The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) conducted
an "Esplanade Clean-up Activity" recently as part of the Iloilo City
Government’s Earth Day celebration.
This is a collaboration with the private sector and different academic institutions from the University of San Agustin, John B. Lacson University Foundation Maritime University, and St. Therese College as a way to strengthen the city's commitment to maintaining the cleanliness of Iloilo Esplanades, with a twist, by incorporating the practice of segregation and proper waste disposal.
"With the theme 'Invest in our Planet', we have invited
participants from schools as we want to focus more on the involvement of the
youth in this kind of activity,", according to CENRO's Division Head of
Bodies of Water, Grace Hofileña.
Hofileña added that the event is not just a clean-up of the
riverbanks, but to impart to the invited participants that they can practice
waste segregation in their schools and homes.
The conduct of clean-up activities is grounded in the Waste
Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS), which entails partnerships with
LGUs to monitor the waste assessment and characterization processes of
different trash being collected in open spaces, rivers, and creeks.
Meanwhile, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has expressed his
support, as the city government values the preservation and maintenance of the
Iloilo Rivers and Esplanades. The efforts between the public and private
sectors are expected in order to have more activities that are different and
collaborative every year.
"This is the beauty of this event because it is a
collective effort, and the private sector is always willing to support these
projects. With the segregation practice, we may know what classifications of
trash there are because there are different ways of waste disposal."
Safety measures will be ensured during the clean-up
activity, such as the wearing of protective gloves and face masks, as well as
obtaining consent from the guardians of the participants before they attend the
CENRO staff and personnel from the Batiano River team will also be providing assistance to ensure the safety of the participants who will be going down the riverbanks.
Hofileña highlighted the importance of this project, as the government aims to make Iloilo City livable because of its potential to create initiatives that thrive in the communities, as well as with the cooperation of the private and public sectors (PIO).