Manila Mayor approves P10-k financial aid per family for Parola fire victims

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2021   •   177

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has approved the P10,000 financial aid for each family who lost their home in the fire that broke out in Parola, Tondo on Sunday (February 22).

The Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region (BFP-NCR) reported that 600 families were rendered homeless while five people perished in the blaze.

The fire reached fourth alarm at 1:49 a.m. and was declared under control at 5:04 a.m, Sunday.

The displaced families are currently at the P. Guevarra Elementary School, where modular tents were set up for them. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

More frontliners in Manila register for city’s COVID-19 vaccination program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—More frontliners in the city of Manila have pre-registered for the city’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said that the number of registrants increased from the initial 200 to 1,900 on Monday when the government launched its vaccination drive.

This is almost half of the total number of medical frontliners in six government hospitals in the city.

Maraming na-inspire na mga doctor at nurses. So, umakyat ng 1,900 ang aming nagparehistro. So, kaya ang payo ko, don’t miss the opportunity. Ang pinakamabisang bakuna ay ang bakunang nasa braso mo (A lot of doctors and nurses were inspired so 1,900 registered. My advice is to not miss the opportunity. The most effective vaccine is the vaccine injected in your arm), he said.

Domagoso assured vaccine registrants they can still choose the brand of vaccine they want to receive.

An initial 3,000 Sinovac vaccine vials have been delivered to Manila City which will be administered to 1,500 individuals. The city government aims to vaccinate one of the two doses within the week.

Meanwhile, Domagoso said he is waiting for a proper clearance before getting vaccinated as policy states that medical frontliners are the priority for the COVID-19 vaccines. AAC

Mayor Isko backs opening of Intramuros, parks for ‘family day’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said he agrees with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to open Intramuros and other parks once a week for a designated “family day.”

DOT chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat suggested the reopening of Intramuros for one day without any age restriction to allow families to visit the site.

Intramuros reopened the gates of Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museum, and Baluarte de San Diego last February 17, but only for visitors aged 15 to 65 years old.

Domagoso agreed with Puyat’s suggestion and encouraged families to visit Intramuros as it would also help boost the city’s economy.

The Manila Mayor also reported that the Metropolitan Theater is set to open in April. AAC

Manila releases P38.4M as advance payment for AstraZeneca Covid vaccines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City government has released P38.4 million as advance payment to AstraZeneca for its COVID-19 vaccine.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso authorized the release of the funds on Friday (February 19). The amount is a 20 percent advance payment for 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

Domagoso is also grateful that the government has allowed “local government units (LGUs) to fast-track the procurement process.”

The Government Procurement Reform Act only allows advance payment equivalent to only a maximum of 15 percent of the cost of government-financed projects. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado called for the easing of this limitation earlier this month.

President Rodrigo Duterte subsequently signed a memorandum order increasing the limit for advanced payments for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Manila Mayor added that the vaccines are expected to arrive soon but reminded the public to continue following health protocols.

“Let’s keep practicing the health protocols mandated by the Department of Health and let’s keep refining our mass vaccination simulation exercises,” he said.

The Manila LGU has already put in place measures in preparation for its vaccination rollout. A website has been put up for registration where over 88,000 people have pre-registered for the COVID vaccine as of February 18.

A storage facility has also been inaugurated on top of regular mass vaccination simulation exercises. AAC

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