Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday praised Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for his administration's resolve dealing with his city's problems.
Año, in a statement, cited Moreno’s cleanup of Divisoria and other streets in the city.
“We hope that the actions of Mayor Isko will inspire other Local Chief Executives in other parts of the country to follow his example and to similarly show decisive leadership in bringing about change in their communities because that is what the people expect,” Año said.
Asked for his reaction, Moreno said: “I also received a personal text from General Año. Maraming salamat po, Secretary. It’s a heartwarming experience that people are moving.”
Moreno also said his government will begin actively cooperating in cleanup activities launched not only by the national government, but also environmental groups.
“Sasali na kami,” Moreno answered when asked about the local government’s participation in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.
“We’ve been talking to high officials of DENR — unofficially. Wala pang mga sulat. We asked ano bang mga kakailanganin ko. Then we will put things into perspective. Right now, talks are being done,” he added.
The mayor made the remark during the press launch of the “Gallery of the Sea” at the Manila Yacht Club.
The event, organized by the Earth Savers group, Manila Bay Inter-agency Committee and the International Theatre Institute, aims to showcase paintings that will feature the sustainable development goals in cleaning up the polluted bay.
“Manila Bay is Manila, that’s why it’s called Manila Bay... Bagay na kami dapat unang nangunguna sa pagmamalasakit,” Moreno said.
The mayor also said the city government will be reintegrated into the national government in its efforts to develop the nation’s capital.