Manila Mayor Isko Moreno places 6 barangays under four-day lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   March 15, 2021   •   738

MANILA, Philippines — Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has placed six barangays under lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection.

The lockdown will start at 12:01 a.m. on March 17 until 11:59 p.m. on March 20.

The six barangays are as follows:

Brgy. 185 Zone 16 (Tondo 2)
Brgy. 374 Zone 38 (Sta. Cruz)
Brgy. 521 Zone 52 (Sampaloc)
Brgy. 628 Zone 63 (Sta. Mesa)
Brgy. 675 Zone 74 (Paco)
Brgy. 847 Zone 92 (Pandacan)

Manila Health Department (MHD) data shows that Barangay 185 has 11 active cases, Barangays 374, 628, and 847 have 10 active cases each, Barangay 521 with 12 active cases, while Barangay 675 has 22 active cases.

With this, the MHD recommended to declare the said barangays as “critical zones” where Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ) guidelines shall be observed during the lockdown period.

Domagoso said residents of these barangays shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes.

Exempted from the lockdowns are the following essential workers:

– healthcare workers
– police and military personnel
– government employees
– service workers (pharmacies, drug stores and death care service)
– barangay officials
– media practitioners accredited by the PCOO
– and members of the Inter-Agency Task Force

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.

Pangulong Duterte, wala pang desisyon kung sino ang susuportahan sa 2022 elections – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Inihayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ang pangalan ng ilang personalidad na posibleng basbasan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte bilang kandidato ng administrasyon sa 2022 presidential elections.

Kabilang sa mga binanggit ni Roque ay sina Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senador Bong Go, Senador Manny Pacquiao, dating Senador Bongbong Marcos, at Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

Ngunit paglilinaw ni Roque, wala pang desisyon ang Pangulo kung sino sa mga ito ang kanyang susuportahan.

Hindi rin aniya sang-ayon ang nakatatandang Duterte na tumakbo sa pagka-pangulo ang kanyang anak sa darating na halalan.

“Alam ninyo nung talagang kinausap ko siya diyan at wala pa siyang desisyon. Mayroon lang talaga siyang options na sinabi but as of now, siguro nakatutok pa rin ang presidente dito sa pandemiya, dito sa bakuna,” ani Roque.

Samantala, naniniwala naman ang Palasyo na hindi ipinagbabawal ng batas na tumakbo sa pagka-bise presidente si Pangulong Duterte kasunod ng resolusyong ipinasa ng partidong PDP-Laban na nag-uudyok sa punong ehekutibo na kumandidato sa 2022 election.

Ngunit sa ngayon, ayon kay Roque, ay pinag-iisipan pa ito ng Pangulo.

“Kung pinagbabawal po ang presidente na tumakbong VP (vice president), dapat po sinulat yan, nagkaroon ng teksto sa ating saligang batas na nagbabawal diyan pero since wala pong prohibition, it must be allowed,” ayon sa opisyal.

Samantala, sinabi naman ni Roque na walang nakikitang problema ang Pangulo sa PDP-Laban at nananatili pa rin namang acting president ng partido si Pacquiao.

Ito ay sa kabila ng nangyayaring tensiyon sa pagitan ng ilang miyembro nito kasunod ng pagpalag ni Pacquiao sa ipinatawag na national council meeting ng PDP-Laban kamakailan.

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