Tondo district faces 48-hour hard lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   April 29, 2020   •   455

MANILA, Philippines — There is no stopping the city government of Manila from imposing a 48-hour hard lockdown over Tondo district.

Such measure is to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the number of confirmed cases in the area has reached 100 with 22 deaths and 222 suspected cases.

“One, it’s definite. Two, it’s going to happen within the week and most likely over the weekend and plans were submitted to me already by the Manila Police District on how to cordon the entire District 1 of Manila,” Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said. 

Tondo follows Sampaloc among areas with the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases.

Sampaloc already has 129 confirmed cases and the first to be placed under hard lockdown.

Domagoso said the city council is finalizing the executive order for the measure which he expects to sign on Thursday (April 30).

The mayor will make an announcement on the final schedule of the hard lockdown and its corresponding procedure tomorrow.

The city mayor assures that before the hard lockdown, the local government will provide the residents with relief goods enough for their 48-hour consumption.

He asks residents to purchase everything they need before the lockdown takes effect though night markets in the Recto-Tondo Area will be given exemptions.

Likewise, operations at Tondo ports will remain operational and workers therein will be allowed to work. 

During the lockdown, members of the Manila Health Department will conduct COVID-19 rapid mass testings in designated schools and holding areas for lockdown violators will be assigned.

“Hoping that people will cooperate and this also pave the way the same thing that we did in Sampaloc to conduct massive testing to particular individuals or group of individuals in a particular geography,” Mayor Domagoso said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Isko hinted that several other areas may be placed under hard lockdown before the end of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. 

These areas include Malate, Santa Cruz and San Andres. MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

Manila, Muntinlupa cut curfew hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

The cities of Manila and Muntinlupa on Tuesday (June 16) announced they will shorten their curfew hours.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso adjusted the city’s curfew hours from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as the restrictions for business operations eases. The previous schedule was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City will impose a new curfew schedule which will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-102 which will also impose penalties to curfew violators.

The ordinance also states that Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and those whose work involves delivery of essential goods and services are exempted in the curfew.

First-time violators will have a penalty of P500 while penalty will increase to P1,000 for succeeding offenses. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Manila, Grab PH partner up to hire 2,000 displaced tricycle, motorcycle riders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2020

The Manila City Government has partnered up with Grab Philippines to hire 2,000 displaced tricycle drivers and motorcycle owners who also lost their jobs to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said the “Grab-Manila Socio-economic Recovery Initiative” will provide economic opportunities to affected residents and businesses of the global pandemic.

“Dalawa ang matutulungan nito: ang mga trabahante at tsaka ang mga negosyo. Doon naman sa mga natanggap na at matatanggap pa, pagbutihan po ninyo ang trabaho, (It will help two things: the worker and the businesses. Those who are already hired or will be hired, work hard)” he said.

Meanwhile, Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu said this is their way of giving back to the city of Manila.

“We want to help those merchants get into the digital world and boost their sales,” he said. AAC

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Manila gov’t shuts down commercial building for operating without permit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2020

Manila’s Bureau of Permits has shut down a commercial building in Malate, Manila for operating without a business permit since 2004.

The Bureau of Permits served a closure order against a four-storey commercial building in Malate that was operating as a real estate lessor.

Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo said the closure will affect at least five establishments that were used as office space.

“We are serious in implementing the rules and regulations. Kung masanay sila na kahit okay lang na walang permit (if they got used to operating without permit), it’s wrong,” he said.

He also encouraged the public to apply and process their business permits to avoid any inconvenience. Applicants can email permits@manila.gov.ph to apply for a business permit or call the following hotlines: 8-527-0871 or 5-310-1558.

“They have to make sure na ang negosyo nila ay (that their business is) legally permitted by the city because if not, the business will suffer,” Facundo said. AAC

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