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A makeover project under a flyover

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CHRISTMAS decor adorn what used to be an ugly sight under the flyover in Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City. Tonee Despojo / Cebu Daily News

MANDAUE CITY—When a foreigner checked out of his hotel in Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City late last year, he left a note to the hotel manager: The flyover was the dirtiest structure he had ever seen in all his travels.

Vendors were hawking products, from used clothes to food, under the flyover, which was built in 1992 to decongest city traffic, particularly at the Subangdaku junction where several industries are located. Tricycles were parked, waiting for commuters.

The comment from the foreigner was just the jolt needed by barangay officials to start a massive cleanup under the flyover. Both vendors and tricycles were removed and fences were installed to keep them away.

Barangay Chair Ernie Manatad consulted several architects for a possible beautification plan in the largest village in Mandaue, which has 33 sitios  and a population of more than 30,000.

To symbolize Subangdaku’s status as the city’s most industrialized barangay, plants and decor made of scrap materials were placed under the flyover.

The village also implemented a “no segregation-no collection” policy as part of a campaign on solid waste management and recycling.

“We used to have 18 dump trucks of wastes collected every day in the barangay, but since we strengthened our campaign on segregation and recycling, we are down to nine to 12 trucks,” Manatad said.

This Yuletide season, the village officials are holding contests among residents for the best “parol” (lantern), best “belen” (crèche), best Christmas tree and best street lighting.

Suddenly, the flyover was transformed into a miniature Christmas village featuring a snowman, a 15-foot Christmas tree and belen—all made from plastic bottles, bamboo, corn and coconut husks, buri straws and other recycled materials.

Health and day care workers and tanod (watchmen) took charge of decorating the small space.

“This is to encourage participation of our residents here and for the Christmas spirit to be spread all throughout the barangay,” Manatad said.

Judging will be made after the holidays. The winners of the best Christmas tree will get P5,000 (first place), P3,000 (second) and P2,000 (third); best lantern, P3,000 (first), P2,000 (second) and P1,000 (third); and most well-lighted sitios, P20,000 (first), P15,000 (second) and P10,000 (third).

But there is no cash equivalent to the joy felt by Subangdaku officials when they see people admiring the once hated area in Mandaue.

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  • rea1031

    Ganyan talaga ang Pinoy….hanggang maitatago —itatago….hindi pinapansin hanggang mapansin…..kung makakalusot…ilulusot…ayun kelangan pa ng foreigner para mamulat sa kanyang kapabayaan…….kahit saan laging ganito………

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZCN62UBWNKFSNDJ2D3JQBBBWQ max m

    it shows that a change can happen, if the will is there.

  • gemicans

    I wonder if our president knows it or they just ignore the garbage littered along Mcarthur highway in Tarlac, Tarlac. Biyahe ako almost weekly from Baguio to Bataan at nasiyahan ako sa road widening project ng gobyerno lalo na sa probinsya ng Tarlac. 

    Ang problema nga lang ay yun basura na nakatambak kung saan saan sa Tarlac, pati sa mismong Luisita mall na hometown nila Noynoy at Cojuanco clan ay nagkalat ng basura.

    Baka naman nakahelicopter lang sila na paalis at pauwi ng hascienda Luisita kaya hindi nila nakikita. O sadyang ganun mga local government nila na kahit marumi probinsya nila ay OK lang sa kanila.

    Hindi ko din masabi na super linis yun probinsya namin at disiplinado lahat ng tao sa amin lalo na at wala kaming dump site, pero subok mo magbiyahe mula Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga at Bataan. Tarlac Tarlac ang worst kahit saan nakatambak ang basura nila mismo sa gilid ng Mcarthur Highway.

    Kita sa pagbiyahe mo ang kahirapan ng pinoy sa maliliit at hindi maayos na bahay pero sana naman ay malinis at may disiplina tayong lahat.

    Nakakahiya idaan ang mga turista sa Tarlac, Tarlac along Macarthur Highway na hometown pa mismo ni president Noynoy Aquino..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000532465679 Donardo Cuago

    BAKIT KAILANGAN ISANG DAYUHAN PA ANG MAKA-PUNA BAGO KUMILOS ANG MGA KINAUUKULAN?  KAPAG MGA PILIPINO BA OK LANG ANG MAGING MADUMI???  ISA YAN SA MGA NAPUPUNA KO.  KAHIT SA SARILI KONG BARANGGAY, DI NA PINAPANSIN ANG MGA BASURA. NAKAKA-LUNGKOT NA NAGING UGALI NA NATIN NA ITURING NA ISANG BASURAHAN ANG MGA LANSANGAN.  R WE SIMPLY RESIGNED TO TO A KIND OF FATE IN WHICH TRASH/DIRT/GRIME/FILTH R PART OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES?

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