Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday warned he would cut barangay officials’ budget if they continue to fail to keep their communities clean and safe during a garbage clearing operation along R10 road in Tondo.
The mayor said barangay chieftains may also face suspension and removal from office if they are found liable for gross negligence and dereliction of duty in their respective communities.
The city chief executive also issued a stern warning to residents of Manila that they may face charges if they are caught indiscriminately throwing their garbage in the streets, canals or esteros, which cause floods during heavy downpours.
During the clearing operations, Estrada scolded a barangay captain after the mayor noticed the latter’s area was littered with garbage. He threatened the local official with disciplinary action, including suspension and removal from office, for the filthy grounds.
Estrada appealed to all city residents to report uncollected garbage in their areas, so the Manila City Hall’s Department of Public Sanitation can collect them.
He also ordered Che Borromeo, Manila Task Force Cleanup head, to work double time to rid the roads and city streets of uncollected garbage.
“I want the garbage problem to be solved immediately. Clean up the entire city now,” the mayor told Borromeo.
The former president reminded the barangay officials to help the city government in its campaign and do their part in maintaining areas that have already been cleared.
The mayor ordered the city’s sanitary division and traffic bureau to clear all forms of obstructions on the streets and sidewalks, including illegal vendors and their wares.
Estrada expressed confidence that he would get the cooperation of all barangay chieftains and residents to keep Manila clean.