Mayor Isko signs ordinance requiring fast food chains to hire senior citizens, PWDs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 6, 2020   •   796

Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso

Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has signed an ordinance that would require fast food chains in Manila to hire senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD).

Under Ordinance No. 8598, fast food chains in Manila will have to provide temporary employment for qualified senior citizens and PWDs for “not more than six months.”

“Each branch of the Fast Food Corporations under this Ordinance shall give employment to at least two senior citizens and one PWD with a salary of at least the minimum wage provided under the Labor Code and with a minimum four hours work for at least four days each working week,” the ordinance reads.

The ordinance also states that tasks that would be given to employed senior citizens or PWDs should not be hazardous to their health or are beyond their capacity.

“Providing jobs for senior citizens and PWDs was among the pilot projects of the Domagoso administration as part of its social amelioration program,” according to a press statement of the Manila City Public Information Office.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Mayor Isko announces start of Manila Zoo redevelopment

Maris Federez   •   July 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Saturday (July 25) led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the “Bagong Manila Zoo”.

In the city’s news release on Saturday, Domagoso said that the redevelopment and rehabilitation of Manila Zoo is part of his administration’s agenda to stimulate the city’s economy in the long term.

According to the Manila Department of Engineering and Public Works, the infrastructure project that will cover 51,000 square meters of the recreation facility is worth P1,736,400,000 and the target duration for the completion is 19 months.

The project began on Manila Zoo’s 61st founding anniversary.

The advisory also said that “the city government will build a sewage treatment plant, a materials recovery facility and a new veterinary hospital” under the redevelopment plan.

“It will also include the construction of new habitats for animals, gardens, public toilets, a museum, a restaurant and a new parking area, among others,” it added.

The mayor said that with these plans, he hopes to build a zoo which he said is “better than the Singapore Zoo”.

“You are going to witness this, we are going to build in the near future the best zoo in Asia,” Domagoso said during his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“I am happy that we are not only going to build a zoo, a clean zoo, but a healthier zoo for our animals. I want the best for you, mga Batang Maynila,”he said.

In January  2019, the previous administration ordered the closure of the Manila Zoo after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) tagged the facility as a “major pollutant of Manila Bay” for dumping untreated sewage into Estero de San Antonio Abad. — /mbmf

Ikalawang walk-in COVID-19 testing center, binuksan sa Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Binuksan na rin ng Manila City government ngayong araw ang isa pang COVID-19 walk-in testing center bilang tugon sa dumaraming bilang ng mga nagpapasuri para sa nakakahawang respiratory disease.

Ang walk-in testing center ay matatagpuan sa Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center.

Ayon kay Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, aabot sa 100 pasyente ang maaaring tanggapin sa center na bukas mula alas-otso ng umaga hanggang ala-singko ng hapon, tuwing Lunes hanggang Biyernes.

Libre ang pagpapa-test sa naturang pasilidad at bukas ito maging sa mga hindi residente sa lungsod ng Maynila.

“First come, first served kasi we don’t want to make it exclusive. We want to make it available to everybody. Ang matiyaga, may nilaga, dadalhin mo lang I.D.,” ani Domagoso.

Blood sample ang sinusuri sa center gaya ng ginagawa sa rapid testing. Sa loob ng isang araw ay maaari nang malaman ang resulta.

Kung positibo ang resulta ng pagsusuri, isasailalim ang pasyente sa swab test nang walang kailangang bayaran.

Ito na ang ikalawang walk-in testing center sa lungsod ng Maynila kasunod ng pagbubukas kamakailan ng isa pang pasilidad sa Ospital ng Sampaloc na kayang tumanggap ng 150 pasyente kada araw.

Ayon kay Domagoso, tatlo pang walk-in testing centers ang plano nilang buksan sa mga susunod na araw.RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Elderly PUV drivers appeal to be allowed to resume driving despite age

Marje Pelayo   •   June 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Buses, modern jeepneys, and UV Express units will be allowed to ply on major roads starting June 22 on the condition of limited passenger capacity and under strict social distancing protocols. 

But based on the guidelines issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), elderly drivers of public utility vehicles (PUV) or senior citizens are still not allowed to go back to driving as they are part of the vulnerable sector who are prone to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

This was what the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) said in Resolution No. 28 issued on April 23 saying that the elderly or senior citizens are among the high-risk individuals.

But some drivers appealed to the government to allow them to go back to their job, especially those who are fit to drive like Alberto Manuel Jr. 

Manuel said he can still drive at his age of 76 and being a jeepney driver has been his ‘bread and butter’ for almost 56 years now. 

“Ang lisensya ko sa 2023 pa mag-expire. Pagdating ng 2023 ang edad ng lisensya ko 59 years na, mag-si-senior citizen na rin[ My license will expire in 2023. Come 2023, my license will be 59 years old, close to being a senior citizen as well],” Manuel said.

“Malakas pa naman ako. Malinaw pa ang mata ko [I’m still strong. My vision is still clear], he added.

Also an elderly, Allan Ocampo has been a jeepney driver for 30 years now. 

He is a member of ‘Barcads,’ a group of UV Express drivers in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Ocampo said the government should take into consideration the condition of senior citizens who are still able to drive as this is their only source of income. 

Sa akin hangga’t malakas kahit senior na [For me, (I can still work) as long as I’m strong despite being a senior citizen],” Ocampo said.

“Parang inaalisan na nila ng karapatan ang isang tao, ang isang senior na gusto pang magtrabaho [It’s like they have taken away the rights of a person, the rights of an elderly who still wants to earn a living],” added Carlito Tumbaga who is also a senior citizen.

Meanwhile, the UNTV News team has sought the LTFRB’s side on the issue but the agency has no reply as of this writing. MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

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