Foreign assistance for Manila’s development continues to pour in

Maris Federez   •   August 15, 2019   •   553

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (right) speaks with European Ambassador Franz Jessen (center)

Help from other countries continues to pour in for Manila’s development as ambassadors come and pay courtesy to Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

On Wednesday (August 13), European Ambassador Franz Jessen made a courtesy call to Moreno and expressed his country’s support to the mayor’s plans for the city’s development.

This is the first time that a European ambassador has paid the city of Manila a visit.

Jessen also invited Moreno to go to Europe for him to see the “best practices” that he may also implement in Manila.

“I hope that the Mayor would bring that back to Manila and make it the best city to live in,” the envoy said.

Jessen said the European Union has been helping with the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and that it is imperative that the assistance continues.

Moreno, in turn, said: “We’re looking forward to any exchange of culture, any types of help with the European countries and you’re always welcome to the City of Manila.”

New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan (left) pays courtesy to Mayor Isko Moreno at the Manila Cityhall on August 14, 2019.

After the European envoy’s visit, Mayor Isko received to his office New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan.

Strachan is the 10th ambassador to pay a courtesy call on Moreno since July 1.

The New Zealand envoy told Moreno of his plans to give assistance to the city’s disaster management.

The New Zealand government will shoulder the expenses for the short-term course that it will give to the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

“We have a lot in common in terms of achieving one of the goals that President Duterte talked about on the ease of doing business,” Strachan said.

“Ang swerte namin talagang bawat bansa na nagpupunta rito [We are so fortunate that each country that visited here as] represented by their ambassadors are really offering assistance to the City of Manila. Tapos nagkakataon pa ano pa siya iba-ibang problema ang inaayos [And it turns out that each help seeks to deal with different problems (of the city)],” Moreno said.

Aside from Europe and New Zealand, the countries that have sent their ambassadors to pay courtesy on Mayor Moreno are the United States of America, Japan, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Singapore, and Russia. (from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf

Manila LGU eyes building new halfway houses for cancer patients

Robie de Guzman   •   February 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – New halfway houses which will cater to cancer patients will soon rise in the Philippine capital, the Manila City government said.

In a statement Monday, Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan said the construction of halfway houses is part of an integrated plan to strengthen the city’s public health facilities.

Pangan said halfway houses will serve as temporary shelters for cancer patients at the Philippine General Hospital as well as the city’s specialized health centers to ease their recovery and lessen transportation expenses.

Likewise, the city government also said it aims to build new facilities for diabetes patients and wellness centers for women.

“Our plans include building specialty centers for diabetes, halfway homes for cancer patients, and women wellness centers,” Pangan said during a consultation meeting with Manila district hospital chiefs and health center directors.

“We are also planning to create Super Health Centers with Vertical Housing for our employees,” he added.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso emphasized that the city government requires mutual cooperation and thorough assessments to provide the best health care services to the people.

“Kaya ako nag a-assess. I govern with data. I want to utilize whatever is here to spend it efficiently and so that the city government will be guided accordingly.”

Domagoso stressed the intent to reestablish the people’s confidence in public health systems through joint effort and correspondence.

“I encourage each and everyone of you, it’s high time to collaborate. I want to declog our hospitals. I want the people of Manila to trust our health centers. ‘Yun ang pangarap natin, ibalik ang dignidad ng mga health centers,” he said.

Manila Health Dep’t. says rumored novel coronavirus case just pneumonia

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government on Monday, January 27, denied rumors spreading online about a case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Philippine capital.

In a statement, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said there is no confirmed case of the 2019-nCoV involving a Chinese national who was admitted at the Metropolitan Hospital in Binondo.

Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan identified the Chinese national as a 27-year old male who was working at a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO).

Pangan said the Chinese man was hospitalized last January 25, 2020, due to fever and cough. The City Health Officer said the foreigner reportedly resides on the boundary of Pasay and Paranaque Cities.

“Case is a 27-year old male, arrived in the Philippines as POGO worker last January 8, 2020. He is from Obei, China,” Pangan said in his report to the Office of the Mayor.

“MHD Surveillance Team, in coordination with DOH surveillance, and as per investigation, patient has fever and cough but negative on the history of travel to Wuhan, China, and no history of exposure to a host or positive case,” he stressed.

Pangan said the Chinese national was diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia.

“As of the moment, the patient is well and does not have fever,” he said.

“The MHD is in a continuous effort of intensive information dissemination in our public schools and respective barangays regarding precautions on stopping transmission of coronavirus,” he added.

The Manila PIO said “the coronavirus scare on social media has apparently compelled the following schools in the nation’s capital to suspend classes” for Monday.

  • Philippine Academy of Sakya
  • Saint Stephen’s High School
  • Saint Jude Catholic School
  • Chiang Kai Shek College – Padre Algue and Narra branches
  • Uno High School

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso appealed to the public to avoid sharing unverified information on social media to prevent panic or anxiety among the public over the virus spreading internationally.

“Hindi ikinikibit-balikat ang sitwasyong ito. Be vigilant. Huwag kayong maiilang. Huwag muna masyadong mag-alala. Tayo po ay makinig sa mga lathalain, panawagan ng mga tamang tao at ahensya ng gobyerno,” he said.

Mayor Isko also encouraged all citizens to immediately proceed to the nearest clinic or health center if they feel they are suffering from symptoms of the virus, which include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

“Ngayon naman, sa lahat ng ating mga barangay, nakikisuyo ang ating MHD na kayo’y makipagtulungan by just being vigilant. Kayo rin, tayong lahat, huwag kayong matatakot kapag kayo ay may ubo. Mas maganda magpagamot at magpa-check up,” he said.

The national Department of Health (DOH) has said there is still no confirmed case yet of 2019-nCoV in the Philippines although it is monitoring at least 11 individuals for a suspected respiratory infection. These patients under investigation have been recorded in different hospitals in Muntinlupa and Pasay Cities in Metro Manila, Kalibo in Aklan, El Nido in Palawan, Cebu City, and Camiguin, based on DOH’s data.

Based on the latest report of China’s National Health Commission, the death toll from the novel coronavirus strain has spiked to 80 on Monday with hundreds of new infections despite massive travel lockdown and quarantines in China.

The virus was first detected in the Chinese City of Wuhan and has since spread to neighboring towns and other countries. Confirmed 2019-nCoV cases have been reported as far as the United States, Canada, France, Australia, Nepal, as well as in Asian cities of Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Fish vendors urged not to hike prices amid reported shortage of tilapia, bangus from Laguna and Batangas

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Wednesday, January 15, called on fish dealers not to take advantage of the reported shortage of bangus and tilapia fishes from Laguna and Batangas amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

In a radio interview, Domagoso advised fish vendors to refrain from jacking up their prices, and to accept supplies coming from other sources other than their usual dealer or “suki”.

“We already gave a directive sa aming market administrator, sa aming 17 markets namin na tanggapin lahat ng uri ng supply galing sa north kasi meron palang suki-suki, eh kapag nawala yung suking supply, hindi sila kukuha,” he said.

Mayor Isko said additional supplies would be coming in from Central Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region to meet the city’s demand for fish products, as assured by the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

“So kapag hindi sila kumuha, magkakaroon ng shortage, eh meron naman palang enough na supply, pero sa ibang lugar nanggaling. Kaya wala silang dahilan para magtaas ng presyo,” he said.

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