAC

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