THOSE visiting or doing business with the Manila City Hall, three city hospitals, a university and a museum all being run by the city government will soon enjoy free WiFi.
This, after Mayor Isko Moreno entered into a memorandum of agreement with PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) in an effort to provide residents with free connectivity and enable them to ‘stay in touch with their families and friend, their workplaces and further their businesses.’
During the MOA signing which was held at the Manila City Hall and participated by, among others, PLDT chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan and public affairs head Mon Isberto on one hand and then Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and secretary to the mayor Bernie Ang on the other, it was learned that up to 30 minutes of free internet access may be enjoyed daily at no cost to the users.
“We are happy to work with the city government of Manila and Mayor Isko in helping provide connectivity to the city and bring the benefits of the Internet to more Filipinos across the country,” Pangilinan said.
Isberto said that apart from City Hall, the other areas that would be covered by the MOA are the following: Ospital ng Maynila, Tondo Medical Center, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Universidad de Manila and Museo Pambata. The free connectivity starts in a month’s time.
Meanwhile, Moreno created a committee, to be headed by city administrator Felix Espiritu, to conduct inspections on dormitories and boarding houses to ensure that they follow all rules and regulations pertaining to their operations.
“The committee shall ensure that dormitories, boarding houses, rooms for rent and such allied businesses in the City of Manila are complying with regulatory requirements governing business operations and safety building standards, including that of the Building Code, the Fire Code and Ordinance No. 4765,” the order stated.
Espiritu will be heading a composite team made up of representatives from the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), Manila Health Department (MHD) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), among others, for the purpose of conducting actual inspections.
The said committee, based on the evaluation report of the composite team, will make recommendations to the mayor on the approval/disapproval of licenses of these establishments.
Moreno’s action was triggered by reports that Noe Nodalo, a 69-year old landlord, was charged by a lady student tenant who accused him of having installed a hidden camera in their dormitory’s comfort room, so that videos of them taking a bath were recorded.
Investigation by P/Cpl. Maridel Sunga showed that the suspect had put the hidden camera to record his tenants while they take a bath and then watches the video in his player.
Upon checking on the suspect’s player, police found out that at least 15 women have been recorded while taking a bath.