Mayor Isko backs opening of Intramuros, parks for ‘family day’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021   •   368

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said he agrees with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to open Intramuros and other parks once a week for a designated “family day.”

DOT chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat suggested the reopening of Intramuros for one day without any age restriction to allow families to visit the site.

Intramuros reopened the gates of Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museum, and Baluarte de San Diego last February 17, but only for visitors aged 15 to 65 years old.

Domagoso agreed with Puyat’s suggestion and encouraged families to visit Intramuros as it would also help boost the city’s economy.

The Manila Mayor also reported that the Metropolitan Theater is set to open in April. AAC

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.

Manila to boost housing projects amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City Local Government announced it will boost its housing projects amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday (March 22) signed an ordinance that will strengthen the city government’s housing projects for informal settlers.

Under Ordinance No. 8730 or the Manila Urban Housing Ordinance, adequate and affordable shelter facilities will be provided to Manilenos, giving due priority to the homeless and underprivileged.

The project targets to provide vertical and horizontal housing for renters and informal settlers in the City of Manila. This also includes land acquisition in line with the government’s land of the landless program.

“All housing shall have a mixed-income occupancy with priority given to low-income households. Projects shall likewise incorporate climate and disaster resilience, urban environmental infrastructure improvements, and urban greening innovations in its designs,” the ordinance read.

The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said based on the ordinance, an amount of P2,000 rent for minimum wage earners shall be paid by both horizontal and vertical housing beneficiaries while government employees with a Salary Grade of 8 and below shall pay the same amount for the employee housing. Meanwhile, those earning above the minimum wage and earning between Salary Grade 9 and 18 shall pay P3,000.

The ordinance also tasked the Manila Urban Settlement Office to “formulate and establish a One-Stop-Shop Housing Processing Center” that will be used to process all housing-related permits, clearances, and certifications.

Domagoso vowed to also prioritize the livelihood of the Manilenos while also addressing the problem of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will continue to achieve our goal, aspirations, and visions while others makapaghihintay naman (can wait). Kaya kung ano man ang gagawin pang malalaking bagay o maliliit na bagay, ay sinisigurado namin na ito’y kapakinabangan ng tao (Whatever goals we want to achieve, whether big or small, we will assure it will be beneficial),” he said. -AAC

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