Lim lauds Duterte for Manila Bay rehabilitation

February 09, 2019
Alfredo Lim
An endless stream of excited promenaders and volunteers took turns in having their pictures and selfies or ‘groupfies’ taken with comebacking Manila Mayor Fred Lim (middle, wearing shorts) when he went jogging in the Baywalk area yesterday. At Lim’s left is NPDC executive director Penelope Belmonte.

COMEBACKING Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for the successful rehabilitation of the Manila Bay and doing what initially seemed impossible -- restoring the bay into a clean promenade area once again.

Lim made the statement when he went jogging at the Baywalk area yesterday morning and then saw for himself the cleanliness of the place and the continued efforts of various groups both from the government and private sector to clean up the area from all forms of trash that are constantly brought to the shores by waves.

On seeing Lim, who was clad in a white shirt and white shorts and rubber shoes, hundreds of strollers -- young and old- and even groups of clean-up volunteers, rushed to his side for selfies, group picture-taking or simply to bless or shake his hand or hug and kiss him, as they also vowed to support him in the coming polls. He is the mayoral bet of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) of President Duterte.

Lim lauded the various groups that were in the area to participate in the voluntary clean-up of the bay, among them the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) staff led by its executive director Penelope Belmonte and which, it was learned, has  been doing so for the past couple of years, the MMDA, non-government organizations including the group ‘Angkas’ composed of motorcycle riders, Toyota Makati staff, barangay officials from various areas, student groups and even policemen.

The former mayor expressed awe at the high level of energy of those who volunteered to join the clean-up activities and praised them for their concern for the environment and for taking time out to contribute to government efforts.

‘Not only did President Duterte succeed in making the Manila Bay clean again.  He was also able to stir among the public volunteerism and awareness about how important it is to keep our surroundings and waters clean and safe,’ Lim said.

It will be recalled that during his rein as mayor, he made sure that there was a regular, weekly clean-up at the Manila Bay area, that it was kept free from all kinds of obstruction and remained a perfect spot for viewing the ‘Manila Bay sunset’ for which it has become famous worldwide.