Last week, I gave my third State of the City (SOCA) address in a sober setting in the Manila City Council meeting room, which was joined by both elected and appointed Manila city officials.
Traditionally, I have a duty to explain to the citizens of Manila what the city government has done over the past year and how their money is being spent.
Despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, which brought all economic activities to a standstill not just in the city but around the world, the local government of Manila humbly managed to provide at least the most basic services specifically for the members of the underprivileged provide sectors hardest hit by the pandemic.
The city provided financial support to 15,000 senior citizens every month and without gaps; 1,800 people with disabilities; 5,000 single parents; 17,000 college students and 5,000 12th grade students.
About 700,000 families also benefit from the city’s COVID-19 Food Security Program (FSP), which distributes grocery cartons of staple foods such as rice, coffee and canned food every month to alleviate hunger caused by poverty resulting from the pandemic. This program has been running for six months.
A total of 22,563 people were rescued by the city’s emergency and rescue units; 3,742 families displaced by fire received financial aid, while 8,548 homeless people were cared for.
Around 460 people with disabilities were given free wheelchairs and 3,000 young people with special needs were cared for.
In view of the pandemic, we started the city’s online registration for our mass vaccination program that began in March before New Year’s Eve. On January 5th, the city also signed a contract to purchase 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, while in April we also signed a contract to purchase 400,000 doses of Sinovac.
The simulation exercises we carried out have paid off, as we now operate 22 locations per vaccination day over a longer period of 14 hours or from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., which goes far beyond that, as our vaccination teams administer the vaccines for as long as they exist. pending when and when vaccinations are available
None other than Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna leads the mass vaccination program, which also provides “home duty” for those who are bedridden or physically unable to go to vaccination centers.
Aside from our quarantine facilities, continued free RT-PCR testing, and building a laboratory and storage facility for molecular tests, the city has also built the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital with a capacity of 344 beds in a record 52 days.
Modern housing projects have also been introduced for the homeless and tenants. In addition to Tondominium 1, Tondonminium 2 and Binondominium, which are now 50 percent finished, we also have the BaseCommunity and the upcoming San Sebastian Residences, San Lazaro Residences and Pedro Gil Residences.
In particular, the number of new business applications in the city rose to 4,829 from January 1 to June 25, 2021, compared to 2,933 in the same period last year. For the first half of 2021 alone, property tax is already 71.36 percent and the total income from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 was 19,177,099,394 pence, an increase of 50.71 percent compared to the previous year .
In the education sector, a total of 137,217 tablets with SIM cards were distributed to students from elementary school to high school, while around 11,000 laptops were distributed to teachers in public schools.
For the current school year, the city is purchasing 60,820 additional tablets for newly enrolled students in public schools.
We have also allocated 120,600,000 pence worth of internet data for four months that can cover around 201,000 K-12 students.
There are also plans to build public schools that will be put on an equal footing with private schools. For the construction of the Dr. Alejandro Albert Elementary School was earmarked around 2 billion pesos; £ 1.9 billion for Rosauro Almario Elementary School and £ 1.3 billion to build Manila Science High School.
Since I am a product of the public school myself, we just want the public school students to enjoy what the private educational institutions experience. With God’s help, we can do this.
Gaya from Paulit-Kong-Sinasabi, Kailangan and all Ninyong-Lahat. Let Maynila introduce you to Batang Maynila. Manila, god first!
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