Mayor Isko orders dorm, boarding house inspections in Manila

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2019 02:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2019 08:43 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Wednesday ordered inspections of dormitories and boarding houses in the capital after a male landlord was caught videotaping his female tenants.

Moreno’s Executive Order No. 25 created a committee tasked to check the compliance of rented homes.

"This is to protect the students at mabigyan ng kapanatagan ang mga magulang na nagpapaaral ng kanilang mga anak dito sa lungsod ng Maynila na sila ay ligtas," Moreno told reporters.

(This is to protect the students and give assurance to their parents who enroll them in schools in Manila that their children are safe.)

The committee headed by Manila City Administrator Felixberto Espiritu "shall ensure that dormitories, boarding houses, rooms for rent and such allied businesses in the City of Manila are complying with regulatory requirements governing business operations and safety building standards, including that of the Building Code, the Fire Code and Ordinance No. 4765," the document read.

The committee will then submit recommendations to the Mayor’s office “on the approval/disapproval of licenses of these establishments,” it said.

A one-strike policy will be imposed against violators, Moreno said.

"Isasara. It's just a business... Biruin mo safety ng mga bata tine-take advantage ng some individuals?" he said.

(We will shut it down. It's just a business... Can you imagine some individuals take advantage of a minor's safety?)

"Ikaw ba anak mo gusto mo mapanood sa video na nakahubad? Unfair naman 'yun sa mga magulang," he said.

(Do you want to see your child on video naked? That's unfair to parents.)

The order was issued after the arrest of 69-year-old Noe Nodalo, who allegedly installed a hidden camera inside a bathroom of a female dormitory in Sampaloc, Manila.

He is facing charges for violation of Republic Act No. 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Law, according to Manila’s Public Information Office.