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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021   •   737

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 City to begin construction of P110M Baseco hospital

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Manila City is set to begin the construction of a P110 million hospital within the Baseco Compound at Manila’s Port Area.

The facility will be named President Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital, according to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso who led the ground breaking ceremony on Monday (October 18).

“We always try to be ahead of the situation or possible uncertainty because we are always certain in the City of Manila,” he said.

Once completed, the President Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital will be a three-storey building with a 24/7 fully operational emergency room, digital x-ray equipment, and centralized oxygen supply line.

It will also have a community-inclusive outpatient department, radiology department, laboratory and central diagnostics department, dietary department, 24/7 maternity department, and surgery and internal medicine department.

Male and female wards, isolation wards, and a pediatric ward will also be available in the new 50-bed facility. AAC

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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