Bawal ang epal: Manila Mayor Isko wants name, photo removed from donated food truck

Robie de Guzman   •   July 16, 2019   •   1631

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Tuesday said he has requested his photo and name to be removed from a food truck that served free rice porridge in Andres Bonifacio Shrine on Monday.

Domagoso made the request after a social media user re-posted photos of the truck “Kusina ni Isko” (Isko’s Kitchen) and tagged the mayor.

The internet user pointed out that the truck is contrary to Mayor Isko’s advocacy against “epal” or attention mongers. She also asked whether the food truck was made using public funds.

The Manila Public Information Office replied to the netizen’s query, clarifying that the food truck was not a public project and that no public funds were used.

“These were donated by his friends and supporters, who wanted to put the Mayor’s name on the food trucks. Nevertheless, we thank them for the food they provided during the flag ceremony,” it said.

In a media interview, Mayor Isko said the food truck was not a project of the local government and was only donated by a group of his supporters.

“I thank that group of individuals who are really inspired. Doing so, one thing for sure sa ating kabababayan, hindi sya pera ng pamahalaan, hindi ko pera. Siguro lang gusto lang magkawanggawa,” Domagoso told reporters.

The 44-year old mayor added he already asked the donor to remove his name and photo from the food truck.

“We already called the organization na tanggalin yung pangalan ko… Anyway, discretion naman nila ‘yun whether they put my name or not because that’s their money,” he stated.

“But more than anything else, one way or the other, I’d rather listen to the people na ‘oops may off nga’ and there’s nothing wrong with that in the first place,” he added.

The mayor also suggested the donor could instead dub the truck as “Kusina ng Maynila” (Manila’s Kitchen) or “Kusina para sa Batang Maynila” (Kitchen for the child of Manila).

Domagoso earlier ordered the removal of the names of politicians from schools and hospitals in Manila.

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Days after assuming office, Domagoso has earned praises for launching operations to rid Divisoria and other city streets of illegal vendors and garbage. (with details from April Cenedoza)

Mayor Isko removes name from public WiFi station

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

WiFi station bearing its previous name, Iskonek (left) and after it was changed to MNLkonek

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 16) changed the name of the newly launched WiFi charging station and phone booth outside the Manila City Hall.

He named the facility ‘MNLKonek’ instead of the original ‘ISKOnek’ which followed his moniker ‘Isko’ after drawing criticisms from netizens.

According to Manila Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen, it’ was the Eastern Communications that named the project ‘ISKOnek.’

Leonen said Mayor Isko is sensitive to criticisms that’s why he makes sure to act swiftly to the demands of the netizens.

The WiFi kiosk was launched on Wednesday (August 14) where the public may connect to the Internet free of charge.

The facility can serve up to 100 users for 30 minutes. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)

Manileños enjoy free wifi thru Iskonek

Maris Federez   •   August 15, 2019

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso launched on Wednesday (August 14) a facility that will allow Manileños and even visitors to enjoy free wifi connection.

A wifi-kiosk has been installed at the Liwasang Bonifacio where one can enjoy 30 minutes of free internet.

“So you can make an internet connection. Connectivity for free because of the WiFi capabilities of the machine. And you can make landline calls for free,” Mayor Isko said.

The official added that the project aims to help Manileños have free communication with their relatives and loved ones, especially in times of emergencies.

The said 24/7 facility can connect up to 100 devices at one time.

And to give way to others who want to connect, an individual will be given 30 minutes to stay online.

Moreno said this concept was adopted from what is already being practiced in Manhattan, New York called the NYC Link.
The project is a collaboration of the city’s local government unit and the private sector.

Moreno plans to mount several more Iskonek in other areas of Manila. (with details from Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

Foreign assistance for Manila’s development continues to pour in

Maris Federez   •   August 15, 2019

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (right) speaks with European Ambassador Franz Jessen (center)

Help from other countries continues to pour in for Manila’s development as ambassadors come and pay courtesy to Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

On Wednesday (August 13), European Ambassador Franz Jessen made a courtesy call to Moreno and expressed his country’s support to the mayor’s plans for the city’s development.

This is the first time that a European ambassador has paid the city of Manila a visit.

Jessen also invited Moreno to go to Europe for him to see the “best practices” that he may also implement in Manila.

“I hope that the Mayor would bring that back to Manila and make it the best city to live in,” the envoy said.

Jessen said the European Union has been helping with the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and that it is imperative that the assistance continues.

Moreno, in turn, said: “We’re looking forward to any exchange of culture, any types of help with the European countries and you’re always welcome to the City of Manila.”

New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan (left) pays courtesy to Mayor Isko Moreno at the Manila Cityhall on August 14, 2019.

After the European envoy’s visit, Mayor Isko received to his office New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan.

Strachan is the 10th ambassador to pay a courtesy call on Moreno since July 1.

The New Zealand envoy told Moreno of his plans to give assistance to the city’s disaster management.

The New Zealand government will shoulder the expenses for the short-term course that it will give to the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

“We have a lot in common in terms of achieving one of the goals that President Duterte talked about on the ease of doing business,” Strachan said.

“Ang swerte namin talagang bawat bansa na nagpupunta rito [We are so fortunate that each country that visited here as] represented by their ambassadors are really offering assistance to the City of Manila. Tapos nagkakataon pa ano pa siya iba-ibang problema ang inaayos [And it turns out that each help seeks to deal with different problems (of the city)],” Moreno said.

Aside from Europe and New Zealand, the countries that have sent their ambassadors to pay courtesy on Mayor Moreno are the United States of America, Japan, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Singapore, and Russia. (from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf


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