Manila unveils green space ‘hidden garden’ at Liwasang Bonifacio

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2021   •   619

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City government on Tuesday (February 16) unveiled a green space in Lawton dubbed as the city’s “hidden garden.”

Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the one-hectare garden is in line with the local government’s policy to open more green spaces in the city and will serve as a ‘gift’ to the future generation of Manileños.

“Ang inyong pamahalaang lungsod ay hindi po tumitigil sa kanyang layunin na mapanatiling maaliwalas o maging maaliwalas ang Lungsod ng Maynila, he said.

The Mayor added that he opened the garden to the public to prove that cleaner and breathable air is achievable in an urbanized city like Manila.

The garden also has its own coffee shop, which will help in generating new jobs and opportunities amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Domagoso also asked for the public’s cooperation in maintaining the cleanliness of the garden.

“We should continue to act in unison as if it is an orchestra with different musical instruments playing one music in synchrony. We must and we should deliver better services to our fellow Manileños,” he said. AAC

Female driver arrested after assaulting traffic enforcer in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A female driver was arrested by authorities on Thursday (May 27) after assaulting an enforcer of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB).

The police identified the driver as Pauline Mae Salamero, 26. Salamero was flagged down by traffic enforcers after she violated the traffic signal.

After witnessing the violation traffic enforcers motioned the driver to stop. However, the suspect disregarded the call and continued driving. The traffic enforcers chased the suspect until she was flagged down on Osmeña Highway corner Estrada St., Malate, Manila.

Salamero also refused to provide her driver’s license and other documents. She also refused to follow the officers the Manila Police District MPD Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT).

“When the suspect was instructed by the traffic enforcers to follow them at the impounding area the same refused to follow but instead she alighted from her vehicle and assaulted them,” according to the report.

The suspect was brought to the MPD-SMaRT for proper disposition and investigation. AAC

Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital in Manila limits admission of non-COVID OB patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The management of the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) located in Binondo has announced that it is temporarily limiting admissions of non-COVID OB-Gyne patients.

The Manila Public Information Office (PIO) released a statement on the hospital’s behalf through its Facebook page.

“Please be informed that Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) will temporarily LIMIT admissions of Non-COVID OB-GYN patients to imminent deliveries,” the statement said.

The implementation of the limited number of non-COVID OB-Gyne patients, which has taken effect Wednesday (May 19) at 11:00 p.m., will remain “until the hospital is able to discharge most of its patients.”

The Manila Public Information Office made the announcement on the hospital’s behalf through its Facebook page.

“The hospital’s Non-COVID wards and RR are overflowing (2 to 3-in-a-bed) with 240% occupancy rate,” the advisory said.

CITY HEALTH ADVISORY: Please be informed that Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) will temporarily LIMIT…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Manila distributes 4th tranche of food box assistance under COVID-19 Food Security Program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila Local Government Unit (LGU) has begun the distribution of the fourth tranche of food box assistance under the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Food Security Program (FSP).

The distribution, through the joint efforts of the city’s Department of Public Services, Department of Engineering and Public Works, and the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, began on May 8.

The target beneficiaries are about 700,000 families living in Manila. As of May 9 at 5:00 p.m., 139,000 food boxes have already been distributed to 122 barangays in District 1.

Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the program aims to ease the public’s economic burden amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ito ay iyong pinasa naming batas, sa tulong ni Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna at mga konsehal noong Disyembre, upang ibsan ang inyong mga tustusin buwan-buwan at para lumaki naman ang inyong savings. Dahil sa epekto ng inflation or hirap ng buhay ng tao, nagmamahal ang produkto, hindi naman tumataas ang sweldo (This is the law we enacted with the help of Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and the councilors in December to ease the monthly expenses and for families to increase their savings. Due to inflation or life’s difficulties, price of commodities increase but the salary is still the same),” he said.

Around P3-billion have already been allocated since the implementation of the FSP in February, wherein three kilos of rice, 16 pieces of canned goods, and eight sachets of coffee will be packed and distributed to Manila residents. The program will continue until July this year. AAC

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