European-style lampposts installed in Jones Bridge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019   •   1256

European-style lampposts were installed as part of the rehabilitation of Jones Bridge in Manila.

During an inspection on Monday morning (October 21), Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the rehabilitation may not look exactly like the original design of Jones Bridge but it will still remain European-style inspired.

“Ang Maynila is the Paris of the East. That is why if we have to revive Manila, at least malapit sa katotohanan hindi man parehong-pareho (as least similar to the truth even if it is not exactly the same),” Moreno said.

Moreno also assured the Manila government did not pay anything for the said rehabilitation. He also said that the lampposts are Filipino-made.

“Kaya iyong ilaw na nandyan hindi mabibili kahit saan (The lights installed there cannot be bought anywhere else),” he said.

The Manila Mayor also said the rehabilitation plan will also include the installation of ‘La Madre’ or the four pylon included in the original design of Jones Bridge.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Mayor Isko discourages public from visiting Manila Bay Sands area amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday called on the public to refrain from visiting the Manila Bay Sands area amid the continuing threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Domagoso made the appeal after incidents of overcrowding during the opening of the Manila Bay Sands over the weekend.

A number of people who wanted to get a peek of the beach during its opening failed to observe physical distancing and many were seen not wearing face mask and face shield.

While understanding the excitement of the people for the project, Domagoso said the public should keep in mind that the threat of COVID-19 is still present.

“Alam ko po marami sa inyo nasisiyahan, nagagalak sapagkat ito’y kakaibang pangyayari. ‘Yong imposible naging posible. Ngunit, paalala ko pa rin na meron pang pandemya. Mayroong pa pong pangamba, panganib sa lungsod ng Maynila,” Mayor Isko said.

Moreno said that since the project has yet to be completed, the area will be closed to the public.

He also asked the city police to ramp up the security in the Manila Bay Sands and to stop people from staying or taking photos and videos of the area.

According to Manila Police Station 5 officer-in-charge Lt. Col. Alex Daniel, they have barricaded the entry points and posted at least 20 policemen to guard the area 24/7.

“Sa ngayong kino-close po natin itong lugar kung saan may proyekto po itong sa white sand so katulad kahapon medyo nalabag po sa ngayon iniiwasan po natin sa ngayon na magkaroon ulit ng ganun so may ginagawa po tayong guildelines sa pagbubukas po ulit nitong proyekto na ito para maayos po natin sa mga susunod na araw kung magbubukas po,” Daniel said.

Ermita Police station commander Police Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan has been relieved from his post following the local police’s failure to maintain social distancing measures during the event.

Physical distancing is among the health protocols being implemented by authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

US donates hygiene kits, handwashing stations to Manila City gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The government of the United States on Thursday donated hygiene kits and handwashing stations to the city government of Manila in support of the Philippine capital’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, US Ambassador Sung Kim said he visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo to handover 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Kim said the hygiene kits could provide additional protection against COVID-19 through the provision of items essential to practicing good personal hygiene.

The kits contain face masks, soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and toothbrushes.

“The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of the Manileños in facing this pandemic. The American people are pleased to support the City of Manila’s efforts to fight COVID-19,” Kim said.

To complement the donation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said it will continue to collaborate with the Manila City Health Office to help ensure that citizens can access quality tuberculosis services during the pandemic as well as to support the rollout of the Department of Health’s “Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE)” strategy to contain the pandemic.

USAID recently donated two ventilators to the Tondo Medical Center as part of the 100 ventilators that the U.S. government handed over last August 28 to the Philippine government.

To date, the U.S. government has donated over P1 billion ($22.6 million) to support the Philippines’ COVID-19 response.

Nag-abandona sa matandang babae sa tulay sa Maynila, arestado

Robie de Guzman   •   September 4, 2020

Ephraim Tan Yap (kaliwa) at ang kanyang inabandonang tiyahin na si Fulgencia Tan (kanan)

MANILA, Philippines – Nasa kamay na ng mga otoridad ang mga nag-abandona sa isang senior citizen sa ilalim ng isang tulay sa Maynila.

Ayon sa Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT), nahuli ngayong Biyernes si Ephraim Tan Yap, 51, pagkatapos ng isinagawa nilang operasyon.

Ayon kay SMaRT Chief Rosalino Ibay Jr., si Yap ay pamangkin ng matandang babae na kinilalang si Fulgencia Tan na kamakailan ay natagpuang nag-iisa at nakahiga sa ilalim ng McArthur Bridge.

“Nalaman natin na ang victim ay isang person with disability (PWD) at senior citizen. We conducted a follow-up operation na nagresulta sa pagkaka-aresto ng tatlong malefactor natin,” ani Ibay.

Sa pagharap kay Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, sinabi ni Yap na tatlong linggong na-confine ang matanda sa isang ospital at napunta sa kanya ang responsibilidad sa pag-aalaga rito nang mamatay ang asawa nito.

Ngunit sa halip na alagaan, lumapit umano siya sa isa pang suspek na si Emerita Decilio upang magpatulong na dalhin ang matanda sa isang charity group.

Inabutan niya umano si Decilio ng perang nagkakahalaga ng P1,500 para ipambili ng pangangailangan ng kanyang tiyahin.

“Lumapit po ako kay Emie, pagtapos po noon pumunta kaming barangay para sa certication na inaabandona ko na ang auntie ko. Kaya humingi po ako ng tulong para maipadala siya sa mga center,” ang wika ni Yap.

Inamin naman ni Decilio na inabandona niya ang matanda matapos umano silang tanggihan ng nilapitang grupo.

“Mayroon na po akong certificate sa barangay na si Mrs. Tan ay abandoned kaya kailangan tanggapin ng Missionary of Charity kasi abandoned na,” paliwanag ni Decilio.

“Pero wala pong tumanggap sa’min, kaya desperado na po ako. Aaminin ko po iniwan ko po,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon kay Ibay, mahaharap ang mga suspek sa kasong paglabag sa Article 275 ng Revised Penal Code o ‘Abandonment of Persons in Danger and Abandonment of One’s own Victim.’

Kabilang din sa mga sasampahan ng kaso ang drayber ng tricycle na inarkila ni Decilio na si Rogelio Espino.

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