Quantcast
Latest Stories

Estrada to replace ‘ugly’ lampposts on Roxas Boulevard

By

McArthur Bridge INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Giving Manila a facelift could start from replacing those “ugly” lamp posts on Roxas Boulevard.

Saying the multicolored street lamps make the city look like a carnival, Mayor Joseph Estrada said those will have to be replaced with more  tasteful lamps.

The street lights were a project of former Mayor Lito Atienza to deter crimes and promote urban development, which was continued by Mayor Alfredo Lim.

“It was made to look like a carnival, colourful, it’s embarassing. That will be changed, it’s ugly,” Estrada said in Filipino and English, adding that he was studying an offer for a donation of lamp posts.

Estrada made the comments about Manila’s garish lamps during a recent roundtable discussion with Inquirer editors and again in a telephone interview afterward.

Running what he claimed was a cash-strapped city government, Estrada said he considered himself lucky that businessmen were offering private-public partnership projects and that the national government was funding urban renewal programs.

The Department of Tourism recently unveiled plans to redevelop Roxas Boulevard to “reestablish the importance of Manila as a capital city.” Estrada also cited the P50-billion fund for the relocation of squatters  and dredging of the city’s canals and other waterways.

On the mayor’s table are proposals to modernize the Manila Zoo, construction of three public markets and a plan to make Binondo an “authentic Chinatown,” which he counts as a local project that could make the most impact in reviving Manila.

Much is expected from the deposed President, who was convicted of plunder but subsequently pardoned  and sought the capital’s mayoralty position with a promise of bringing back its former glory. But “any project boils down to funding. We have no funds,” Estrada said.

And that’s why on his first few weeks in office as Manila mayor, the city government has taken up measures that did not involve money: all-out war against illegal gambling and one-strike policy for policemen, clearing operations in theRecto area, night market in Divisoria and the ban on buses without franchises.

“My consolation is businessmen are coming to Manila. They are starting to believe in the leadership. So I have to maintain this confidence level,” Estrada said told Inquirer editors and reporters on Thursday.

Aside from the P2.5-billion modernization of Manila Zoo proposed by Lim Chee Yong of the Manila Ocean Park, SM has also offered to rebuild three public markets in a public-private partnership project.

Estrada said three-story markets with roof-deck parking can be put up in less than two years where the Central Market is currently located in Sta. Cruz, at Quinta Market in Quiapo and the Dagonoy Market in San Andres Bukid.

Next month, he will go to Beijing, a sister city of Manila, for the development of Binondo.

“It’s a priority to redevelop Chinatown. I’m meeting Chinese architects to make a study. I’ll make it a very authentic Chinese motif,” Estrada said.

“Hindi na magdidi-Lim,” he added, taking a jab at his predecessor Alfredo Lim.

Estrada is racing against time to make an impact in just a single term and lay the groundwork for his supposed successor, Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Badgered by Inquirer reporters and editors if he has plans for 2016, Estrada raised his right arm and reiterated that Manila will indeed be his “last hurrah.”

Estrada said, “My idol is (former US president) Ronald Reagan. I want to retire while I can still carry my luggage.”


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Joseph Estrada , Manila , Politics , Roxas Boulevard lampposts




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  5. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  6. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  7. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  8. Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  9. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  10. Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • Camilla’s brother dies in US after head injury
  • Luisita farmers storm DAR compound
  • Trillanes, Ejercito confident they are not in Napoles’ list
  • Easterlies to prevail in Luzon, Visayas
  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Entertainment

  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • Business

  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Technology

  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement