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Isko: Zero tolerance policy vs garbage

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno and department of public services chief Kenneth Amurao in a huddle. In the middle is city engineer Armand Andres. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

WHEN it comes to garbage and all forms of obstruction specially on major thoroughfares, the city of Manila is exercising a ‘zero tolerance policy.’

Thus stressed Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday as he appealed to Manila residents and barangays to fully and constantly support the city government in this drive, by keeping their surroundings clean and free from all kinds of obstruction and garbage at all times.

Moreno said personnel from the Department of Public Services (DPS) headed by Kenneth Amurao have been conducting non-stop clearing and cleaning operations and the cooperation of the residents and barangays is vital to this.

The DPS personnel under Amurao’s stewardship, according to Moreno, do not only focus their attention on major roads and streets but also on smaller thoroughfares and alleys on top of their ardous tasks during calamities like the recent typhoons that battered the country.

The mayor stressed that all streets, no matter how big or small, must always be clear and available for their intended purpose which is for the use either of pedestrians or motorists.

Specially in this time of the pandemic, Moreno stressed the need to keep the surroundings clean at all times.

The mayor also called on barangay authorities to do their share by helping the DPS clean up and identify problem areas that are beyond the capabilities of the barangays like having to clear huge volumes of obstruction.

As much as possible, Moreno said he would want all nooks and crannies in the city to be spic and span.

This week alone, clearing operations were conducted along Recto, Divisoria, Carmen Planas, Zaragosa, Padre Rada, Taft Avenue, the area of from Legarda to Avenida, where trash, obstructions, debris brought about by the recent typhoon and even illegal barricades were removed.

Moreno also lauded the DPS Estero Rangers for continuously cleaning the creeks and other small waterways in Manila.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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