ILOILO CITY, Oct. 28 – Some 30 schools and universities, food and beverage companies, hotels, malls, business establishments and other government agencies have recently partnered with the environment sector’s program to clean up this city’s waterways.
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the region reported a commendable participation of various sectors in the society as part of the agency’s Adopt-an-Estero Program.
DENR Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador lauded this accomplishment of encouraging the community to indulge in the various environmental initiatives of the agency. The program to adopt waterways is a partnership between the public and private sectors.
“Community involvement is indeed important for keeping our esteros free from clogged garbage, especially during rainy days,” RED Amador said.
The initiative aims to clean up rivers, drainages, creeks and other tributaries of major water bodies to prevent flooding as well as reduce pollution and promote public health, environmental integrity and economic viability.
Since the launching of the program last year, the agency has gained widespread support from the private sector, other government agencies and local government units, for it now has more than 200 partners nationwide committed to clean up waterways in their localities.
Environment Secretary Ramon JP Paje was thankful to all the partner offices and establishments for heeding the call to the private sector to help address the issue of clogged waterways in the communities that have been threats to the health and safety of the people.
Partner schools and establishments include Assumption Iloilo, Central Philippine University, John B. Lacson Maritime University, St. Paul’s University, West Visayas State University, Cares Meat Food Products, Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Mandaue Foam, Eon Centennial Hotel, Gaisano City, Iloilo Midtown Hotel, Pepsi Cola Products, Philippine Coast Guard – Auxiliary, Philippine Coast Guard, Pollution Control Association of the Philippines, QHP Realty, and Robinson’s Land Corporation.
Secretary Paje is incessantly convincing the business sector, the academe, and other environmentally inclined groups to take part in Adopt-an-Estero program.
This endeavor of keeping the waterways clean is in consonant with the effort of President Benigno S. Aquino III in consolidating all greening efforts to restore the clean and green stature of the country. (PNA)