Saying that his campaign to clean up roads and sidewalks is not temporary, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Tuesday bared that the city has acquired a new fleet of dump trucks worth P17.7 million.
“Make no mistake about it. Our road clearing operations is not a ‘ningas kugon’ program. In fact, we’ve barely began. In the next three years, you will see a lot of changes here in Manila. Our road clearing drive will be pursued relentlessly,” Estrada said in a statement.
The mayor said the six new dump trucks are part of the modernization program of the city’s Department of Public Services (DPS) to speed up and enhance the city government’s relentless operations against illegal vendors and other road obstructions, and garbage collection in barangays.
“DPS has been using old, dilapidated trucks and keeping them serviceable has proven to be difficult and costly,” Estrada said.
Each of the six diesel-engine trucks has a load capacity of five cubic meters and is equipped with hydraulic hoists.
Belle Borromeo, DPS head, said the new trucks will make road clearing and mopping operations easier.
The city government recently cleared Divisoria, Blumentritt Road, Santa Cruz-Rizal Avenue area, Binondo, and Quiapo, driving away more than 3,000 illegal vendors and reducing traffic congestion in major thoroughfares.