Nationwide clean-up activities, dubbed as “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko: Partnering Towards People’s Environmental Movement” was held on September 17 for the National Cleanup Day organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the local government units, civil society groups/non-government organizations, the private sector, academe and the religious sector.
In the region, several participants from all walks of life joined the National Cleanup drive which was spearheaded by DENR Regional Office 8 in cleaning the environs including schools, parks, roads, creeks, sewage systems, creeks and rivers. DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said that while the event aims to promote cleanliness in coastal and inland waterways, public places, parks, schools, and churches, it is also an opportunity to boost the spirit of volunteerism in the country.
He added, “We stepped up our approach for a clean environment by adopting the ridge-to-reef mechanism wherein we do not only clear our coastal zones, rivers and creeks from wastes and debris but also the mountains and watersheds down to our communities in the lowland areas. We also encouraged our people in joining this activity and the turnout seems overwhelming.”
In Tacloban City, several barangay communities, students’ organizations, civic groups and individuals joined the clean-up drive around the city including the surroundings, streets, waterways and canals. Volunteers gathered tons of garbage which contains non-recyclable materials including plastics and styrofoam. RD Sibbaluca urged the people to dispose this garbage properly by segregating according to recyclables, bio-degradable, and non-biodegradables.
The National Cleanup Day, celebrated every third Saturday of September, coincides with the International Coastal Cleanup Day. The whole month of September of every year was declared as National Cleanup Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 244, series of 1993.###
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