MMDA supports Isko’s ‘Pagkain sa Basura’ program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 24, 2019   •   9662

Manila Mayor-elect Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso | Courtesy : Facebook Page

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supports Manila Mayor-elect Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso’s platforms including the ‘Pagkain sa Basura’ program.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said they will cooperate with the mayor elect to lessen the waste in Manila.

“Kami ay makikipagtulungan kay Isko Moreno para sa Maynila kung ano ang problema ng basura dito ay walang dahilan kung bakit hindi iyan maa-address kung tayo’y makikipatulungan sa mayor (We will cooperate with Isko Moreno for Manila. There is no reason it [garbage problem] will not be addressed if we cooperate with the mayor),” he said. 

According to MMDA’s Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (FCSMO), 400 truckloads of garbage were collected from the Manila Bay cleanup. This is equal to 3,018 cubic meters of rubbish and silt collected from January 27 to May 17.

Lim assured they will continue the clearing operations on Manila’s waterways.

“Pati ang mga canal, drainage kine-clear natin iyan para iyong pagbaha, magtatag-ulan na naman so tuloy-tuloy ‘yan hindi tuwing bago magpasukan, (We will clear the canals, and drainage to avoid flooding during rainy season. So we will continue this before the school opens)” Lim added. 

The department also said they plan to install cisterns or tanks in preparation for the rainy season. However, they are still deciding on which areas to install them.

Lim reiterated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should coordinate with them in order to place cisterns in Manila.

LIST: Manila road closures, traffic rerouting starting January 8

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several roads near Quiapo Church will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night in anticipation of the influx of Catholic devotees despite the cancellation of the annual Traslacion, local authorities said.

In an advisory, the Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit said the following roads will be closed to motorists starting 10 p.m. Friday:

  • Southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from A. Mendoza/Fugoso to Carlos Palanca St.
  • Northbound Lane of Quezon Blvd from Carlos Palanca St. to Fugoso St.
  • Westbound lane of España Boulevard from P. Campa to A Mendoza St.
  • Stretch of Evangelista St. from P Paterno St. to Recto Ave.
  • Stretch of Palanca St. from Carriedo/Plaza Lacson to P Casal St.

The following roads will also be closed to motorists starting January 9 at 12 midnight and onwards:

  • Stretch of Ronquillo St. from Rizal Ave. to Plaza Sta. Cruz
  • Stretch of Bustos St. from Plaza Sta Cruz to Rizal Ave.

Local authorities said vehicles going to the southbound lane of Quezon Blvd from A. Mendoza must turn right to Fugoso St. then left to Rizal Avenue.

Vehicles going to the southbound lane of España Blvd must turn left to Nicanor Reyes St., or turn right to P. Campa St., then left to A. Mendoza St., then right to Fugoso St.

Motorists from McArthur Bridge intending to utilize Palanca St shall go straight to Rizal Ave. to point of destination.

Vehicles coming from Ayala Bridge intending to utilize Palanca St. shall go straight to P. Casal St. to point of destination.

Motorists from P. Burgos Ave. intending to utilize Quezon Bridge shall go straight to McArthur Bridge or Jones Bridge to point of destination.

Vehicles utilizing southbound lane of Rizal Ave. going to Ronquillo St. shall turn right to CM. Recto Ave., turn left to R. Regente St., to J. Luna St. turn left to Plaza Cervantes to Jones Bridge or go straight to Muelle dela Industria to Escolta to point of destination.

Motorists from McArthur Bridge intending to utilize Bustos St. shall go straight to Rizal Ave. to point of destination.

The city government earlier urged devotees to view the masses and other activities connected to the event via Facebook live which will be made available by Quiapo Church amid the threat of COVID-19.

Manila LGU to purchase COVID-19 vaccine for 200K residents

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila is preparing for the roll out of its COVID-19 vaccination plan for an initial number of 200,000 residents, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Monday.

In a statement, Domagoso said the city government is ready to execute a city-wide vaccine deployment operation once a vaccine has been approved for distribution and usage in the country.

Domagoso is also encouraging his constituents to register in the city’s vaccination portal at www.manilacovid19vaccine.com.

Mayor Isko said that through the launching of the pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine, the local government of Manila would be able to detect those interested having a vaccine.

“Ito yung pamamaraan ng syudad na pagiging maagap na inihahanda na natin kasi modesty aside, the City of Manila reserved already P200M since July and we’ve been talking to multinational pharmaceutical pharmacies even though they are in phase 2 at that time, at yan nagtagumpay yan kasi nagkaroon ng movement,” Domagoso said.

Likewise, the mayor said that non-disclosure agreements have already been signed with two multinational pharmaceutical companies last month.

“Ito yung paghahanda. Ngayon dalhin diyan, mayroon na agad kaming target market, sila na yung mauuna at mas mabilis kasi dahil alam namin na interesado ka, dahil alam namin you signed already the waiver you will be the first in line,” he said.

“Having said that, we will try to reach as many as possible because the first order that we are trying to eye in our own little way is 400,000 dosage that will serve 200,000 Manileños,” he added.

Domagoso assured that the city government will only use vaccines that are approved by the country’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA).

Truck ban in Metro Manila to resume Dec. 14 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday said it will resume the implementation of the truck ban policy in Metro Manila starting Monday, December 14.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said the move aims to decongest heavy traffic expected during the holiday season.

“Vehicles traveling on the streets of Metro Manila increase as Christmas approaches so we will return the implementation of the truck ban beginning Monday to help ease traffic,” Garcia said in a statement.

He said large trucks are banned from plying along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

Trucks are also prohibited along EDSA, from Magallanes Interchange in Makati City to North Avenue in Quezon City from Monday to Sunday.

Under MMDA’s existing policy, truck ban will be suspended on Sundays and holidays on major roads, except on EDSA.

The MMDA previously lifted the truck ban policy on major roads to ensure unhampered transport of goods amid the novel coronavirus disease pandemic. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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