Mayor Isko announces class suspension, liquor ban for Jan. 9

Marje Pelayo   •   January 8, 2021   •   436

MANILA, Philippines — Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels, both public and private, as well as work in the city government for Saturday (January 9).

The suspension is meant to allow Catholic devotees to participate in online activities for the annual feast of Black Nazarene.

Along with the suspension of classes is the ban on sale of liquor items and any other alcoholic beverages within the Quiapo area.

The suspension of work in all offices of the city government exempts those working in the frontline service which includes peace and order, public services, traffic enforcement, disaster and health services.

Meanwhile, suspension of work in national government offices and private companies within the jurisdiction of Manila City is left to the discretion of their respective heads or management.

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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2021

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.)

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