Mayor Isko authorizes heads of barangays in Manila to declare lockdown
MANILA, Philippines – Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso signed on Wednesday (March 24) an executive order authorizing heads of barangays to declare lockdown in their areas subject to certain conditions.
Under Executive Order No. 12, Domagoso said that barangay officials could declare lockdown in their respective areas of authority given that the number of COVID-19 active cases are 10 or more.
The order states that “within three hours from its issuance, the order placing the barangay, or portion thereof, under Critical Zone Containment shall be forwarded to the City Mayor for his confirmation.”
“The Punong Barangay shall give a two-day prior notice to his constituents and businesses/other stakeholders operating in the barangay,” it added.
The Manila Health Department shall likewise verify the existence of COVID-19 active cases before the barangay could start its lockdown.
All residents under the barangays to be placed under lockdown shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes, Domagoso said.
The order meanwhile exempts the following:
- health workers
- military personnel
- service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, and funeral homes), utility workers (energy, cable, internet, telecommunication companies, water, sanitation, and critical transport facilities including port operation)
essential workers (goods delivery, food delivery, banking and money services)
- barangay officials (Chairpersons, Barangay Secretary, Barangay Treasurers, Kagawads, and Executive Officers)
- media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force
The Mayor also ordered police station commanders covering the said barangays to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the lockdown.
For the recent week, a total number of 29 barangays, one street, and one cluster lockdown have been placed under four-day lockdown.
As of Wednesday, the city has logged 3,667 active COVID-19 cases with a running total of 31,383 recoveries and 866 deaths.
4 religious facilities in QC under lockdown due to high COVID-19 cases
The Quezon City local government has placed four religious facilities under lockdown due to high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
Based on the report of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) there is a recent outbreak in Christ the King Mission Seminary, where almost half of its population has been infected. Out of the 59 individuals in the seminary, 25 tested positive for the virus.
As of September 18, eleven of these positive cases have recovered, 13 remain active, and one has succumbed to COVID-19.
QCESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz reported that the seminary’s Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman Building have bee placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 18.
The temporary closure of Christ the King Mission Seminary brings the total number of religious facilities in the city under lockdown to four. The other three are Stella Maris Convent (since September 10); Religious of the Virgin Mary (since September 14) and Convent of the Holy Spirit which has been under lockdown since September 15.
Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has started creating a set of guidelines on ventilation for buildings and workplaces to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. AAC
Isko Moreno, Willie Ong officially launch tandem for 2022 polls
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Wednesday formally announced his presidential bid for the 2022 national elections.
Domagoso made the announcement in front of his supporters in Tondo, Manila.
“Kaya buong kababaang-loob inihahayag ko sa inyo mga kababayan ko: Sa darating na Mayo, tanggapin nyo po ang aking aplikasyon bilang Pangulo ng Pilipinas,” he said during his speech.
He also introduced Dr. Willie Ong as his running mate in the upcoming polls.
Mayor Isko was a former actor who grew in the slums of Tondo while Ong is a cardiologist and an internist who has over 16 million Facebook followers.
Ong ran for senator in 2019. He placed 18th overall but he garnered the second highest number of overseas votes for senator.
Moreno will face Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Manny Pacquiao, who both recently declared their intentions to join the presidential race. Ong will be against President Rodrigo Duterte and Senate President Vicente Sotto III in the vice presidential race.
The official filing of candidacy will start in October.
Mayor Isko, confined at Sta. Ana Hospital
MANILA, Philippines — Sta. Ana Hospital on Monday confirmed the admission of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso due to mild coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement released Monday, Sta. Ana Hospital director, Dr. Grace Padilla, said Domagoso was admitted Sunday night, showing “mild colds and cough and body malaise as presenting symptoms.”
The mayor, however, has no fever.
“His RT-PCR test result turned out positive. Lab tests were taken, and the initial findings of his chest CT Scan result is normal. Our clinical impression: He has a mild COVID,” Padilla said.
Presently, Mayor Isko is maintained on oral anti-biotics and vitamins as supplements. He is stable comfortable and sleeping well, she added.
Padilla also announced that Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna is on her way to recovery as she was admitted last week.
“Thank you for all the prayers and good wishes for the speedy recovery that all of you have given,” Padilla said.
The hospital administration assured that their medical specialists and nursing team will be closely monitoring the local chief executive, and will continue to post updates on his condition.