BATANG MAYNILA MAYOR ISKO MORENO
First of all, allow me to thank the Manila Bulletin for inviting me to write a weekly column.
It is a great honor and privilege to be a part of this prestigious media institution which I have put in high esteem since time immemorial.
On my maiden column, I would like to wish one and all a belated, Happy New Year! Along with this comes my wish for a clean, orderly, safe, and beautiful Manila.
I may sound like a broken record but I won’t ever get tired of reiterating my previous, repeated appeals for help, full support, and cooperation, first and foremost, from my own fellow Manilans.
It is a known fact that the May, 2019, elections in Manila was a fiercely contested one. Having won it by a historic landslide has made me realize that indeed, the people of Manila do want real and drastic changes after suffering from utter neglect in the past recent years.
I wanted a “healing” leadership and for me, politics must last only up to the last hour of election day. So, I extended my hand of friendship to my so-called political foes.
Unfortunately, my gesture was rebuffed by my predecessor. I’ve moved on, as what matters more to me now is that I did my part. I tried to do what I think is right and proper and this is a lot better than not having tried at all.
Anyway, this rather unfortunate event trickled down to the barangays which is why I am continuously appealing for all Manilans to set aside politics for now and start working with the local government toward a better city.
Last week, I spent a whole lot of time distributing financial assistance to all barangay officials in the city. The said assistance is from the Office of the President.
In speaking to the barangay officials in batches, I consistently appealed for help and cooperation. We have a total of 896 barangays, each of which is composed of nine or more official so all in all, the total number of barangay officials in Manila would reach about 10,000.
Imagine if all 10,000 barangay officials would help the city government clean up the city, literally. Also, if all of them would take the extra effort to convince their constituents to keep their surroundings clean, the city government’s campaign for total cleanliness will surely be a quick success.
Particularly in the case of barangay officials, consider yourselves lucky because not everyone is given the opportunity to be of service to others. As the saying goes, “many are called but few are chosen.”
I am of the belief that no matter how hard we, in government, try, no program or project will ever succeed without the help and full support of the people.
This is why I keep on appealing for cooperation from all Manilans. Let us do this at least for the generations to come. We may not feel the positive effects right here, right now, but at least, we are ensured that our children will be able to experience a much better Manila.
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Walang magmamalasakit sa Maynila kundi tayo ding mga Batang Maynila. Manila, God first!
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