Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso launched on Wednesday (August 14) a facility that will allow Manileños and even visitors to enjoy free wifi connection.
A wifi-kiosk has been installed at the Liwasang Bonifacio where one can enjoy 30 minutes of free internet.
“So you can make an internet connection. Connectivity for free because of the WiFi capabilities of the machine. And you can make landline calls for free,” Mayor Isko said.
The official added that the project aims to help Manileños have free communication with their relatives and loved ones, especially in times of emergencies.
The said 24/7 facility can connect up to 100 devices at one time.
And to give way to others who want to connect, an individual will be given 30 minutes to stay online.
Moreno said this concept was adopted from what is already being practiced in Manhattan, New York called the NYC Link. The project is a collaboration of the city’s local government unit and the private sector.
Moreno plans to mount several more Iskonek in other areas of Manila. (with details from Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Convenience and grocery stores in Manila that will sell alcoholic beverages amid the implementation of a liquor ban will be shut down, City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned.
Domagoso said the order prohibiting the sale and distribution of liquor will remain in place despite the city’s transition to general community quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also reminded business owners that the sale of alcoholic beverages is merely a privilege granted by the city government.
“Sa mga convenience store na nagtitinda ng alak, kapag nagtinda kayo ng alak na pansamantala naming pinagbabawal dahil yan ay pribilehiyo lang na ibinigay sa inyo at bina-violate ninyo ito, isasara po namin kayo,” Mayor Isko said.
The liquor ban is provided under Executive Order No. 18 issued by Domagoso in accordance with the President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 922 which declares the country under state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Mayor Isko also appealed for the public’s understanding and urged them to use the government’s financial aid to buy basic necessities instead of liquor.
“Hindi natin kailangan ngayon yan. Ang kailangan natin pagkakaisa, payapa’t panatag na komunidad,” Mayor Isko said.
“Sana po maunawaan niyo po ako, tutal bisyo lang naman ito, ang hinihingi ko lang naman ay pansamantala. Itong mga salapi na ito na binibigay na ayuda eh yan po ay para meron kayong pambili ng pagkain,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
More areas in the city of Manila will be placed under hard lockdown due to the rising cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Manila City government through the Special Mayor’s Action Reaction Team (SMART) is currently drafting the implementing rules to put District 1 of Tondo under hard lockdown, while the city council is finalizing the executive order for this purpose.
Based on the report of the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday (April 27) there are 94 confirmed COVID-19 cases in District 1 Tondo with 233 suspected cases.
The local government also reported that 33 barangays in District 1 faced challenges in the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), noting the numerous violations in social distancing and curfew.
Other possible areas that may undergo hard lockdown include District 2 Tondo, Sta. Cruz, and Sta. Mesa. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
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