Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has announced that he had requested the Manila City Council headed by presiding officer Honey Lacuna to study the possibility of dropping the use of face shield in the nation’s capital.
In an interview, Moreno expressed belief that mandating the use of face shields is just an additional expense for the citizens of Manila who are reeling from the econimic onslaught brought about by the pandemic.
“Pinaaaral ko na sa konseho kasi gastos lang yan sa tao eh. Antabayanan ninyo,” the mayor said.
He added: “Ginagawa lang headband, tumatalsik, yung matatanda nadadapa nahihirapan huminga tapos basura pa. Last year lito tayo lahat naiiintindihan ko pero ngayon me siyentipikong pag-aaral na eh.”
Meanwhile, Moreno said the city government continues to give Remdesivir, a life-saving drug for severe or critical COVID-19 cases.
On the other hand, the city’s stocks of Tocilizumab are now dwindling but assured the public that Lacuna is working hard for resupply.
The local government of Manila had been giving free Tocilizumab to Manilans and non-Manilans alike, to as far as Baguio, Pampanga, Batangas and other provinces. The said life-saving drug is expensive and readily accessible.
“August pa tayo bumili but it is not guaranteed na makakakuha tayo sa October. Si Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna talagang inaantabayanan niya ‘yan,” Moreno assured Manilans.
He also urged those aged 17 and below to pre-register with www.manilacovid19vaccine.ph so that once the green light is given to vaccinate them, they can get jabbed immediately.
The mayor also said adults who have registered before may just add the minor members of their household by clicking ‘add family’ although they may still register on their own if they want. ANDI GARCIA
Photo: Isko Moreno Twitter