“Tapos na ang panahon ng mga elitista. Basurero naman ngayon,” Isko Moreno said as the crowd cheered.
(The days of the elites are over. It is now the turn of garbaage collectors.)
In his continued visit to communities, Manila Mayor, who is also Aksyon Demokratiko presidential bet, Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso brought his “listening tour” to Payatas, Quezon City.
Payatas is one of the country’s largest garbage dumpsites. To have an idea of the magnitude of its size, a ‘trash slide’ in year 2000 left 200 people dead in its wake. It took another 10 years before it was closed in 2010.
MANILA, Philippines — About 300 garbage workers and junk shop operators gathered as Domagoso expressed his vision for the country should he be elected as president in 2022. The mayor was a garbage collector in his youth.
He vowed to improve waste management by introducing technologies in waste disposal and expand recycling facilities in the country.
A day prior, Domagoso was in Calauan in Laguna speaking to farmers and promising to protect their lands if elected as president.
“While we will certify its passage into law, as a basis for proper zoning procedures, I will impose a moratorium on agricultural land conversion through an executive order to be implemented by the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) and local government units,” he said.
He also touched on placing quality control on imports to support local farmers and their produce.
“Hindi tayo pwedeng padalhan ng bigas na pagkain na ng baboy… Hindi tayo pwedeng magdala ng mga sibuyas na may bukbok, may sira… Same thing with mga gulay at mga double-dead meat. We cannot just accept those,” Moreno said.
(We reject spoiled rice. We reject rotten onions…same thing with vegetables, and double-dead meat.) (RA/The MiNT)