VARIOUS quarters, particularly the poorest of the poor, now see a city government that is really committed to uplift the living conditions of Manilans, including the “informal settlers.”
Nobody will argue with Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a former scavenger, when he said that there’s that urgent need for these “informal settlers” to change for the better.
Appealing to the so-called “urban poor,” Mayor Moreno said squatters living near stinking creeks and rivers ought to stop throwing their garbage into waterways and other public places.
“Baguhin natin ang maling nakaugalian. Inuunawa kayo ng pamahalaan, pero huwag sana ninyong hintayin na maubos na lang ang pasensiya ng gobyerno,” said the movie actor-turned-mayor.
While the army of “estero rangers” has been cleaning city waterways, the cooperation of residents is still the key to keeping our rivers, creeks and drainage canals free of garbage, said Moreno.
The former scavenger said the city government will never get tired of cleaning our waterways, but “I cannot assure you when it can tolerate the stubbornness of informal settler families (ISFs).
“Squatter din ako pero di naman kailangang maging squatter din ang pag-uugali natin. Ganun na nga ang katayuan natin, ganun pa din ba ang gusto nating kapaligiran?” he told the ISFs.
Indeed, the benefits of development must also be experienced by our informal settlers and other unfortunate members of Philippine society.
But we believe that everybody, from the rich to the lowly, must work in unison if we are to speed up the socio-economic development of this impoverished but natural resources-rich nation.
Kahit mga iskwater ay kailangang tumulong sa gobyerno para mapabuti ang kalagayan ng lahat.