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“Greener” Iloilo City seen in 2011

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 30 – Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog is bent on making this city a healthier and cleaner place in 2011.

“I want to see our environment in a good state of well-being, our people to be physically fit, and our spiritual side to be in excellent shape,” he said.

For the New Year, the chief executive wishes “Iloilo and its citizens to remain healthy.”

For this, Mabilog will enforce “green” programs and projects next year, including the use of electric jeepneys, or e-jeeps, which will ply the city’s streets coinciding with the Dinagyang Festival on Jan. 23.

Two of the 10 e-jeeps, donated by Ilonggo businessman Rommel Ynion, already arrived here last week. The use of e-jeeps is in line with the city government’s thrust of promoting renewable energy and clean air.

Pupils from public schools and the elderly will be the main passengers of e-jeeps once they start operation in the city.

Meanwhile, City Hall is also going “green” with the use of solar panels.

“We aim to place solar panels so that we can save on energy,” Mabilog said.

Construction of the new City Hall building in Plaza Libertad is expected to finish in August 2011.

Mabilog also vowed to continue the strict implementation of anti-littering and anti-smoking ordinances geared toward protecting the environment and its citizens.

“We just need a lot of discipline and political will to implement all these,” he said. (PNA) RMA/AJP/LNMontealto/vlo

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