Manila LGU shuts down warehouse of smuggled meat seized in Tondo

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2019   •   537

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.

Manila, Muntinlupa cut curfew hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

The cities of Manila and Muntinlupa on Tuesday (June 16) announced they will shorten their curfew hours.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso adjusted the city’s curfew hours from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as the restrictions for business operations eases. The previous schedule was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City will impose a new curfew schedule which will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-102 which will also impose penalties to curfew violators.

The ordinance also states that Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and those whose work involves delivery of essential goods and services are exempted in the curfew.

First-time violators will have a penalty of P500 while penalty will increase to P1,000 for succeeding offenses. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Manila, Grab PH partner up to hire 2,000 displaced tricycle, motorcycle riders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2020

The Manila City Government has partnered up with Grab Philippines to hire 2,000 displaced tricycle drivers and motorcycle owners who also lost their jobs to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said the “Grab-Manila Socio-economic Recovery Initiative” will provide economic opportunities to affected residents and businesses of the global pandemic.

“Dalawa ang matutulungan nito: ang mga trabahante at tsaka ang mga negosyo. Doon naman sa mga natanggap na at matatanggap pa, pagbutihan po ninyo ang trabaho, (It will help two things: the worker and the businesses. Those who are already hired or will be hired, work hard)” he said.

Meanwhile, Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu said this is their way of giving back to the city of Manila.

“We want to help those merchants get into the digital world and boost their sales,” he said. AAC

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Manila gov’t shuts down commercial building for operating without permit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2020

Manila’s Bureau of Permits has shut down a commercial building in Malate, Manila for operating without a business permit since 2004.

The Bureau of Permits served a closure order against a four-storey commercial building in Malate that was operating as a real estate lessor.

Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo said the closure will affect at least five establishments that were used as office space.

“We are serious in implementing the rules and regulations. Kung masanay sila na kahit okay lang na walang permit (if they got used to operating without permit), it’s wrong,” he said.

He also encouraged the public to apply and process their business permits to avoid any inconvenience. Applicants can email permits@manila.gov.ph to apply for a business permit or call the following hotlines: 8-527-0871 or 5-310-1558.

“They have to make sure na ang negosyo nila ay (that their business is) legally permitted by the city because if not, the business will suffer,” Facundo said. AAC

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