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I've been a pessimist living here in the Phills for many years. Today We took a drive around our neighborhood and it was a very pleasant experience. No parked cars blocking the streets, and all the junk vehicles must have been towed away. We saw a group of about 4 police officers and some Barangay officials walking down the streets to enforce the rules. When the laws are enforced people obey them apparently!

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Yes,  Same experience here over the past several weeks.  Big changes have been made and it helps a lot with traffic flow.  The strange thing thing is I not heard any locals complaining.  I suppose those who were in violation knew it and knew they time was coming.  We have even seen several business where their store fronts had been built over the sidewalk to the curb.  I'm sure they were given notice and then one day officers, dump truck , and workers were tearing down and removing everything that was once their storefront from the sidewalk.  This left an open front to the shop.  They have since hung a tarp on the front.  We are just hoping it continues.:thumbsup:

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44 minutes ago, Arizona Kid said:

When the laws are enforced people obey them apparently!

Pretty much the same here...……...Most locals that I meet freely usually complain that the biggest problem here is that Filipinos have no discipline. I tell them…….

They have discipline, they just have no SELF discipline :thumbsup:

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Someone must have flipped a switch.  Starting with the big market street cleanup in Manila, that made national news, I noticed this kind of thing going on in all of the places we go.  At our office, city officials came and painted a mark for parking, saying that the back end of the car cannot come past the mark or it will encroach on the sidewalk.  I was like...seriously?  I'm glad as hell for it, but what makes them start noticing it now?  I figure it must have been some directive from on high.  Maybe there a new transportation secretary in Manila or something.  Looks like the changes have even affected our local barangay.  

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1 hour ago, Marvin Boggs said:

I figure it must have been some directive from on high.  Maybe there a new transportation secretary in Manila or something.  Looks like the changes have even affected our local barangay.  

This is a directive from DILG and apparently is to be taken quite seriously.  I hope it bites permanently.  Kudos to the head of DILG, former AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año.  He just came in last January and started a bunch of good things, including the Manila Bay cleanup.  I hope he can keep it up!  No nonsense military man!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduardo_Año

Due to rain, my wife had not made her Saturday morning wet market run in a long time.  Yesterday I dropped her at a spot at city hall that usually has vegetable vendors covering a parking area and sidewalks.  All gone, with legally parked cars in the parking area.  Turned the corner and the normally crowded street was wide open.  No illegally parked cars, etc.

More here.  The clearing deadline was today.

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/09/27/19/dilg-wont-extend-deadline-to-clean-up-cities

 

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That all sounds very wonderful!

Sadly... it has not happened yet here in Davao City... Let's hope it does...

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Just a little bit more on this topic, the clamp down on the law as us westerner's see it, has been going on for a couple of years now. JGF posted a bit about shop fronts being removed around Manila awhile back, other posters overtime have been commenting on various road infringements being picked up by the PNP, some saying it's a good thing, some clamoring it's a waste of time. I for one have noticed the crack down on illegal parking, shop front encroachment, even, believe it or not, trikes driving up the wrong side of the road, I think the crack down is here to stay. At the moment I'm in and out of the country a couple times a year and I can see the difference each time I visit and I enjoy the changes. As the wife's young nephews and nieces tell this old uncle, go with the flow uncle, hahaha.  :thumbsup:

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On 9/30/2019 at 6:50 AM, Tommy T. said:

That all sounds very wonderful!

Sadly... it has not happened yet here in Davao City... Let's hope it does...

Might be the trickle down effect. I'm sure it will get to his hometown.:biggrin:

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loads of good videos on youtube showing them doing all this,,,gadget addict is a good vlogger

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12 hours ago, bamfurlong said:

loads of good videos on youtube showing them doing all this,,,gadget addict is a good vlogger

I'd like to see some of them. What's the best thing to type into the search?

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