Renovated Manila underpass to open soon - Isko

July 05, 2020
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno and City Engineer Armand Andres discuss the details of the new city hall pedestrian underpass. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday said the newly-renovated Manila City Hall underpass will be opening soon to public this month.

Moreno said the underpass is still undergoing the final renovation stages that include the installation of digital information desk to guide locals and tourists who need information about various destinations they want to visit.

City Engineer Armand Andres started the renovation last March after removing illegal vendors who neglected the area and made it dirty.

Andres said non-skid tiles were used as flooring and the ceilings were also fixed.

Vertical wall gardens were also put up along with the logo of the city of Manila while the walls will a replica of the Botong Francisco mural similar to one at the Bulwagang Antonio Villegas at the city hall.

Andres said Moreno agreed to retain the mini-bookstore which sells used books. There are also plans to detail security personnel at the underpass which will be open all day.

The city government will also install closed circuit televisions with high-tech facial recognition feature.

Meanwhile, 165 residents from locked down 31 barangays tested positive in the rapid tests conducted on 8,018 persons by the Manila Health Department (MHD).  These persons will be swabbed for confirmatory testing.