INTERIOR and Local Government secretary Eduardo Año said on Sunday, July 7, he has “high hopes” with the “young and dynamic” newly elected local government officials who are facing challenges in their leadership, but were also the face of change in the political landscape.
Ano in particular commended Manila Mayor Francisco Moreno for hitting the ground and for showing strong political win in addressing the various problems of the country’s capital city such as the street vendors particularly in Divisoria and other major streets which causes heavy traffic, waste-management and clearing of water-ways which causes flood and illegal-gambling.
“Manila is the showcase of the Philippines. It is the first place foreigners see when they come to our country, so I’m pleased that in the first weeks of his administration, Mayor Isko has already shown that the challenges of the city are not insurmountable and can be addressed with political will and commitment,” he said.
Ano said he challenged Moreno to sustain the said programs throughout his leadership especially the clearing from informal settlers in the esteros and other danger zone of the city.
“The City Government’s cooperation in the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program is crucial because some of the most heavily polluted waterways are in the City of Manila so we look forward to working with him closely in order to return Manila Bay to its pristine beauty as directed by President Duterte,” he said.
“We hope that the actions of Mayor Isko will inspire other Local Chief Executives in other parts of the country to follow his example and to similarly show decisive leadership in bringing about change in their communities because that is what the people expect,” he added.
Ano also cited Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig, Mayor Abby Binay of Makati, and other young local chief executives who are also doing well in their first 100 days in the job.
He however ensured them that the DILG will support and guide the local government officials in every step of the way.
Ano again reminded newly elected government officials to attend the 2019 Newly Elected Officials program for LGUs (NEO) which starts on Monday for Provincial Governors with separate schedules for mayors and councilors.
“We will help them craft their first 100 days agenda or refine their executive agenda and align these with national programs,” he said.
“All our Local Chief Executives nationwide can count on our support in improving your communities especially in peace and order, the war against illegal drugs, and in stamping out illegal activities in your respective jurisdictions,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)