Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan over the weekend led Oplan Clean Agad rid public places of health risks, eyesores and obstruction.
“Sidewalks are for the pedestrians, we have to keep them clean and safe so people can use them,” he said, ordering the removal of campaign tarpaulins used during the mid-term election.
“I have to set an example, not only for local residents but the general public, that my administration is serious in keeping Caloocan City clean and orderly,” he said, while dismantling the tarpaulin used in his recent inauguration.
Malapitan, who was joined by Vice Mayor Maca Asistio, City Administrator Oliver Hernandez and Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management-South chief Larry Castro during the cleanup, also met with ambulant vendors along Samson Road and Rizal Avenue.
“Ang gusto ko sana makipagtulungan silang (vendors) maayos ang siyudad. Kapag matigas ang ulo nila ay mapipilitan kaming alisin sila doon. (We want them to be our partners in rebuilding the city. If they continue to cause public inconvenience then we will be forced to remove them on site),” he said.
In a follow up directive, Malapitan tasked Castro to take charge of attending to street hawkers to make sure pedestrian and vehicular flow is unimpeded especially during rush hours.
He also instructed the Environmental Sanitation Services and City Engineering Office to clear walkways of buntings, streamers and other commercial displays including the removal of debris in canals and other waterways.
A cleanup drive was held as well in North Caloocan (First District) led by Hernandez, North Manager Santi Sia and DPSTM North chief Jay Bernardo.