Displaced street vendors in Divisoria hold protest in front of Manila City Hall

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2019   •   1077

MANILA, Philippines – Around 100 street vendors gathered in front of the Manila City Hall to appeal for an audience with Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on what he plans to do with them.

Although Mayor Isko did not face the protesting vendors, he explained before the media that the street vendors had been given several chances but have continually violated the conditions and policies set by the government.

The local executive said he ordered the street vendors removed from the major street of Divisoria, particularly on Recto Avenue, Juan Luna Street and Soler Street last June so that these streets can be used by the greater majority especially during emergency situations such as fire incidents.

The street vendors, however, were allowed to use the perpendicular roads so they can put up their stalls and sell their products under certain conditions, such as to maintain cleanliness in the surroundings, follow the correct measurement for their stalls, not to give money to middlemen; not to use the middle of the street so that motorists can still pass.

Mayor Isko said the vendors violated these conditions.

“Binigyan na namin kayo ng pagkakataon eh. Sinayang ninyo eh. Sabi nila, ‘Eh, 20 years na ho kami rito eh. 30 years na ho kami rito.’ Aba! Bagay na ipagpasalamat ninyo sa mamamayan ng lungsod ng Maynila,” Mayor Isko said.

(“We have given you several chance already. But you took them for granted. They say, ‘We’ve been here for 20 years. We’ve been here 30 years.’ That’s one thing that you should be thankful for to the residents of the City of Manila.”)

The vendors, on the other hand, complained of what’s to become of them with their current status.

They are asking for another opportunity to put up their stalls especially now that the long holiday is approaching, which the local chief executive has shown no inclination of giving.

The protesting vendors warned that they will not stop from going to the City Hall to ask Mayor Isko to give them another chance to save their livelihood for the sake of their families. (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

Mayor Isko warns hotels evicting medical frontliners

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has warned hotel owners in the city of facing sanctions if they reject accommodation or evict a frontline medical worker. 

Domagoso said he is determined to stop the operation of hotels that do not cooperate and adhere with the policies of the local government unit (LGU).

Mayor Isko’s warning was prompted by reports of certain hotels that were evicting frontline medical workers despite a prevailing executive order from the Manila City government.

Executive Order No. 17 orders hotels and motels in the city of Manila to provide free accommodation to all medical frontliners who are particularly working at City District Hospitals and government-owned hospitals. MNP (with details from Dante Amento)

Mayor Isko’s offer to all LGUs: free use of Manila’s online tax payment system

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has offered the city’s online tax payment system to all local government units in the country for free.

A media advisory released on Saturday, May 23, said Moreno made the offer to help curb the potential exposure of taxpayers to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

He said his counterpart in local government units nationwide may utilize the City of Manila’s online tax payment system for their respective cities or municipalities.

“Ako po ay nananawagan sa lahat ng mayor sa buong Pilipinas, municipal o city, kung gusto niyo lang, ino-offer namin para sa pangkahalatan na, kung gusto ninyong magkaroon din ng online payment bibigay namin sa inyo ng libre,” Domagoso said in his weekly Facebook Live program, The Capital Report.

In their recently launched website www.cityofmanila.ph, residents of Manila will be able to process their tax payments online.

“‘Yong buong program, ‘yong buong source code, nakuha ko ng libre, kagabi ‘yong may ari ng kumpanya kinausap ko, sabi ko may mga nag-iinquire sa aking mga mayor paano daw magagawa nila sa kanilang localities.  Eh napapayag ko po kagabi,” the mayor said.

He further said, “Sa mga local government units sa Pilipinas, if you want online payment sa tax, sa real property tax, sa business tax and other services kasi pong ito sa amin pati ‘yong healthcare, occupational health clearance, birth certificate, ma-o-online ‘yan, libre ko ring ibibigay sa inyo ‘yong halos na-save namin na daan-daang milyon na gastos.”

The advisory added that the cityofmanila.ph website will also soon offer birth certificates and community tax certificates online services. — /mbmf

Mayor Isko, pinabulaanan ang ulat na hard lockdown sa buong Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mariing pinabulaanan ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang balitang isasailalim sa hard lockdown ang buong lungsod sa mga susunod na araw.

“Huwag po kayong magpapaniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na maglolockdown dito maglolockwon doon dahil kung mayroon man pong ganun ay ako po mismo ang mananawagan sa media,” ani Domagoso.

Ginawa ng alkalde ang paglilinaw kasunod ng mga ulat na ilalagay sa lockdown ang maraming barangay kasunod ng pamamahagi ng pinansiyal na ayuda mua sa lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Mayor Isko, dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral bago mailagay sa hard lockdown ang isang lugar.

Kailangan ding may mataas na kaso ang isang barangay upang maikunsidera itong isailalim sa mas mahigpit na quarantine measure.

Sa pinakahuling ulat, aabot na sa 1,152 ang nag-positibo sa coronavirus sa lungsod ng Maynila. Tatlumpu’t tatlo rito ang bagong kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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