Commentary: Coastal cleanup boosst healthy environment
By Jessie R. Valdez
San Fernando City, La Union (31 October) -- In response to the Arroyo Administration's efforts of intensifying its-anti-pollution drive, the City Government of San Fernando, La union holds regular coastal clean-up in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Kasay Marine Protected Area (MPA) Enforcement Team, Task Force Sagip Karagatan and government agencies concerned.
In consonance to the conservation and protection program of marine resources and sanctuaries, members of the city of San Fernando Kasay Eco-Tourism Monitoring Team undergo regular diving training for underwater clean-up while residents and barangay officials of the city's fourteen (14) coastal barangays were tasked to regularly remove, collect and dispose properly wastes along the shore and seacoast.
Also, to conserve and protect the marine resources of the city, the SFC Government enthused the barangay officials and residents of the 14 coastal barangays from Dalumpinas Oeste in the north up to Pagdalagan Norte in the south to exert their collaborative measures to thwart all illegal activities that will endanger marine resources in their respective areas of responsibility.
According to the city government's report, vigilance against illegal activities such as dynamite fishing and other forms of illegal fishing was sustained. The perpetrators will suffer with the fullest applicable sanitation of law.
The report also said that the city Government led by Mayor Mary Jane C. Ortega and all other agencies concerned are always in the front ranks to support the success of the present Administration for their campaign in preserving and protecting the environment with the continuous clean-up of the shores and coastal areas which are significant ways of reducing pollution in sea waters.
Just recently, the SFC Government and the DENR conducted a clean-up drive along the 14 city coastal areas and were joined by the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coastguard, government agencies, schools, city Fishermen's Village Association , all the city coastal barangay officials, residents and other volunteers and approximately 450 kilos of plastic bottles and other waste materials were gathered.
Conservation and protection of marine resources and environment thru proper waste disposal are the people's collective responsibility, a continuous obligation and a mandated civic duty of all, irrespective of status in life. Giving our full support to the anti-pollution campaign of the city and national Governments will help make the city and country healthy as well as the people living in it. (PIA La Union) [top]