The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded the city government of Marikina for being an obstruction-free city.
SIDEWALK CLEANUP. Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro leads the cleanup of sidewalks at Barangay Sta. Elena in Marikina on Tuesday (July 30, 2019). The DILG lauds the city for being an obstruction-free city. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Salvador)
During a meeting with Metro Manila mayors on July 29, 2019, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año told Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro that Marikina has no problem in cleaning its city because it is already clean.
“We have no problem in Marikina City. Whenever I pass by the area, it’s always clean. There are no obstructions or garbage,” Sec. Año told the Marikina mayor in the meeting.
Año recently met with Metro mayors to tell them that they have 60 days to clear their respective cities of obstructions and make sure that their streets are safe and clean for the public.
The 60-day deadline was given by the DILG to mayors after President Rodrigo Duterte said in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he wants the roads that are being utilized for public use to be reclaimed.
For Teodoro, the real challenge for Metro mayors is how to sustain the cleanliness of their respective cities after conducting clearing operations.
“The most challenging part is sustaining the sidewalks and roads, making sure that they are always clean and walkable,” Año told Metro mayors.
“Us in Marikina, we have been educating our people way back when I was still a councilor. It was not an easy task but it is doable. We make our residents understand that the roads and sidewalks should always be free from obstructions as it will equate to order and smooth flow of vehicles in the city,” Teodoro said.
“Sidewalks are beyond the homes of men. This is not for personal use or for business but this is a public domain,” Teodoro said.
Other mayors in Metro Manila then told Teodoro that they want to go to Marikina to observe how his city was able to keep its sidewalks and roads clear of obstructions.
In Metro Manila, the Marikina mayor said 30 percent of roads and sidewalks are clogged because of various types of obstructions.
He believes that the 60 days is enough for Metro mayors to rid other cities of obstructions.
“Many are asking if 60 days is enough. I think this is enough and within this period, clearing streets and sidewalks are possible,” Teodoro said.
Teodoro held a meeting with concerned departments in his city to tell them that they should all work tirelessly to ensure that Marikina will always be clean, safe and walkable for the public. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan, PNA)