Manila identifies COVID-19 vaccination sites, targets 18K inoculation per day

Robie de Guzman   •   January 29, 2021   •   526

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila is looking to inoculate 18,000 residents per day against COVID-19 once it rolls out its vaccination program.

The local government said it has identified 18 vaccination sites which will attend to 1,000 vaccinees a day. These sites include schools in various parts of the city.

It has also identified 40 other areas to augment the number of vaccination sites, if needed.

“The least thing that we can do as local government unit is to efficiently use every possible doses. So, I don’t want to hangga’t maaari sana loobin ng Dios na walang matapon na vaccine. So, yon yung mga aming iniingatan,” Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said.

Mayor Isko also said they have prepared facilities for the storage of the vaccines procured by the local government through a tripartite agreement with the national government and AstraZeneca.

The first batch of vaccine supply is expected to be delivered in February.

The city government called on its residents wishing to participate in the vaccination program to register online through the website

City residents may sign up for a slot ahead of the roll-out of the local vaccination process. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Manila City administers over 1M COVID-19 vaccines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City government has breached the one million mark in the number of administered COVID-19 vaccines.

As of July 19, the local government has administered  about 1,000,021 COVID-19 vaccines. About 657,748 have received their first jab of vaccine, while 342,273 out of 657,748 have already been fully vaccinated.

Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the general public has a vital role in stemming virus transmission. He encouraged his constituents and the rest of the public to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves from severe COVID-19 infection.

Sama-sama tayo na makipaglaban at proteksyunan ang bawat isa sa atin, bawat tao, hindi lang dahil tayo ay tiga-Maynila, kung hindi bawa’t mamayaman,” he said.

(Let us fight [the pandemic] together and protect each other. This goes not only for Manila residents but to all citizens.)

Domagoso said the Manila City government will continue to create more initiatives and programs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We must continue the journey of a better city. Life must go on. Public service must go on. We will not stop, hindi tayo hihinto. May awa ang Diyos, makakaraos tayo, (We will not stop. God is merciful, we will get through this),” he added. AAC

Manila City to construct three new housing projects for informal settlers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City Government is set to construct three new housing projects to continue to address the plight of informal settlers.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Thursday (July 15) said the housing projects will be constructed in San Sebastian, San Lazaro, and Pedro Gil areas. According to Domagoso, the San Sebastian Residences, San Lazaro Residences, and Pedro Gil Residences will be a 20-storey high building with 300 units each and health center based on the ground floor.

“If Singapore did it, Manila can do it. Ang mga pinatayo nating bahay ang magbabalik ng dignidad sa buhay ng mga Manilenyo (The housing we have constructed will bring back the dignity in the lives of Manileños). There will be an opportunity for them,” he said.

Domagoso previously led the inauguration of the 42-square meters two-storey townhouse unit called BaseCommunity last July 5. The unit includes two bedrooms, one living room, one kitchen, one laundry area, one toilet and bath area.

According to the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), the future housing projects is on top of the ongoing construction of city government’s flagship housing projects called Tondominium 1, Tondonminium 2, and Binondominium. All of which are now more than 50% complete. AAC

Mayor Isko orders probe vs. nurse involved in illegal sale of COVID-19 vaccine

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has ordered the management of Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) to file administrative charges against a nurse tagged in the unlawful sale of COVID-19 vaccines.

The nurse, identified as Alexis Francisco De Guzman, was arrested during an entrapment operation conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Quezon City.

Domagoso met with the hospital chief Dr. Ted Martin on Friday (July 2) and ordered him to file appropriate charges against De Guzman.

The Mayor stressed that the Manila City government’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines are “strictly regulated” and “highly controlled” by the Manila Health Department (MHD).

Based on investigation by the local government, those COVID-19 vaccines sold by De Guzman were not sourced from the inventory of the MHD.

Dr. Martin in a statement said that “such unlawful acts of Mr De Guzman have no place in the City of Manila and this institution.”

“While it is truly unfortunate that one of our own was involved in such illegal activities, this hospital and its management do not condone the acts of Mr. De Guzman,” he said.

“His actions have placed the name of this institution in a bad light and we are very willing to cooperate with any investigating authority regarding such matter,” he added.

Dr. Martin also noted that De Guzman has never been involved nor transacted with the hospital’s Pharmacy Section regarding the transport, handling and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

Domagoso reminded the public that sale of COVID-19 vaccines for gain or profit is strictly banned in the city.

City Ordinance No. 8740 signed by Domagoso protects the general public from any person who will take advantage of the pandemic by unlawfully selling COVID-19 vaccines.


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