Manila Mayor Isko signs anti-discrimination ordinance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020   •   302

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has signed an anti-discrimination ordinance, penalizing any person who discriminate based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE).

Domagoso on Thursday (October 29) signed Ordinance No. 8695 which prohibits subjecting persons to physical or verbal harassment, profiling, unjust detention and involuntary confinement because of one’s actual or perceived SOGIE.

“Pare-pareho lang ng karapatan at karampatang paggalang ang dapat maramdaman ng bawat Batang Maynila sa kapwa niya at sa mga taong dumadako sa lungsod ng Maynila in their respective field of undertaking,” he said.

The ordinance prohibits denying employees access to opportunities granted to other employees similarly situated on the basis of actual or perceived SOGIE. Students should not also be denied of admission or expel them due to their actual or perceived SOGIE.

Persons proven to have violated the ordinance could face the following penalties:

FIRST OFFENSE: A fine of not less than P1,000 or imprisonment of six months or both at the discretion of the court;

SECOND OFFENSE: A fine of not less than P2,000 or imprisonment of six months and one day to eight months or both at the discretion of the court;

THIRD OFFENSE: A fine of not less than P3,000 or imprisonment of eight months and one day to one year or both at the discretion of the court;

“Subsequent violations shall be punished by a penalty of one year imprisonment and fine of not less than P5,000. Complaints may be filed before barangays as they are mandated to establish their respective LGBTQI Complaint Desks,” according to the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO).

The city’s anti-discrimination ordinance takes effect immediately. AAC

Manila closes two Binondo warehouses for selling counterfeit products

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City Government has shut down two warehouses in Binondo on Wednesday (November 18) for selling counterfeit products and for operating without business permit.

According to the Bureau of Permits, the products in the said warehouses are being sold in online shops and are being delivered across the country. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso personally served the immediate closure orders.

The lessors, Jerry Ong and Johnson Sy, also failed to “secure business permit for wholesaler and occupational permits for service personnel.”

Among the products found inside the first warehouse were counterfeit products such as shampoos, lotion, body wash, bath bombs, and other high-end products.

Domagoso reiterated the importance of permits in operating businesses in Manila. He also reminded online shops to verify and strengthen the requirements in accepting sellers.

“It is not always the money, about earning, it’s always about protecting your consumer,” he said.

The Mayor also assured they will continue inspection and will coordinate with online shops to countercheck if the sellers using their platform have business permits.

Based on Section 199 of City Ordinance No. 8331, lessors Ong and Sy might face a fine of not less than P1,000 nor more than P5,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month nor more than six months, or both, depending on the discretion of the court.

Under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, the erring lessors might also face a penalty of one month and one day to six months of imprisonment, and a fine of not exceeding P500. AAC

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Manila opens quarantine facility at PLM

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2020

The Manila City government has opened its 14th quarantine facility at the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

The local government launched the facility on Thursday (October 22). Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said this is the biggest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facility built by the local government so far, with 66-bed capacity.

“Through experience, nag-i-innovate na nag-i-inovate ang facility at nagiging safe na safe sa medical frontliners and to the patients at mas nagiging komportable, (we are continuously innovating the facility and it is becoming safer and comfortable for medical frontliners and for the patients),” he said.

Domagoso also emphasized the importance of free mass testing and construction of quarantine facilities, saying that these measures would be the most effective way to detect COVID-19.

He encouraged the public to avail free COVID-19 mass testing offered by the city government through walk-in centers and drive-through sites. AAC

Manila City cancels grand procession for ‘Traslacion’ 2021

Marje Pelayo   •   October 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The grand procession of Manila’s annual ‘Traslacion’ set for January 9, 2021 will no longer push through due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Manila City government and administrators of the Quiapo Church have agreed to cancel the procession for the first time to ensure that public health protocols will be implemented on the day of the event.

The annual Traslacion is highlighted by a gathering of millions of barefoot devotees lining up to join the procession of the Catholic image of the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta to the Quiapo Church in Manila.

“Nakikisuyo po ako, iwasan po muna natin ang mga parada at prusisyon ngayong may pandemya dulot ng sakit na COVID-19. Maaari pong mapahamak ang ating mga deboto, mailagay sila sa alanganin,” Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said, noting that public health protocols must prevail over religious traditions as COVID-19 remains a threat to the nation’s capital.

[I ask that we refrain from holding parades and processions during the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Devotees might get sick and their lives placed in danger.]

Maging conservative po tayo sa paggunita ng mga prusisyon. There are things that we cannot control pero pwede maiwasan. Kung libo-libo ang pupunta sa prusisyon, isa lang sa kanila ang maimpeksyon, tapos magkakadikit-dikit pa sila, pinagpapawisan, nagkakalat na droplets ng laway, delikado po iyan,” he added.

[Let us be conservative in observing the procession. There are things that we cannot control but we can prevent. If thousands of people will join the procession, it only takes one infected person in the middle of a tightly packed, sweaty crowd— with saliva droplets all over the place—for things to take a dangerous turn.]

Meanwhile, Quiapo Church rector Monsignor Hernando Coronel said that more masses will be held for the image’s devotees while stressing that the public must adhere to the health protocols set by the government.

Yung physical distancing, kailangan naka-faceshield, naka-face mask, kasama ang regular monitoring ng body temperature, lahat ‘yun susundin natin. Hindi lamang ito sa loob ng simbahan, pati na rin sa labas,” Coronel said.

[Physical distancing, wearing of face shield, face mask, along with regular monitoring of temperature — all of these will be implemented. Not only inside the chapel but even outside.]

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