DON’T look now, but the people, from the poor and lowly to the rich and mighty, including the younger generation of Filipinos, take part in Manila’s socio-economic development.
This, they do by donating cash or valuables to the city government, headed by Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a former scavenger from impoverished Tondo, Manila.
Various quarters noted the mushrooming number of people, including overseas Filipino workers, wanting to help local authorities in “bringing back the old glory” of the nation’s capital city.
That’s why the actor-turned-mayor, who continues to fire the imagination of millions of people from peaceful Batanes in Luzon to scenic Sulu in Mindanao, plans to set up a “donation board.”
Under Moreno’s plan, all donations or contributions to the city, financially or materially, will be listed and shown in the “donation board” so that everybody will be encouraged to give.
Since assuming the city’s top political post on June 30, 2019, cash donations received by the local government unit from private individuals have already reached P13 million.
Moreno said all donations are welcome, even coins, citing the case of a boy who donated his coin bank, a green bear.
“Kasi ‘yung iba, baka gustong magbigay ng sampung piso. We welcome every donation or contribution. Hindi ka naman makakabuo ng isang milyon kung kulang ng piso,” he stressed.
Mayor Moreno’s still growing army of fans and supporters attributed the awesome outpouring of support to the Manila LGU to Moreno’s honesty, sincerity, loyalty and transparency.
Even a retired village official of Pindangan East, Alcala, Pangasinan - Pancho M. Dingle – paid a glowing tribute to Moreno, adding “maraming lokal na opisyal ang gustong gumaya sa ginagawa niya.”
“Natutuwa po tayo na ang mga tao ay naniniwala at nakikilahok na sa gobyerno at may pagnanais na tumulong sa maliit nilang kaparaanan,” said Moreno, the “new darling” of the Filipino people.
The establishment of a “donation board” in Manila reminds us Filipinos that there’s that urgent need to restore the people’s trust and confidence in their government.