Muntinlupa-based SEA Games medalists to receive cash incentives from City Government

In the progressive city of Muntinlupa, the local residents who represented the Philippines in the recent 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Vietnam and won medals in a variety of sports events will receive cash incentives from the City Government, according to a Manila Bulletin news report. A few days ago, they visited Muntinlupa City Hall and met with outgoing Mayor and Congressman-elect Jaime Fresnedi.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

Athletes from Muntinlupa who won at the 31st Southeast Asian Games will be given cash incentives by the city government.

On June 1, Muntinlupa athletes who took home SEAG medals paid a courtesy call on Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.

Outgoing Mayor and Congressman-elect Jaime Fresnedi with a batch of 31st SEA Games medalists based in the city. (photo source – Muntinlupa PIO)
Another batch of Muntinlupa-based SEA Games with the Mayor. (photo source – Muntinlupa PIO)

They were Carlo Biado, gold medal, Men’s 10-Ball Pool Singles Event, and silver medal, Men’s 9-Ball Pool Singles Event; Shugen Pablo Nakano, gold medal, Judoka Men’s 66 kg.; Rose Ann Marie Robles, gold medal, Grindsky Esports (LOL: Wild Rift – Women Team Event); Keisei Pablo Nakano, silver medal, Judo Men’s 73 kg.; and Daryl John Mercado, silver medal, Judo Men’s 55 kg. Annie Ramirez also won a gold medal in Jiu-jitsu Women’s 62 kg.

The Muntinlupa-based SEA Games medalists in a discussion with the Mayor. (photo source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro of the Muntinlupa City Council told Manila Bulletin that they may pass the resolution giving incentives to them on Monday, June 6, during the regular session.

Under Muntinlupa Ordinance 18-229, Muntinlupa athletes who win medals in international, national, and regional competitions such as the Olympics, Asian Games, and SEA Games will be given cash incentives.

The above report ended stating that SEA Games winners will be given P30,000 for a gold medal, P20,000 for a silver medal and P10,000 for a bronze medal.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what can you say about this recent development? Are you happy to learn that several locals in the city won several medals for the Philippines in the SEA Games? Do the SEA Games medalists of your city inspire you to get into sports?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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One Muntinlupa dominates local elections, winners proclaimed

Very soon, the City of Muntinlupa will have a new mayor and a new congressman as a result of the dominance of the One Muntinlupa unity party in the recent local elections, according to the details of a Manila Bulletin news report. The winners have been proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

Ruffy Biazon is the new mayor of Muntinlupa, Jaime Fresnedi is the new congressman, and incumbent Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac got reelected as their One Muntinlupa councilors made a clean sweep of the election on May 9.

Re-elected Muntinlupa City Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac, Mayor-elect Ruffy Biazon and Congressman-elect Jaime Fresnedi showed their certificates on the day they got proclaimed. (photo source – Muntinlupa PIO)

The City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) proclaimed the winners of the election in Muntinlupa City on May 10 at the session hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod at the city hall complex.

Official results from the City Board of Canvassers showed Biazon, the incumbent congressman, garnered a total of 189,742 votes to win as mayor against Red Mariñas, who received 60,434 votes, or a margin of 120,308 votes. Nelson Benjamin got 1,153 votes while Oscar Marmeto received 1,069.

For congressman, Fresnedi, the incumbent mayor, won with total votes of 183,085 against Silverio Garing’s 52,530, or a margin of 130,555 votes.

Artemio Simundac won another term, winning the election with 131,882 votes, a lead of 34,315 votes against Oyo Boy Dioko who got 97,567.

Meanwhile, all 16 councilors of One Muntinlupa in Districts 1 and 2 won.

All the winners in one grand group picture. (photo source – Muntinlupa PIO)

The elected new councilors in District 1 are One Muntinlupa’s Raul Corro, Alexson Diaz, Paty Katy Boncayao, Rachel Arciaga, Ivee Arciaga, Allan Camilon, Jedi Presnedi and Ting Niefes.

Winning as councilors in District 2 are One Muntinlupa bets Lester Baes, Ryan Bagatsing, Luvi Constantino, Metong Sevilla, Marissa Rongavilla, Arlene Hilapo, Eliot Martinez and Dado Moldez.

The above report ended stating that over 250,000 local registered voters took part in the recent elections. Muntinlupa’s overall registered voter count is over 300,000.

With regards to the national elections, a majority of Muntinlupa City voters elected Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte as President and Vice President respectively. For the Philippine Senate, the number one candidate was Loren Legarda.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what is your reaction to One Muntinlupa’s complete dominance of the local elections? Were you able to vote this past Election Day? What do you hope to see from incoming Mayor Ruffy Biazon and from incoming Congressman Jaime Fresnedi?

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Muntinlupa City recognizes 2020-21 Bar passers, new lawyers urged to serve with integrity

Recently the City Government of Muntinlupa gave recognition to city residents who have passed the r2020-2021 Bar examinations.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has lauded the 39 new lawyers in the city and has given them certificates of recognition during the LGU’s flag raising ceremony last this past Monday.

“We are very proud of your achievements and for the honor that you have given to Muntinlupa. We welcome our new attorneys as we serve the people,” Fresnedi said in the program.

Among the 39 Bar passers is Erika Rose Sanchez – Corro, daughter of Muntinlupa City Majority Floor Leader Coun. Atty. Raul Corro, who has given an emotional response during the ceremony.

Corro recounted the struggles that the bar takers, including herself, have experienced as they prepared for the examination such as postponed Bar exam schedules, lockdowns, health and emotional challenges brought about by pandemic.

She also extended her thanks to the City Government and the city’s frontliners for the local COVID-19 response including the extensive vaccination drive as it helped her prepare for the 2020-21 Bar exams.

Meanwhile, Corro also encouraged her fellow Bar passers to serve with integrity and serve the Filipino people.

“Passing the Bar exam is just the beginning. What matters is what we can do with the privilege and responsibility that were given to us. I hope that we will be lawyers in the service of others and with integrity,” Corro noted.

Other Muntinlupa residents who passed the Bar exam and were given recognition were: Ainah Rae Labanta – Banzon, Jasmin Dimatatac Miroy, John Titan, Perla Vito Cruz Arroyo, Isabelle Alexis Yason, Gemma Tiama, Celyn Ann Mae Palacol, Ian Benjamin Tan, Alia Jan Delgado, Antonette Arciaga, Jaypherson Navarro, Clariza Reyes, Marian Shen Petilla, Reena Therese Marquez, Cesar Jan Entilla, Therese Mary Magdaluyo, Albertito Garcia, Michael Christopher Guidote, Joaquin Oscar Go III, Valentin Eduardo Miguel Prieto, John Philip Yeung, Sharmaine Maila Pacson, Jonas Gaiser, Arlyn Jophe Perol, Katherine Vera, Ma. Rosalia Emmanuel San Pedro-Ladignon, Nina Jasmine Marie Balbanero, Dominic Paolo Marquez, Hanna Hazel Agapay, Jose Miguel Pillas, Alexander Michael Po, Ivanhoe Magpantay, Vincent Pangan, Gretel Erum, Nicolin Anne Arcenas, Arvin Stephen Gagajena, Zaira Gem Gonzales, and Atreja Alvarez.

Last April 14, the Supreme Court released the results of the 2020-2021 Bar examinations, the first digitized and localized exam conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Supreme Court has recorded a passing rate of 72.28% with 8,155 law graduates who passed the Bar exams out of 11,402 test takers.

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Muntinlupa City Government launches Cityhood Harvest event in City Demo Farm, the first LGU-operated intensive hydroponics in NCR

In celebration of Muntinlupa’s 27th Cityhood Anniversary, City Government officials and local residents join the Cityhood Anniversary Harvest event in the City Demo Farm (Gulayan sa Lungsod ng Muntinlupa), the first LGU-operated intensive hydroponics in Metro Manila.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and Congressman Ruffy Biazon led the event last March 15 at the Muntinlupa City Demo Farm situated at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex (beside Environmental Sanitation Center), Brgy. Tunasan The local execs harvested various vegetables such as lettuce, mushrooms, herbs, and other produce.

The Demo Farm consists of various agricultural systems which can be visited by the public for viewing. City residents and visitors may also conduct their research on the farm for agricultural technologies and harvesting methods.

Other officials joining the ceremony were City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela, Vice Mayor Temy Simundac, Coun. Raul Corro, Coun. Louie Arciaga, Coun. Ivee Arciaga Tadefa, Coun. Allan Camilon, DA-ESO chief Malou Lobo, and other city government department heads.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (right) and Congressman Ruffy Biazon lead the ceremonial harvest event at the City Demo Farm last March 15 as part of Muntinlupa’s 27th Cityhood Anniversary. Also shown in the photo: (L-R) Coun. Louie Arciaga, Coun. Raul Corro, and City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

The City Demo Farm has an Edible Landscaping area with organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and medicinal plants. The construction of the landscaping facility was conducted in partnership with the UPLB Edible Landscaping Team.

Further, the demo farm is also comprised of an Herb Garden, Seedling Nursery, Mushroom House, SNAP Hydroponics, and NFT Hydroponics.

The installation of SNAP Hydroponics was conducted in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the “Gulayan sa Pamayanan Program.” The set-up can be replicated by small communities in their open spaces. While the NFT Hydroponics is a bigger system project capable of producing 2,000 lettuce heads per harvest.

Muntinlupa also revived the urban agriculture and urban farming to ensure food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent times, the City Government also partnered with DOST and University of the Philippines Institute of Plant Breeding (UP-IPB) for the training of communities on hydroponics farming technology.

DA-ESO is working with 20 Home Owners Associations, 17 youth organizations, 10 schools, 12 communities, and manages various urban gardens in local public spaces. The local government regularly conducts urban farming site visitations, online trainings and monitoring of communities to ensure the sustainability of the program.

For more information, visit DA-ESO Facebook Page or reach them at 5th Floor, Annex Building, City Government of Muntinlupa with tel. nos. 8861-6498 / 8861-3042.

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Maynilad customers in Muntinlupa City to get rebates soon

It has been weeks since the City Government of Muntinlupa pressed water concessionaire Maynilad for answers over the water service disruptions that negatively affected many customers around the city. In a recent development, Maynilad customers in Muntinlupa will soon receive rebates from the company, according to a Manila Bulletin news report.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

Customers of Maynilad Water Services in Muntinlupa will get rebates in their bills after the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) found the company liable for prolonged water service interruptions (WSI).

In a statement, MWSS-RO Chief Regulator Patrick Lester Ty said his office will impose a financial penalty on Maynilad for the water service interruptions that happened from December 2021 to February 2022 due “to the failure of its Putatan Water Treatment Plants (PWTP).”

Maynilad has two water treatment plants in Barangay Putatan, Muntinlupa, which draw raw water from the Laguna Lake and uses it to supply thousands of customers in Muntinlupa and other areas.

“Based on the evidence gathered from its investigation, the MWSS RO concluded that Maynilad failed to meet its Service Obligation of ensuring the availability of an uninterrupted 24 hour supply of water at seven (7) pounds per square inch (psi) minimum pressure to all connected Customers in its Service Area. Customers within the PWTP Supply Zone were found to have been deprived of water service obligation for at least fifteen (15 days), which adversely impacted their health and welfare,” said Ty.

The water service interruptions left thousands of Maynilad customers in Muntinlupa without water for up to 18 hours a day. In some areas, there was no water service for days.

Customers complained that the water coming out of their faucets was brownish in color, making it unusable for drinking or cooking.

According to Ty, MWSS-RO will “implement the financial penalty in the form of bill rebates to affected Maynilad customers within the PWTP’s Supply Zone by April. It is already in the process of identifying all accounts that will be covered by the Rebate Program, the rebate amount for each account, and the policies and procedures for carrying out the Program, in coordination with Maynilad.”

“It targets to conduct a Public Information Drive (PIDr) to clarify the bill rebates and inform affected customers of the nature, scope, and other details of the Rebate Program in March. Updates will be posted on the MWSS RO’s official Facebook page (@MWSS.RO) Twitter account (@mwssro) and website (ro.mwss.gov.ph),” he said.

The Muntinlupa City Council’s Committee on Environment conducted a public hearing last Feb. 8 on the water service interruptions in Muntinlupa with representatives from Maynilad and MWSS-RO.

Councilor Raul Corro, majority floor leader of the City Council, commended MWSS-RO for its decision to impose a penalty on Maynilad.

“The penalty imposed against Maynilad by MWSS RO was the subject of a public hearing conducted by the Sanggunian Panglungsod of Muntinlupa. In the public hearing and in the presence of MWSS RO officials, I formally asked the regulatory body to impose the proper penalties and bill rebates to thousands of households due to its inability to comply with its contractual obligations under the concession agreement,” he said.

“I commend MWSS-RO for exercising its mandate and showing concern to thousands of suffering Maynilad customers whose plea for help triggered the conduct of the public hearing,” Corro said.

“But imposing the penalties and bill rebates are not enough. Maynilad must be able to deliver 24-hour uninterrupted supply of water per its commitment under the concession agreement and that aside from the quantity, it must also deliver quality water that is safe and healthy for human consumption and for other daily household use,” the councilor added.

Ty said MWSS-RO issued a Notice to Explain to Maynilad last Feb. 11 “for its non-adherence to the WSI schedules announced through its public advisories on the planned WSIs caused by water quality problems at the PWTP.”

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about this newest development? If you are a Maynilad customer based in Muntinlupa, how fast do you think your rebate from the water company will come? Are you glad that the regulators rendered its decision on Maynilad?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Maynilad pressed for answers over severe water service interruption in Muntinlupa City

Are the councilors in your city doing their jobs on issues that affect you and your fellow citizens? In Muntinlupa City, the City Council and its members really worked as they pressed water concessionaire Maynilad for answers in a public hearing that happened very recently, according to a Manila Bulletin news report.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

The Muntinlupa City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 8, to investigate the severe water service interruption being experienced by customers of Maynilad Water Services in Muntinlupa and other cities and municipalities.

The City Council’s Committee on Environment, chaired by Councilor Marissa Rongavilla, conducted the hearing attended by Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac, Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro, other councilors, Maynilad representatives, affected customers and Chief Regulator Patrick Lester Ty, head of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO).

The MWSS-RO is a government agency tasked to ensure that the provisions of the concession agreement between MWSS and Maynilad are followed.

Maynilad customers in Muntinlupa started experiencing the water supply interruption last December. The water company cited the algal bloom and turbidity of raw water in the Laguna Lake as the reasons that affected the water production at its two Putatan Water Treatment Plants in the city.

Based on Maynilad’s latest advisory, the water supply interruption will last until Feb. 15.

Thousands of Muntinlupa customers of Maynilad have been experiencing no water supply for up to 17 hours a day. They have complained that water supply resumes at midnight, forcing them to stay up late so they can store water.

Rongavilla said the main problem of Maynilad customers are the water quantity and water quality. Customers have complained that they are getting brown water from their faucets, which is unusable for drinking or cooking.

She asked Maynilad to clearly explain to the public the solutions to the water supply problem in Muntinlupa.

MWSS-RO has been investigating the water service interruption problem of Maynilad. MWSS-RO chief Ty said they will come up with their findings this month.

MWSS-RO is looking out for the interest of the public. We are here to ensure that the public is protected,” said Ty.

He said there are options for MWSS-RO to penalize Maynilad. He said it can be a simple warning, disallowing the company’s expenses, or order Maynilad to give a rebate to its customers.

Last November, MWSS-RO penalized Maynilad and ordered it to rebate customers in Las Pinas.

Corro told Manila Bulletin that “we will await the investigation report of MWSS-RO Chief Regulator Patrick Lester Ty who promised to release it this February.”

“In the public hearing, we relayed the demand of the unsatisfied Maynilad customers to either declare a payment holiday or reduce the monthly bills or declare a rebate and impose penalties in accordance with the concession agreement due to lack of water supply (frequent water service interruptions) and due to poor quality of water (brownish color),” he said.

We also asked Maynilad to ensure that the Feb. 15 deadline it has announced to resume normal supply of water shall be done and that in case they cannot comply, penalties should be imposed by MWSS-RO and that they will increase their number of water tank trucks from the present 29 to supply water in the affected areas,” added Corro.

He said, “We also put on record that the people of Muntinlupa who are customers of Maynilad are very unsatisfied with their service and consider Maynilad’s reasons for the frequent WSI as ‘unacceptable’ considering that they have been operating the Putatan Water Treatment Plant for more than a decade already.”

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident or if you manage a business within the city, what can you say about this latest local development? How was the quantity and quality of water you received from Maynilad this past week? If your access to water was interrupted, how bad was it? Do you think that Maynilad is hiding something?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Public hearing and investigation on Maynilad will happen soon in Muntinlupa City

If you are a local resident or if you manage a business within Muntinlupa City, did you experience the recent water supply interruption? Be aware that the City Council of Muntinlupa will soon conduct a public hearing to get answers from water concessionaire Maynilad regarding the water supply interruption that affected many around the city, the Manila Bulletin reported

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

The Muntinlupa City Council will conduct a public hearing to investigate Maynilad on the severe water supply interruption being implemented that has affected thousands of households and businesses in the city.

Maynilad extended the water supply interruption to Feb. 15 instead of Jan. 20 that it earlier announced.

Households in Muntinlupa have experienced up to 18 hours without water service while other areas have no water supply for days.

According to the Muntinlupa City government, councilors are asking that people from Maynilad involved in the operation of water service should be the one to attend and not just any representative who cannot make a decision or explanation about the matter.

Among the topics to be discussed are asking Maynilad to deploy more water tankers to supply to different communities and payment holiday on the days without any water supply.

City Council Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro told Manila Bulletin that they are just awaiting the notice of public hearing from the City Council secretary and chairman of the committee concerned on the date of the public hearing.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about this newest development? What do you think Maynilad would say when it comes to explaining the recent water supply interruption? Was your household or your business negatively affected by the water supply interruption?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Council passes ordinance regulating movement of unvaccinated individuals

The Muntinlupa City Council passed an ordinance limiting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals following the consensus of Metro Manila mayors to enforce such restrictions.

Majority Floor Leader Coun. Raul Corro said the city council has approved an ordinance on Monday adapting MMDA Resolution No. 22-01 series of 2022 which urges Metro Manila Local Government Units to enact ordinances on the enhanced restrictions of the unvaccinated individuals and regulation of their mobility.

Corro added that the initiative is due to the alarming rise in active cases of COVID-19 and aims to pre-empt the adverse impact of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.

Under the local ordinance, all unvaccinated individuals Muntinlupa shall “remain in their residences at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services.”

Unvaccinated residents are also prohibited in indoor and al fresco dining in restaurants, food establishments, malls, hotels, event venues, sports and country clubs.

In addition, those who are not vaccinated will not be allowed domestic travel via public transportation by land, sea, and air except for the procurement of essential goods and services subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel.

While those in the workforce who haven’t received their COVID-19 vaccine yet shall be required to undergo an RT-PCR test every two (2) weeks at their personal expense and present a COVID-19 negative result prior to being admitted for work onsite consistent with the guidelines, rules, and regulations issued by the IATF and the Department of Labor and Employment.

However, in the event that the RT-PCR test or result is not immediately available, a Rapid Antigen Test may be utilized in lieu thereof.

Under the new ordinance, vaccination cards or RT-PCR tests will also be required from the public and government officials. Those availing the services of the City and Barangay shall be required to present Vaccination Card or RT-PCR result, physical or digital copy, showing proof of their full vaccination or negative COVID-19 status before entering any government office.

Elected officials and employees of the City and Barangay Government are also enjoined to follow the new regulation.

Violators will be penalized with a fine of P5,000.00 or imprisonment of one year. Under Republic Act No. 11332, a fine of Php 20,000.00 to Php 50,000.00 or imprisonment of not less than one (1) month but not more than six (6) months may also be imposed to violators.

Meanwhile, those who will falsify COVID-19 vaccine cards shall be prosecuted under Act No. 3815 or the Revised Penal Code, as amended, pursuant to Section 12 of Republic Act No. 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021.

The restrictions shall also cover individuals who reside outside of Muntinlupa but who work and travel to the city. The ordinance will be in effect during Alert Level 3 or higher and shall be automatically lifted once Alert Level 2 or lower is declared.

Recently, the City Government has required vaccination card or RT-PCR negative test from the public who will visit the City Government offices.

Muntinlupa City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela issued a memorandum ordering security personnel in Muntinlupa City Hall and other local government offices to require visitors to present their vaccination card or a negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test.

“Please be advised that everyone, including elected officials and department heads, entering the City Government of Muntinlupa (CGM) facilities must be required to present their Vaccination ID with proof that they are fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) or they can present an RT –PCR  test result done within two (2) weeks,” the local memorandum states.

The cost of RT-PCR test will be charged at the expense of the visiting public.

Meanwhile, employees found in violation of the order will be administratively sanctioned in accordance with the CSC rules and regulations.

As of January 9, Muntinlupa City has 29,408 confirmed cases with 27,131 recoveries, 1,695 active cases, 582 reported deaths, 0 suspect case, and 770 probable cases.

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The above information was sourced from an official press release. Some parts were changed for this website.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Council enacts ordinance scrapping the mandatory use of face shields within city limits

The collective push on making face shields non-mandatory in Metro Manila gained strength lately as City Council of Muntinlupa enacted an ordinance scrapping the mandatory use of the said things within the city’s jurisdiction, according to a Manila Bulletin news report.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

The Muntinlupa City Council has enacted an ordinance scrapping the mandatory use of face shields in the city.

Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro told Manila Bulletin that the City Council enacted the ordinance on Nov. 8. The ordinance, he said, lifted the mandatory use of face shields except in hospitals and clinics.

The approval of the ordinance came ahead of the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the use of face shields.

Interior Sec. Eduardo Año defended the issuance of executive orders (EOs) by Manila and Davao scrapping the use of face shields, saying mayors and local government units have the power to issue executive orders and ordinances under Republic Act 7160, the Local Government Code of 1991.

He cited Section 16 of the code, which states that “every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied there from, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.

Año was reacting to the comment by presidential spokesman Harry Roque who said the EOs are “null and void” for violating an executive order issued by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Personally, I give the Muntinlupa City Council’s enactment my approval. Face shields should no longer be required not simply because they are inconvenient to use but because they are less relevant given the much-improved situations in Metro Manila related to the pandemic. The daily national count of new COVID-19 infections are much lower now, more people in Metro Manila have practiced caution and followed local health protocols, more people have gotten vaccinated and fully vaccinated (29.8 million as of November 9, 2021), etc.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what can you say about this latest local development? Do you think the City Councilors made the right move? Have you personally encountered someone who strongly believes that using face shields should remain a requirement all over the country?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Quarantine Passes (QPs) of local residents are NOT required in Muntinlupa City during ECQ

The City Government of Muntinlupa announced that it will not be requiring quarantine passes (QPs) from its residents during the two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila from August 6 – 20, while the local vaccination operations will continue.

Muntinlupa Chief-of-Police PCol Melencio Maddatu Buslig said quarantine passes are not needed during the ECQ and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) will only need to present a Valid ID. Buslig reiterated that only APORs will be allowed to go out of their residence. He noted that random checkpoints will be installed along the National Road.

PNP Muntinlupa is set to strictly inspect the implementation of health protocols such as wearing of face mask with face shield and guidelines on public transportation. During the ECQ, only 50% of the capacity of jeepneys and buses will be allowed, while one passenger per tricycle and no back ride policy will be implemented.

Meanwhile, members of Muntinlupa City Police Station will mount barricades and cones in the local border quarantine control points located at San Pedro-Tunasan Boundary, Susana Heights Exit, Sucat-Taguig Boundary, and Biazon Road – Alabang Boundary, effective at midnight of August 6.

Further, the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) announced that the vaccination in Muntinlupa will continue regardless of community quarantine classification.

“Magpapatuloy ang vaccination sa Muntinlupa anuman ang klasipikasyon ng community quarantine. Hindi po tayo titigil sa pagbabakuna dahil ito ang depensa natin laban sa Covid-19, ano pa mang variant ito,” MunCoVac posted in its Facebook page.

MunCoVac clarified that city residents with schedule for vaccination will be allowed to go out of their residence during the ECQ. Residents will only need to present the text message from MunCoVac or their vaccination card (scheduled for second dose) to be considered as APOR.

The Muntinlupa City Council passed an ordinance expanding the list of APOR during the ECQ to include persons with confirmed vaccination scheduled from MunCoVac and those who will register in the vaccination center nearest their residence within their respective barangays.

This is in addition to the recognized APOR listed in the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine as of May 20, 2021.  Under the IATF resolution, the list of APOR include: health and emergency frontline services and uniformed personnel, government officials and employees on official travel, duly-authorized humanitarian assistance, persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons going to and from the airport, anyone crossing zones for work in permitted industries, and public utility vehicle operators.

Majority Floor Leader Coun. Raul Corro said the initiative aims to assist in the thrust of the local government to achieve maximum vaccination of the targeted population during the ECQ.

City residents are urged to avail the vaccination service of the local government especially during the ECQ for them to have an added protection against the adverse effects of COVID-19. Muntinlupa City residents may register in the city’s COVID-19 vaccination registration through www.vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac.

As of August 4, there are 326,157 vaccines deployed in Muntinlupa, of which 189,907 are first dose (49.2% of the target) and 140,568 are second dose (36.4% of the target).

The liquor ban will be also reinstated in Muntinlupa during the ECQ as part of the city’s tighter COVID-19 response efforts.

Under City Ordinance No. 2021-216, business establishments that violate the liquor ban will be closed for one week for the first offense and their business permits will be revoked for the second offense.

While persons who are caught selling liquor and other alcoholic beverages will be fined P2,000 for the first offense and P5,000 for the second; and persons who are considered buyers or consumers will be meted P2,500 for the first offense and P5,000 for the second offense.

Curfew hours in Muntinlupa during ECQ will be from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM

As of August 4, Muntinlupa City has 743 active cases, with 14,080 recoveries, 15,213 confirmed cases, 390 reported deaths, 25 suspect cases, and 1,480 probable cases.

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The above information was sourced from the official press release of the Muntinlupa PIO. Some parts were changed for this website.

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