Manila begins construction of city’s fifth housing projects for informal settlers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 30, 2021   •   291

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government has begun construction of the 20-storey Pedro Gil Residences.

The local government broke ground on Monday (August 30) the city’s fifth housing project for informal settlers and renters.

Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pedro Gil Residences located in San Andres Bukid.

The Pedro Gil Residences will have 125 parking slots, a health center, five elevators for residential units, swimming pool, activity lawn, function room, fitness center, roof garden on the 6th-floor roof deck, five units of rentable space, outdoor activity area at 7th, 13th, and 18th floors, and a roof deck basketball court.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said that the construction of the said housing project aims to uplift the status of the informal settlers in the nation’s capital.

“We will not stop. We will put a roof over people’s heads. Bibigyan natin ng kapanatagan sa pamumuhay ang mga taong habangbuhay na lang nangungupahan. We will give them homes,” he said.

Domagoso was joined by Manila City Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, City Engr. Armand Andres, City Arch. Ely Balmoris, and City Health Officer Arnold Pangan during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Manila City government targets to complete the construction of Tondomnium 1 and 2, as well as Binondominium, within the year. AAC

Dizon denies involvement in Isko Moreno’s campaign team

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Testing czar Vince Dizon on Thursday denied claims he is part of the campaign team for a certain political candidate.

Dizon issued the statement after Lito Banayo, the chief campaign strategist of Mayor Isko, earlier said that Dizon has joined their team as deputy campaign manager and head of statistical research.

Earlier in the day, Malacañang also issued a statement denying Banayo’s claims.

“I confirm the statement of Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles that I am not involved in any political campaign,” Dizon said.

“My focus is on the national government’s overall COVID-19 response and recovery, including the country’s vaccination program,” he added.

Dizon is also deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19. He formerly served as president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority but he quit the post last October.

Palace denies claims Vince Dizon joined Isko Moreno’s campaign team

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday denied claims that Cabinet member, Secretary Vince Dizon has joined the campaign team of presidential hopeful Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

“There is no truth to the reports circulating that Secretary Vivencio ‘Vince’ Dizon allegedly joined the campaign team of a presidential aspirant,” Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

Nograles issued the statement after Lito Banayo, the chief campaign strategist of Mayor Isko, on Wednesday said that Dizon has joined their team as deputy campaign manager and head of statistical research.

Dizon serves as testing czar and deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19.

“Sec. Dizon remains a working member of the Cabinet of the Duterte Administration as Presidential Adviser for COVID-19 response,” Nograles said.

“Sec. Dizon is focused on the vaccination efforts of government, and not with any political campaign,” he added.

Dizon formerly served as president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority but he quit the post last October.

No more face shields in Manila

Maris Federez   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday (November 8) ordered the lifting of the face shield mandate in the City of Manila.

This was after Moreno signed Executive Order No. 42 declaring the use of face shields as non-mandatory in the capital city, a statement from the Manila government said.

The order, however, does not cover hospital settings, medical clinics, and other medical facilities.

“’Yung inyong mga kahilingan, mga sulat, at messages na pag-aralan mabuti yung paggamit ng face shield, dininig na po ng inyong lingkod,” Domagoso said.

“Ang kailangan na lang nating gawin ay mag face mask para kahit paano maibsan ang inyong gastusin araw-araw dahil sa face shield na yan,” the local chief executive added.

The Executive Order cited a report that Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that many members of the Inter-Agency Tasked Force (IATF) favored the removal of face shields as a requirement.

It also noted the de-escalation of the alert level status of the National Capital Region, particularly in the City of Manila, last November 4.

The statement further mentioned Domagoso’s earlier appeal to the national government “to drop its face shield policy as it only adds to the expenses of the general public amid the COVID-19 pandemic” and “must focus on the procurement of medicines such as Tocilizumab and Remdesivir.”

“Rest assured na kapag bumuti nang bumuti ang sitwasyon sa tulong ng taong bayan ay luluwag ng luluwag. Bibilisan lang natin ang ating kilos, tingin ko mapupunta na tayo sa new normal,” Domagoso said.

The local chief executive directed the Bureau of Permit and Licenses Office, the Manila Barangay Bureau, the Manila Health Department, and hospital directors to affect the information dissemination and strict implementation of the order which shall take effect immediately. —/mbmf

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