Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Google Street View | posted October 06, 2016 09:57
Junkshops, shanties and other road obstructions removed
The three-month battle between the City of Manila and road obstruction continues as Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada cleared another vital artery between Manila to Makati.
Onyx Street in San Andres Bukid that connects Florentino Torres Street to Zobel Roxas Street, and the section of Zobel Roxas from Palma to Onyx and Tejeron streets is now more accessible to motorists due to the efforts of Task Force Manila Cleanup, the Office of the City Engineer, Department of Public Services (DPS), Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB), Manila Barangay Bureau (MBB), Manila Social Welfare Department (MSWD), Manila Tricycle Regulatory Office (MTRO), Manila Police District (MPD), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“Onyx is a vital highway that connects Makati and Manila. It is high time that we clear this thoroughfare for the convenience of the motorists and the commuting public,” said Mayor Estrada.
Formerly littered with junkshops that occupy a portion of the road along with shanties, construction materials, illegally parked vehicles, street vendors and all sorts of garbage and rubble, the two-kilometer section of Onyx and a part of Florentino Street fronting Dagonoy Public Market was highly congested.
After an early morning operation, all obstruction was removed including a wooden basketball backboard in the middle of the street.
"As you can see, there’s so many junkshops here and they occupied huge portion of this road for so long. Their business is right on the streets, causing anarchy, tight, and chaotic traffic," said Che Borromeo, head of the Task Force Manila Cleanup (TFMC).
Business permits of these junkshops will be reviewed and those found operating illegally will face sanctions from the city government.