MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday, January 9, that he will closely monitor and ensure that the clean-up program will be implemented nationwide.
President Marcos declared that barangays across the nation will undergo monthly evaluations regarding their execution of the nationwide clean-up initiative.
Through a video message, Marcos conveyed his intention to personally oversee the advancement of the project, highlighting the evaluation of barangay councils’ performances as a focal point of assessment.
“Ano ba ang bago rito? Ano ang bago na itinatatag natin sa Bagong Pilipinas? Ang kaayusan at kalinisan sa bawat barangay ay gagawin nating tuloy-tuloy; buwan-buwan na susukatin ang performance ng Barangay Council, at kikilalanin natin at pararangalan natin ang mga outstanding na performance,” said Marcos.
“Higit sa lahat, ang kaayusan at kalinisan sa bawat barangay ay tutukan ng inyong Pangulo. Iyan ang isang bago sa Bagong Pilipinas. Mga Kabarangay, saludo ako sa inyo!” he added.
Following the program’s initial successes, President Marcos emphasized the importance of sustaining a consistent “bayanihan” spirit. This particularly applies to the ongoing cleaning of roads, canals, markets, and schools, with the goal of creating greener, healthier, and safer communities across the nation.
“Sa pangunguna ni Secretary Benhur Abalos, at mga DILG officials sa buong bansa, kasama ang mga newly elected Barangay at SK officials, sabay-sabay na nilinis ang mga kalsada, estero, labas ng mga paaralan at palengke sa bawat komunidad sa araw na ito,” the President said.
Since the start of “National Community Development Day” on January 6, many barangay and youth councils have used social media to highlight their implementation of the President’s clean-up initiative in their communities.
During the weekend, the Presidential Communications Office reported that over 2.6 million kilograms of garbage were gathered during the program’s inauguration. Approximately 580,000 individuals and 109,939 local officials engaged in the clean-up campaign.
The majority of participants were in Calabarzon, totaling 117,161, followed by Cagayan with 103,249, and Central Luzon with 103,044. Meanwhile, the National Capital Region (NCR) recorded 39,109 individuals joining the efforts.
On January 5, Marcos instructed village officials and citizens to collaborate in realizing a clean Philippines, emphasizing that their joint initiative is crucial for the nation’s victory in combating waste.