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‘USAPANG MAYNILA’ Launched; One-Day Manila Zoo Free Pass for Seniors Announced

Honey Lacuna Usapang Maynila
Mayor Honey Lacuna leads the first 'Usapang Maynila' along with (left) Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto and third district Congressman Joel Chua. (JERRY S. TAN)

MAYOR Dr. Honey Lacuna brought the Manila City Hall right at the doorstep of Manilans as she launched the first ‘Usapang Maynila’ at Brgy. 378 basketball covered court in the third district of the city on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, where she also announced the possibility of giving a one-day free pass in Manila Zoo for senior citizens.

Lacuna, together with Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto and Third District Congressman Joel Chua, led the said event joined by the directors from the different departments of the City of Manila to address and to respond to the concerns of the residents. It was also attended by the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen, Senior Citizen Presidents, and TODA Leaders from Zones 37 and 38, 3rd District of Manila.

Also present in the said event were Majority Leader Councilor Jong Isip and his fellow third district Councilors Apple Nieto, Councilor Fa Fugoso, Maile Atienza, Terrence Alibarbar, and Tol Zarcal.

Concerns about different services provided by the local government of Manila were discussed during the Usapang Maynila such as the senior allowance which Lacuna said is given thrice a year or every four months per district hence, the senior citizen allowance for the succeeding four months will only be given once all districts received their allowances.

Meanwhile, Lacuna said that with the onset of the Christmas season, she will be discussing with Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto, who is also the Council Presiding Officer, the possibility of enacting an ordinance giving the senior citizens of Manila a one-day free pass in Manila Zoo.

She also announced that a Christmas Lantern contest will be launched by Department of Tourism, Culture, and Arts of Manila Director Charlie Dungo where each district will be adorned with one design of Christmas Lanterns each, to distinguish each district and show synchronization within the City of Manila.

This will be capped by a ‘Christmas Tree Lighting’ event on November 15 at the Kartilya ng Katipunan.

Lacuna assured that the ‘Usapang Maynila’ will be conducted per zone to different areas of Manila on a regular basis.

This, she said, is in order to ensure that common concerns that are experienced and dealt with by Manilans in their respective zones are heard and addressed accordingly.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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