Change Is Coming: Is The Philippines On Track To Be the World’s Cleanest City?


Several photos showcasing “clean” Baclaran, Recto, and Divisoria has been making rounds on social media.

Many netizens applauded the quick transformation of the infamously “dirty” streets and credited President Rodrigo Duterte for inspiring discipline among Manila pedestrians and vendors.

Memebuster, however, refuted this claim. According to the site’s analysis, the photos of the “clean divisoria,” taken by a certain Del Rosario Esteves Ed, was under the order of Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada in preparation for his inauguration. For the time being, sidewalk vendors were shooed away; and streets were hosed with water and swept clean. 

The same poster showed a picture of “back-to-usual” Divisoria four days later. He wrote, “Mayor Erap bakit nag balikan na naman [referring to the littered streets and vendors].”

Another netizen, whose name was redacted, commented on the pictures circulating online, "Hindi Baclaran yan, Pasay yan! At kaka-punta lang ng kaibigan ko sa Divisoria kahapon - wala pang pinagbago. Sinungaling pa more."

While President Duterte has inspired an insatiable hunger for change among Filipinos, he can’t do it alone. 

“Wag naman tapon doon, tapon dito,” a Duterte supporter, Leonida Sanvictores, wrote. “Dapat talagang tumulong ang lahat ng mga mamayan para sa ikagganda ng buong Pilipinas.”

Change Is Coming: Is The Philippines On Track To Be the World’s Cleanest City?


Change Is Coming: Is The Philippines On Track To Be the World’s Cleanest City?

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