MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno expressed utmost confidence that after his rein, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna will definitely continue all the programs that he had started for the benefit of the poor in the city.
In his short message in San Nicolas in Binondo, Moreno also warned the residents against letting their guards down against the coronavirus, saying while they were lucky to have survived the fire, they may yet end up being ‘burned’ if they do not follow basic health protocols.
“Ingatan ninyo ang inyong sarili. Baka di nga kayo nasunog, susunugin naman kayo. Pag nagka-COVID ka, dalawa lang ang mangyayari–papasok ka nang buo sa ospital, lalabas ka nang buo o kaya papasok ka nang buo lalabas kang abo,” Moreno stressed.
He added in jest: “ Nakaligtas ka nga sa sunog, sinolo flight mo naman and apoy. Kasi, ang COVID ay talagang nakamamatay. Kaya, panawagan ko, walang di naka-mask ha. Bata o matanda, ‘’yun (face mask) ang unang proteksyon.”
Moreno and Lacuna led the distribution of P10,000 per family financial assistance and material assistance consisting of food and mattresses, to the fire victims. They were joined by Congressman Yul Servo and third district Councilors among them Fa Fugoso and Timothy Oliver ‘Tol’ Zarcal and social welfare chief Re Fugoso.
According to Re, 50 families were displaced by the recent fire, adding that the said area had been hit by fire four times since Moreno assumed office.
The mayor called on the residents to also be extra careful, noting that the said area had been hit by fire four times since his term began last year.
Moreno announced that from there, he and Lacuna will pay a visit to the city’s ‘Binondominium’ project which will provide decent housing for the poor residents of Binondo.
“Squatter ako eh. Alam ko pakiramdam ng pagkagaling sa trabaho, di alam pagbalik kung andun pa bahay niya,” Moreno said.
He also said that he and Lacuna dream of the day when there are no more squatters in the city under their battlecry, ‘Asenso Manileno.’
“Paniwala ko mauubusan ako ng oras.. pero sigurado ako, pagdating ng araw, si (Vice Mayor) Honey itutuloy ‘yun,” Moreno told the residents.
Moreno may seek reelection two more times once his first term ends in 2022. Mayors are allowed three terms for a total of nine years under the Constitution.