Manila looks forward to robust economic recovery, urban renewal and transparent governance

Manila Mayor-elect Dr. Maria Sheilah ‘Honey’ Laguna-Pangan and outgoing Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso. PHOTO BY UST VARSITARIAN

TODAY, June 24, 2022, is the 451st anniversary of the founding of the city of Manila.

A settlement called Maynilà had existed since at least the 13th century. The name comes from the Sanskrit word for indigo, as the plants needed for this dye were native to the surrounding area.

The Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi founded a city in the name of Spain on June 24, 1571. That he kept the local name, Manila, is quite surprising because June 24 is Saint John’s Day, so silver clever would have been on calling this new colony, San Juan.

With its sheltered port, Manila flourished during the 17th and 18th centuries as it was a key port for the Spanish Empire on the growing trade routes between the Philippines and Mexico.

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Although not everything was easy; the city was invaded by the Chinese in 1574 and attacked by the Dutch in the mid-17th century. In 1762, during the Seven Years’ War, the city was captured and briefly held by the British.

On June 24, 1976, then-President Ferdinand Marcos established Manila as the capital of the Philippines and seat of the national government.

Artist's impression of the President Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital, which had its groundbreaking ceremony at the Baseco Compound in the port area of ​​Manila on October 18, 2021. The three-storey facility has 50 beds and a fully operational emergency room.

Artist’s impression of the President Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital, which had its groundbreaking ceremony at the Baseco Compound in the port area of ​​Manila on October 18, 2021. The three-storey facility has 50 beds and a fully operational emergency room.

Palace declared June 24 a public holiday in Manila

Malacañang has declared Friday, June 24 a special day off in Manila to celebrate the 451st anniversary of the founding of the capital.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Proclamation No. 1400, which declared the holiday special on June 22, two days before the commemoration.

Medialdea wrote in the proclamation that it was entirely appropriate that Manileños be allowed to commemorate the 451st Araw ng Maynila while adhering to minimum health standards due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is only right and proper that the people of the city of Manila have full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to public health measures by the national government,” the statement said. proclamation.

Manila City Local Government Unit (LGU) will hold a float parade competition on June 24 to celebrate the founding anniversary of the city. The parade is part of the Nilad Festival 2022. Different departments of LGU Manila will participate in the said competition.

Plaza Yuchengco was recently launched in Escolta, Manila.  The new park has 284 meters, 24 most flowering native trees, 14 plant containers, 8 plant wells, 28 double streetlights, bollard lights, concrete walkways, cycle paths, green spaces and benches.  Among those who attended the ceremonies were Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna with Helen Yuchengco-Dee, President of the Yuchengco Group of Companies.

Plaza Yuchengco was recently launched in Escolta, Manila. The new park has 284 meters, 24 most flowering native trees, 14 plant containers, 8 plant wells, 28 double streetlights, bollard lights, concrete walkways, cycle paths, green spaces and benches. Among those who attended the ceremonies were Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna with Helen Yuchengco-Dee, President of the Yuchengco Group of Companies.

According to the Manila Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts (DTCAM), “Nilad” is a cultural icon representing Manila’s travel and history.

“A budding plant trying to trace and find its origin so that it can bloom again and be visible not only to the country but also to the rest of the world,” he wrote on his website.

The country's most modern public hospital or the new Ospital ng Maynila will be inaugurated today June 24, 2022 on the occasion of the Manila Day celebration (left).  Mayor Isko Moreno with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna at the new Ospital ng Maynila.

The country’s most modern public hospital or the new Ospital ng Maynila will be inaugurated today June 24, 2022 on the occasion of the Manila Day celebration (left). Mayor Isko Moreno with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna at the new Ospital ng Maynila.

Lacuna expressed his gratitude to Manileños for the overwhelming support and honor given to him.

“Sa lahat po ng mga lumahok sa halalang ito, inaabot ko ang kamay ng pagkakaisa and pagtutulungan upang gawing ganap na maayos, epektibo, maunlad and matiwasay ang buhay ng bawat pamilyang Manilenyo (To all who participated in this election, I offer my hand for unity and cooperation to make the life of every Manileño family orderly, efficient, prosperous and peaceful),” she said.

Lacuna was born to former Manila Vice Mayor Danilo Lacuna and Melanie Honrado, a former National Bank of the Philippines executive. Lacuna earned a degree in Biology from the University of Santo Tomas, passed the Physicians Board Examination in 1992, completed residency training in Dermatology at Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, and earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of La Salle-Emilio Aguinaldo College. Soon after completing her dermatology residency training at Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, she eventually became a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society.

Mayor Isko Moreno applauded at the launch of Sta.  Ana Hospital Dialysis Center.

Mayor Isko Moreno applauded at the launch of Sta. Ana Hospital Dialysis Center.

She is married to Arnold Martin Pangan, a fellow physician and licensed social worker who is the outgoing director of the Manila Department of Health. They have a daughter named Lucia Danielle Lacuna Pangan.

Forward plans in Manila

Several awards received by Manila from various organizations validate Manila’s forward-looking plans for economic recovery, urban renewal and transparent governance and this is the path the new mayor intends to pursue. In fact, she pledged to continue Mayor Isko Moreno’s existing programs. This year’s celebration of Araw ng Maynila will testify to this goal as Mayor Isko Moreno hands over the torch of governance to Lacuna.

Vice Mayor Lacuna-Pangan supported outgoing Mayor Francisco Domagoso in all his programs, especially the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the city, such as the construction of quarantine facilities, the mass vaccination campaign and the distribution of subsidies and food to all the inhabitants of Manila.

In a post-election interview, Manila Mayor-elect Honey Lacuna said she would continue with municipal allowances for the elderly, disabled and single parents, as well as building schools and hospitals. She also pledged to continue Moreno’s programs of cleaning up Manila’s streets and rooting out illegal vendors.

She also said she would continue transparency measures at the town hall, such as digitizing transactions in local government.

Lacuna has worked with Moreno since his last term as adviser from 2004 to 2007. But they are closer than that. Lacuna is the daughter of Moreno’s political mentor, former Vice Mayor Danny Lacuna. Moreno considers his mentor’s family as his second family. In fact, he sometimes calls Honey, 10 years his senior, “Ate”.

According to Lacuna, during Mayor Isko’s free time or when he is alone or when everyone is quiet, or when they are alone, he keeps thinking and then he will ask him: “Ate, what do you think of that ?”

One of the ideas posed by Mayor Isko relates to the Covid-19 field hospital in Luneta and 24/7 drive-through vaccination and swabbing.

A doctor by training, Lacuna suggested a modification of Moreno’s original idea, and Moreno readily adopted the vice mayor’s suggestion.

The field hospital was completed in 52 days and was even inaugurated with Executive Secretary Medialdea and Senator Bong Go.

More businesses in Metro Manila are giving their ardent support now that the country, and indeed the world, is slowly recovering. Two of these companies are International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI). ICTSI has become a leading, innovative and pioneering operator in its field. Shortly after consolidating and strengthening its flagship operations at the Manila International Container Terminal, it launched an international and domestic expansion program and today operates in many countries around the world.

Meanwhile, ATI is a port operator, developer and investor listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange and part of the global port network of Dubai-based industry leader DP World, ATI’s strategic overseas shareholder.

Perfect partners

Indeed, outgoing mayor Isko Moreno and mayor-elect Honey Lacuna can be seen as perfect partners in running the city of Manila. Many of Mayor Isko Moreno’s projects have been successful because there is a female vice mayor who has supported him.

Now that Lacuna will rule the city of Manila, many believe she will excel in this regard. Yul Servo is now the elected vice-mayor of the city.

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