EU, New Zealand offer help to treat Manila water, improve disaster response

EU, New Zealand offer help to treat Manila water, improve disaster response




Manila is making a lot of countries extend their help to get her back to her once beautiful status

Lead by the dynamic Mayor Isko Moreno, another set of envoys have made an appointment with the local chief executive.


Envoys from the European Union (EU) and New Zealand made commitments to help the Philippine capital improve its waste disposal system and disaster response programs.

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen and New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan in their respective courtesy calls with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno (phot credit to ABS-CBN News)


European Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen is the first European Union ambassador to pay a courtesy call on a Manila mayor. He
said the EU has been involved in the rehabilitation of the Pasig river and could further help by sharing its expertise on water treatment.

Jessen invited Moreno to tour Europe where he could observe best practices in garbage collection, recycling of plastic, and traffic management, among others.
“I hope the mayor would bring that back to Manila and make Manila the best city in Asia,” said Jessen.


Jessen was also quoted saying that the inspiration Moreno has given to the city of Manila is impressive.

“We go where the action is. As long as you (Moreno) are trying to do the right thing, you have our support,” Jessen said.


The New Zealand Envoy


New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan also met with Moreno to invite Manila’s disaster officials to a short course on disaster risk management.


“Sabi niya (Strachan) marami daw silang disasters, particularly earthquakes, sa New Zealand so meron silang knowledge and new technology that we can learn,” Moreno told reporters.
“He’s extending help to let our [disaster management] people to study here [in the Philippines] and also there [in New Zealand],” he said, noting that New Zealand would shoulder all costs.




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