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
Palace sacks 3 social welfare undersecretaries
(L-R) Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, Undersecretary for Disaster Response Management Group Hope Hervilla and Undersecretary for Promotive Programs Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe | Images grabbed via their Facebook accounts
MANILA, Philippines —Three undersecretaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have left their posts after an order from the Malacañang.
In a statement of DSWD, the termination of former DSWD Undersecretary for Protective Programs Mae Fe Templa, Undersecretary for Promotive Programs Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, and Undersecretary for Disaster Response Management Group Hope Hervilla took effect on November 14.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said that this is to give way for the team of the new Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista.
Bautista is a former army chief.
Malacañang has denied that termination of said officials is due to their left-leaning views. — UNTV News & Rescue
#WalangPasok: Classes, gov’t work in Manila suspended prior to Xi’s state visit
MANILA, Philippines — Classes on Tuesday (November 20) at all levels in public and private schools in Manila have been suspended.
Based on the Executive Order No. 41 of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, the class suspension is in relation with the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
President Xi will be attending the wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument, therefore, Manila Police District has recommended classes suspension to enforce security measures.
Suspension of work in Manila City government is also included.
Work in Manila courts including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are also suspended. — UNTV News & Rescue
Truck runs over motorcycle rider in Pandacan
Brain matter scattered at the crash site
MANILA, Philippines — Motorcycle rider, Allan Rivera, died on the spot after being run over by a truck in Barangay 868, Pandacan, Manila at around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday (November 13).
Traffic enforcer, Lito Urdaneta, rushed to the scene after hearing a loud crash.
“May lumagapak sabi ko, ‘Ano yun?’ Tiningnan ko. Tinakbo ko. Tiningnan ko agad, ‘Ay, utak.’ Tumakbo ako pabalik sa pulis,” Urdaneta recounted.
(Something crashed and I wondered what it was. I ran towards it to check. I then saw pieces of brain matter. I ran back to the police.)
Rivera’s lifeless body was found underneath the truck.
The truck’s driver Edilberto Manayao promptly surrendered to authorities.
Manayao said he wasn’t aware that a motorcycle was driving alongside him.
“Paglagpas ko diyan sa may crossing, madilim po kasi, bandang kanan niya. Ngayon, nung lumagapak yung motor niya, doon po ako nag-full stop. Nakita na yung motor nakatumba … doon ko po nakita yung tao,” said the truck driver.
(After I passed the crossing, it was dark on the right side of the road where the motorcycle was. When it fell over, that’s when I made a full stop. I then saw the fallen bike…and the body.)
Manayao claimed that he was driving slowly. Nevertheless, he asked forgiveness from the victim’s family.
Though a CCTV camera is installed in the area it failed to capture the whole incident. — Gerry Galicia