By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso clarified that the clearing operations are not a competition among local chief executives in Metro Manila.
“I’m happy for them but this is not a competition among mayors,” he said.
“We have 896 barangays [in Manila]. Some cities are lucky because they only have 20, 30 barangays…You can’t blame us,” Domagoso said.
The mayor admitted that several areas in Manila, especially in Quiapo and Tondo, were big problems for him but he said that he will do his best to remove the obstructions in the area.
“Whether we meet or we do not meet it, it doesn’t matter because we will continue,” he said.
According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), no Metro Manila cities had been 100 percent compliant in clearing the streets.
Moreno said the lack of governance in the past administration caused the return of the obstructions in some areas in the nation’s capital.
The Manila chief also warned village officials that he will file charges against them if they fail to accomplish their tasks and submit their inventories.
Meanwhile, a center island along Moriones in Tondo, Manila which for the past years has been turned into a dirty dumping ground for trash was ordered cleared by Domagoso on Thursday.
The Mayor led the clearing operations and the dismantling of the railings that have been used to enclose the two-kilometer island stretched from Road 10 all the way to Sta. Maria.
Moreno pointed out that center islands serve the purpose of being a divider for two lanes heading toward opposite directions.
He said village officials in Moriones smacks abuse of authority because while it is not prohibited, they should have the initiative to check their areas of jurisdiction.
‘”It was turned into a virtual eyesore where feces and urine also abound along with squatters. There are container, streamroller, cage of chicken and garbage dump, feces, urine,” he said.
Domagoso went on to lambast the chairman whose barangay hall is right in front of the center island and for not showing up even while the clearing operations were already going on.
The mayor lamented that the said center island had been an eyesore for the past several years with authorities doing nothing about it.
“There is government now, I will not allow this filthiness. It is time for change,” he said.