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PIA Press Release
2009/06/09

Bulacan launches campaign to conserve "Angat River"

City of Malolos (9 June) -- In line with the observance of the Environment Month, the Provincial Government of Bulacan launches a campaign to conserve Angat River.

With the theme "Ilog Angat: Patuloy na Sagipin, Pangalagaan at Pagyamanin", Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO) will focus on activities that will revive and preserve the natural beauty of Angat River that traverses 11 towns in the province namely Angat, Baliwag, Bustos, DRT, Norzagaray, Pulilan, Calumpit, San Rafael, Plaridel, Paombong, and Hagonoy.

Engr. Ricardo Medina, head of BENRO, said they will involve government officials, NGOs and students in the said activity to produce forest tree seedlings, tree planting along the riverbank, clean up drive and environment summit.

The province will also hold photo journalism contest and exhibit, on-the-spot poster making contest and Search for Mutya ng Ilog Angat.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jonjon Mendoza expressed his concern regarding illegal activities that may affect the environment particularly illegal mining inside the watershed areas.

He urged authorities, environment groups and residents to guard the protected areas against all forms of illegal activities that may eventually pose security threats.

"Mahigpit nating bantayan ang mga iligal na gawaing makasisira sa kalikasan lalo na ang mga illegal quarrying dito sa lalawigan. Hindi ko papayagang maubos at patuloy na gumuho ang lupa sa paligid ng ating mga kailugan. Makiisa tayo sa pagprotekta ng kalikasan upang masaksihan pa ito ng mga susunod na henerasyon", Mendoza said.

Mendoza also encourages the mayors of the said 11 towns that benefits from Angat River to cooperate and persuade their constituents to participate in conserving and protecting the said waterway. (PPAO/PIA Bulacan) [top]

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