TOMORROW, September 9, at 2 p.m., the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) hosts an online news forum with Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso, one of the country’s most popular local executives.
Since assuming leadership of the nation’s capital two years ago, “Yorme,’’ as he’s now colloquially called, has transformed parts of the traffic-choked and heavily polluted city that have been decaying for decades into clean, organized and attractive spaces. He’s carving a political name for accomplishing the unthinkable: putting the decades-old Divisoria market mayhem into order, transforming the miserable Manila Zoo, bringing the notorious Pasig River back to life and reclaiming the charm of Old Manila. The coronavirus pandemic, however, has emerged as an ultimate test for Moreno, who presides over a Covid-19 epicenter and helps secure the seat of power and the president.
Faced with one of the worst outbreaks in the country, crumbling infrastructures and law and order problems, the 45-year-old Moreno still consistently ranks among the best performing local chief executives in a country where many mayors have been tarnished by all imaginable atrocities, from drug dealing and corruption to political massacres.
Mayor Isko will discuss Manila’s coronavirus crisis and the role of local governments in dealing with the pandemic in the Philippines, the controversial “white sand” beach project in Manila Bay, his closure of Chinese stores and what lies ahead in his political future.
Jamela Alindogan of Al Jazeera moderates.
FOCAP media members, associate members and colleagues from the Philippine media may join in. The log-in name and password will be issued an hour or two before the forum.
Please contact Hail Buenaventura of the FOCAP Secretariat at +63 9175933543 or email@example.com if you have queries. (✓)