Clearing, cleaning operations in Manila to continue even after 2017 ASEAN Summit

UNTV News   •   November 9, 2017   •   5351

MANILA, Philippines – The clearing operations are still underway along Roxas Boulevard and other major thoroughfares in Manila as part of the preparations for the ASEAN Summit.

Since last week, Manila Police have been on alert, day in and day out.

Task Force Manila Clean-up Chief Che Borromeo said they still go back to areas that they have cleared ahead to ensure that they are free of street vendors and informal settlers.

“Mayroon kasi tayong mga lehitimong street vendors. Pinapayagan naman natin sila basta tama lang iyong lugar nila. Panatilihin nilang malinis at inaayos naman natin sila kung saan sila pupwede at hindi pwede . . . iyong iba hindi talaga pupwede lalo na iyong Roxas Boulevard magkakaroon ng lock down. Hindi pwedeng . . . magtinda doon dahil talagang guwardyado,” Borromeo said.

(We have legitimate street vendors. We allow them to operate their business as long as it’s in a proper location. They should keep the area clean and we will place them accordingly, but there are areas that are really not allowed particularly along Roxas Boulevard, there’s going to be a lock-down. They are not allowed to sell there because it will be heavily guarded.)

The displaced street vendors, however, will be given alternative areas in the barangays where they can still sell.

One of the major plans of the Manila LGU is to maintain the order and cleanliness of rehabilitated areas.

The LGU wants to set an example in strictly implementing order in Manila that is why they plan to make this a continuing program even after the ASEAN Summit.

“Pagkatapos ng ASEAN dapat i- maintain natin iyong mga lugar na hindi dapat puntahan ng mga … homeless, iyong mga vendors katulad ng Roxas Boulevard. Kapag andoon sila unang- una peligro. Pangalawa hindi maganda sa tao dahil ito iyong Baywalk na tinatawag natin,” Borromeo said.

(After ASEAN, we should continue to keep the homeless and vendors away from certain areas such as Roxas Boulevard. Firstly, it’s dangerous for them to stay there. Secondly, it does not look good because this is the Baywalk.)

The Task Force Clean Manila appeals for public cooperation as Manila is considered to be the face representing the country.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coastguard on Wednesday started to implement the no-sail zone along Manila Bay and no-fly zone in Metro and Mega Manila, particularly at Rizal Park, Sangley Point in Cavite, Plaridel Airport in Bulacan, and the Subic International Airport in Olongapo. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

Manila kicks off construction of new Vitas slaughterhouse

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

Mayor Isko Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan at the groundbreaking ceremony of the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 23) led the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo, Manila.

The Mayor was accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan in making rounds at the construction site.

The city officials checked the area where the new office of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board will be built.

Domagoso said they plan to install modern equipment into the new facility which they expect to improve the income of the workers and the local government with the help of the National Meat Inspection Commission.

The Mayor, actually, has started to regularize some of the workers in the slaughterhouse under the city hall’s job order. – MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

MMDA: Closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila to push through on August 24

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the scheduled closure of Araneta-Aurora Intersection in Manila will push through on Saturday, August 24.

The temporary closure of the intersection was initially set last August 15 but it was not implemented as planned after the contractors encountered technical difficulties, according to the MMDA.

The said intersection will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for seven consecutive nights and will remain passable in the morning. This is to give way to the launching of a girder for the Skyway Stage 3 Project.

The MMDA earlier said an average of 17,000 to 18,000 vehicles will be affected by the temporary closure.

Affected motorists are advised to take the following routes:

FOR LIGHT VEHICLES:

  • From Shaw Boulevard/ V. Mapa, take straight towards Magsaysay Blvd. then Santol Street, right at Palanza, Landargun or Bayani Road, left at G. Araneta to destination and vice versa;
  • Vehicles from Cubao towards Manila area, along Aurora Blvd., right at Guirayan St., left at Palanza, left at Tomas Arguelles St. or Santol St. to Magsaysay Blvd. to destination;
  • Vehicles coming from N. Domingo and Blumentritt, take F. Roman, H. Lozada St. and J. Ruiz St.;
  • Vehicles coming from north: along C-3 Sgt. Rivera, right at Bayani, Landargun and Palanza St., left at Santol St., left at Magsaysay Blvd., and take V. Mapa, Old Sta. Mesa to destination

TRUCKS ROUTE:

  • From Quezon Avenue, E. Rodriguez Ave., straight towards España Blvd., left Lacson Ave. straight towards Nagtahan to destination (vice versa); or
  • Take Magsaysay Blvd., right at V. Mapa to Shaw Blvd. to destination and vice versa.

The intersection will fully reopen on Friday, August 30, the MMDA said.

Anti-Botcha: Mayor Isko orders intensified meat inspections in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday ordered the conduct of intensified inspection in public markets following the seizure of thousands of kilograms of “botcha” or spoiled meat in the capital city since July this year.

Report from the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board presented on Thursday showed that since July 1, around 2,689 kilograms of spoiled beef shanks, pork and chicken meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila.

Hot meat are food items that did not pass proper inspection and are deemed unsafe for consumption.  

Mayor Isko also ordered concerned local agencies to set up checkpoints in the entry and exit points of Manila Harbor to prevent the entry of spoiled meat to the city.

He also urged the public to be cautious and observant when buying meat products.

Domagoso also called on meat vendors to join in the city government’s campaign against botcha and to make sure to only sold food products from accredited meat establishments. (RRD with details from Harlene Delgado)

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