MANILA — A P100-million modern sports complex is now ready for utilization to some 215,000 residents of the second district of Tondo in Manila following its official turnover and inauguration Mayor Isko Moreno, and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, and Congressman Rolan Valeriano.
The new “Patricia Paraiso Sports Complex,” which was a result of a collaboration between the local government and the office of Valeriano, comes complete with a swimming pool, a function hall, a basketball court, a chapel, and a clinic for the use of a medical team that Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan will assign there.
Moreno and Lacuna thanked Valeriano, who also vowed to help rehabilitate the Ospital ng Tondo, one of the six city-owned hospitals and which serves the residents of Tondo’s District 2.
The mayor said that Valeriano will also help build the first Universidad de Manila (UDM) annex in District 2 come 2022.
“Hindi po kami mapapagod tupdin lahat ng ipinangako sa inyo, bagamat tayo ay hinagupit ng pandemyang ito.. galing kami ng Sta. Ana Hospital wala pang dalawang linggo maihatid lamang lahat ng programa at proyekto para sa lahat ng Batang Maynila,” Lacuna said. He and Moreno got infected with COVID-19 and are newly-recovered.
Moreno, for his part, said that all the accomplishments of his administration would not have been made possible without the support of Lacuna and the members of the Manila City Council which she heads as its presiding officer, the Congressmen such as Valeriano and the residents themselves.
“Commitment naman namin ni Vice Honey, pilit na maging masinop sa tustusin ng ating pamahalaan. Kulang na lang na ang gabi, gawin naming araw. Sa pandemya, kahit me suliranin ang tao, di makatakbo sa kamag-anak dahil pareho ang suliranin nila. Lahat tinamaan kaya gusto ko, ang pamahalaang-lungsod ang inyong kaagapay,” Moreno stressed.
The mayor also called for unity in purpose, saying there is strength in fighting the real enemy which is the coronavirus.
Moreno thanked the Tondo residents for heeding the city government’s call for self-discipline.
“Diyan (discipline) lang tayo magtatagumpay. Ngayon, halos wala na mabakunahan dahil we moved fast. Salamat sa pakikinig ninyo sa panawagan. ‘Wag tyo malilito, ang kalaban ay COVID-19,” the mayor added.
Moreno said everyone should learn from the lessons left by those who passed on due to the virus and get vaccinated at once.
“Matuto tayo sa aral ng buhay, ng kapit-bahay, kakilala o kamaganak natin. Di kaila me nangamatay dahil di bakunado, me nangabuhay kahit severe o kritikal dahil bakunado,” he explained.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)