Manila LGU to distribute food boxes to over 2,000 families under city’s 4-day lockdown

UNTV News   •   March 10, 2021   •   885

After placing two barangays and two hotels under 4-day lockdown, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered the distribution of food boxes to more than 2,000 affected families.

The city mayor made the directive through the city government’s COVID-19 Food Security Program (FSP) to ensure food supply for the families in areas placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

An advisory released on Tuesday stated that each food box contains three kilos of rice, 16 pieces of canned goods, and 8 sachets of coffee. The food boxes will be distributed to 1,019 families in Barangay 351; 1,109 families in Barangay 699; and 169 families in Barangay 725.

“So many were saying, ‘Hindi nga kami mamamatay sa COVID, pero mamamatay naman kami sa gutom.’ Pipilitin natin sa lungsod na walang pamilyang magugutom. Sa Maynila, kakain tayo,” Domagoso said.

The city government decided to place two barangays and two hotels under ECQ on March 10, Tuesday.

Barangay 351 logged 12 active cases, while Barangay 725 recorded 14 active cases.

Two hotels in Barangay 699 were also be placed under lockdown and were tagged as “critical zones”. Malate Bayview Mansion recorded 14 active COVID-19 cases and Hop Inn Hotel registered 3 active cases.

Mayor Domagoso has reiterated that the city will not hesitate to impose lockdowns in more areas if needed.

“The city will never think twice about [imposing a] lockdown on districts or [more] areas kung kailangan. Kaya nga hinihikayat nga natin yung ating barangay officials na ‘wag na ‘wag bibitaw sa labang ito,” Mayor Domagoso said.

The Mayor added that surge in COVID-19 cases is alarming and needs to be addressed and controlled.

“We don’t want to go back to uncertainty. That’s why the city is addressing it conservatively,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Isko, Ong test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso was found negative for illegal drug use after undergoing tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) National Headquarters in Quezon City Thursday morning.

Mayor Isko’s running mate, Doc Willie Ong also took the test and was also found negative for illegal substance use.

The result of the tests showed that urine specimens collected from Domagoso and Ong do “not contain methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine, and their metabolites, as well as THC metabolite.”

Mayor Isko’s drug testing, as well as that of other presidential and vice-presidential bets in the 2022 national and local elections, was prompted by the allegation of President Rodrigo Duterte of a cocaine-user presidential candidate. —/mbmf

Kabayan Noli de Castro withdraws senatorial bid for 2022

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran journalist Noli de Castro on Wednesday announced that he is withdrawing his senatorial bid for the 2022 national and local elections.

De Castro’s latest decision comes less than a week after announcing his candidacy.

“Nitong mga nakaraang araw, taimtim kong pinag-isipan ang desisyong pagbalik bilang isang mambabatas,” Kabayan Noli said in his statement.

“Ang nag-udyok sa akin ay ang hangaring muling bigyan ng boses sa Senado ang ating mga kababayan, lalung-lalo na ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino, na ang tanging hangarin ay mabuhay ng maayos, payapa, at may dignidad sa gitna ng pandemya,” he added.

De Castro said, that despite his decision to withdraw, his dream and aspiration for the country are still intact.

He said he can still be of help to the people in giving them a voice by remaining to be a broadcast practitioner.

“Binibigyang diin ko po, hindi nagbabago at magbabago ang ating layunin at hangad para sa bayan,” he said.

“Patuloy tayong magiging boses ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa panahong katulad nito na ang boses na iyon ay nalulunod sa ingay ng pulitika at paggamit ng kapangyarihan para sa sariling interes ng iilan.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Isko Moreno, whom De Castro thanked for his support, said he respects the former vice president’s decision.

“In truth, when my team was convincing him to run once more for the Senate, he contemplated on it for a long time. We respect his decision to forego his re-entry into national politics, and wish him well because we know that he will continue to have the best interests of our people, as the Pambansang Kabayan, in his heart,” Moreno said.

Aksyon Demokratiko chairperson, Ernest Ramel, added that De Castro will continue to be a member of Aksyon Demokratiko.

“We will continue to consult with him having vast experience in public service and his dedication to the welfare of the Filipinos. We are saddened by his decision but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” he said. —/mbmf

DOH calls on public to remain vigilant despite dip in COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reminded the public to remain on alert despite the declining number of COVID-19 cases being recorded in the Philippines.

The DOH issued the reminder amid a dip in fresh coronavirus infections reported daily.

On Thursday, the country logged 10,019 new COVID-19 cases while the past few days saw over 9,000 new infections. The DOH earlier said that the lower case count was due to lower laboratory output.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the agency is analyzing all factors, including the decrease in laboratory outputs, and test outputs resulting in lower positivity rate and fewer hospital admissions, to determine whether the drop in case count is artificial or not.

“We got all the factors, we identified all the factors, and we tried to analyze kung talagang kumpirmado po that the decline of cases is not affected by any other factor at ito po ay totoong pagbaba ng kaso,” Vergeire said in a press briefing.

She, however, stressed that decreasing cases is not a sign for the public to become complacent.

“Alalahanin po natin na bagama’t bumababa ang mga kaso, ang atin pong mga ospital ay meron pa rin pong pagkapuno,” she said.

“Although, 68% lang ICU utilization natin ngayon, kailangan pa ring mapag-ingatan, patuloy na mapababa, at madecongest ang mga ospital so that we can be able to move on and open up some sectors again in our economy,” she added.

Vergeire also noted that the lower laboratory outputs are due to the use of antigen tests.

She also reminded the public that antigen test kits are only used in specific circumstances in order to get accurate results.

“Katulad po noong mga paggamit natin sa ngayon, kailangan din alalahanin natin ‘pag gumamit tayo, kailangan nari-report po natin sa mga kinauukulan para naisasama po natin at makumpleto natin ang datos natin,” she said.

“So if ever this will be given regulatory clearance by the Food and Drug Administration, ito po ay masasama doon sa modalities pero kailangan may guidelines po na ipapatupad so that we can also regulate the use,” she added.

The DOH earlier said that the use of antigen test is most effective for people who already manifested symptoms within the first five days of their onset as the viral load of the patient is at the highest during this time.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19 response previously said that the number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 through rapid antigen tests will be included in the Philippines’ case count.

The task force also directed the DOH NCR Center for Health Development to monitor and facilitate registration of facilities using rapid antigen kits and ensure that antigen line tests are collected and consolidated from health facilities, localities, as well as temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.


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