European-style lampposts installed in Jones Bridge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019   •   1419

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)

Manila closes two Binondo warehouses for selling counterfeit products

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City Government has shut down two warehouses in Binondo on Wednesday (November 18) for selling counterfeit products and for operating without business permit.

According to the Bureau of Permits, the products in the said warehouses are being sold in online shops and are being delivered across the country. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso personally served the immediate closure orders.

The lessors, Jerry Ong and Johnson Sy, also failed to “secure business permit for wholesaler and occupational permits for service personnel.”

Among the products found inside the first warehouse were counterfeit products such as shampoos, lotion, body wash, bath bombs, and other high-end products.

Domagoso reiterated the importance of permits in operating businesses in Manila. He also reminded online shops to verify and strengthen the requirements in accepting sellers.

“It is not always the money, about earning, it’s always about protecting your consumer,” he said.

The Mayor also assured they will continue inspection and will coordinate with online shops to countercheck if the sellers using their platform have business permits.

Based on Section 199 of City Ordinance No. 8331, lessors Ong and Sy might face a fine of not less than P1,000 nor more than P5,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month nor more than six months, or both, depending on the discretion of the court.

Under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, the erring lessors might also face a penalty of one month and one day to six months of imprisonment, and a fine of not exceeding P500. AAC

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Manila to continue providing P100-K incentive to COVID-19 free barangays

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 17, 2020

The Manila City government said it will continue to give out P100,000 incentive to barangays that are COVID-19-free from December 1 to January 31, 2021.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said barangays who already won an incentive may still participate and will receive P200,000 if they continue to become COVID-19-free.

“Sa mga hindi nanalo mayroon kayong pag-asa. Ngayon, sa mga nanalo naman pwede kayong magtuloy at mas malaki ang incentive na inyong makukuha, (To those who haven’t won yet, this is your chance. To those who already won, you can still continue and may even receive a bigger incentive),” he said.

Domagoso also said this initiative might help Manila in becoming COVID-19 free. He also calls on the public to be disciplined in practicing health and safety protocols.

COVID-19 cases in Manila, as of November 16 reached over 22,000. Around 478 are active cases while 21,168 already recovered. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Manila Mayor Isko signs anti-discrimination ordinance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has signed an anti-discrimination ordinance, penalizing any person who discriminate based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE).

Domagoso on Thursday (October 29) signed Ordinance No. 8695 which prohibits subjecting persons to physical or verbal harassment, profiling, unjust detention and involuntary confinement because of one’s actual or perceived SOGIE.

“Pare-pareho lang ng karapatan at karampatang paggalang ang dapat maramdaman ng bawat Batang Maynila sa kapwa niya at sa mga taong dumadako sa lungsod ng Maynila in their respective field of undertaking,” he said.

The ordinance prohibits denying employees access to opportunities granted to other employees similarly situated on the basis of actual or perceived SOGIE. Students should not also be denied of admission or expel them due to their actual or perceived SOGIE.

Persons proven to have violated the ordinance could face the following penalties:

FIRST OFFENSE: A fine of not less than P1,000 or imprisonment of six months or both at the discretion of the court;

SECOND OFFENSE: A fine of not less than P2,000 or imprisonment of six months and one day to eight months or both at the discretion of the court;

THIRD OFFENSE: A fine of not less than P3,000 or imprisonment of eight months and one day to one year or both at the discretion of the court;

“Subsequent violations shall be punished by a penalty of one year imprisonment and fine of not less than P5,000. Complaints may be filed before barangays as they are mandated to establish their respective LGBTQI Complaint Desks,” according to the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO).

The city’s anti-discrimination ordinance takes effect immediately. AAC

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