Manila LGU shuts down warehouse of smuggled meat seized in Tondo

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2019   •   762

The local government of Manila on Tuesday shut down a warehouse in Tondo, Manila where more than 10 tons of illegally imported meat products from China were seized.

Local authorities served the closure order at the storage facility, however, it was only received by the village chief Benjamin Torres when no warehouse staffer was available to meet them.

The warehouse was allegedly owned by a certain Danilo Yulo while the smuggled meat products from China were purportedly owned by a certain Jalen Yang.

Last December 13, a total of P10 million worth of illegally imported meat products from China were seized by the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board.

“Nadisukbre din natin na itong mga dinala dito na banned meat ay galing din at in connection doon sa narecover ng national meat inspection service doon sa Navotas,” MPD SMaRT chief Police Major Rosalino Ibay Jr. said in a statement.

“Kaya po galing itong Navotas na dinala lang dito para itago nila, na kung saan nakumpiska naman at nadiskubre ng vetinerary meat inspection ng Manila City Hall,” he added.

Ibay said investigation also revealed that Yulo has no license nor permit to operate any business in Manila.

The city government said charges for violation of Food Safety, Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines, and failure to obtain a permit to operation will be filed against Yulo and Yang.

“Ito na po yung sunod sunod na action natin at umasa po kayo na lahat ng involved dito na may kinalaman sa pagkaka-kumpiska ng 10 tons of hot meat ay kakasuhan,” Ibay said.

LIST: Manila road closures, traffic rerouting starting January 8

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several roads near Quiapo Church will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night in anticipation of the influx of Catholic devotees despite the cancellation of the annual Traslacion, local authorities said.

In an advisory, the Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit said the following roads will be closed to motorists starting 10 p.m. Friday:

  • Southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from A. Mendoza/Fugoso to Carlos Palanca St.
  • Northbound Lane of Quezon Blvd from Carlos Palanca St. to Fugoso St.
  • Westbound lane of España Boulevard from P. Campa to A Mendoza St.
  • Stretch of Evangelista St. from P Paterno St. to Recto Ave.
  • Stretch of Palanca St. from Carriedo/Plaza Lacson to P Casal St.

The following roads will also be closed to motorists starting January 9 at 12 midnight and onwards:

  • Stretch of Ronquillo St. from Rizal Ave. to Plaza Sta. Cruz
  • Stretch of Bustos St. from Plaza Sta Cruz to Rizal Ave.

Local authorities said vehicles going to the southbound lane of Quezon Blvd from A. Mendoza must turn right to Fugoso St. then left to Rizal Avenue.

Vehicles going to the southbound lane of España Blvd must turn left to Nicanor Reyes St., or turn right to P. Campa St., then left to A. Mendoza St., then right to Fugoso St.

Motorists from McArthur Bridge intending to utilize Palanca St shall go straight to Rizal Ave. to point of destination.

Vehicles coming from Ayala Bridge intending to utilize Palanca St. shall go straight to P. Casal St. to point of destination.

Motorists from P. Burgos Ave. intending to utilize Quezon Bridge shall go straight to McArthur Bridge or Jones Bridge to point of destination.

Vehicles utilizing southbound lane of Rizal Ave. going to Ronquillo St. shall turn right to CM. Recto Ave., turn left to R. Regente St., to J. Luna St. turn left to Plaza Cervantes to Jones Bridge or go straight to Muelle dela Industria to Escolta to point of destination.

Motorists from McArthur Bridge intending to utilize Bustos St. shall go straight to Rizal Ave. to point of destination.

The city government earlier urged devotees to view the masses and other activities connected to the event via Facebook live which will be made available by Quiapo Church amid the threat of COVID-19.

Manila LGU to purchase COVID-19 vaccine for 200K residents

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila is preparing for the roll out of its COVID-19 vaccination plan for an initial number of 200,000 residents, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Monday.

In a statement, Domagoso said the city government is ready to execute a city-wide vaccine deployment operation once a vaccine has been approved for distribution and usage in the country.

Domagoso is also encouraging his constituents to register in the city’s vaccination portal at www.manilacovid19vaccine.com.

Mayor Isko said that through the launching of the pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine, the local government of Manila would be able to detect those interested having a vaccine.

“Ito yung pamamaraan ng syudad na pagiging maagap na inihahanda na natin kasi modesty aside, the City of Manila reserved already P200M since July and we’ve been talking to multinational pharmaceutical pharmacies even though they are in phase 2 at that time, at yan nagtagumpay yan kasi nagkaroon ng movement,” Domagoso said.

Likewise, the mayor said that non-disclosure agreements have already been signed with two multinational pharmaceutical companies last month.

“Ito yung paghahanda. Ngayon dalhin diyan, mayroon na agad kaming target market, sila na yung mauuna at mas mabilis kasi dahil alam namin na interesado ka, dahil alam namin you signed already the waiver you will be the first in line,” he said.

“Having said that, we will try to reach as many as possible because the first order that we are trying to eye in our own little way is 400,000 dosage that will serve 200,000 Manileños,” he added.

Domagoso assured that the city government will only use vaccines that are approved by the country’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA).

Manila LGU launches ‘no contact apprehension’ of traffic law violators

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government has started to implement a “no-contact apprehension” of traffic law violators.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday (December 7) led the launching of the policy in an activity held at the intersection of Quirino Avenue and Taft Avenue in Malate, Manila.

Under the policy, motorists will be fined P2,000 on first offense, P3,000 on second offense, and P4,000 on third offense if they are caught disobeying traffic control signs and signals, obstructing pedestrian lanes, driving on yellow box, over speeding, non-wearing of helmet for motorcycle riders, and disregarding lane markings.

The will also be meted out with penalties if they commit counterflowing, reckless driving, and non-wearing of seatbelts.

Domagoso said the program makes use of 36 high definition CCTV cameras installed in key locations in the city which are monitored 24/7.

“With NCAP [no-contact apprehension], panatag ako knowing that traffic violators are always caught and identified, especially sa gabi. Most importantly, even during typhoons or other similar situations, these cameras can function on their own,” the mayor said in a statement.

Motorists caught with violation will receive a formal notice, which will be sent within two weeks after the date of the alleged violation via registered mail.

Domagoso warned traffic violators that they cannot ignore the city’s notices, as non-payment or settlement of traffic violation fines would disallow the violator to renew their vehicles’ registration at the Land Transportation Office along with additional fines and penalties.

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