MANILA City Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna inaugurated the new esplanade where residents of Baseco may promenade, exercise or simply while their time away, with a plea for the residents to take utmost care of the area by keeping it clean and trash-free at all times.
Joining them in the simple ceremonies were barangay officials and city officials who helped make the new baywalk possible, among them city engineer Armand Andres, department of public services chief Kenneth Amurao and city electrician Randy Sadac, all of whom Moreno thanked for the effort in the total makeover of the Baseco Beach.
In his speech, Moreno vowed to introduce more developments in Baseco, with the support of Lacuna who also heads the Manila City Council as its presiding officer, noting that Baseco’s main problem is that it had never been planned as a residential area from the start.
Without going into details, Moreno announced that there are other developmental plans lined up for Baseco: “In a few weeks from now, ipakikita ko sa inyo ‘yung tunay na pagmamahal sa mahirap. May gagawin kami… mas maayos, may dignindad malinis, panatag… unti-unti.”
Apart from ridding the Baseco waters of floating garbage through continuous cleanup operations, a walkable coastal area was also put in place in lieu of a dirty, smelly are full of feces and urine, along with numerous lampposts to illuminate the area during the night and make it safe for promenaders.
He appealed to the residents to practice self-discipline and maintain the area’s cleanliness, saying being poor does not mean that they also have to be dirty or smelly. ANDI GARCIA