US Ambassador lauds ‘total rockstar’ Manila Mayor Isko

Robie de Guzman   •   July 12, 2019   •   4543

MANILA, Philippines – “A total Rockstar,” this was how United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim called new Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso when they met on Friday.

Kim lauded Domagoso’s progressive policies and leadership style that “bring dynamism and energies” to the position.

The new mayor of the Philippine capital city recently grabbed headlines for dramatically reforming Manila’s congested roads and markets, ordering clearing operations against illegal vendors and other road obstructions.

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Kim also commended Domagoso’s stance on the government’s campaign against drugs. The mayor earlier expressed support for the program but cautioned police to respect human rights.

“We appreciate your approach. You’re dealing with it in a manner that is consistent with human rights and rule of law,” Kim said.

Mayor Isko, who took part in the US State Department sponsored International Visitors Leadership Program in 2011, also shared with Kim his policies and plans for the City and “the core values that influence his mindset and leadership style.”

When asked by Kim on what keeps Mayor Isko awake at night, he replied: “My greatest is for the people to accept that chaos is the norm in the city.”

44-year old Domagoso was with his chief of staff, Cesar Chavez, when they paid Kim a visit on Friday morning while the US envoy was accompanied by Internal Political Chief of the Embassy Josh Morris. Their meeting lasted for nearly 45 minutes.

Isko Moreno shuts down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to massive littering

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

Photo courtesy of Manila PIO

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has shut down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to the amount of garbage found in the area during a surprise inspection on Monday (November 11).

Vendors will no longer be allowed to set up stalls along Ylaya Street in Divisoria.

Moreno also expressed his dismay over the negligence of the vendors in managing their waste.

“Hindi ba kayo nahihiya diyan o talagang baboy din kayo sa bahay? Kailangan ko pa kayo sorpresahin? Pinaghahanapbuhay ko na nga kayo, (Are you not ashamed or are you just as filthy in your own home? Do I still need to surprise you? I already allowed you to set up your livelihood here)” he said.

“Kung ganiyan lang din naman ang iiwan sa atin araw-araw, tigil na silang lahat, (If they will leave [these garbage] everyday, all [the vendors] should just stop)” he added.

The Manila mayor also directed all police stations in the area to monitor the streets of Divisoria to make sure no vendors will return especially in Ylaya street.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Mayor Isko rewards honest pedicab driver

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday (October 30) rewarded an honest pedicab driver for returning P1.2 million to a Chinese national.

Benjie Ordanza, 42 years old, was presented when the Manila Mayor addressed the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

According to Moreno, Ordanza approached Manila 2nd District Councilor Awi Sia to return a bag containing P1.2 million cash, a watch, and the passport of the owner Zhang Lei.

Moreno expressed his gratitude for Ordanza’s honesty.

“This type of fellow is very rare,” he said. “He could have done anything other than this. It’s literally very rare nowadays. Especially sa hirap ng buhay ng tao, madaling mag-asam ng hindi sa iyo lalo’t kung walang nakakakita (Especially with how difficult life is nowadays, it is easy to take something that isn’t yours especially when no one is looking).”

Ordanza received ₱100,000 from Moreno and Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna.—AAC

 

#WalangPasok: Classes, gov’t work in Manila suspended ahead of Undas break

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila on Wednesday announced the suspension of classes in all levels in private and public schools, and work in government offices on Oct. 31 ahead of the observance of Undas weekend.

“There is a need to give ample time to travel to and from the different regions nationwide to celebrate with their families,” read an executive order signed by Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

But workers in agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services are still required to continue operations and services during the long weekend.

“However, the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Department of Engineering and Public Works, the Department of Public Services, the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, the Manila Health Department, the six City Hospitals, and agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness and/or response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue operations and render the necessary services,” the order read.

Mayor Isko said the order is effective immediately.

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