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Manila ready to send search and rescue teams to Lawin-hit areas

Manila’s search and rescue (SAR) teams have been alerted to be possibly sent to northern Luzon to help in rescue and relief efforts in areas battered by Super Typhoon Lawin. “We are fortunate that Lawin did no damage to Manila. But we should think of those who bore the brunt of the typhoon’s fury, and they need help,” Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said, as he directed search and rescue teams of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) for possible deployment. Estrada said the city government has coordinated with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and other government agencies and relief organizations to determine how Manila could help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts. MDRRMO head Johnny Yu assured the SAR teams’ readiness for immediate deployment: “We are ready. …

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Okada Manila: 44-hectare massive integrated resort set to open in December

Okada Manila is envisioned to become a massive integrated resort that is “nothing like anyone has seen” that will rise in the Entertainment City in Paranaque. A game changer not only in terms of its scale but in its impact to the tourism industry, it is set to open its doors in December. Located on a 44-hectare land, it currently has more than 18,000 construction workers employed to finish the first phase of the property. “We’re on target and we’re anticipating a particularly special event when we do open,” Okada Manila President Steve Wolstenholme said of the flagship development of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment. The first phase of the project will cover the casino floor, two hotel wings, nightclub and beach club, retail area, restaurants, and an iconic fountain, which will be …

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(WATCH) Militants’ protest rally vs US turns bloody, 60 injured

A protest rally staged by militant groups, national minorities, and indigenous people in front of the United States (US) Embassy in Ermita, Manila to condemn military and economic intervention of the US turned bloody when they tried to resist police dispersal, leaving over 60 injured. Minority alliance SANDUGO said their program was about to culminate when Col. Marcelino Pedroso of the Manila Police District allegedly green-lighted the violent dispersal. Police reportedly then released tear gas and rammed a mobile patrol vehicle through the ranks of the protesters. Police armed with truncheons also chased after the protesters from Roxas Boulevard to Kalaw Street. At least three protesters, including SANDUGO Lead Convenor Piya Macliing Malayao, Quenilyn Gromeo of Anakbayan-PUP, and Baling Katubigan, a 61-year old Lumad woman from Kasalo, CARAGA were reportedly hit by the …

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Vista Residences carves a community in paradise

Vista Residences is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to own a “piece of paradise” with Costa Vista Boracay. The condominium arm of Vista Land is unveiling a grand community – comprised of six stunning residential towers, private villas, and a hotel – in the island destination which will span six hectares. It will offer an authentic beach lifestyle desired especially among those who have dwelled in urban cities for a long time. Costa Vista Boracay is located on Punta Bunga beach at the island’s north-western tip, in between Shangri-La and Movenpick Hotels. “[The neighboring properties in the area] are all resorts and you cannot own a piece of it. You can only book a room. Here, you can actually own a unit — whether you have it rented out, or you use …

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Estrada: No anti-Muslim plot in Quiapo drug raid

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada yesterday clarified that the drug raid in Quiapo’s Islamic Center last Friday was aimed at flushing out and arresting users and pushers of illegal drugs, whether or not they are Muslims. “Ito’y hindi laban sa Muslim. Laban lang sa droga. We’re telling our Muslim brothers that we are not against them.  We’re against addicts and pushers,” Estrada said of the Quiapo raid, the first police operation at the Islamic Center since the Marcos years. Estrada added that the raid should serve as warning to city and barangay officials involved in the illegal drugs trade. Incumbent Barangay 648 Chairman Faiz Macabato, who was killed in the bloody anti-drug operation, was among those who did not submit a list of drug users and pushers in his jurisdiction, Estrada added. “He didn’t submit …

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Estrada: Tear down junkshops along Onyx

Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday ordered the tearing down of junkshops that line Onyx Street in San Andres Bukid. Estrada sent road clearing crews to clear the stretch of Onyx from Florentino Torres Street to Zobel Roxas Street, and the section of Zobel Roxas from Palma to Onyx and Tejeron streets. “Onyx is a vital highway that connects Makati and Manila. It is high time that we clear this thoroughfare for the convenience of the motorists and the commuting public,” Estrada said. Task Force Manila Cleanup Head Che Borromeo said there are around a hundred junkshops along Onyx alone. Illegally parked vehicles, shanties and illegal structures at the center island also made the road narrower. He added the junkshops along Onyx will be individually checked and those with no business permits face sanctions. A wooden …

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Erap bans parking along Rizal Avenue

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has declared the entire 6.5-kilometer stretch of Rizal Avenue a no parking zone, following a road clearing operation yesterday that saw the arrest of a parking fee collector, in a bid to address the rampant illegal parking problem in the area. “This is a major highway. Why parking is allowed along this narrow road is beyond me,” the Manila mayor said. “ “Beginning today, the entire stretch of Rizal Avenue is now a no parking area: parking in any part of this road will no longer be allowed anytime,” Estrada stressed. A total of 30 tricycles, five motorcycles, 15 light vehicles, and two “kuligligs” or motorized pedicabs were also towed by traffic enforcers. During the operation along the portion of Rizal Avenue--from Carriedo to Abad Santos Avenue--the Manila Traffic …

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Estrada wants P100-M funding for drug rehab center in Manila

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he will ask for a P100 million funding from the national government to hasten the construction of a specialized drug rehabilitation center at the city-owned Manila Boystown Complex in Marikina City. Estrada said the fund will cover the construction of a 100-bed building in a five-hectare portion of Boystown facility in Parang, where drug users who surrendered to authorities will undergo rehabilitation. “We need the help of the national government,” Estrada said in an interview. In the planned drug rehabilitation center, Estrada said the city government will take care of the maintenance and operational costs, including the meals, medicines, and vital needs of the drug patients.

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Convenience of a CBD without city congestion

City living without the usual stress that comes with an urban setting is what Alveo Land promises with the launching of the final addition to The Veranda’s four-building midrise condominium development in Arca South. “The Veranda appeals to a market looking for the convenience of a CBD (Central Business District) without the hassles of city congestion,” Alveo Land Senior Division Manager for Project Development Antonio Sanchez III said. North Veranda, the final addition to the development, is being offered at an average price of P140,000 per sqm. Sanchez said the project was launched ahead of time because of its connectivity and accessibility. “We launched The Veranda in Arca South back in 2014 and it was supposedly a four-year pipeline for us, but after just two years of selling, we’re already ready to launch the …

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Estrada orders clearing of clogged drains, creeks

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has ordered the clearing of clogged drains and creeks to reduce flashfloods in the city. He gave the order after the Task Force Manila Cleanup, which has been conducting road clearing operations, discovered that most of the sewerage in the city–especially those in Divisoria, Binondo, and Quiapo–are clogged with tons of refuse, mostly fruit and vegetable peelings, and plastic wrappers and containers. “It’s disappointing that the drainage systems that are built to prevent flooding have become garbage dumps. People have never learned,” Estrada said. He said one of the principal reasons he launched the road clearing operations is to drive away undisciplined illegal vendors that clog the drains with their garbage. He also said the unabated dumping of garbage in the drainage and creeks has been a serious concern since …

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