Manila Mayor Isko orders ‘shrine makeover’ near city hall

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2019   •   4509

Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso continued his city-wide clearing and cleaning operations on Wednesday (July 10).

But instead of going somewhere else, the Mayor opted to check the areas surrounding the city mayor’s office which, according to him, has literally turned into makeshift toilets.

The Mayor was referring to the shrines of notable Filipinos which apparently were surrounded with mounds of human and animal wastes, the reason for the putrid smell within the area.

The Andres Bonifacio Shrine has also been vandalized which further annoyed the Mayor, describing it as “disrespecting” the country’s heritage.

“That is the Office of the Mayor — the seat of power of the City of Manila,” he said.

“Tapos ito amoy tae rito. Nagkalat. Ito sariwa pa (It stinks. Fecal wastes are everywhere. This one is still fresh),” he added.

Mayor Isko immediately ordered the flushing and sanitizing of the monument.

He also ordered the cleaning and makeover of the Emilio Jacinto monument.

After the inspection, the Mayor ordered the relief of Lawton’s Public Community Precinct Commander for negligence of duty.

He also asked the vendors around to keep the vicinity clean. – with reports from Harlene Delgado

Manila kicks off construction of new Vitas slaughterhouse

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

Mayor Isko Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan at the groundbreaking ceremony of the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 23) led the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo, Manila.

The Mayor was accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan in making rounds at the construction site.

The city officials checked the area where the new office of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board will be built.

Domagoso said they plan to install modern equipment into the new facility which they expect to improve the income of the workers and the local government with the help of the National Meat Inspection Commission.

The Mayor, actually, has started to regularize some of the workers in the slaughterhouse under the city hall’s job order. – MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Anti-Botcha: Mayor Isko orders intensified meat inspections in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday ordered the conduct of intensified inspection in public markets following the seizure of thousands of kilograms of “botcha” or spoiled meat in the capital city since July this year.

Report from the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board presented on Thursday showed that since July 1, around 2,689 kilograms of spoiled beef shanks, pork and chicken meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila.

Hot meat are food items that did not pass proper inspection and are deemed unsafe for consumption.  

Mayor Isko also ordered concerned local agencies to set up checkpoints in the entry and exit points of Manila Harbor to prevent the entry of spoiled meat to the city.

He also urged the public to be cautious and observant when buying meat products.

Domagoso also called on meat vendors to join in the city government’s campaign against botcha and to make sure to only sold food products from accredited meat establishments. (RRD with details from Harlene Delgado)

Mayor Isko removes name from public WiFi station

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

WiFi station bearing its previous name, Iskonek (left) and after it was changed to MNLkonek

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 16) changed the name of the newly launched WiFi charging station and phone booth outside the Manila City Hall.

He named the facility ‘MNLKonek’ instead of the original ‘ISKOnek’ which followed his moniker ‘Isko’ after drawing criticisms from netizens.

According to Manila Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen, it’ was the Eastern Communications that named the project ‘ISKOnek.’

Leonen said Mayor Isko is sensitive to criticisms that’s why he makes sure to act swiftly to the demands of the netizens.

The WiFi kiosk was launched on Wednesday (August 14) where the public may connect to the Internet free of charge.

The facility can serve up to 100 users for 30 minutes. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)

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