THE entire Divisoria area will soon have a facelift after business owners consented to the City Government’s plan to have their buildings repainted.

Councilor Dante Pajo, chairman of the committee on health sanitation, said the owners and representatives of establishments within the Divisoria area all agreed to repaint their buildings with bright colors to give the whole place a “bright atmosphere.”

Pajo said some representatives of businesses in the area suggested to retain their corporate colors. Among them are McDonald, Jollibee, China Bank, and BDO.

“They will be given up to November to finish the repainting,” Pajo said, who sits as member of the City Council’s Committee on Tourism, which spearheaded the meeting between the City Government and the business owners to discuss ways on how to improve and beautify the downtown area.

He added that the repainting is also part of his sanitation campaign to encourage people not to urinate on the walls of the establishments.

Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, chairman of the tourism committee, said all buildings in the area should be repainted, especially the old ones.

Acenas assured that the repainted buildings would be free from vandalism as the City Government is now working on ways to eradicate vandalism in the city.

“The city will assign barangay tanods to monitor the areas. The security guards of the respective businesses should also guard their premises to avoid vandalism,” Acenas said.

Pajo added that the City Government is also doing a saturation drive on street children, families who are living in the streets and even those who have mental problems.

He said the saturation drive also forms part of the City Government’s aim to have a clean and colorful city.

“Soon, the city will have a different view in attracting tourists. It would then be known in the world that Cagayan de Oro City is the cleanest and colorful city, aside from being the City of Golden Friendship,” Pajo said.

article by Nicole Managbanag of Sun Star

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