Manila unveils COVID-19 vaccine storage facility

Robie de Guzman   •   February 11, 2021   •   523

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila formally inaugurated on Thursday its storage facility for COVID-19 vaccines at the Sta. Ana Hospital in preparation for the expected arrival of coronavirus vaccines.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said the city’s vaccine storage facility is comprised of 12 refrigeration units that are capable of storing various brands of vaccines with different temperature requirements.

These include five HYC-390 refrigerators for AstraZeneca and Sinovac vials, two -25°C biomedical freezers, two -30°C biomedical freezers for Johnson&Johnson and Moderna vials, and three -86°C ULT freezers for Pfizer vials.

The storage facility will also be equipped with 11 CCTV cameras working 24/7 and six data loggers to ensure the security of the vaccines, Domagoso added.

According to Sta. Ana Hospital Biomedical Specialist Walter Rigonan, the city government’s 12 COVID-19 vaccine freezers can accommodate the following:

  • 2 units of -10 to -25 freezer: 5,200 vials each
  • 2 units of -10 to -30 freezer: 17,200 vials each
  • 3 units of -86 freezer: 20,000 vials each
  • 5 units of 2-8 degrees freezer: 8,200 vials each

Mayor Isko said COVID-19 vaccines procured by the city will be stored here but neighboring cities and other government agencies may also use this facility should they need it.

“We will welcome anybody, any agency, including our fellow local government units, ibig sabihin kahit saan sa Metro Manila pwede ito,” Domagoso said.

“This is a pandemic, we wanted to approach this inclusively,” he added.

The city government also unveiled on Thursday its COVID-19 vaccination area at the Sta. Ana Hospital for medical workers and other frontline workers.

Nagtahan Flyover in Manila partially closed for repair

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Nagtahan Flyover in Manila will be partially closed for seven months as it undergoes rehabilitation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the flyover will be closed from October 2021 until April 2022 to undergo major repairs after cracks and defects were found on the bridge.

Trucks are prohibited from traversing the area, it added.

“Only one lane at a time shall be occupied and only light vehicles are allowed to pass on the flyover and the Nagtahan Service Road,” it said.

The MMDA said the bridge rehabilitation will be done in segments:

  • Segment 1 and 2: Northbound (R. Magsaysay to G. Tuazon) within two months
  • Segment 3: Southbound (G. Tuazon to R. Magsaysay Area) within 1.5 months
  • Segment 4 and 5: Northbound (EARIST to R. Magsaysay Blvd. area) within 2 months
  • Segment 6: Southbound (R. Magsaysay to EARIST area) within 1.5 months

The MMDA advised vehicles going north to take Osmeña Highway, right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Ave. Ext., left to U.N Ave., right to Romualdez St., left to Ayala Blvd, and Roxas Blvd. to destination.

Meanwhile, vehicles going Southbound may take A. Bonifacio Ave., right to C3, R-10, to their destination, it added.

The MMDA said the rehabilitation of the bridge will address the big cracks at its abutment wall and railing, loose steel enclosure of retrofitting on its piers, and rusting steel enclosure of retrofitting at several piers.

The repair also seeks to avoid untoward incidents that the bridge might cause to motorists and other road users.

Kabayan Noli de Castro withdraws senatorial bid for 2022

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran journalist Noli de Castro on Wednesday announced that he is withdrawing his senatorial bid for the 2022 national and local elections.

De Castro’s latest decision comes less than a week after announcing his candidacy.

“Nitong mga nakaraang araw, taimtim kong pinag-isipan ang desisyong pagbalik bilang isang mambabatas,” Kabayan Noli said in his statement.

“Ang nag-udyok sa akin ay ang hangaring muling bigyan ng boses sa Senado ang ating mga kababayan, lalung-lalo na ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino, na ang tanging hangarin ay mabuhay ng maayos, payapa, at may dignidad sa gitna ng pandemya,” he added.

De Castro said, that despite his decision to withdraw, his dream and aspiration for the country are still intact.

He said he can still be of help to the people in giving them a voice by remaining to be a broadcast practitioner.

“Binibigyang diin ko po, hindi nagbabago at magbabago ang ating layunin at hangad para sa bayan,” he said.

“Patuloy tayong magiging boses ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa panahong katulad nito na ang boses na iyon ay nalulunod sa ingay ng pulitika at paggamit ng kapangyarihan para sa sariling interes ng iilan.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Isko Moreno, whom De Castro thanked for his support, said he respects the former vice president’s decision.

“In truth, when my team was convincing him to run once more for the Senate, he contemplated on it for a long time. We respect his decision to forego his re-entry into national politics, and wish him well because we know that he will continue to have the best interests of our people, as the Pambansang Kabayan, in his heart,” Moreno said.

Aksyon Demokratiko chairperson, Ernest Ramel, added that De Castro will continue to be a member of Aksyon Demokratiko.

“We will continue to consult with him having vast experience in public service and his dedication to the welfare of the Filipinos. We are saddened by his decision but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” he said. —/mbmf

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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