What used to be a narrow, smelly alley is now clean and free from illegal vendors that take up too much space. That’s the street leading to the LRT Carriedo station that I pass every day on my way to work! Now, I don’t have to worry about my shoes getting all muddy or accidentally stepping on animal waste (eew!). There’s enough room for people to safely walk on the sidewalks while pedicabs are parked in an orderly manner in just one area. Vehicles are now able to pass without having to dodge vendors’ paninda along the driveway. What a relief for everyone, especially for pedestrians like me!
My mom is also bugging me to take her to the Divisoria because she heard it too underwent general cleaning last Monday. Gone are the thick line of vendors peddling their wares along the streets, illegally parked pedicabs and private vehicles, and trash is strewn everywhere. They hosed down the entire alley and cleared up the streets so that shoppers can now conveniently come and go.
“Kala mo nasa Ayala ka lang,” quipped one netizen in Facebook after his visit to Tutuban yesterday. My mom wants to experience the “Ayala in Divisoria” atmosphere too.
Have you been to Divisoria and Carriedo lately? Share your experience and suggestions with us!
What do you think of the new mayor’s clean-up drive (apparently, he will move heaven and earth to make Manila a clean, livable, and walkable city once more.)?
Which areas would you like to see hosed down and sanitized by the local government?
We’d love to hear from you!