The Manila City government will open its “village of lights and sounds” starting Tuesday, December 1, as part of its Christmas celebration.

In a bid to generate more jobs and help business owners to recover from their losses, Paskuhan sa Maynila was organized by the Bureau of Permits, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila, and the Department of Engineering and Public Works.Bureau of Permits Director Levi Facundo said that about 200 jobs will be created as 60 exhibitors will participate in the Paskuhan sa Maynila event that will start on December 1 until January 2.

According to Facundo, the project was made in line with the directive of Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”It is our beloved Mayor’s desire for everyone to have a place where they can enjoy and at the same time open the doors of opportunity through business and job opportunities,” Facundo said.”Like what Mayor Isko Moreno will always say, Manileños deserve so much better. Kaya pinagbubuti natin lagi dahil para ito sa mga Batang Maynila,” he added.Facundo said that the city government will provide serology testing for all the exhibitors participating the bazaar.

Face masks and face shields will also be provided both to the sellers and guests.He also assured that health protocols such as the placing of misting booths and contactless health declaration upon entry, scanning of body temperature, and providing handy-sized alcohols will be implementedObservance of 50% capacity, one entrance, one exit policy, and social distancing will also be followed at the Mehan garden with the help of the Manila Health Department, the Manila Police District, and the City Security Force.Medical assistance and ambulances from the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office are also on standby within the event premises.

“Our priority is still the safety of everyone. We just have to learn how to keep our guard in place while we continue to boost the economy and help fight poverty specially during this time. Kailangan talaga higpitan ang health protocols at sariling disiplina,” Facundo said.The Paskuhan sa Maynila, which is under the government’s Manila Support Local campaign, will be open to public from 4pm until 11pm.Some businesses participating in the said event are Excelente Ham, Tinapayan, Lapid’s Chicharon and BBQ, and Unisilver, Havaiana’s.