By Minka Tiangco
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said they will soon pass a city ordinance that will order the issuance of identification cards to all residents of the capital city.
He said the “Manila Residence ID” ordinance may be passed “in a matter of a few weeks.”
The Manila mayor said this will help the city government in keeping track of the exact population of the city, data that they can use to figure out the exact amount of food and cash assistance to allocate for residents during calamities and other crises.
“Lahat ng taga-Maynila, dapat may ID (All Manila City residents should have an ID),” he said in his city address Tuesday night. “Kailangan nakatala kayo. Importante yung pagtatala, kasi tulad niyan, sa gitna ng aberya, nagbibilangan tayo (You should be registered. It is important to log the residents’ data because, like what’s happening right now… we are still counting in the middle of a crisis).”
“Kami naman, habol ng habol, kasi ang goal ko, sabi ko talaga sa mga department heads, lahat akapin, pilitin natin akapin (On our part, we try to catch up, because my goal is, as I told the department heads, embrace everyone, to push ourselves to embrace everyone),” he added.
The city government had to update its data on the city’s population and number of senior citizens while distributing food and financial aid amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. Supplemental budgets were also allocated to cater to those not listed in the city government’s records.
“Hindi po pupuwede ‘yan. Ayoko ‘yung may naiiwan sa Maynila. Ayoko ‘yung may nakakaramdam na siya’y pinagkaitan, tapos ‘yung katabi niya, nagkamit. Masakit po ‘yon (I don’t allow that. I don’t want anyone to be left behind in Manila. I don’t want someone to feel like they were deprived, while their neighbor gained something. That hurts),” Domagoso said.