Mayor Isko backs opening of Intramuros, parks for ‘family day’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021   •   816

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

Traslacion suspended anew in 2022 due to pandemic – Manila LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The annual ‘Traslacion’ will be suspended in 2022 due to the persistent threat of COVID-19, the city government of Manila said Friday.

Instead of procession, a motorcade will be held instead in selected areas in Manila.

In a statement, the city government said the decision was reached following a consultation between the officials of Quiapo Church and the local government.

Also present during the meeting were representatives from the Manila Police District (MPD), the Philippine Red Cross, the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

According to MPD Director General Leo Francisco, a minimum of 8,000 police personnel will be deployed during the event.

Additional manpower may be deployed depending on the situation and the alert level status of the city of Manila come January 2022, he added.

In 2021, the city government also suspended the Traslacion due to the pandemic.

Mayor Isko, Ong test negative for illegal drugs

Maris Federez   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso was found negative for illegal drug use after undergoing tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) National Headquarters in Quezon City Thursday morning.

Mayor Isko’s running mate, Doc Willie Ong also took the test and was also found negative for illegal substance use.

The result of the tests showed that urine specimens collected from Domagoso and Ong do “not contain methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine, and their metabolites, as well as THC metabolite.”

Mayor Isko’s drug testing, as well as that of other presidential and vice-presidential bets in the 2022 national and local elections, was prompted by the allegation of President Rodrigo Duterte of a cocaine-user presidential candidate. —/mbmf

Fully vaxxed people visiting Intramuros to get incentives – DOT

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday announced it will be granting incentives for fully vaccinated individuals who will visit the tourist site Walled City of Intramuros in Manila.

In a statement, the DOT said the move is part of its efforts to support the country’s vaccination program and to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 jabs.

“From November 15 to 30, 2021, individuals who have completed their vaccination within the same period may enter Fort Santiago free of charge,” the DOT said.

“During this period, fully vaccinated individuals visiting Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego will receive free Beep cards, with a cap of 50 guests per day,” it added.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat hopes that the move will encourage more people to receive their shots, adding that incentives and loosening restrictions for the fully vaccinated will help facilitate travel and help tourism destinations and businesses bounce back faster.

“The Department is doing whatever it can to aid the government’s vaccination program. Granting incentives is one way to encourage the undecided to oblige in this nationwide effort,” Puyat said.

To avail of the incentives, the DOT said guests must present their vaccination card or certificate (with indicative dates) at the entrance gates.

However, the DOT clarified that those who have not yet completed their vaccination may still enter both Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego by paying the P75 entrance fee for regular visitors, and P50 for discounted eligible visitors such as seniors, students and PWDs.

As early as September 14, the DOT announced that 100 percent of IA workers, including its outsourced security and janitorial staff, have been fully vaccinated.

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