MAYOR Isko Moreno yesterday led city officials who joined the inauguration of the newly-renovated Lagusnilad underpass as part of its overall Bagong Maynila Program.
Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official launch of the modernized underpass.
Moreno called on Manila residents to make good use of the underpass even as he issued a warning against those who he said might vandalize the underpass.
“Here we are today, an underpass undisturbed, no obstruction unlike before. It is clean and I hope they will use it properly, they will take care and protect it. Let us help one another maintain this,” Moreno said.
“Now, if you’re artistic, don’t bring it here. That is what my appeal to them,” he added.
Moreno said the underpass will have round-the-clock security and close circuit television cameras connected to the command center of the Manila City Hall and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center.
Vandalism is a prohibited act in the city under Ordinance No. 7971, which imposes penalties on any person who defaces public and private property.
Last year, Moreno chided members of cultural group Panday Sining after several of its members spray-painted the underpass after it was cleared of illegal vendors.
But the group defended its action, saying that what they did was a “protest art in the time of narrowing space for free and critical thinking” in the country.
A portion of the mural in the underpass was dedicated to the health personnel and other frontliners in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.