CAPITOL HILL, Tarlac, Feb. 27 — The provincial government and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office have recently entered into a memorandum of commitment (MOC) for the mainstreaming of the regular barangay clean up in the province as an expansion of the Manila Bay clean up, rehabilitation and preservation project.
The MOC was forged by Governor Victor A. Yap, all city/municipal mayors headed by League of Municipalities of Philippines (LMP)-Tarlac chapter president Dennis Norman T. Go and DILG regional director Florida M. Dijan.
The partnership arose as part of the local government units' (LGUs) initiative to signify their commitment in the regular cleaning of the major/minor rivers and waterways within the province.
In the recent Supreme Court ruling, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija were included in the regional effort of the restoration of the Manila Bay.
Other provinces that are included in the formulation of the five-year action plans for the Manila Bay clean-up, rehabilitation and preservation program are Pampanga, Bataan and Bulacan.
Except for Nampicuan and Cuyapo, all the other 30 towns in Nueva Ecija traverse the Rio Chico, Santor and Penaranda rivers which all drain down the Pampanga River and finally to the Manila Bay.
The towns of Concepcion, Capas, Bamban, La Paz, Victoria and Tarlac City also traverse the Malasalasa River, which is a tributary of the Pampanga River.
However, during the MOC signing here, the inter-LGU collaboration was not only limited to the province's five municipalities and one city covered by the Manila Bay watershed area, but was expanded to all the LGUs of the province. (PNA)