City of Manila’s disaster resilience a ‘total failure’ – Mayor discovers

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2019   •   4577

MANILA, Philippines – Newly-elected mayor Francisco Domagoso admits they are not ready in case a strong earthquake or the so called ‘Big One’ strikes the city.

“The City of Manila is not ready. On record. Sila ang may sabi noon, (That’s what they said),” Domagoso said referring to the local disaster risk reduction management officials following a meeting with them on his second day in office on Tuesday (July 2).

Mayor ‘Isko’ ordered the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) to draft a concrete disaster management plan or a detailed hazard map to prepare the city for potential dangers.

During the meeting, Domagoso discovered a lot of problems in terms of the city’s disaster preparedness and response.

The city lacks plans and programs for risk reduction management.

There are no measures in place to solve the decade long flood problems.

The city’s disaster response command center lacks equipment, the office looks shabby and neglected.

The CCTV cameras only cover areas within the city hall and Carriedo area.

Emergency personnel admitted they have no established emergency hotline and they usually use their personal numbers to contact the public in times of need.

The CDRRMO also lacks personnel and the city falls short in resources when it comes to health care.

According to the overall assessment report of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the city is considered a ‘total failure’ when it comes to disaster preparedness and response.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) noted the importance of prioritizing disaster resiliency in all of Manila especially its buildings and structures as it is a city prone to hazards.

“The biggest stumbling block would be the resilience of the structures. Iyon ang pinakaunang kailangang gawin. Ayusin ang mga pwedeng bumagsak na mga bahay (That’s the very first thing that needs to be addressed – fix the houses that are damage prone),” explained DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS administrator Renato Solidum.

“Marami silang (There’s a lot of) hazards that need to be integrated in their preparedness,” he noted.

Mayor Domagoso warned to dismiss all concerned DRRMO officials if they will not act on the matter at the soonest possible time.

“I will fire you if you don’t admit that we are not ready,” Mayor Domagoso told them.

“You have to be honest with yourself. You can even challenge me at the Civil Service (Commission) if I fire you,” he concluded. – with reports from April Cenedoza

Manila LGU bans street activities during Tondo, Pandacan feasts

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Manila announced it has prohibited the conduct of street parties, stage shows, parades, and other crowd-drawing activities during Catholic feasts to be held in Tondo and Pandacan.

In a statement, the city government said Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed Executive Order No. 02 on January 12 which states the need to provide stringent guidelines and regulations to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the celebration on January 16 to 17.

Domagoso said that such activities “can surely be an easy medium of COVID-19 spread and transmission thereby endangering the health, well-being, and safety of the general public.”

Definition of street party and other activities is as follows:

  • Street party – shall refer to a party in which many members of a single community, congregate either to observe an event of some importance or simply for mutual solidarity and enjoyment such as, but not limited to, Salu-Salo, dancing, and/or singing in groups along public streets
  • Stage show – shall refer to stage activities such as, but not limited to, beauty pageants, dance, and singing contests, stage plays, and other similar activities
  • Parade – shall refer to a public procession celebrating a special day or event such as but limited to Lakbayaw and other similar activities
  • Palarong Kalye – shall refer to all kinds of ball games such as, but not limited to, Basketball and Volleyball and other parlor games such as but not limited to Pabitin, Agawan Buko, Tumbang Preso, Sack Race and other similar games.

Apart from the ban on the said activities, observance of the curfew hours in the City of Manila will also be strictly implemented, as well as the liquor ban within Pandacan and Tondo areas, the city government said.

Barangay officials and members of the Manila Police District are likewise directed to ensure that rules and regulations under the Executive Order will be followed, it added.

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

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).

Manila Mayor Isko, nagbabala vs mga lalabag sa firecracker ban

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mahaharap sa multa at posibleng pagkakakulong ang sinumang lalabag sa polisiya na nagbabawal sa paggamit at pagbebenta ng mga paputok sa lungsod ng Maynila, ayon kay Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Sa ilalim ng Executive Order No. 47 na nilagdaan ni Domagoso, papatawan ng multa na hanggang P30,000 o pagkakakulong ng mula anim na buwan hanggang isang taon ang mahuhuling magpapaputok sa mga pampublikong lugar.

Ang mga tindahan naman ng paputok o pyrotechnic devices ay maaaring makansela ang business permit bukod pa sa multang ipapataw dahil sa paglabag sa Fire Code of the Philippines.

Babala ni Mayor Isko, maraming pulis ang nag-iikot sa lungsod upang bantayan ang mga matataong lugar, tulad ng Divisoria Market, pati na ang residential areas upang ipaalala ang iwas-paputok campaign ng pamahalaan.

“We are always certain about our rules but while it is true that we’re trying to be diplomatic as much as possible by asking o hinihikayat but kung may lalabag po, marami pong pulis na naka-deploy sa buong Maynila at marami pong posibleng mahuli dahil huhulihin po talaga,” ang pahayag ni Mayor Isko.

Payo ng alkalde sa mga residente na idaan na lamang sa ibang paraan o gumamit ng ibang pampaingan ang pagdiriwang sa pagpapalit ng taon.

“Hanggat maaari nga gusto ko mag-subi sila ng pera, mag-save sila ng pera kasi pwede naman natin i-celebrate yung holiday nang iba pang mga ways katulad ng bata kami kaldero, nagkakatalo. So, there are so many ways to celebrate the holidays,” ang wika ni Domagoso.

Una nang nagpasa ng resolusyon ang konseho ng mga alkalde sa Metro Manila para sa pagbabawal ng paggamit at pagbebenta ng mga paputok ngayong holiday season. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)


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