OUTGOING Manila Mayor Isko Moreno grabbed the chance to thank Filipino-Chinese investors for the unwavering support he earned during his 3-year tenure as city chief executive when he attended the ribbon-cutting, the unveiling of marker, and turnover ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge where he served as guest of honor and speaker on Tuesday afternoon.
In his speech, Mayor Isko expressed his sincere gratitude to the government of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian, Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, and Dr. Cecilio Pedro, President and Vice President of the Federation Of Filipino Chinese Chambers Of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FCCCII) respectively, along with the officers of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Association of the Philippines (FFCAP), and the Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (PCCCII) for the construction of P3.39 billion Binondo-Intramuros Bridge connecting the two busy Manila districts, the Intramuros and Chinatown area.
He also took the opportunity to inform all the people of Manila that the city was the only local government unit (LGU) in the world to acquire tens of thousands of Sinovac vaccines at the height of the pandemic thru the help of the Chinese Ambassador and with the effort of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
“Tayo lang ang napagkalooban kaagad ng maraming supply ng vaccine kaya’t nabigyan natin ng proteksiyon ang ating mga kababayan sa Lungsod ng Maynila and as promised, we will make it available to any human being, as a matter of our policy,” Mayor Isko said.
The mayor also mentioned that during his conversation with Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong and Dr. Cecilio Pedro, he suggested the construction of a viewing deck for people to see the beauty of the bridge and tall buildings when they passed by the area which they promptly addressed with the assistance of PCCII and FFCAP.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, para makita naman na napakaganda ang bridge, lagyan natin ng picture area,” Mayor Isko said.
Before he ended his speech, Mayor Isko told Filipino-Chinese investors that the incoming administration of Vice Mayor, now mayor-elect Honey Lacuna, and Congressman now vice mayor-elect Yul Servo will continue doing what he has done to the city.
“Hindi na mangyayari ang nangyaring panggigipit noong nakaraang administrasyon sa mga negosyante, we assure you no harm will come to you, you have given us a chance to rebuild, put back again the City of Manila as premier city and thank you for believing in me, talagang nakakataba ng puso,” Mayor Isko said. By Edd Reyes