ISFs asked to help clean surroundings

July 04, 2020
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno appeals to residents living near creeks not to throw garbage into the waters. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno asked the informal settler families living near waterways to stop tossing throwing their trash into the waters otherwise the government might remove them in the area.

“Tuloy-tuloy kami maglinis, tuloy-tuloy din kayo magtapon. Hindi ba nangangawit ang kili-kili ninyo sa katatapon ng basura? Huwag naman. Baka mamaya mapilitan kaming gibain namin kayo diyan. Di ho ba mas masaklap yun? Halimbawa napagod na lang ang gobyerno na unawain kayo, unang-una iligal po kayo diyan,” Moreno said. “Mga kababayan naman. Nasa ilog na nga kayo, squatter na nga kayo kailangan pa bang maging dugyot din ang pamumuhay ninyo? Tama na yung sabihan tayong squatter. Squatter din ako pero di naman kailangang maging squatter din ang pag-uugali natin. Ganun na nga katayuan natin, ganun pa din ba ang gusto nating kapaligiran,” he added.

Moreno said the city government will continue declogging, waterways, creeks and inlets of garbage but stressed that the cooperation of the residents is also needed.

Moreno admits he once live as a squatter but they kept their surroundings clean.

“Hindi porke squatter, kailangan ding maging dugyot. Baguhin natin ang maling nakagawian. Inuunawa kayo ng pamahalaan pero ‘wag sana nyo hintayin na isang araw naubos na lang ang pasensiya ng gobyerno,” Moreno said.