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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

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

FALSE: Vico Sotto quote on criticizing mayors, barangay captains

May 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The Pasig City government's official feedback page on Facebook says the quote is 'fake news'

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.

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

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

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

FALSE: Vico Sotto quote on who to vote for in next elections

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Sotto did not say the quote attributed to his April 12 Facebook live video

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

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

[EDITORIAL] People to Digong: Sige, i-police power mo nga ang virus!

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Totoong may 'failure of execution' pero bago 'yan ay may 'failure of comprehension' din

Robredo to Duterte admin: ‘Appreciate’ LGUs that innovate to fight coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the NBI going after Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and President Rodrigo Duterte's rants vs lawyer Chel Diokno send the wrong message to the public

HANDS-ON VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment  sets that were delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte distances self from NBI probe vs Vico Sotto

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:28 AM

'Wala akong pakialam sa operasyon ng NBI, kung ano gusto nila,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HANDS OFF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Constitutional basics in a pandemic

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actions being taken by the government to suppress dissenters are unconstitutional

DOJ 'leaves it to NBI' to decide legality of own probe on Vico Sotto

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:21 PM

'The DOJ will monitor and provide such guidance as may be requested,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is summoned by the NBI for temporarily allowing tricycles to operate in his city. Photo by Rappler

Vico Sotto can't be prosecuted for violating Bayanihan law – DILG

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:42 PM

'It’s a useless political distraction,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya of the NBI summons against the Pasig mayor

SUPPORT. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

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

Tito Sotto 'defends' Vico: 'Violation of Bayanihan law can't be retroactive'

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:58 PM

'We have an urgent task at hand, and distractions such as this doesn’t help,' says Senator Joel Villanueva

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is being summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation. 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

#ProtectVico trends worldwide after NBI summons Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:22 PM

This is the second time that Filipinos online rallied behind the neophyte mayor using the same hashtag

NBI summons Vico Sotto for 'violating' Bayanihan Law

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:17 PM

'We complied with all directives. Hindi po illegal magbigay ng opinyon. At alam kaya nila na March 24 naging batas ang Bayanihan Act?' says the Pasig mayor

PASIG POLICY. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto joins in the distribution of 2,000 food packs to health care frontliners. Photo from Pasig Public Information Office


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


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

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

Coney Reyes tells team, supporters of son Vico Sotto: 'Thank you to all'

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:38 AM

'Maraming salamat sa walang patid na tulong at suporta,' says the actress

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

Manila e-trikes different from Pasig’s tricycles on ‘limited trips’ – Año

Mar 20, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Manila's e-trikes were specifically hired to ferry health workers and were not ordinary tricycles that take on passengers, says the interior secretary

TRICYCLES. Officials of Barangay Kaunlaran in Quezon City disinfect tricycles as a precautionary measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Cabinet denies Duterte's lockdown 'reminder' aimed at certain mayors

Mar 20, 2020 - 2:14 PM

'Our enemy is the novel coronavirus, not one another,' says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles as he reiterated the President's order to strictly follow the national government's lockdown guidelines

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on March 19, 2020. Ace Morandante/Malacañang Photo

[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

'Stand down': Duterte orders LGUs to follow IATF orders on Luzon lockdown

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:34 AM

'There is only one republic here, the Republic of the Philippines, and therefore, you should abide by the directives of the national government,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT'S WARNING. President Rodrigo  Duterte holds a meeting with the officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases  in Malacañang on March 19, 2020. Malacañang Photo

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