Manila City launches ‘Plastic-Free July’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2020   •   270

The Manila City government has launched ‘Plastic-Free July’ to encourage residents to take on a more eco-friendly lifestyle and help save the environment.

The local government and the Department of Public Services (DPS) remind residents to be responsible in taking out their trash. Residents can also bring cloth bags while shopping; refuse plastic straws and bring their own container for take-out food and water.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is promoting plant-based diet to fight climate change. In a statement, the department said switching to a plant-based diet reduces the ecological footprint of human food consumption.

Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Director William Cuñado said a plant-based diet is also beneficial to one’s health.

“By gradually modifying our meals and shifting to balanced diets with more plant-based food, we have already taken part in reducing greenhouse gases, which in turn will help slow down the rise in global temperatures,” he said. AAC

Manila City holds COVID-19 vaccination simulation

Marje Pelayo   •   January 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila started its COVID-19 vaccination simulation as part of its vaccination plan.

In a small room in Palma Hall of the Universidad de Manila, local government officials want to visualize how they will conduct their vaccination procedure in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

Medical personnel and barangay health workers manned the booths and desks to demonstrate the vaccination process.

“Ang gusto nating ma-achieve, para lang sa kaalaman ng lahat, gusto naming ma-practice ng mga direktor ng ospital, ng MHT, ng aming mga medical frontliner na ano ang mga posibleng senaryo na pwedeng makapag-pabagal o palpak, o mishandling of products,” explained Mayor Isko Domagoso.

Mayor Isko tried it personally.

His account was pre-registered through the website manilacovid19.com.

In his encoded information he was already vaccinated in other sites.

The health worker is unaware of this to test if the system will trace it.

“Nobody knows na ako ay nabakunahan na kunwari sa kabilang site. At nung inilagay sa sistema lumabas vaccinated yesterday. So hindi talaga pwedeng mag doble-doble,” he said.

After the pre-registration, patients will be checked for vital signs and undergo screening verification before receiving the shot.

After receiving the vaccine, the patient will be asked to stay at a holding area for about 30 minutes to 1 hour under observation for any adverse reaction.

Domagoso said the simulation showed that the vaccination process itself may last from five to six minutes if the patient has already pre-registered.

However, the minutes differ for walk-in patients.

The local chief executive plans another simulation in a larger venue. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Manila hospital resumes face-to-face outpatient consultations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) will resume face-to-face consultation in the Out-Patient Department (OPD) beginning January 18.

The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said patients in the OB-GYN, Pediatrics and Psychiatry departments will be allowed to personally consult with the hospital doctors.

CITY HEALTH ADVISORY: Muling ilulunsad ang face-to-face consultation sa Outpatient Department (OPD) ng Justice Jose Abad…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Thursday, January 14, 2021

Patients would need to schedule an appointment through the hospital’s Facebook’s page. The OPD will accept patients from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The hospital will also accept a limited number of patients. AAC

Mayor Isko announces class suspension, liquor ban for Jan. 9

Marje Pelayo   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels, both public and private, as well as work in the city government for Saturday (January 9).

The suspension is meant to allow Catholic devotees to participate in online activities for the annual feast of Black Nazarene.

Along with the suspension of classes is the ban on sale of liquor items and any other alcoholic beverages within the Quiapo area.

The suspension of work in all offices of the city government exempts those working in the frontline service which includes peace and order, public services, traffic enforcement, disaster and health services.

Meanwhile, suspension of work in national government offices and private companies within the jurisdiction of Manila City is left to the discretion of their respective heads or management.

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