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DENR urges public to maintain cleanliness during 'Undas'

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 28 – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador advised the public to maintain cleanliness during the observance of the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.

“Think of the living while we commemorate our dead,” Amador said, echoing the appeal of Environment Secretary Ramon JP Paje to observe a green “tigkalalag” as the populace troop to the cemeteries to pay homage in their departed relatives.

“Perhaps it is no longer necessary to enumerate the adverse impact of garbage not only on our health but also on the environment. We should all actively participate in the proper management of our garbage,” Secretary Paje said.

Amador advised local government units and cemetery administrators to provide waste receptacles in memorial parks that would encourage the public to dispose of and segregate their garbage properly.

Moreover, it is advised that car owners making a long drive to their destinations ensure that their vehicles are well-maintained. Car pooling or the use of public transport to lessen vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution, is instead being proposed.

The DENR has been at the forefront in the implementation of various initiatives for the environment which is one of the priority programs of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (PNA) LAP/FFC/ajp/DFS/vlo

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