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MMDA supports Isko’s ‘Pagkain sa Basura’ program

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Manila Mayor-elect Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso | Courtesy : Facebook Page

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supports Manila Mayor-elect Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso’s platforms including the ‘Pagkain sa Basura’ program.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said they will cooperate with the mayor elect to lessen the waste in Manila.

“Kami ay makikipagtulungan kay Isko Moreno para sa Maynila kung ano ang problema ng basura dito ay walang dahilan kung bakit hindi iyan maa-address kung tayo’y makikipatulungan sa mayor (We will cooperate with Isko Moreno for Manila. There is no reason it [garbage problem] will not be addressed if we cooperate with the mayor),” he said. 

According to MMDA’s Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (FCSMO), 400 truckloads of garbage were collected from the Manila Bay cleanup. This is equal to 3,018 cubic meters of rubbish and silt collected from January 27 to May 17.

Lim assured they will continue the clearing operations on Manila’s waterways.

“Pati ang mga canal, drainage kine-clear natin iyan para iyong pagbaha, magtatag-ulan na naman so tuloy-tuloy ‘yan hindi tuwing bago magpasukan, (We will clear the canals, and drainage to avoid flooding during rainy season. So we will continue this before the school opens)” Lim added. 

The department also said they plan to install cisterns or tanks in preparation for the rainy season. However, they are still deciding on which areas to install them.

Lim reiterated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should coordinate with them in order to place cisterns in Manila.

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MMDA chairman supports hazard pay for traffic enforcers

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim said he supports the implementation of hazard pay for traffic enforcers.

Lim added the department is already providing medicines and insurance but that does not cover casual and job order traffic enforcers. He welcomes the provision of hazard pay.

“Welcome na welcome po iyan. We have made some moves before para mag-request ng hazard pay, 18 years na. Every year naman gumagawa tayo ng recommendations para maayos yan, (That is very welcome. We have made some moves before to request hazard pay, for 18 years. We make recommendations every year to sort it out),” he said.

According to a study headed by scientist Emmanuel Baja, MMDA traffic enforcers face health risks which include high blood pressure and other heart and lung complications.

Researchers found lead, a toxic chemical, in the blood of 158 MMDA personnel assigned to EDSA from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Currently, the traffic enforcers don’t have any kind of hazard pay as part of their salary. This evidenced-based research could help them ask for certain compensation from the Department of Budget and Management and local government units,” according to Baja.

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NCRPO reports no ‘terror attack’ in Manila LPG blast

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Courtesy : NCRPO

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has reported that the Manila LPG blast on Sunday (June 2) which injured seven people, is not a terror attack.

According to NCRPO chief Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Sunday, investigators did not find any traces of  improvised explosive device (IED) in the blast.

“Gusto lang natin ipaalam sa ating mga kababayan na walang nakita so far na IED parts. Ibig sabihin hindi po ito konektado sa ano mang terror attack, (We want to inform the public that there are no traces of IED parts. This means that it is not connected to any terror attack)” Eleazar said.

An LPG tank leaked and caused an explosion at a food establishment in Barangay 400 in Sampaloc, Manila Sunday morning.

Seven people were injured while around 10 vehicles were damaged.

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5 drug suspects nabbed in Manila

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – At least 30 grams of shabu estimated to worth around P204,000 were seized from five drug suspects arrested in Paco, Manila on Thursday.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspects as Michelle Cadlaon, Marissa Antig, Mary Jane Lopez, Alfredo Aniag and Ariel Monoy.  

The suspects were arrested around 12:45 p.m. on Thursday after a search warrant was served by the joint elements of PDEA Special Enforcement Service and the Manila Police District’s Station 5.

Authorities launched the operation following information that the two-storey shanty where the suspects were found, was a drug den. This was allegedly maintained by Cadlaon and Antig.

Authorities also confiscated from the suspects several drug paraphernalia, including aluminum foils and disposable lighters.

Both Antig and Cadlaon confessed to peddling illegal substances but denied allegations they owned it.

PDEA said charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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