MANILA — While Manila Mayor Isko Moreno continues to make headlines due to his "trending" first two weeks in office, envoys have lined up to meet the Philippine capital's newest rockstar leader.
British Ambassador to Manila Daniel Pruce on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to Moreno to offer help in urban planning, which the mayor said was already a “done deal.”
“They offered technical specialty with regard to urban planning and creative parks in a highly urbanized setting,” Moreno said on the sidelines of the gathering Rotary Club of Manila members in Makati City on Thursday.
“I’m happy. These things are very expensive. If the people of Manila will receive such assistance eh this is a huge thing for us," he added.
Panamanian Ambassador and Consul General Rolando Alvarado is set to visit Manila City Hall on Friday, while Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda asked for a meeting Monday next week.
“Awa naman ng Diyos, I’m honored and grateful that the members of diplomatic corps are showing intentions in helping the city of Manila,” Moreno said.
Last week, US Ambassador Sung Kim and Moreno met at the US Embassy to talk about the latter’s policy direction, plans for the city, and the values that influence his mindset and leadership style.
Kim had nothing but praises for Moreno when they met.
“You are a total rockstar,” Kim said. “You bring new dynamism and energies to your position.”
On Wednesday, Moreno also met with the officers of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry about the “new face” of Binondo.
“I asked them to donate, participate monetarily or material wise to develop Binondo, to relieve what is in the past,” he said.
Since starting his term this month, Moreno, who grew up in poverty and made a living out of garbage as a boy, has aggressively pursued a cleanup of long neglected areas of the city, earning praises from the public and fellow government officials.
“I like what you have done in the last 15 days,” former Speaker of the House of Representatives Jose de Venecia Jr. told Moreno during the Rotary Club of Manila event.
Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim was all praises for Moreno too.
“He made distinctive accomplishments the moment he assumed leadership in Manila. He is a living inspiration to every individual who wants to bring back the old glory of Manila," Lim said.