By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año has lauded the city government of Marikina for being a city that is already free of obstruction, Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said Tuesday.
Teodoro said in a statement that the DILG chief has told him during a closed-door meeting on Monday that Marikina will have no problem of cleaning its city because it is already clean.
“Sa Marikina, Mayor Marcy, wala na tayong problema. Tuwing nadadaan ako diyan laging malinis. Walang obstruction or basura (In Marikina, Mayor Marcy, we have no problem. Every time I pass by there its always clean. No obstruction or garbage),” Año told Teodoro during the meeting.
Año gave the Metro Manila mayors 60 days to clear their respective cities of obstructions, and to ensure that their streets are safe and clean for the public.
The 60-day deadline was set after President Duterte ordered during his Fourth State of the Nation Address the reclamation of roads and clearing of its obstruction the ease the traffic congestion in the metropolis.
“The most challenging part is sustaining the sidewalks and roads [and] making sure that they are always clean and walkable,” Teodoro said in a statement.
“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,” he added.
The city mayor believes that 60 days are enough for them to clear the other cities of obstructions.
“Marami ang nagtatanong kung sapat na ba ang 60 days. Sa tingin ko, sapat na ito at kayang i-clear ang mga kalsada at bangketa sa loob ng panahong ito (Many were asking if 60 days is enough. For me, this is enough to clear the roads and sidewalks within the time period),” Teodoro said.
Even though his city was already praised during the meeting, Teodoro said he still met with the department heads of the city government and told them to work tirelessly to ensure that Marikina will always be clean, safe and walkable for the public.