Taking Care of Residents
I virtually drool with envy as my filler shares some of the conveniences the residents of Salcedo Village, in Barangay Bel-Air enjoy at the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) of Makati.
On Monday, the residents, including their housemates, exercising their right to suffrage need not walk to go their respective polling places. Remember that thing of a golf cart roaming around the inner streets of Salcedo Village?
As early as 7a.m., the residents queued at the satellite Barangay Office within the vicinity of Jaime C. Velasquez Park, one of the pocket parks at the heart of CBD, which transforms into Salcedo Organic Market on Saturdays. They’re ferried by a seven-seater golf cart to the polling places.
But, there’s the thing: my filler observed there’s a slight stench that permeates the air as you walk around the four corners of the park. While it is hear warming for the Barangay officials to set up a dog park within the Velasquez Park, which by the way is maintained, but the outside of the park must likewise be kept hygienic because of certain unpleasant smell.
Heard from my view deck that some would prefer to do their jog and walk in Ayala Triangle despite the carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons released from all types of vehicles plying the area. Though, one can do their exercise early in the morning when vehicles are far and in between.
I guess the wellness of her constituents is one of the endearing projects of Mayor Abigail Binay. Condominium residents around the Salcedo-Legaspi area are actually enjoying the carless window hour along Ayala Avenue, stretching as far down One Ayala Mall on the edge of EDSA, a portion of Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue.
Up until the end of December, these triangulated areas are closed to traffic for four hours between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. for workouts and other recreational activities such as fun runs, biking as well as yoga.
From what I heard, residents of nearby municipalities such Ortigas, in Mandaluyong and Pasig as well as those from Quezon City look forward to enjoying this carless window hour.
And finally, here’s an update on the small gate that allows senior citizens, PWDs and pregnant women to cross to the other side of Ayala Avenue from Tower One: It’s now entirely open during working hours of the day and of course, on weekends.
Hats off to salute to the leadership of the local government of Makati.
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