Setting aside politics, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso vowed to build on the gains of the Duterte administration and continue projects that are beneficial to the people should he be elected president in 2022.
“We will all do those. Those people have already paid the people’s tax. So, why don’t we continue? ” said Moreno, who is the Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer.
“So you can hope that everything that President Duterte has done and is doing, I will continue. Should I not continue because of credit? That is not necessary,” Moreno said in an audience with Mabalacat, Pampanga local officials led by Mayor Crisostomo Garbo.
Moreno said he would also embark on his own Build, Build, Build program to build more hospitals, more housing, more public-school buildings, more business, and more jobs. Similar to that in Manila, he said the school buildings, housing and hospitals would all be modernized.
“All projects under ‘Build, Build, Build,’ we will continue them. But I also have my own version of ‘Build, Build, Build.’ We will extend it to include ‘Build, Build, Build’ on housing, on schools, on hospitals. As well as to Build for business and to Build for jobs,” Moreno said.
In the two and a half years that he has been mayor of Manila, Moreno was able to construct almost simultaneously several mass housing projects which include the well-known Basecommunity, where the units have been turned over to its occupants last July; the soon-to-be-finished Tondominium 1 and 2 as well as Binondominium 1 and 2; and the Pedro Gil and San Sebastian Residences which are both under construction.
The housing projects are all situated in the city’s slum areas to accommodate the urban poor and informal settlers.
The Manila City government also undertook the construction of the 344-bed Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital at the Quirino Grandstand, which was finished in 52 days and started operating last June; the 10-story world-class Bagong Ospital ng Maynila which will be operational by December and the President Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital now being built within the Basecommunity compound.
New and modern school buildings equipped with computers, air conditioning units and elevators are also being built at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo; the Dr. Carlos Albert High School in Sampaloc, and the Manila Science High School located along Taft Avenue.
“We have been able to provide employment to thousands of people, then benefit the poor who are sick, students, youth, and most of all have decent housing for the poor. They will be given security in life, and dignity as children of God, fellow human beings, fellow Filipinos,” Moreno said.