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Cavite town helps save Mother Earth thru art, ‘Run for a Cause’

BACOOR, Cavite, Feb. 27 – As part of the local government’s heightened campaign to protect the environment, officials are encouraging all public schools here (elementary and high school) to participate in townwide environmental projects set for implementation first week of March this year.

The two environmental undertakings are: “Art for Earth: Let’s Paint for a Greener Bacoor” on March 2, and “Run for a Cause” on March 3, both in the town of Bacoor, which, together with Imus town, are still awaiting approval by President Benigno Aquino III of their cityhood measures in order to conduct referenda in their respective communities.

Dr. Susan S. Ginto, District Supervisor, DepEd Bacoor 2, said that on the “Art for Earth” project, each participating school will be provide with the materials such as katsa (cloth) and poster paints to use in making the streamers.

Ginto said streamer making has no specific set of criteria, but the art work should present an inspiring message on environmental protection. It’s not a competition but students are encouraged to come up with the best ideas and design in their ways to support the local government campaign and program on saving and preserving mother nature, she added.

Mayor Strike Revilla said ceremonial turnover of the streamers from the public schools to the municipal government will take place on March 2 at the town plaza, afterwhich, these will be instilled in conspicuous areas, or along major thoroughfares.

On the “Run for a Cause” set on March 3, Mayor Revilla will lead in thousand participants in the environmental undertaking along the stretch of the national road from business center Barangay Molino to the municipal grounds at 4:30 a.m.

Dubbed “Plastic is out, Green is in,” the multi-sectoral event aims top launch the implementation of Municipal Ordinance 14-S-2002, regulating the distribution of plastic bags and polyterene (Styrofoam).

Revilla said participants include municipal municipal and barangay officials and personnel, teachers, students, homeowners’ associations, non-government organizations, environmentalists, civic-oriented groups, among others.

He said that thousands have already registered and are expected to participate in the event, as their own little ways to support the noteworthy cause for the environment.

The event is similar to the previous local government-organized fun runs with no registration fee required, instead, each participant will be asked to bring 10 pieces of plastic bags.

Revilla said registration will run daily until February 29 at the public information office at the municipal hall on weekdays, 9 a. m. to 4 p.m. and at Emilus Mart branches, RFC Molino and Barangay Molino 3.

In adjoining Imus Town, known as the Flag Capital of the Philippines, Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi has ordered department heads to lead in maintaining the upkeep of their respective workplaces in order to effectively deliver the necessary services to local residents.

Maliksi said cleanliness and orderliness must start “from within”, adding he wants all employees of the local government to have clean and orderly offices and surroundings.

Over the weekend, the municipal mayor hopped from one office to another and inspected the municipal complex and its premises, and identified equipment and facilities that need repair and replacement.

“If we have clean and orderly workplaces, we can effectively deliver the necessary services to our kakabayans,” he said.

Municipal administrator Larry Monzon told reporters the local chief executive is all-out in his campaign on cleanliness and orderliness, and for all officials and employees to deliver effective and swift services to the townspeople.

Maliksi ordered an inventory of all vehicles, office equipment and other properties of the local government, and to have everything organized, “A conducive workplace will result in highly effective and efficient delivery of basic services to the public,” the mayor said. (PNA)

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