by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019
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.
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.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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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