Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Friday has assured Manilenos and its visitors that the city government will continue to conduct de-clogging operations in the city to make sure flooding will be avoided, or at least minimized, during the rainy season.
“Hindi tumitigil ang buong pwersa ng Department of Engineering and Public Works na siguraduhing malinis ang ating mga kanal sa lungsod at para mas paigtingin ang ating depensa kontra baha (The entire force of the Department of Engineering and Public Works do not stop to make sure our canals in the city are clean and to further strengthen our defense against floods),” Domagoso said in a text message to the Manila Standard.
“Umasa kayo na hindi magsasawa ang inyong pamahalaang lungsod na magsagawa ng declogging operations upang magtanggal bara sa ating mga kanal dito sa ating minamahal ng Lungsod ng Maynila anumang oras at araw (Rest assured your city government will not get tired of conducting declogging operations to remove obstructions in our canals here in our beloved City of Manila at any time or day),” he added.
Aside from the Department of Engineering and Public Works, the Department of Public Services of Manila likewise conduct regular clean up operation all over the city especially after the recent typhoons that struck the country.
In October 2019, the city government of Manila approved an ordinance requiring all residences and commercial establishments to maintain the cleanliness of their respective areas.
Domagoso signed in October 2019 Manila Ordinance No. 8572 or the “Tapat ko, Linis Ko” Ordinance.
Section 7 of the said ordinance states that “Any person, corporation, trust, firm or entity found violating this Ordinance or its implementing rules shall be punished in the following manner: 1st offense — warning/ reprimand; 2nd offense – A fine of not more than P 500 and 3rd offense – A fine of not more than P 1,000; 4th offense – a fine of not more than P 3,000 and for 5th offense/ succeeding offenses – a fine of not more than P 5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days or both depending on the discretion of the court
Also part of the said ordinance is the prohibition of the “hanging of clothes and other effects in electrical wires, windows, posts, and other places not intended for that purpose.”
This part of the ordinance which deals with the maintenance and the orderliness of communities.
In accordance with Manila Ordinance no. 8572, it enjoins every resident and tenant in private and commercial establishments to clean up their environment.
According to the Manila government, every barangay is encouraged to unite to prevent the spread of any kind of disease and flooding in their areas.