Baguio to revive its Clean and Green Campaign
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (12 June) -- In line with Baguio City Centennial celebration, the Alay Sa Kalinisan, Inc. (ASKI), in partnership with the city government and the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC), will revive the city's Clean and Green campaign which aims to develop individual commitment for the creation, maintenance and sustainability of a clean and green environment.
n a press briefing Tuesday, ASKI chairman Dr Rey Bautista Sr. announced that they have decided to revive their "Clean and Green" campaign, through a contest that would start from the "Purok" level, going up to the barangays, district and eventually citywide. This campaign will invite a sense of discipline for each and everyone living in Baguio, for a little thing they can do to keep the city clean and encourage as many people to join in the effort of cleaning the city.
According to Bautista, Baguio is one of the few cities that institutionalized the Clean and Green campaign, through the initiative of ASKI, even before former president Fidel Ramos made it a national campaign. "Our city even won it three times in a row, which made us a hall of famer in the campaign", he said.
Dr. Mimi Rusgal, ASKI Executive Committee member, explained that the contest will pass through different levels. First they will identify the cleanest "Purok", in each of the 128 barangays in the city, with a P1,000.00 prize per "Purok" awardee. They will then identify the top three cleanest barangay per district, from which the Clean and Green Contest Board of judges will select the top ten finalists.
The cleanest and greenest barangay in the city will be awarded a cash prize of P50,000. the second and third placers get a prize of P20,000 and P10,000 respectively. According to Rusgal, ASKI Chairman Bautista Sr. committed to personally shoulder the P100,000 total top prizes for the contest.
"If we would only do the right waste management, if only every people would segregate, we could save ½ of our garbage and in the end we could save money, our money as taxpayers that is being paid just for hauling our garbage," Dr Bautista said.
Mayor Peter Rey Bautista Jr, who is also ASKI co-chair, shares Dr. Bautista views. He believes that the barangays will be enthusiastic as they will have their fair share in solving the city's garbage problem. He also admits that city government cannot solve the garbage problem alone, but with each and everyone of doing his share, it would be a great help not only to the city but also to ourselves.
In line with this, the Mayor also committed P100,000 for the contest and he also promised to help ASKI look for more funding for its clean and green campaign. (PIA) [top]