Mega COVID-19 field hospital sa Maynila, binuksan na

Robie de Guzman   •   June 25, 2021   •   455

MANILA, Philippines – Handa nang tumanggap ng mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 ang bagong tayong Mega COVID-19 field hospital sa lungsod ng Maynila.

Nagsimula na ang operasyon nito noong Huwebes, Hunyo 24, kaya inaasahang mas luluwag pa ang mga ospital para sa COVID-19 patients na may mild at non-severe symptoms sa Maynila.

Kaya nitong mag-accommodate ng mahigit sa 300 pasyente. Mayroon itong embedded oxygen system, dormitoryo para sa mga health workers, administration at communication office.

Hiwalay ang comfort rooms ng mga pasyente sa healthcare workers, may automatic power system, may sariling generator, maayos ang waste water management at may intercom din para sa bawat pasyente.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Maynila, nasa 200 medical frontliners ang itatalaga sa field hospital.

Bukas ito hindi lamang para sa mga taga-Maynila kundi maging sa mga residente ng ibang lungsod at iba pang probinsya sa Luzon.

Ayon pa kay Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, walang dapat ipag-alala ang mga pasyenteng dadalhin sa naturang COVID-19 field hospital dahil wala silang anumang babayaran sa kanilang pagpapagamot dito.

Ibinalita rin ni Domagoso na bumaba na sa walong porsiyento ang occupancy rate sa mga ospital sa lungsod dahil sa unti-unting pagbaba ng COVID-19 cases sa NCR Plus.

“Ang pangarap natin maging COVID-19-free yung hospital para bumalik na yung tao na magpa-check up kase hindi naman number one sa death toll ang COVID eh, number 4 pa rin siya,” ani Domagoso.

“Paano magpapa-check up yung mga tao may COVID sa ospital eh. So if they will hear na some of our hospitals are covid-free because hinigop namin sila, dito na naka-concentrate na lang ang covid, gagaan ang takbo ng mga ospital,” dagdag pa niya.

Naitayo ang COVID-19 field hospital sa loob lamang ng 52 araw at aabot sa P154 milyon ang pondong inilaan para sa konstruksyon nito. –RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Janice Ingente)

Manila declares tax amnesty

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila local government on Thursday (September 23) announced a tax amnesty from October through December.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Ordinance No. 8773 granting amnesty on all delinquent business taxes, real property taxes, regulatory fees and other service charges.

The mayor said the ordinance was signed as “the current pandemic has brought about unexpected socio-economic challenges to the country.” He said that the pandemic situation makes it difficult for taxpayers to settle their obligations.

“As a result, many businesses have remained closed, further causing the loss of jobs and opportunities. Amidst the health and safety challenges is the struggle to keep one’s livelihood afloat,” he said.

Under the ordinance, Domagoso said tax amnesty shall be granted to the following:

1. Persons who own, operate or are engaged in any business enterprise within the City of Manila

2. Persons who own or administer real property declared for the first time subject to back taxes

3. Persons who own or administer any delinquent real property with or without notices of collection

4. Persons who have violated traffic and parking rules imposed under the Manila Traffic Code and the No Contact Apprehension Program

5. Persons who have pending local tax cases before any judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative body concerning local business taxes, fees and charges or real property taxes

The general tax amnesty program, Domagoso said, shall take effect on October 1, 2021 until December 29, 2021 only. AAC

Intramuros, other tourism sites in Manila to reopen on September 16

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday (September 15) announced the reopening of Rizal Park and three sites in Intramuros; namely Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego, and Plaza San Luis under limited capacity and shortened operating hours on September 16.

In a statement, the DOT said that Rizal Park will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. with a maximum capacity of 500 visitors at any given time.

Fort Santiago will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with a maximum capacity of 150 visitors at any given time.

Meanwhile, Baluarte de San Diego will be operating daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will accommodate a maximum of 80 people at a time.

On the other hand, Plaza San Luis is free for those who want to visit but only from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.

The tourism department, meanwhile, reiterates only those within the age of 18 to below 65 shall be allowed in both Rizal Park and the Intramuros sites.

“We continuously urge our tourists to strictly adhere to the health and safety protocols to sustain the resumption of tourism in the country,” Puyat said.

Meanwhile, the DOT said that to encourage more National Capital Region (NCR) residents to get their COVID-19 jabs, the DOT through the Intramuros Administration will set up an express lane for fully-vaccinated individuals who wish to visit Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego. AAC

More than 1 million fully vaccinated in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 1 million individuals have been fully vaccinated in Manila.

Based on the data from the Manila Health Department (MHD), 1,000,206 persons have now been fully vaccinated in the City of Manila against COVID-19 as of September 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Based on the Department of Health (DOH) population estimates, about 74.01% of Manila’s qualified population are already fully vaccinated.

The MHD said it has already administered 2,255,541 jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine for the qualified population since March 2021.

About 1,294,142 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. AAC

 

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