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Bacolod city government partnering with DENR in clearing of canals, waterways

BACOLOD CITY, July 31 -– The city government of Bacolod City is working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fully implement the City’s Adopt-An-Estero/Waterbody Program.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., chairman of the SP committee on environment, said six major esteros and waterways are covered by the initiative.

These are Magsungay River, Lupit River, Mandalagan River, Mambulok Creek, Maupay Creek and the Mansilingan River.

Gamboa met with Ninfa Adolfo of Environment Management Bureau (EMB)-DENR Region 6 and EMB technical staff Annabelle Millarez to discuss the implementation of the program.

The mayor committed to clear Bacolod’s esteros and waterways in his State of the City Address dubbed “Ulat ni Mayor” last July 2.

Adolfo handed a letter-response to the letter sent by Mayor Monico Puentevella to EMB-DENR OIC-Regional Director Jonathan Bulos regarding the SP resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the MOA between the City of Bacolod and DENR “regarding the institutionalization of the implementation of the Adopt-An-Estero/Waterbody Program, in line with the World Water Day 2014 Celebration.”

The program empowers the community in both manpower and logistics to clean-up and rehabilitate their esteros, detailing their roles, responsibilities and tasks as partner of the local government and the DENR.

Gamboa said that after the Adopt-An-Estero/Waterways Program is institutionalized, a counterpart program for the streets will also be created.

He added that they will ask major establishments to also “Adopt-A-Street” for the maintenance of cleanliness and development of the streets in Bacolod. (PNA)

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