LGU to shoulder cremation of COVID-19-related deaths in Pasig City

Marje Pelayo   •   April 10, 2020   •   602

MANILA, Philippines – As a way to console grieving families, the local government of Pasig has decided to shoulder cremation expenses of all deaths related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.

In his Twitter post, Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto announced the offer and acknowledged the help provided by Evergreen Chapels for that matter.

Sotto assured his constituents that the entire process is safe and in accordance with the strict protocols imposed by the Department of Health (DOH).

The young mayor also noted the continuous effort of the LGU for non-COVID deaths through Project Damayan.

For further inquiries, the Pasig City government may be contacted through telephone numbers 8-643-0000. MNP / Harlene Delgado

Sotto vows to help free 11 detained Regent Foods workers as 12 others post bail

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2019

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

PASIG CITY, Philippines – The twelve Regent Foods Corporation workers who were detained following a violent dispersal of their picket line last week posted bail on Monday (November 18).

The workers held a picket on November 9 at a compound in Pasig City to appeal against the alleged contractualization problem, low salary, unfair labor practice, and violation of their right to form a union.

A group of armed guards and police, however, arrived at the scene where the violent dispersal ensued.

Twenty workers and two members of a labor group were arrested. Also arrested was a tricycle driver who just happened to be in the area.

Regent Foods charged them with slight physical injuries, resistance, and disobedience on top of alarm.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) the labor dispute between Regent Foods and its workers is pending before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).

“There are times na medyo mahirap iyong diskusyon pero bahagi po ng proseso eh. Ang sa amin naman po eventually, magkasundo po sila at sa tingin po namin iyon po iyong gustong patunguhan ng 2 partido,” DOLE Asec. Benjo Beñavidez said.

Meanwhile, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto stated in his Facebook post that he requested Regent Foods to withdraw the charges it filed against the 23 workers.

Regent Foods owners Irwin and Susan Lee asked the local executive to give them time to consult their board members.

The company lawyers, however, informed Sotto that they will not withdraw the case, in which the young mayor said they will exert everything in their power to free the other 11 detained workers.

Mayor Vico early on Monday (November 18) met with the union leaders and the relatives of the detained workers to discuss how the 11 still detained workers will be freed.

Labor group ALU-TUCP condemned the violent dispersal committed by the security agencies against the workers.

They said it is the security guards the must be detained and not the picketing workers.

“Wala hong mandato, wala silang authority, wala silang kapangyarihan sa gobyerno na idisperse iyong mga manggagawa na legal na nagpipiket at nagpapahayag ng kanilang grievances sa management,” said Alan Tanjusay of ALU-TUCP. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Comelec junks poll protest vs Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2019

Former Pasig City Mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) and incumbent Mayor Vico Sotto (right)

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked the poll protest of former Pasig Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio against incumbent mayor Vico Sotto.

Based on the decision of Comelec 2nd Division promulgated last August 30, the said protest is “insufficient in form and substance.”

“Protestant failed to provide a detailed specification of the acts or omissions complained of showing the electoral frauds, anomalies or irregularities in the protested precincts as required by Section 7(g) Rule 6 of Comelec Resolution no. 8804,” the decision states.

The Comelec 2nd Division said Eusebio’s party was not able to provide enough evidence that there was an anomaly during the Pasig City mayoral race last May.

READ: Sotto, Zamora, Moreno topple giants; make history in PH politics

Sotto had 86,500 more votes than Eusebio, ending his 37-year reign as the mayor of Pasig City.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DILG chief commends new Metro Manila mayors for good performance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2019

(L-R) Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has commended Metro Manila mayors for their good performance in their first 100 days.

Año has lauded Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso for his political will in solving several problems in Manila. This includes the clean-up in Divisoria and waste-management program.

“I’m pleased that in the first weeks of his administration, Mayor Isko has already shown that the challenges of the city are not insurmountable and can be addressed with political will and commitment,” he said.

Año also lauds Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and Makati Mayor Abby Binay for their good performance. He assured to support these young leaders.

“Our young leaders can count on our support to implement their good governance agenda. That is why the DILG is here. We are not only your supervisors, we are also your partners and mentors, your guidance counselors and your cheerleaders. Your success is our success as well,” he said.—AAC

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