Mayor Isko eyes ‘freedom wall’ to curb vandalism

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2019   •   1100

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso inspects vandalized walls of the park behind the Bonifacio Monument. (Photos by Christian Turingan/MPIO)

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso is eyeing to place a ‘freedom wall’ around the Bonifacio Monument to curb vandalism in the city.

“Freedom wall, hate wall, whatever you call it. A wall where they can express themselves in an artistic manner or beliefs,” he said on Tuesday (July 30).

Moreno also calls on the public to stop vandalizing city walls, statues, and monuments as a form of respect to the heritage left by our national heroes.

“I don’t see any joy or happiness that you will receive just, you know, messing around or messing up the walls especially iyong mga estatwa (the statues. Huwag na nila tayong galangin, galangin nalang natin iyong mga pamana ( If they don’t respect us, at least respect the heritage),” he said.

The Manila mayor added that he has no plans yet to launch a crackdown against city vandals. There are also no plans in increasing the fine against individuals destroying public properties.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Manila City opens second free COVID-19 swab testing laboratory

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2020

The Manila City Government opened its second swab testing laboratory on Tuesday (September 29).

The Sta. Ana Hospital’s second swab testing laboratory is capable of processing 1,000 tests a day, according to Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso. He also said market vendors will be among those to be prioritized for mass swab testing.

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The Manila mayor added that the testing laboratory will also be free for non-Manila residents. The Sta. Ana Hospital will be able to process about 30,000 tests a month for the City of Manila. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Manila launches Ospital ng Tondo’s walk-in COVID-19 testing center

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 25, 2020

The Manila City government on Thursday (September 24) launched another walk-in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) serology testing center at the Ospital ng Tondo.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the testing center can accommodate 100 persons a day and will be open from Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m.

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The Mayor also said the testing center is open to all Manileños and non-Manileños.

“Kahit sino, puwede magpa-test dito. Kahit hindi taga-Maynila (Anyone can be tested here even if you’re not a Manila resident). [The COVID-19 pandemic] is a universal problem. We have to approach it inclusively. That is why this is open to all and for free,” he said.

Domagoso added that another swab testing laboratory will be opened by the Manila City government. AAC

Mayor Isko discourages public from visiting Manila Bay Sands area amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday called on the public to refrain from visiting the Manila Bay Sands area amid the continuing threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Domagoso made the appeal after incidents of overcrowding during the opening of the Manila Bay Sands over the weekend.

A number of people who wanted to get a peek of the beach during its opening failed to observe physical distancing and many were seen not wearing face mask and face shield.

While understanding the excitement of the people for the project, Domagoso said the public should keep in mind that the threat of COVID-19 is still present.

“Alam ko po marami sa inyo nasisiyahan, nagagalak sapagkat ito’y kakaibang pangyayari. ‘Yong imposible naging posible. Ngunit, paalala ko pa rin na meron pang pandemya. Mayroong pa pong pangamba, panganib sa lungsod ng Maynila,” Mayor Isko said.

Moreno said that since the project has yet to be completed, the area will be closed to the public.

He also asked the city police to ramp up the security in the Manila Bay Sands and to stop people from staying or taking photos and videos of the area.

According to Manila Police Station 5 officer-in-charge Lt. Col. Alex Daniel, they have barricaded the entry points and posted at least 20 policemen to guard the area 24/7.

“Sa ngayong kino-close po natin itong lugar kung saan may proyekto po itong sa white sand so katulad kahapon medyo nalabag po sa ngayon iniiwasan po natin sa ngayon na magkaroon ulit ng ganun so may ginagawa po tayong guildelines sa pagbubukas po ulit nitong proyekto na ito para maayos po natin sa mga susunod na araw kung magbubukas po,” Daniel said.

Ermita Police station commander Police Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan has been relieved from his post following the local police’s failure to maintain social distancing measures during the event.

Physical distancing is among the health protocols being implemented by authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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