Manila vice mayor returns to childhood haunt at Manila Pier

By Allison Lopez
Last updated 00:58am (Mla time) 07/26/2007
MANILA, Philippines – He used to swim with trash. Now he’s helping clean it up.

Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, the “poor boy from Tondo,” returned yesterday to his childhood playground at Pier 2 in North Harbor, this time to lead around 300 civic and government volunteers in removing garbage from the site.

“It’s a good start for everybody who lives in the pier area because it means you take care of your own space, ” he said. “Paano mo lilinisin ang labas ng bahay mo kung yung loob marumi (How can you clean the area outside your house if it is dirty inside)?” he said.

The Pier 2 Clean-up Day was part of the 75th anniversary celebration of shipping company Negros Navigation, and was organized by its partner AnakTV.

AnakTV president Edgardo Roces said they had invited the 32-year-old former actor as their “clean-up marshal” because they heard he used to retrieve bottles in the area in his youth.

“My father was a stevedore here. We also sold trash collected at the pier,” he said.

Moreno fondly recalled swimming in Manila Bay with his playmates.

According to Negros Navigation president Jun O. Tagud, the cleanup at Manila Bay was aimed at instilling increased environment consciousness-among residents of nearby communities, and the clean-up participants.

Among those who helped in the drive were Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Ports Authority, National Police Commission, Maritime Industry Authority, Soka Gakkai International, and the Parents-Teachers Association of Rosauro Almario School.

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