DENR and LGU officials in Kananga, Leyte appealed for the cooperation of the community and all sectors in rehabilitating the town’s Tugbong River.

The officials made their call during the launching of the Tugbong River as DENR PENRO Leyte’s entry to the regional RIVERs for Life Awards, earlier this September.

“Let’s not wait for our river to get to its worst condition, let’s start restoring its vigor now,” Kananga Vice Mayor Miguel Jorge Tan said.

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Elmer Labaclado stressed that the desire to bring back Tugbong River into its original state will be realized through DENR’s advocacy campaign “Tayo ang Kalikasan”. He added that concerted efforts between the government, the community, and all stakeholders is the key to immediately address the rehabilitation of the river in order for it to serve its purpose as the lifeblood of the earth.

Meanwhile, DENR Regional Executive Director Crizaldy Barcelo says that the massive support of the LGU and the community is instrumental in achieving the objectives of the RIVERs for Life Award which is to save rivers from pollution and improve classification of class C rivers to class B. “Class C River is mainly for the propagation and growth of fish and other aquatic resources,  boating, fishing and similar activities and for agriculture, irrigation and livestock watering, while class B is suitable for swimming or bathing”, he said.

“We are banking on the wholehearted participation of every individual in our efforts for our environment and natural resources”, Director Barcelo adds.

Volunteers from various sectors took their “Tayo ang Kalikasan” oath and participated in the tree planting and clean-up activities held after the program to jumpstart the series of interventions to be conducted for the rehabilitation of the Tugbong River in Kananga, Leyte.