Mayor Isko returns ‘GSM’ phone to owner

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019   •   125

A GSM (galing sa magnanakaw) or stolen cellphone was returned to its owner on Monday (November 11).

Tutuban Mall personnel previously turned over several stolen cellphones to the Manila Police District (MPD) Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT). The MPD SMaRT called on owners to claim their phones at their office.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno personally returned the phone to the owner after verification.

Moreno also lauded the personnel at Tutuban Mall as well as the Manila Police for the successful campaign to lessen snatchers and holduppers.

He also reiterated that secondhand stores are the first ones to buy stolen phones from robbers.

“Kaya ayoko talagang may tindahan ng secondhand dito dahil sila ang mga unang bumili (That’s why I don’t like secondhand stores here because they are the first to buy [stolen gadgets]),” he said.

The owner is grateful to the authorities who helped in recovering her phone.

“Hindi lang po phone ko ang naisalba kasi nandito rin po iyong photos ng family ko noong pumunta ako sa Australia, 22 years ko po kasi silang hindi nakasama (My phone wasn’t the only one that was recovered but also the photos of my family when I went to Australia. I haven’t seen them in 22 years),” she said.

“Pasalamat kayo sa Dios, (Thank God)” Moreno replied. “Manatili sana kayong maniwala na may gobyerno ang Maynila (Always remember that Manila has a government now).”—AAC

Manila intensifies port, market watch amid ASF outbreak in nearby provinces

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Manila has strengthened its monitoring against the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) amid reports that several provinces have already been affected by the deadly pig disease.

Veterinary Inspection Board Chief Dr. Nick Santos said in a statement that the Manila VIB has “strengthened its monitoring task force, to check all possible point of entries and distribution channels, including markets and ports, as well as all cold storage facilities in the City of Manila, especially Tondo and Binondo area.”

Santos added that they are particularly monitoring against the sale of double-dead meat or ‘botcha’.

The official noted that because the city doesn’t have farms and hog-raisers, Manila has the lowest percentage of hog mortality rate despite the spread of the disease in nearby provinces.

“In this case, prevention is our top priority,” he added.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed an outbreak of ASF in several provinces specifically in Rizal and Bulacan.

The DA through Secretary William Dar assured, however, that the outbreak has been managed and that the virus has already been contained.

Mayor Estrada considers phase-out of old tricycles in Manila City

admin   •   April 5, 2017

Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau personnel have begun apprehending drivers of ‘colorum’ tricycles traveling on major roads in Manila City.

The drivers could do nothing despite opposition from the City Hall’s new policy.

“We are working fairly, but they cause us problems,” a tricycle driver said.

“Dapat ang maganda sa kanila, magpa-permit sila, sumali sila sa mga TODA,” said Manila Traffic & Parking Bureau team leader Joe Tabao. (The right thing for them to do is to join organizations of tricycle drivers and operators.)

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is contemplating on phasing out old tricycle units in the city.

In fact, they have started to implement stricter rules in Binondo area.

Aside from out-of-line units, they have also barred old tricycle units from traveling.

“Eventually phaseout, gradual.  Dito phaseout na sila, di na sila makakapasok (Eventually they [tricycles] will be phased out gradually. They will be banned from the city),” Mayor Estrada said.

The avoid losing their livelihood, the city hall advises tricycle drivers to use e-trikes.

Fifty e-trike units have been distributed to beneficiaries.

“Siguro yung mabawasan yung gastusin sa gasolina, libre yung charging (This will help save expenses for gasoline. The charging is free), Benjamin Abton, a beneficiary of e-trike said.

But drivers claim they have difficulty in acquiring an e-trike unit.

“Kailangang kumpleto ng requirement e, hindi ka makakuha kung hindi kumpleto (You must complete the requirements to get an e-trike unit),” tricycle driver Jose Gumanit said.

According to the Manila traffic bureau, there are 25,000 tricycles operating in Manila City. However, only 5,000 units have secured a franchise and permit to operate. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

Huge waves dump truckloads of garbage on Roxas Blvd

admin   •   July 8, 2016

Huge wave due to strong wind brought by torm dumps truckloads of grabage along the shoreline of Manila Bay at Roxas Blvd, Manila.

Huge wave due to strong wind brought by torm dumps truckloads of grabage along the shoreline of Manila Bay at Roxas Blvd, Manila.

MANILA, Philippines — Strong waves were pounding the seawall along Roxas Boulevard because of the storm.

The waves also brought with it garbage from nearby areas. Scavengers took advantage of the situation to get plastic items that they could sell.

On the other hand, there were also a group of people busy getting the bamboos that were also swept up by the current to the Manila bay.

“We will use these to build pig pens,” Elmer Mercader said.

When the weather calms, the next problem for the city government is taking away the garbage and cleaning up the baywalk and the seaside.

In the past, it took several days and plenty of trucks just to get rid of the garbage.

Meanwhile, group of youngsters were enjoying taking a bath at sea despite strong waves and the garbage.

“It’s fun especially with the big waves.”

“(Does anyone forbid you?)”

“Nobody, even the coastguard are out of sight.”

Meanwhile, people residing at the shorelines and in flood-prone areas in Manila did not evacuate even if it was raining overnight.

The evacuation center in Delpan that can house 1,000 families was still empty as of noon today.

However, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office are still on standby in case a situation arises.

Also on standby are amphibian trucks and rescue boats.

“We are still on standby because you can’t say when the water level will rise and people will have to be evacuated. We are ready.” Delpan Evacuation Center’s Property and Building Custodian James Enriquez expressed their readiness.

(VICTOR COSARE/UNTV NEWS)

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