Manila begins construction of first Muslim cemetery

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 22, 2020   •   138

The Manila City government will begin the construction of its first Muslim cemetery.

Manila City Mayor Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday (July 22) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the capital’s first Muslim cemetery.

The local government said the new cemetery will serve as an exclusive ground for the interment and transfer of remains of the city’s deceased Muslim residents.

Since Manila currently has no existing cemetery for Muslims, Domagoso said Muslim residents have to bring their departed to Bulacan, Taguig or Mindanao to bury them. But with the new cemetery, these residents will be able to abide by their beliefs and tradition for their departed loved ones.

“In recognition to the beliefs and tradition of our Muslim brothers and sisters, we are going to build the Manila Muslim Cemetery so that they will not travel far to bury their departed loved ones,” the Mayor said in a statement. AAC

Manila launches Ospital ng Tondo’s walk-in COVID-19 testing center

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 25, 2020

The Manila City government on Thursday (September 24) launched another walk-in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) serology testing center at the Ospital ng Tondo.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the testing center can accommodate 100 persons a day and will be open from Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m.

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Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Mayor also said the testing center is open to all Manileños and non-Manileños.

“Kahit sino, puwede magpa-test dito. Kahit hindi taga-Maynila (Anyone can be tested here even if you’re not a Manila resident). [The COVID-19 pandemic] is a universal problem. We have to approach it inclusively. That is why this is open to all and for free,” he said.

Domagoso added that another swab testing laboratory will be opened by the Manila City government. AAC

Manila LGU tracks source of used rapid test kits scattered in Sampaloc

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government is tracking the source of the used rapid test kits that were found scattered on a street in Sampaloc, Manila on Tuesday night (September 1).

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said they already have a lead on where the rapid test kits came from. He also warned that the local government will file charges against hospitals, clinics, and laboratories that will fail to properly dispose hazard wastes.

“We saw already a person of interest  so that we will locate maybe the clinic, maybe a private office, maybe a hospital or maybe a laboratory. Sa ngayon mayroon nang lead (we already have a lead),” he said.

The rapid test kits were placed inside sacks loaded on a sidecar of a pedicab. One of the sacks fell off causing the used test kits to scatter along M. Dela Fuente Street.

The Department of Health (DOH) also warned that erring establishments could face revocation of license. DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire reminded healthcare facilities to follow the proper protocols on disposal of hazardous waste.

Vergeire said improper disposal of hazardous waste increases risk to public health.

“We issue warnings kapag hindi ka pa rin sumunod (if you still do not follow). We will suspend you and the final revocation of license. With regard to these healthcare waste their license will be at risk,” she said.

The Manila local government immediately collected the used rapid test kits and disinfected the area. The used kits will be turned over to an accredited hazardous waste collector. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Manila LGU distributes first batch of tablets, laptop to students and teachers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2020

The Manila City local government has distributed the first batch of laptops and tablets for students and teachers of Aurora Quezon Elementary School.

The laptops for teachers have pocket wifi while the tablets for students include SIM card with 10 gigabyte monthly bandwidth.

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Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said it is the LGUs responsibility to make sure the youth continues their education amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Manila LGU has allotted over P1 billion budget for the provision of learning devices to students and teachers.

It will continue to distribute learning devices before the opening of classes on October 5. AAC

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