Isko eyes new ‘hard lockdown’ In Tondo, Sta Cruz, San Andres, Malate

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno continuously works at the Manila City Hal as he assures 56,480 senior citizens who have not het received their P1,500 financial assistance that they will get theirs as soon as possible and that no one will be left out, adding that the city will also be providing them milk supplements. This as he eyed putting more areas under another ‘hard lockdown.’ Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MAYOR  Isko Moreno and his team are studying the possibility of putting Tondo, Sta. Cruz, San Andres and Malate under a hard lockdown, similar to what was done in Parola, Tondo and most recently, Sampaloc.

This, as rumors began swirling Monday that the Manila Police District (MPD) is gearing for the said planned lockdown in the areas under the MPD Stations 1, 2  3, 5,7 and 9.

Station 4 chief Col. John Guiagui, who was on top of the Sampaloc lockdown from April 23 to 25  was a success in that it paved the way for the rapid testing of over 800 residents and swab tests on 68 patients by personnel from the city government of Manila, on orders of the mayor. A total of 160 persons were arrested during the said hard lockdown.

Station commanders were directed by District Operations and Plans Division PLt. Col. Anne Mangelen to finalize and present their security plans in their respective areas of responsibility, complete with powerpoint, although it is yet to be known if said lockdowns will be for a day or two.

The details to be considered in the planning include the deployment of personnel per shift, roving personnel, entry and exit points, holding areas for arrested persons, quarantine control points and hotspots, among others.

Meanwhile, Mayor Isko Moreno assured 56,480 senior citizens who have not yet received their P1,500 financial assistance that they will get their share as soon as possible and that no one will be left out, adding that the city will also be providing them milk supplements.

Moreno said a total of 140,000 senior citizens have already been given financial assistance through their respective barangays.

The mayor added that a week ago, he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is also presiding officer of the Manila City Council, have already met and prepared for additional assistance funding in case the enhanced community quarantine is extended.

“Yung mga di pa nagkamit, kayo po ay magkakamit pa rin. ..kung meron sa inyo na nasa loob ng Maynila, nakatira o nakarehistro sa Maynila” Moreno said, adding that the additional assistance of milk supplement is meant as “pandagdag proteksyon sa inyong kalusugan.”

Moreno also said the distribution of the P1,000 monthly allowance of students from the Universidad de Manila and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila continues.

Provision of such cash allowances including  P500 monthly for  Grade 12 students, PWDs, solo parents and senior citizens and then P1,000 monthly for PLM and UDM students, are contained in Manila City Ordinances number 8564 and 8565  which were passed by the Manila City Council under Vice Mayor and presiding officer Honey Lacuna, Majority Floorleader Joel Chua and members of the majority bloc last year.

Moreno also bared he has approved the release of P5,000 cash allowances for about 11,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel in the city’s public elementary and high schools, as assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.