Classes, gov’t work in Manila suspended on Jan. 9 due to Traslacion 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2020   •   393

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has announced the suspension of classes in all schools in Manila on January 9, Thursday in view of the observance of the annual Traslacion of the Catholic community.

In a Facebook post, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said the declaration of class suspension covers all universities and colleges in the city.

Domagoso also ordered the suspension of work in all departments and offices under the Manila City government except for agencies that are involved in maintaining peace and order, public services, traffic enforcement, disaster risk reduction and management and sanitation.

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Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Sunday, 5 January 2020

“Suspension of work in national government offices and private companies is left to the discretion of their respective management and or heads of office,” the post read.

Under the Executive Order No. 2 series of 2020, signed by Mayor Isko, states that the class and government work suspension in Manila is in consideration of public order and safety, as well as reduction of traffic congestion during the annual occasion.

The Traslacion event on Thursday is expected to draw large volume of Catholic devotees.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority earlier announced road closures in Manila in line with the occasion.RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)

Manila LGU eyes building new halfway houses for cancer patients

Robie de Guzman   •   February 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – New halfway houses which will cater to cancer patients will soon rise in the Philippine capital, the Manila City government said.

In a statement Monday, Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan said the construction of halfway houses is part of an integrated plan to strengthen the city’s public health facilities.

Pangan said halfway houses will serve as temporary shelters for cancer patients at the Philippine General Hospital as well as the city’s specialized health centers to ease their recovery and lessen transportation expenses.

Likewise, the city government also said it aims to build new facilities for diabetes patients and wellness centers for women.

“Our plans include building specialty centers for diabetes, halfway homes for cancer patients, and women wellness centers,” Pangan said during a consultation meeting with Manila district hospital chiefs and health center directors.

“We are also planning to create Super Health Centers with Vertical Housing for our employees,” he added.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso emphasized that the city government requires mutual cooperation and thorough assessments to provide the best health care services to the people.

“Kaya ako nag a-assess. I govern with data. I want to utilize whatever is here to spend it efficiently and so that the city government will be guided accordingly.”

Domagoso stressed the intent to reestablish the people’s confidence in public health systems through joint effort and correspondence.

“I encourage each and everyone of you, it’s high time to collaborate. I want to declog our hospitals. I want the people of Manila to trust our health centers. ‘Yun ang pangarap natin, ibalik ang dignidad ng mga health centers,” he said.

Fire razes warehouse in Pandacan, Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 1, 2020

Photo by MDRRMO

A fire razed an industrial warehouse of San Miguel Corporation in Pandacan, Manila on Saturday (February 1).

According to the Manila Fire District, the fire erupted at 10:35 a.m. at San Miguel Yamamura Corporation Compound.

The fire reached Task Force Bravo, and was declared out at around 2:52 p.m. Estimated damage reached P15 million which includes the on-going construction of the Skyway Bridge.

No casualties were reported by authorities.

Based on the report of the Manila Fire District, the fire allegedly originated from a stack of plastic pallets placed in the open place under the Skyway extension project.—AAC

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Gatchalian calls on Chinese schools to suspend classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 31, 2020

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is urging Chinese schools to suspend classes after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Thursday (January 30) the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country.

“Because the case of mainland Chinese coming from China, the probability of them carrying the coronavirus is very high. So immediately, Chinese schools should suspend their classes, especially the ones who have high number of Chinese students,” he said.

Gatchalian also called on the government to consider a complete ban on travelers coming from China.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (January 31) imposed a travel ban from Wuhan City and Hubei province, China which is the ground zero novel coronavirus.

“Upon the recommendation of DOH [Department of Health] Secretary Francisco Duque, the President has issued a travel ban to Chinese nationals coming from the Hubei province of China where the nCoV originated, as well as in other places in China where there is a spread of the disease,” Presidential Spkoesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.—AAC

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