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Manila breaks ground for Tondo condo projects

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Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso led the groundbreaking of the first in-city vertical housing project in Tondo under the #BuildBuildManila program. Domagoso took pride in the Tondominium 1 and 2 projects, worth nearly P1 bil...

Muntinlupa to lift liquor ban 

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Muntinlupa City Council agreed to pass an ordinance lifting the liquor ban but with restrictions for the duration of general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ. Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the city council is yet ...

Barangay in Pandacan under 2-day hard lockdown 

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Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso placed Barangay 847, Zone 92 in Pandacan under "hard lockdown". Executive Order 24 signed by Domagoso imposes hard lockdown in the said area for 48 hours, from 12 a.m. of June 1 unt...

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Imee wants supermarket employees to wear PPEs

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Senator Imee Marcos wants supermarkets to provide their workers with personal protective gear and disinfectants.

"'Yung isang malaking supermarket, binigyan lang sila (workers) ng face mask ng isang beses at ang mga sumunod na araw sila na ang dapat mag-provide ng kanilang mga gamit. 'Yung mga security guard naman, binigyan sila ng face shield pero pagdating sa face mask sila na ang bumili para sa kanilang sarili," Marcos said in a statement, without naming specific establishments.

"Ano ba yan, pati ba naman face mask ipagdadamot nyo pa sa sarili ninyong mga empleyado? Kakarampot na nga lang ang sinasahod ng mga cashier, bagger at promodizer, pero natitiis pa ninyong sila mismo ang bumili ng face mask at alcohol," she added.

The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry should investigate if the supermarkets in operation were complying with the guidelines they released, according to the senator.

Under the guidelines for establishments that are allowed to operate, employers were required to provide the appropriate face masks to workers, and sanitizers should be made available in areas where workers pass by.

Earlier, Senator Risa Hontiveros also called for mass testing of returning workers, including the asymptomatic, after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said not all employees had to be tested for COVID-19.

"Hindi mandatory ang COVID-19 testing. Kung symptomatic, i-test dapat. Pero kung hindi po, hindi mandatory ‘yan," Bello said, adding employers just have to comply with minimum health standards and strict sanitation protocols as they resume working.

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