FEMALE POWER. Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan bares her plans during the inauguration of the 12th City Council on Monday (July 4, 2022). As a doctor, health care will remain her priority. (Screengrab from Manila-PIO Facebook)

MANILA – Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan will prioritize the health of Manila residents and will expand the programs of her predecessor, Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

At the inauguration of Manila’s 12th City Council on Monday, Lacuna-Pangan was also assured of support by Vice Mayor Yul Servo.

Dahil ako’y isang doktora, mananatiling prayoridad ng ating administrasyon ang mga programanag pangkalusugan (Because I am a doctor, our administration will continue to prioritize health programs),” Lacuna-Pangan said in her speech, adding that her administration will be transparent and open to criticisms.

Manila’s first female mayor will strengthen the delivery of services in accordance with the Universal Health Care Act.

She plans to build “super health centers” with the capability of conducting laboratory tests for indigent residents.

She likewise asked the health cluster to be prepared in case of another surge of Covid-19 cases.

The monthly PHP500 pension for the elderly will continue, she assured, and said the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs will build a bigger office and organize the list of senior citizens.

Financial assistance for solo parents, persons with disabilities, and allowances for senior high school students and college students of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Universidad de Manila will not be discontinued.

The anti-illegal drugs campaign, through the Manila Anti-Drug Abuse Council and Manila Police District, will be intensified. (PNA)