Manila kicks off construction of new Vitas slaughterhouse

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019   •   634

Mayor Isko Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan at the groundbreaking ceremony of the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 23) led the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo, Manila.

The Mayor was accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan in making rounds at the construction site.

The city officials checked the area where the new office of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board will be built.

Domagoso said they plan to install modern equipment into the new facility which they expect to improve the income of the workers and the local government with the help of the National Meat Inspection Commission.

The Mayor, actually, has started to regularize some of the workers in the slaughterhouse under the city hall’s job order. – MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Mayor Isko threatens closure of malls, establishments selling stolen mobile phones

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

Stolen smart phones being sold at some commercial establishments in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has warned malls and commercial establishments across the city not to sell stolen cellular phones.

This, after about 148 units of alleged stolen phones were confiscated by the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Reaction Team at two known malls in the city.

The Mayor presented before the media on Monday (September 16) five suspects who were arrested in the act of buying and selling alleged second hand but stolen cellphones.

Domagoso said such an act is a violation of Presidential Decree No. 1612 or the Anti-Fencing Law.

“Tigilan ninyo na ang pagtitinda ng mga nakaw na bagay (Stop selling stolen items),” he warned.

“Huwag ninyong sasabihin sa amin na hindi ninyo alam (Don’t tell us that you are not aware of it),” he added.

The official has given the management of Tutuban Center Mall and Isetann Recto Mall three days to check on stall owners and seek legal permits for the used items they are selling.

Otherwise, they will be asked to close down, Domagoso warned.

Earlier, the management of Tutuban Center Mall immediately heeded to Domagoso’s order.

He also calls on consumers to stop patronizing stolen items.

He said theft is one of the common problems among minors, such as the case of a teen who was nabbed for snatching cellphones and is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Manila office.

“Ayaw kong may iiyak na namang nanay, may iiyak na namang tatay, dahil nasaksak ‘yung anak niya, namatay ‘yung anak niya dahil inagawan ng cellphone (I don’t want to hear another mother or father grieving for their child who died because someone snatched their cellphone),” the Mayor noted.

The Manila Police has launched a manhunt for alias “Bebeng” who is said to be the receiver or seller of the snatched mobile phones.

Meanwhile, Domagoso has ordered the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office to inspect all malls across Manila to determine and report those who sell snatched mobile phones. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

Duterte commends Mayor Isko’s efforts to clean up Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

Manila City Mayor Francis “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has commended Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso for his efforts to clean up his city and strictly implement local policies.

“Bilib ako sa kanya kaya nanonood ako kung nagsasalita siya. Mas mahusay siya kaysa akin, sa totoo lang. Oo, may nakita ako na mas mahusay ang resolve niya kaysa akin. Plus two ako sa kanya.” Duterte said after the oath-taking of the Malaca؜ñang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association and Malacañang Cameramen Association on Tuesday night.

Since formally assuming as Manila City mayor, Moreno has spearheaded clearing operations in his city’s streets and parks. He also ordered for the strict implementation of local ordinances including curfew for minors among others.

In response to Duterte’s words of praise, Mayor Isko expressed his gratitude and said he was drawing inspiration from the president’s leadership.

“Thank you for the kind words, Mr. President, but to be really honest, isa po kayo sa mga naging inspirasyon ko sa kung ano mang klase ng liderato na meron kami,” he said in a statement.

Domagoso then recounted the times he went to visit Davao City, the president’s hometown, where he admitted to feeling scared to light up a cigarette and speed up his vehicle for fear he will be apprehended by local authorities.

Davao City enforces no-smoking and speed limit ordinances.

“‘Di naman po lingid sa kaalaman ng karamihan, lalong lalo na ‘yung mga taga-Maynila na ako po ay naninigarilyo. Pero kapag nasa Davao City po ako, takot na takot po akong manigarilyo dahil alam ko pong huhulihin ako,” he said.

“In fact, there was one time, galing po kami ng Tagum, pabalik ng Davao City… biglang bumagal po ang takbo ng sasakyan namin so tinanong namin ‘yung driver kung bakit. Simple lang yung sagot nya. ‘Kasi po nasa Davao City na tayo. Kahit gabi ho dito, may pulis man o wala, sumusunod kami sa batas trapiko,’” he added.

“Kung ano man ang nakikita nating pagpupursige ng mga alkalde sa buong Pilipinas, hindi lang po ako, ay reflection lamang ng klase ng liderato at Pangulo na meron tayo.” Moreno further stated. RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Mayor Isko plans to impose citywide ‘solvent ban’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 4, 2019

Street children sleeping on the sidewalk after sniffing a bottle of solvent | 📷 Raymond Lacsa

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso is planning for a citywide ban on the sale of solvent in all commercial establishments in Manila.

This, after the Mayor himself, intercepted several minors or so-called ‘solvent boys’ during his daily rounds across the city on Sunday evening (September 1).

“We are going after any store, whether it is a medical store or hardware store, it doesn’t matter to us,” Mayor Isko said.

Domagoso also ordered the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Response Team to determine the source of the solvents being supplied to street children.

The Manila Mayor considers drafting a city ordinance that would ban selling and purchasing of the said chemical as it causes health dangers.

Solvent is not included in the list of illegal drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“Selling those, you will be treated as a dealer or pusher,” Mayor Isko warned.

“This is a prohibited material kaya hindi siya pwede (so it shouldn’t be for sale),” he added.

But according to Barangay 268 Chair Jerwin Privandos, street children can easily buy solvent as it is easily accessible in sidewalks.

 “According sa mga nahuhuli naming mga bata, nabibili raw nila ito sa may Recto (According to the minors we intercepted, they used to buy the solvent along Recto Avenue),” he said.

Meanwhile, hardware store owners expressed concern that their sales might be affected if the ban on solvent pushes through as they have clients who buy solvent for industrial uses.

“Para matanggal ang usage, tatanggalin mo ang source. Pero yung source naman na tatanggalin, may ibang gamit (To stop the usage, you cut the source. But the source has other usage),” hardware store owner Jenny Ang argued.

 “Maraming factors na involved diyan. Kailangan siguro, gawan nila ng deeper studies (There are many factors involved. Perhaps they need to conduct deeper studies),” she added.

“Ang solvent (ay) ginagamit talaga sa bahay. Ang mga bumibili ng PVC ang construction na malalaki. Kahit anong gawin, hindi maiiwasan iyan. Gagamitin at gagamitin iyan (Solvent is used for houses. Those who buy PVC (pipes) are big construction (firms). So no matter what you do, you cannot avoid the use (of solvent),” added Teresita Erracho, also a hardwate store owner.

 “Kapag may bumili na lang sa tindahan, lalo na kung walang requisition ng construction kung ano-ano, huwag bilhan lalo na ang mga minor age (We suggest that if someone tries to buy without requisition from construction (firms), then don’t allow them especially minors),” Erracho added.

“Iyong effect na nagha-hallucinate, parang nagiging high sila. Parang ang pakiramdam nila lumulutang sila (The effect is the person hallucinates, or as if the person is floating from the ground),” he said.

“Iyon ang nagiging cause kung bakit nag-uulit-ulit na gumamit ng solvent ang isang pasyente (That’s the cause why they are indulged to repeatedly inhale solvent),” he added.

Solvent addicts may also experience difficulty in comprehension and may develop complications in their internal organs.

“Nagkakaroon ito ng tinatawag na ‘lung freeze’. Iyong para bang humihinto iyong resistensya ng baga, nagkakaroon ng pagbagal ng pasok ng hangin sa loob ng baga ng isang pasyente (The person develops what we call ‘lung freeze,’ a condition when the lungs lose resistance to pump air),” Dr. Santiago said.

“Pinagmumulan ng maraming side effects, pangunahin na ‘yung posibleng tuberculosis o pulmonya (That condition results to more side effects, primarily tuberculosis or pneumonia),” he added.

Santiago advises relatives of solvent boys to check the physical and psychological state of the children and immediately seek medical advice if they notice symptoms of addiction and abnormal behavior. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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