Lim tells Manileños to clean up plazas

MANILA Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday launched a clean-up drive on all public parks and plazas in the city, with a call on residents to do their share by helping the local government maintain them.

Assisted by his chief of staff Ric de Guzman, parks and recreations bureau chief Engr. Deng Manimbo, city engineer Armand Andres and Manila Historical Commission head Gemma Araneta, the mayor personally led the clean-up operations at the Plaza Salamanca on Taft Avenue and then Plaza Ferguson in front of the US Embassy.

Lim also instructed Manimbo and Manila Police District Station 5 Commander Col. Frumencio Bernal to maintain orderliness in the area and assign caretakers for the protection of the promenaders.

Lim also told Andres to put additional lights in the said plazas and ensure that they will not be used by vagrants as squatting areas as these defeats the purpose for which plazas and parks are built, which is to serve as recreational areas for the public.

The children who were rounded up at the said plaza were ordered by De Guzman to be brought to the reception and action center headed by social welfare chief Jay dela Fuente, where they can be housed and taken care of.

Meanwhile, Lim appealed to the public to help the city in maintaining the said parks and plazas, lamenting that even the marker placed at the Plaza Salamanca had been stolen two years ago.

The said plaza, according to Araneta, was created in honor of Dr. Olivia Salamanca, who is one of the country’s first lady doctors. Jerry S. Tan

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