Mayor Isko warns parents of street children in Manila: I will hold you responsible

Maris Federez   •   July 18, 2019   •   2683

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has warned the parents of street children in the nation’s capital that they will be held responsible for neglecting their children.

“Sa lahat ng mga magulang ng mga menor de edad na sinosoga ninyo, yung anak ninyo sa kalye, hinahayaan ninyo — nagso-solvent, humihilata sa avenida, Taft Avenue — e, baka akala ninyo hindi ko napapansin. One way or another, I will find a way kung paano ko kayo pananagutin sa inyong kapabayaan sa mga anak ninyo na menor de edad [To all parents of minors who let their children loiter the streets, sniffing solvent, lying down on the Rizal Avenue, Taft Avenue – you might be thinking that I never notice them. One way or another, I will find a way to hold you responsible for neglecting your children],” Domagoso said in a recent media briefing.

Mayor Domagoso made the statement after he was asked what happened to the so-called “solvent boys” seen in the streets of Manila, particularly on Rizal Avenue and Taft Avenue.

“Meron pa rin, panaka-naka [There are still a few of them there],” said the mayor.

He stressed that there should be ways to help these children.

“One of the main issues that I raised before the MDSWD (Municipal Department of Social Welfare and Development) and to our policemen is to kunin yung lahat ng solvent boy sa avenida, Rizal Avenue, mga parks, and so on and so forth, tapos dalhin sa MDSWD tapos dalhin Boys Town [is to round up all the solvent boys in the streets, Rizal Avenue, in parks and so on and so forth and then bring them to the MDSWD and then to Boys Town],” he said.

Mayor Isko, however, said that he is willing to talk to the parents of these children.

“Alam ko na challenging magpalaki ng anak. Totoo yan. Lahat naman tayo nakararanas niyan. Pero yung isoga mo nang isoga yung anak mo sa kalye, tapos yung parang balewala na lang lang sa iyo, na bahala na, e tingin ko naman wala namang masama na kung yung mga magulang ng mga batang ito makausap ko ng masinsinan [I know raising children is challenging. That’s true. We all experience that. But letting your child loiter the street, like you just don’t care, I think there’s nothing wrong if I talked to these parents in a serious manner],” he said.  

The mayor added that he is bent on breaking the “vicious cycle” of children living on the streets by making their parents step up and become more responsible.

In the same media briefing, Metro Manila police chief, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they back Domagogo’s drive to clean up Manila.

“Being the regional director of NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office), I’m really impressed sa kanyang ginagawa dun sa initial weeks pa lang ng kanyang panunungkulan. Lahat tayo’y gusto natin ang kanyang ginagawa [with what he is doing in the initial weeks of his administration. We all like what he is doing],” he said.

“Aside from the MPD (Manila Police District) which is fully supportive of the efforts of the mayor, I am committing the whole NCRPO to support this just like I am committed to support yung NCRPO outside of Metro Manila, lalo na yung nasa regional headquarters, to support hindi lang Metro Manila but lahat ng mga LGUs (local government units) na nangangailangan ng suporta namin [especially those in the regional headquarters, to support not just Metro Manila but all the LGUs that need our support],” he added. /mbmf

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)

US donates hygiene kits, handwashing stations to Manila City gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The government of the United States on Thursday donated hygiene kits and handwashing stations to the city government of Manila in support of the Philippine capital’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, US Ambassador Sung Kim said he visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo to handover 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Kim said the hygiene kits could provide additional protection against COVID-19 through the provision of items essential to practicing good personal hygiene.

The kits contain face masks, soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and toothbrushes.

“The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of the Manileños in facing this pandemic. The American people are pleased to support the City of Manila’s efforts to fight COVID-19,” Kim said.

To complement the donation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said it will continue to collaborate with the Manila City Health Office to help ensure that citizens can access quality tuberculosis services during the pandemic as well as to support the rollout of the Department of Health’s “Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE)” strategy to contain the pandemic.

USAID recently donated two ventilators to the Tondo Medical Center as part of the 100 ventilators that the U.S. government handed over last August 28 to the Philippine government.

To date, the U.S. government has donated over P1 billion ($22.6 million) to support the Philippines’ COVID-19 response.

PNP chief Cascolan eyes Danao as next NCRPO head

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan on Wednesday said he is considering Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr to be the next head of the Metro Manila police.

In a TV interview, Cascolan said Danao is competent and suited to lead the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

“Well, whether NCRPO or CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) is good but I would rather choose him for NCRPO because he is much better in the NCRPO,” he said.

Danao is the current chief of the Police Regional Office 4A and served as former head of the Manila Police District.

In response to Cascolan’s remark, Danao said he is ready to serve and do his best in whatever capacity.

“Rest assured that in whatever capacity I will be in, this representation, will always do its best to enforce the law without fear and favor, maintain peace & order, prevent and control crimes, and ensure public safety & internal security with the active support of the Community,” he said in a message to UNTV News.

Meanwhile, Cascolan said he is still evaluating the performance of current NCRPO director Major General Debold Sinas, adding that he could possibly be promoted to a higher position.

“Of course, the guy deserves also an evaluation and of course a promotion too. He has done good things and that’s all I can really say,” he said.

The PNP chief Sinas could be designated as directorial staff where he can put to use his expertise in training and recruitment of police personnel.

“I think he needs to be up to the directorial staff or in a certain position that is fit mostespecially for it. I believe he is an expert most especially with regard to training to personnel and training of recruits,” he said. “Debold is also a seasoned officer wherein he experienced a lot of things.”

Cascolan also revealed that he canceled the ‘midnight’ appointment of several PNP officials, which he said were made by former PNP chief Archie Gamboa a few days before his mandatory retirement.

He, however, refused to provide any details about the concerned officials and their positions. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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