CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Oplan Habitat of this city is set to reach further and deeper into various areas and selected barangays starting this month.

This was learned from Mayor Oscar Rodriguez who led Monday’s awarding of outstanding members of the Oplan Habitat Taskforce during the observance of its first year at Plaza Vidal de Arrozal at City Hall.

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Members of the task force, including personnel from the Traffic Management Unit popularly known as “yellow boys,” were cited by the City Government for pushing the cleanliness and order drive as well as ensuring order and discipline in the streets.

Oplan Habitat took off last year, even as “birth pains” were encountered by the task force headed by Legal Officer Ramsey Ocampo.

Part of Oplan Habitat was to ensure cleanliness, ridding sidewalks of vendors, and guiding residents of the city in its proper use as well enforcing the anti-littering and jaywalking laws.

“The accomplishments of Oplan Habitat are unprecedented although in the beginning there were lot of adjustments on our part, on the part of those affected and adjustment on the part of enforcers as well as our constituents. Maraming nanibago sa kultura. But now after a year people now realize the importance of Oplan Habitat,” Rodriguez told Sun.Star Pampanga.

He said Oplan Habitat has been gaining success, specifically on areas of discipline and order.

“People now realize the importance of discipline, orderliness and sharing in becoming part of the effort to change the face of the city for the better,” he said.

He added that Oplan Habitat will definitely be institutionalized as it expands its operations in long stretches of the city.

“Bawat barangay kasi kailangan ang Oplan Habitat that is why we are maximizing our efforts especially in crowded areas like in Barangay Sindalan and the Regional Government Center. Ultimately, by the end of the year every place in the city is under Oplan Habitat,” Rodriguez said.