Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso plans to expand the Arroceros Forest Park which is hailed as Manila’s last lung. After solving Manila’s top problems in traffic and waste, Mayor Isko now focuses on turning Manila as a green city.
Moreno laid out plans towards turning Manila to a green city. Streets at the corner of Quezon footbridge are bound to close and be converted as green space. It also intends to address the traffic problem in the area.
“I will withdraw a portion of Arroceros Street for public use, then we will extend Arroceros Park,”
He then adds,
We are going to create an esplanade at the back of Arroceros,”
According to Mayor Isko, the gates that enclose the Arroceros park will be removed as he believes in open woodlands.
“I’ve always believed in an open park. Ang park hindi naka-preso,”
Moreno promises to achieve more than half of the plan by the end of the year.
“I hope before the end of the year, 50 to 60 percent of the entire plan will be in place.”
Mayor Isko targets to put back to life the now closed riverside park which was once a home for trees and 3,000 bird species since 1993. The park became a home for informal settlers and gangsters which caused its closure. Moreno insists,
“It’s unfair for the people of Manila and others who want to visit the park na dahil lang sa kapabayaan ng gobyerno ay ipagkakait natin ‘yung comfortable access sa taumbayan,”
Mayor Isko rejects the proposal for gym construction wherein the previous administration already seek to turn down trees from a portion of the Arroceros park. Meanwhile, Moreno dissent on the demolition of DepEd office located inside the compound. He responds to the environmentalist groups who wish to demolish the DepEd office,
“If you have a property where they can transfer, then I can build a new building and relocate them there. In the meantime, we have to live in harmony in the area,”
Source: ABS-CBN News