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Pasig City offers loans to help unemployed residents

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Residents seeking jobs or planning to start small businesses may avail of loans from the city government at no interest if they pay within two years, says Mayor Vico Sotto

PASIG MAYOR. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto visits one of the city's quarantine facilities, Rizal High School. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

In Pasig, fighting corruption yields COVID-19 cash aid for the people

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020, marking the first year of his term. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

Vico Sotto says he refused P2 million offered as grease money

Jul 03, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The Pasig mayor announces savings worth P414.7 million after cleansing the city government’s bidding process for project contracts

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020. Photo from Sotto's Facebook

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Pasig bakery suspended after employees spotted without face masks

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto warns local businesses to follow health protocols or risk temporary closure

CLOSURE. Pasig City temporarily shuts down a bakeshop whose employees were spotted without face masks on June 23, 2020. Photo from Vico Sotto's Twitter page

Vico Sotto regularizes 100 more Pasig City employees

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:23 PM

'Bigyan natin sila ng seguridad. Ilayo natin sila sa politika,' says the Pasig mayor

TENURE. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto signed the appointment papers of 100 city government workers on June 17, 2020, giving them security of tenure. Photo from Sotto's Twitter page

Vico Sotto says Pasig raised P1.2 billion for students’ tablets, laptops

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:58 PM

'Don't give up school. Just enroll. You won't have to spend extra,' Sotto urges students as schools shift to distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic

PASIG SCHOLARS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto poses for a photo with students at the Pasig City Science High School on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

On his birthday, Vico Sotto tells staff: No surprise party, please

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:10 PM

'Papunta na po akong opis ngayon. Kung may binabalak kayo, itigil 'nyo na 'yan!' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

FOR SENIORS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto makes the rounds as the local government distributes aid packages to senior citizens. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page

‘Ambag ng kabataan’: Pasig youth help neediest in barangay during pandemic

Jun 07, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The Sangguniang Kabataan ng Barangay Maybunga, together with other youth organizations, show you're never too young to make a difference in your community

RELIEF. Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) ng Barangay Maybunga council members, together with youth volunteers, give relief goods to residents in Barangay Maybunga on May 26. All photo by Martin Louise Tungol

Vico Sotto: Pasig to open bicycle corridor, offer loans so workers can buy bikes

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) On World Bicycle Day, the Pasig mayor says it is the right time to push for reforms in Metro Manila’s transport system

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto during an interview with Rappler in October 2019. Rappler screenshot

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto encourages biking to work under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Sotto says biking is good for physical distancing as he reminds his constituents that the general community quarantine does not change the precautionary measures government has been implementing against COVID-19

Bicycle riders traverse the newly created MMDA Bike Lane at the north bound lane of EDSA on May 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vico Sotto: Pasig 'mass screens' barangay with highest coronavirus ratio

May 27, 2020 - 9:20 PM

With help from Project ARK, the Pasig local government runs rapid antibody tests on 10% of residents in the barangay that has the highest ratio of coronavirus cases in the city

RAPID TESTS. Pasig City government employees undergo rapid testing for the novel coronavirus on May 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vico Sotto: We can't let public school students get left behind

May 26, 2020 - 2:55 PM

The Pasig mayor says whether or not physical classes resume, the city is 'identifying funds' for personal learning devices for public school students

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during a Rappler interview in October 2019. Rappler screenshot now has GPS tracking for some public transport in Pasig

May 18, 2020 - 11:40 PM is working with the Pasig City government to allow users to track buses and shuttles plying specific routes as they make their way through the city

Eastern Police District HQ on lockdown after 26 cops test positive for coronavirus

May 14, 2020 - 7:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lockdown, which starts Wednesday afternoon, will last for 3 days

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Pasig City, Foodpanda team up to give tricycle drivers jobs during pandemic

May 14, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The PandaTODA partnership agreement will give jobs to at least 500 Pasig City tricycle drivers

PARTNERSHIP. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and Foodpanda Philippines Managing Director Daniel Marogy. Photo from press release.

Rappler Talk: Robert Siy on Metro Manila's impending transportation crisis after lockdown

May 12, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Catch the Rappler Talk interview on Tuesday, May 12, at 3 pm

Pasig crematorium to be operational within the week

May 11, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The Department of Health inspects the facility on Monday, May 11. The Pasig Public Information Office says that the city government 'expedited this project for a most cost-effective management of the dead'.

Pasig crematorium. Photo from Pasig Public Info Office

Former PBA player Roger Yap denies berating Pasig gov't worker

May 06, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto called out a retired cager, whom he did not name, for allegedly cussing at a city government worker distributing food vouchers

VETERAN. Roger Yap played for more than a decade in the PBA and had his best years with the Purefoods franchise. Photo from Roger Yap

Vico Sotto peeved by ex-PBA player who cussed at gov't worker giving out aid

May 06, 2020 - 12:36 AM

'Yung sense of entitlement ng ibang tao, grabe talaga,' says the Pasig mayor as he explains why the well-off are not the priority in distributing the city's supplemental emergency subsidy

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto says coronavirus spread slowing down in Pasig City

May 01, 2020 - 3:58 PM

'But we will not be complacent. We’ve seen what happened in other countries where the number of cases spiked again. We just keep fighting,' says the Pasig mayor.

PASIG OFFICIALS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and City disaster risk reduction chief Bryant Wong lead the distribution of disinfectant kits to barangay leaders on March 13, 2020. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Pasig City to impose ‘barangay coding’ at establishments

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Residents from 10 barangays a day will be allowed to go to establishments twice a week to buy what they need. A dry run will begin on Thursday, April 30.

Residents of Barangay Bangbang in Pasig City on March 26, 2020, queue for farm and seafood products from a ‘Mobile Palengke’ that roams to the city’s depressed communities to lessen the number of individuals going to the public markets. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vico Sotto: Premature to lift lockdown, OK with military presence ‘per se’

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The Pasig mayor admits it’s been difficult to get people to stay home in some parts of the city, and if the military can make people take the lockdown more seriously, then why not?

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents in front of city hall on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[FRONTLINERS] ‘May kasal pa ako, Lord!’

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

'It's quite a scary and exhausting time to be a doctor. So we just need to protect ourselves and serve who we can,' says a pediatrician whose wedding has been postponed by the pandemic.

FRONTLINER. Pediatrician Mica Bastillo in her PPE at Pasig Child's Hope Hospital, and at home in her quarantine tent. Photo courtesy of Mica Bastillo

Pasig starts distributing subsidy, passes ordinance vs discrimination of virus cases

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Adopting a similar ordinance from the City of Manila, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto says people who harass suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients, health workers, and other frontliners will be punished

DISINFECTION. Pasig City health workers disinfect persons coming in and out of the City Hall on March 19, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pasig jails suspects who used fake IDs to get food coupons meant for students

Apr 16, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'Gumagawa ang pamahalaan ng paraan para makatulong, tapos may manloloko at mananamantala pa?' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

MOBILE PALENGKE. Pasig City's roving stores is one way families of public school students may exchange their food coupons for grocery items. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings reopens select branches for delivery

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Frankie's reopens its Kapitolyo, City Gold, BGC, and UP Town Center branches

All Pasig families to receive cash aid but Vico Sotto asks the well-off to waive it

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:29 PM

There’s not enough time or data on hand to identify who are actually needy, so all the city’s residents not on the DSWD emergency subsidy list will receive P8,000, says the Pasig mayor

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during a Rappler Talk interview in October 2019. Rappler file photo

Pasig City to cover poor families not on DSWD emergency subsidy list

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vows to give cash assistance to families who were cut from the Department of Social Welfare and Development's list of beneficiaries

VICO SOTTO. In this file photo, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Pasig City gov't shoulders cremation of residents who die of coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Mayor Vico Sotto says that the city government will strictly follow Department of Health (DOH) protocols for cremation

Pasig City health workers disinfects its roads using drone sprays on March 19, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

Starbucks PH hits pause on reopened stores after long drive-thru lines

Apr 08, 2020 - 7:02 PM

(UPDATED) Long lines marked the reopening of select Starbucks Philippine branches even as lockdown continue to be in place

FALSE: Medical City, private hospitals 'raided' for PPE donations

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:41 PM

The Medical City, Pasig City police, and the Office of Civil Defense deny the claim

Vico Sotto, the morning after: 'Tuloy ang trabaho'

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:57 PM

The Pasig mayor says there should be 'good interaction' between local governments and the national government during a time of crisis

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during an interview with Rappler in October 2019. Rappler screenshot

Vico Sotto on NBI summons: We complied with all directives

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'Wala po masyadong sense,' the Pasig mayor says of the NBI seeking an explanation for his alleged violation of a law that did not yet exist at the time

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pasig reports 41 total coronavirus cases, 7 deaths

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The city confirms 8 more coronavirus cases, 4 more deaths, and 5 more recoveries since March 26

DRONE SPRAYER. Pasig City health workers disinfect roads using drone sprayers on March 19, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

Pasig launches e-trikes for the sick, food vouchers for public students

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Patients may book free e-trike rides to hospitals two days before their medical appointment

MOBILE PALENGKE. Residents in Barangay Bambang, Pasig City, buy fresh produce from the city government's roving stores on March 26, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#KopyahanNaTo: Valenzuela replicates Pasig's mobile palengke

Mar 29, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Valenzuela uses e-trikes instead of trucks for its narrow roads

MOBILE PALENGKE. Valenzuela's mobile palengke uses e-trikes instead of trucks for its narrow roads. Photo from Mayor Rex Gatchalian's Twitter page

Rappler Talk: Anton Siy on commuting during the coronavirus lockdown

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

We speak to Pasig's transport chief: How long can a metropolis last without public transport? And does its absence actually help contain the pandemic?

Pasig reports 7 more coronavirus cases, total reaches 33

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The city reports recoveries for the first time, while a 3rd patient succumbs to the disease

LOCKDOWN. Pasig City barangay officials and policemen imposing a curfew on residents and business establishments in Barangay Caniogan on March 15, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

Vico Sotto announces cash assistance to Pasig PUV drivers hit by lockdown

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Drivers of jeepneys, tricycles, and UV Express vans in Pasig City will each receive P3,000 from the local government

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto greets a volunteer during the launch of an urban reforestation projecy in Pasig's Rainforest Park on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pasig City confirms 26 coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:32 AM

The figure is up from Monday's tally of 14 confirmed cases of the virus in the city

A Pasig coronavirus response team disinfects its ambulance crew that picked up a suspected patient who was brought to the Philippine Lung Center on March 15, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrigue/Rappler

Pasig launches ‘Mobile Palengke’ to lessen public markets trips

Mar 24, 2020 - 5:01 PM

The city government deploys 5 roving stores every morning to encourage people to stay home and away from public places like the Pasig Mega Market

ROVING STORES. The Pasig City government launches a "Mobile Palengke" effort to cut the need for people to leave their homes during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo from Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto's Twitter page

Now overcapacity, The Medical City tells patients to 'look for other hospitals'

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:22 AM

'Your own initiative to look for other hospitals is appreciated,' says The Medical City, which is currently accommodating 18 confirmed coronavirus cases and 64 patients under investigation

Pasig gives food packs to poor residents, readies financial aid for workers

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Pasig City is rationing 400,000 bags of rice and canned meat among its poor communities, says Mayor Vico Sotto

FOOD PACKS. The Pasig City government distributes 400,000 food packs to its poor communities. Photo from Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto's Facebook page

Vico Sotto: I will always just do what I believe is right

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

For making his point before the national government, Vico Sotto is hailed by many as a good leader. In getting a ‘no’ and complying with it, the Pasig Mayor shows he is a good follower.

FOLLOWER, LEADER. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto waiting to deliver his first State of the City Address on his 100th day in office on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINYION] Kasalanan natin kung bakit kinukuyog si Mayor Vico Sotto

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:50 AM

Dahil sa bansang itong sanay na sa kapalpakan, parang sugo mula sa kaitaasan ang marunong mamahala at tumugon agad sa pangangailangan

Vico Sotto readies Dahlia Hotel in Pasig as quarantine facility

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Strict supervised 14-day quarantines of PUMs and PUIs with mild to moderate symptoms is one way we can minimize the community risk,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

QUARANTINE FACILITY. Dahlia Hotel in Pasig City will be used as a quarantine area for persons under monitoring and investigation for the novel coronavirus. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Twitter page

#ProtectVico trends as netizens defend Pasig mayor's coronavirus measures

Mar 19, 2020 - 6:52 PM

'Vico Sotto is on the ground in Pasig. He knows what people need,' says one netizen

Pasig to comply with ban on tricycles during coronavirus lockdown

Mar 19, 2020 - 12:33 PM

The national government earlier rejected Mayor Vico Sotto’s plea to allow limited tricycle trips for essential workers and the sick during the coronavirus lockdown

MAYOR VICO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Palace rejects Vico Sotto’s plea of limited tricycle operations

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:38 AM

'Concerned ang gobyerno dito sa paggamit ng tricycle dahil hindi namin lubos makita o maintindihan paano mag-social distancing sa tricycle,' says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles