Manila hotels, motels to house medical workers

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko commandeers motels and hotels in Manila for health workers. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MOTELS and hotels in Manila have been ‘commandeered’ by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for the purpose of serving as ‘staging areas’ of health workers working at the city’s six public hospitals and in national hospitals as well that are located within the city.

The move is part of a series of actions and directives being issued and undertaken by the city government of Manila relative to the enhanced community quarantine being implemented as an offshoot of the coronavirus situation in the country, even as Moreno strongly urged the residents to strictly heed the national government’s call to stay at home and observe proper precautions.

Moreno said he has directed the Manila Health Department and hospital directors to provide a list of health personnel living outside Manila so that they can be accommodated in hotels and motels located in the city, for the purpose of easier access to their workplace. So far, he said SOGO has offered 421 rooms;  Eurotel, 50 rooms and Town and Country, 60 rooms.

It was learned that the city government has come up with vehicles that would take its health workers to and from the hospitals.

Moreno expressed gratitude to establishhments  that have responded positively, along with those who have been donating food, protective gear for health personnel and hygiene and sanitation products, among others.

Meanwhile, Moreno announced that tax measures have been put in place to mitigate the economic effects of the current situation, among them the extension of the first quarterly installment and transfer of ownership regarding real properties.

There is also a temporary suspension of surcharges and penalties for traffic violation tickets issued.

Moreno lamented that a total of 16 persons had to be arrested for violation of the curfew ordinance and even for being drunk in the streets.

‘Pakisuyo lang. Itigil nyo muna ang inuman. Di naman mawawala ang alak. Kailangan nating magkaisa sa panawagan ng Pangulo. Seryosohin natin ang sitwasyon,’Moreno said as he bared the other night that in Manila, the number of PUIs (persons under investigation) is 18, seven of them just new.

The total number of cases in the city is nine, with four becoming the latest addition. The number includes a couple residing in Pandacan, a resident from Tondo and another one from Quiapo.  

Meanwhile, barangays in Manila have begun issuing quarantine passes wherein one member from each household will be given a pass for the purpose of being able to go out and buy necessities.