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Mayors Isko Moreno, Francis Zamora, and Lino Cayetano answer rapid-fire questions

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The three mayors of major Metro Manila cities share what leading their cities have been like since election. From left: Francis Zamora, Isko Moreno, and Lino Cayetano. Photos by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, and Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano discussed their first 100 days in office in a special episode of CNN Philippines’ “Politics As Usual.”

CNN Philippines chief anchor and senior correspondent Pia Hontiveros moderated the conversation, asking about their headline-grabbing policies such as the clearing of roads, the building of socialized public housing, and the creation of open spaces and public parks.

Zamora highlighted the construction of public housing in San Juan, which will start by the end of 2019 in order to provide homes to informal settlers whose livelihoods are in the city. Cayetano emphasized Taguig’s technological prowess as it enables residents and visitors alike to have easy access to the city’s Wi-Fi. Moreno, who earlier this week imposed a ban on the selling of secondhand phones, also announced that he was going to close down Isetann Recto mall after discovering it had no permit.

Mayors Isko Moreno and Lino Cayetano backstage at CNN Philippines' mayors forum. Photo by JL JAVIER

Minutes before mayors Francis Zamora, Isko Moreno, and Lino Cayetano go onstage. Photo by JL JAVIER

Hontiveros also raised one of the most pressing issues in Metro Manila: mass public transport. Moreno said that there should be closer collaboration among 17 local governments when answering this problem. “Gagawa kayo ng subway, hanggang dito lang sa Taguig. Then pag-akyat mo ngayon ng, halimbawa, Taguig or Makati, sakay ka ulit. Doon ka babagsak sa Lawton, trapik na naman. So it has to be integrated,” he explained.

Zamora agreed, adding that there should be cooperation not just in public transport but with other projects as well. “We have to really integrate all our plans and programs. We cannot plan something for just our own cities. We have to integrate everything, since Metro Manila is a megacity.”

Before the first-time mayors went on stage for the special program, CNN Philippines Life asked quick rapid-fire questions to these public servants about their first 100 days.

Photo by JL JAVIER

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

The first 100 days have been challenging.

The project I’m most proud of so far is just putting things in their right order, just basic governance.

The most difficult part of being mayor is [changing] habits, same old habits [of people] and, of course, solving economic problems.

I want Manila to be vibrant again.

If I weren’t mayor, I would have been a ship captain. [Laughs]

Photo by JL JAVIER

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora

The first 100 days have been exciting.

The project I’m most proud of so far is our high-rise in-city public housing, which is the first in the Philippines.

The most difficult part of being mayor is being able to implement all the changes that I want for San Juan.

I want San Juan to be very, very progressive and to be number one in Metro Manila.

If I weren’t mayor, I would have been a PBA player. [Laughs] But not at this age! [Laughs]

Photo by JL JAVIER

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano

The first 100 days have been exciting.

The project I’m most proud of so far is our SME center.

The most difficult part of being mayor is just the complexity of problems.

I want Taguig to be a caring community.

If I weren’t mayor, I would have been a director or a producer.