Manila LGU calls on traders not to raise face mask prices amid Taal ash fall

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2020   •   1182

MANILA, Philippines – Local authorities on Monday, January 13, called on traders not to raise the ceiling prices of face mask amid the ash fall being experienced in many parts of Luzon following the explosion of Taal Volcano.

Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuña-Pangan made the call following reports that the prices of face masks, particularly N95 masks, shot up following reports of dust particles and hazardous haze blanketing parts of Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon areas.

In a statement issued by the Manila Public Information Office, Lacuña-Pangan said face masks sold in various stores have increased, from the usual P25-P30 price a piece, N95 face mask now costs P200.

There was also reported shortage of supply of face masks and hoarding by suppliers to jack up the prices.

“Huwag naman po natin gamitin ang panahon na ito para manamantala. Tandaan po natin, delikado po sa kalusugan nila ito,” Lacuna-Pangan said.

“Ayaw ko pong makakita ng pasyenteng may asthma na itinakbo sa ospital dahil lang hindi siya makahanap o makabili ng mask,” she added.

The upsurge in mask prices follows the increase in demand after authorities urged the public to wear protective masks to avoid inhalation of fine dust particles in the air due to the Taal ash fall.

The Department of Health has warned the public of the hazards that the ash fall may bring to one’s health.

The vice mayor said the city’s Bureau of Permits and Manila Licenses Office have been tasked to inspect stores and other establishments selling N95 and other face masks to ensure that prices remain stable.

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.

NEWS ALERT: Isko leads launch of Ospital ng Tondo’s walk-in COVID-19 testing centerManila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko…

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

Nag-abandona sa matandang babae sa tulay sa Maynila, arestado

Robie de Guzman   •   September 4, 2020

Ephraim Tan Yap (kaliwa) at ang kanyang inabandonang tiyahin na si Fulgencia Tan (kanan)

MANILA, Philippines – Nasa kamay na ng mga otoridad ang mga nag-abandona sa isang senior citizen sa ilalim ng isang tulay sa Maynila.

Ayon sa Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT), nahuli ngayong Biyernes si Ephraim Tan Yap, 51, pagkatapos ng isinagawa nilang operasyon.

Ayon kay SMaRT Chief Rosalino Ibay Jr., si Yap ay pamangkin ng matandang babae na kinilalang si Fulgencia Tan na kamakailan ay natagpuang nag-iisa at nakahiga sa ilalim ng McArthur Bridge.

“Nalaman natin na ang victim ay isang person with disability (PWD) at senior citizen. We conducted a follow-up operation na nagresulta sa pagkaka-aresto ng tatlong malefactor natin,” ani Ibay.

Sa pagharap kay Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, sinabi ni Yap na tatlong linggong na-confine ang matanda sa isang ospital at napunta sa kanya ang responsibilidad sa pag-aalaga rito nang mamatay ang asawa nito.

Ngunit sa halip na alagaan, lumapit umano siya sa isa pang suspek na si Emerita Decilio upang magpatulong na dalhin ang matanda sa isang charity group.

Inabutan niya umano si Decilio ng perang nagkakahalaga ng P1,500 para ipambili ng pangangailangan ng kanyang tiyahin.

“Lumapit po ako kay Emie, pagtapos po noon pumunta kaming barangay para sa certication na inaabandona ko na ang auntie ko. Kaya humingi po ako ng tulong para maipadala siya sa mga center,” ang wika ni Yap.

Inamin naman ni Decilio na inabandona niya ang matanda matapos umano silang tanggihan ng nilapitang grupo.

“Mayroon na po akong certificate sa barangay na si Mrs. Tan ay abandoned kaya kailangan tanggapin ng Missionary of Charity kasi abandoned na,” paliwanag ni Decilio.

“Pero wala pong tumanggap sa’min, kaya desperado na po ako. Aaminin ko po iniwan ko po,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon kay Ibay, mahaharap ang mga suspek sa kasong paglabag sa Article 275 ng Revised Penal Code o ‘Abandonment of Persons in Danger and Abandonment of One’s own Victim.’

Kabilang din sa mga sasampahan ng kaso ang drayber ng tricycle na inarkila ni Decilio na si Rogelio Espino.

163 tons of waste collected from Baseco Beach since January

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2020

Manila’s Department of Public Services (DPS) has collected a total of 163.27 metric tons of waste from Baseco Beach since January.

In a Facebook post, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said that the team of DPS Baseco Beach Warriors has been conducting cleaning operations everyday since January 2020 along the shores of Barangay 649.

NEWS FEATURE: 163 TONELADA NG BASURA, NAHAKOT SA BASECO BEACH SIMULA ENEROAraw-araw na nagsasagawa ng clean up…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The group of Baseco Beach Warriors has nine members tasked to clean and collect waste in Baseco. DPS Director Kenneth Amurao lauds the efforts of the Baseco Beach Warriors and encouraged the public to also put effort in maintaining cleanliness and practicing proper waste disposal.

“Kailangan po natin ang kooperasyon ng bawat isa. Lilinisin at lilinisin po namin ito sapagkat ito ang aming trabaho ngunit bilang mamamayan, dapat sa atin mismo magsimula ang disiplina. Para rin ito sa inyo at sa inyong mga anak nang matamasa nila ang maayos at malinis na Baseco, (We need the cooperation of everyone. We will clean this because this is our job but as citizens, discipline should start with us. This is for you and your children, for them to see a clean Baseco),” Amurao said. AAC

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