Out of job jeepney drivers in Manila turn to begging amid ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 14, 2020   •   718

MANILA, Philippines — Jeepney drivers in Manila were seen begging on the streets after losing their livelihood during the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The group of drivers, who are members of the Monumento, Baclaran, Blumentritt Transport Cooperative (MBBTC), took to Rizal Avenue to ask motorists for aid.

According to Noeme Bayona, one of the drivers, they are forced to seek help on the street now that the ECQ has been further extended in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Nakakahiya sana manghingi pero tinitiis para may makain (It’s humiliating to beg but we endure it so we can have something to eat),he said.

Most of the drivers are from far from their hometowns and have no other relatives living in Manila. In order to save money, they only eat once a day.

According to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, they have already provided aid to these jeepney drivers; however, they cannot sustain the supply due to the city’s limited sources.

“It was the local government unit of Manila that gave the first assistance,” he said.

Meanwhile, a group of mothers in Barangay 210, Sta. Cruz also took to the streets to ask motorists for assistance.

Evangeline Lousara, mother of one of the drivers, said they have already used up the assistance given by the Manila City government. They were also not listed in the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government.

Lalo na sa mga maintenance namin kasi na-extend na po ang quarantine (Especially for our maintenance because the quarantine is extended), she said.

For Noeme, he only hopes for public transportation to resume operations. —AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

‘No need to panic buy,’ Palace reminds public

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2020

Consumers in Metro Manila flocked to grocery stores after President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday night, approved the reversion of some areas to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in response to the medical frontliners’ plea for a two-week “timeout”.

This prompted Malacañang on Monday to remind the public not to panic buy amid the implementation of MECQ in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“Walang dahilan para mag-panic buying. Supplies are high, delivered in supermarkets in anticipation of bigger demand prior to MECQ,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Palace official reiterated that only essential establishments will remain open including supermarkets, banks, and hospitals. He also said that the “time out” will be used to strengthen the government’s testing, tracing, and treatment of COVID-19.

“This is primarily to accede to the demand of the frontliners for a break. A ‘time out,'” Roque said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Manila begins construction of first Muslim cemetery

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 22, 2020

The Manila City government will begin the construction of its first Muslim cemetery.

Manila City Mayor Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday (July 22) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the capital’s first Muslim cemetery.

The local government said the new cemetery will serve as an exclusive ground for the interment and transfer of remains of the city’s deceased Muslim residents.

Since Manila currently has no existing cemetery for Muslims, Domagoso said Muslim residents have to bring their departed to Bulacan, Taguig or Mindanao to bury them. But with the new cemetery, these residents will be able to abide by their beliefs and tradition for their departed loved ones.

“In recognition to the beliefs and tradition of our Muslim brothers and sisters, we are going to build the Manila Muslim Cemetery so that they will not travel far to bury their departed loved ones,” the Mayor said in a statement. AAC

Manila City arrests parents of young quarantine violators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 17, 2020

The Manila Police Officers arrested 34 parents of minors who reportedly violated quarantine protocols.

According to the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), the said minors violated curfew. The arrested parents will be facing charges in violation of City Ordinance No. 8243 or the Anti-Child Endangerment Act.

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Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Thursday, July 16, 2020

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso previously warned parents not to neglect their children and to discipline them especially during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

He also reiterated that the local government is serious in implementing its policies, and stressed that they would be forced to intervene if parents are found guilty of neglecting their children.

“We’re not happy about it. I am not happy. I don’t want to separate children and parents. But I will do that if you’re irresponsible parents,” the Mayor said. “I will intervene as government to take care of our children or minors. That is also the job of the government, to intervene.” AAC

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