MANILA — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has found an ally is his efforts to rehabilitate the capital, saying the United Kingdom's offer to help in urban planning was 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 a gathering of 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.
British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce on Wednesday made the offer during a courtesy visit on Moreno at the Manila City Hall.
In a Facebook post, Moreno said Pruce also committed to help his administration "in creating and opening more green spaces in the City of Manila aside from the existing Mehan Garden, Arroceros Park, Lawton and Sunken Garden."
During the closed-door meeting, the envoy said of Manila: “[There’s] so much history, so much beauty.”
Manila is home to historic buildings and landmarks, crowd-drawing parks, and major government buildings. But the capital has long been plagued by unsafe and obstructed streets, crowded public markets, and garbage-clogged creeks, among others.
Since the start of his mayoralty this month, Moreno has been aggressively pursuing a cleanup of the city, drawing praises from the public, fellow government officials and diplomats.
- with reports from Michael Joe Delizo, ABS-CBN News