Manila gov’t orders closure of Isetann Mall

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019   •   765

The Manila government has ordered the closure of Isetann Mall along Recto Avenue on Wednesday (October 9) due to violations of city ordinances and misrepresenting applications for permits.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso himself served the closure order to the mall’s management.

The Manila Mayor said Isetann Mall was operating as a lessor “without the necessary business permit.”

He also added that the said mall has a questionable number of employees.

“Under its valid business permit, there is a declared area of 1,000 square meters with 10 employees personnel,” according to Moreno.

He also added that there are four operational cinemas in Isetann Mall but only one cinema has a business permit which is valid until the end of 2019.

The mall’s operator, Trans-Orient Management Services was performing the property management functions and services but “has no valid and existing business permit.”

“Sinabihan na namin sa kanila, magko-cooperate sila sa siyudad ng Maynila. Mukhang nasanay sila sa dating administrasyon na para bang walang gobyerno (We already told them to cooperate with the City of Manila. It seemed like they are still used to the previous administration as if there is no existing government),” he said.

According to the Assistant Administrator of Isetann Mall Recto Mercy Jacinto, the mall management accepted the closure order from the local government; however, they were not expecting to have violations when it comes to business permits.

“Ang pagkakaalam namin is mayroon naman kaming business permit (What we know is we have a business permit),” she said.

Moreno said Isetann Mall may reopen once it complies with the requirements mandated by the local government. —AAC

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.

Fire razes warehouse in Pandacan, Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 1, 2020

Photo by MDRRMO

A fire razed an industrial warehouse of San Miguel Corporation in Pandacan, Manila on Saturday (February 1).

According to the Manila Fire District, the fire erupted at 10:35 a.m. at San Miguel Yamamura Corporation Compound.

The fire reached Task Force Bravo, and was declared out at around 2:52 p.m. Estimated damage reached P15 million which includes the on-going construction of the Skyway Bridge.

No casualties were reported by authorities.

Based on the report of the Manila Fire District, the fire allegedly originated from a stack of plastic pallets placed in the open place under the Skyway extension project.—AAC

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#WalangPasok: Several schools in Manila, Aklan suspend classes amid nCoV threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 31, 2020

Several schools in Manila and Aklan have suspended classes after the Department of Health (DOH) announced the country’s first confirmed case of 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Suspended schools in Manila include:

  • Philippine Cultural College- Class resumption to be announced
  • Uno High School- Class resumption to be announced
  • Hope Christian High School- Class resumption on Feb. 10
  • Chiang Kai Shek College- Class resumption on Feb. 8
  • St. Jude Catholic School- Class resumption on Feb. 8
  • Tiong Se Academy- Class resumption to be announced
  • St. Stephen’s High School- Class resumption to be announced

The Kalibo government also suspended classes in four schools. Classes will resume on February 3.

  • Regional Science High School Region VI
  • Saint Gabriel College
  • Bachao Sur Elementary School
  • Starglow Center for Academic and Arts

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