Manila LGU limits workforce in gov’t offices to 30 percent capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   March 15, 2021   •   345



MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has ordered all city government departments, bureaus and offices to allow only 30 percent of their employees to physically report for work starting Monday, March 15.

This, after a record spike in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city. According to the data of the Manila Health Department, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the City of Manila as of Sunday is at 1,549, with a running total of 28,451 recoveries and 824 deaths.

However, the directive exempts the following offices from the 30-percent workforce limit:

  • Manila Health Department
  • Department of Engineering and Public Works
  • Department of Public Services
  • Manila Department of Social Welfare
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
  • Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau
  • All six district hospitals in the city

Likewise, Mayor Isko ordered Manila Police Department Director Police BGen. Leo Francisco to cancel all “leave” applications of all MPD personnel except for scheduled medical leaves.

The mayor, meanwhile, deployed MPD SWAT to maintain peace and order within the city.

Personnel of the Bureau of Permits are doing regular inspections in establishments within the city to ensure strict implementation of health protocols.

Reports and concerns are encouraged and may be forwarded to the @manilapio Facebook page, or through Mayor Isko’s personal social media accounts.

City of Manila receives 3,000 doses of Sputnik V from DOH

Marje Pelayo   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  A total of 3,000 doses of Russia’s COVID vaccine Sputnik V were received by the city government of Manila on Monday, May 3, led by Mayor ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and Vice Mayor Dr. Maria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan.

The vaccines, which were delivered via a Pharmaserv Express cold-chain truck, were immediately placed in the COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility located on the seventh floor of Sta. Ana hospital.

Domagoso said medical frontliners will still be the priority for the upcoming  mass vaccination using Sputnik V vaccines.

“Priority dito sa ating mga medical frontliners. ‘Yung mga nasa A1 category na hindi pa nakapagpabakuna,” he said.

The mayor said that Manila Health Department (MHD) chief Dr. Arnold Pangan will be coordinating with the directors of the city’s six district hospitals to determine how many healthcare workers are going to receive the Sputnik V jab.

These hospitals include the Ospital ng Sampaloc, Sta. Ana Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila, Gat Andres Bonifacio Medical Center, Justice Jose Abad Santos Memorial Medical Hospital, and Ospital ng Tondo.

In the event that there are still Sputnik V vaccines left after those in the A1 category are served, Domagoso said the next in line would be the A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities) categories.

The 3,000 doses of Sputnik V were allocated to the City of Manila by the Department of Health (DOH). The agency received a total of 15,000 doses of Sputnik V on May 1.

Manila rolls out home service vaccination for bedridden residents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City Government began its program to conduct home service vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for bedridden residents.

As of April 18 at 5:30 p.m., 98 individuals who have been bedridden availed of the home service vaccination through the Manila Health Department (MHD).

Of the 98 individuals, 29 were served on April 16, another 29 on April 17, and 40 on April 18.

The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said more home service vaccination requests are expected in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso encouraged residents who wish to avail of the home service vaccination to have their family members or caregivers coordinate with their barangay to make sure they are included in the list of the MHD.

Basta itala nila at i-email sa amin ang listahan. Pagkatapos nito, tatawagan ng MHD ang pamilya at tatanungin kung pinapayagan ng kanilang doktor na mabakunahan ang pasyente (Just list down [the names] and send it to us by email. The MHD then will contact the family and inquire if their doctors allowed the patient to be vaccinated),” he said. AAC

Manila LGU to issue quarantine passes for ECQ period

Robie de Guzman   •   March 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government announced it will issue quarantine passes to restrict the movement of its constituents during the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces for one week.

In a statement on Sunday, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said a memo has been sent, directing all barangay chiefs to issue one quarantine pass per family.

“The memo explains that the holders of the quarantine passes can only go out during their designated schedules,” the Manila PIO said.

“The schedules are determined based on the control numbers of the quarantine passes,” it added.

The said schedules, which follow an odd-even scheme, are the following:

• ODD NUMBERS – Those whose control numbers are odd numbers (1, 3, 7, 9, and so on) can go out on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as on SUNDAY from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• EVEN NUMBERS – Those whose control numbers are even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and so on) can go out on TUESDAY, THURSDAY, and SATURDAY from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as on SUNDAY from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, March 27, the Palace announced that the entire Metro Manila — including Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Saturday, March 27, 2021

The national government on Saturday placed the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, called NCR Plus, under ECQ to address the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

The ECQ is effective from March 29 to April 4.


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