By Ria Fernandez
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered clearing operations to be conducted along Baywalk on Roxas Boulevard in support of the national government’s plan to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
“Full cooperation and assistance of the city will be extended to the national government in clearing the Baywalk from vendors and obstruction that may hamper the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte,” he said.
Estrada reminded city government teams to exercise maximum tolerance in the clearing operations which are expected to intensify in the coming days. The rehabilitation of Manila Bay, which will be primarily undertaken by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will start on January 27.
“I am instructing [them]…to fully observe the proper way of dealing with the vendors or obstructions without resorting to violence and destruction of (the vendors’) goods,” Estrada said.
On Friday, some informal settlers were rescued in the area by members of the Manila Task Force Clean Up, City Security Force, and Manila Department of Social Welfare, with the help of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The Department of Public Services (DPS) also continued with its regular cleanup along the shoreline.
Fewer waste have been collected compared in the past when the waters usually turned into a sea of garbage especially during bad weather.
Meanwhile, a group of vendors at Baywalk posted signs reminding strollers not to throw their trash in the vicinity.