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‘Tondominium’ rises in Vitas

The so-called “Tondominium,” a 15-floor structure that will provide homes to about a thousand families who have been living near the abattoir

Pat C. Santos

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A FILE photo of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso surveying the area where the so-called Tondominium will rise. / PHOTOGRAPH BY PAT C. SANTOS FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is fulfilling his promise to provide housing to the city’s employees and the homeless with Monday’s groundbreaking of a vertical housing project in Vitas, Tondo.

The event, to be held at a vacant lot inside the huge Vitas slaughterhouse, will see the launch of the so-called “Tondominium,” a 15-floor structure that will provide homes to about a thousand families who have been living near the abattoir.

The Manila Social Welfare Department has identified the families who will benefit from the housing project.

In an interview, the mayor said the project was conceptualized even before he became a mayor.

Having been raised in a poor area of Tondo, it was the mayor’s desire to at least house Tondo’s poor workers and squatter families.

“This is where I grew up. Even as a child, I had already dreamed of a local government project that will benefit even just a few, because it will be hard to find housing for all. Maybe this will be a good sign that it is possible to put up decent housing for our deserving Manileños. Even with the COVID pandemic, out projects will push through,” Domagoso said.

Meanwhile, the mayor also approved the recommendation for a “hard” lockdown on a barangay after four of its residents were tested to have to contracted the COVID-19 virus.

Executive Order 24 mandates that Barangay 847 in Pandacan will be placed under a 48-hour lockdown, mainly to trace some of its resident who may have been infected by the coronavirus from the confirmed patients.

The lockdown took effect at midnight, 1 June and will be in force until 11:59 a.m. on 2 June.

The EO stated the measure will serve the “purposes of disease surveillance, verification, testing and rapid risk assessment in relation to COVID-19.”

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