ILOILO CITY, July 6 – Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog is enjoining residents to actively participate in the continuing cleanup of Dungon Creek in Jaro district, one of the major tributaries of Iloilo River.
At least 250 participants including barangay officials and residents, coastguard auxiliaries, police and fire personnel, city engineer's and city environment and natural resources offices and other partners participated in the cleanup Thursday.
“We can do so much by pooling our resources to conduct cleanup activities through the active participation, support and cooperation of stakeholders for the protection of our waterways,” Mabilog stressed.
The mayor directed executive assistant for barangay affairs Fernando Jose Rico to initiate and coordinate cleanup activities with the village officials and partner groups in an effort to address environmental concerns on Dungon Creek.
At least six truckloads of garbage and debris were fished out and gathered from the one-and-a-half-kilometer cleanup site in Dungon Creek stretching the barangays of Dungon, Bakhaw, San Vicente, Bolilao, Desamparados, and Seminario, Jaro.
Coast Guard's tugboat and motorboat, bancas and bamboo rafts were used to ferry the collected debris out of the waterway and transported into garbage trucks. (PNA)