Davao City Spearheads National Clean-Up Drive
September 14, 2016, Davao City— As part of the city’s recovery initiative after the terrorist bombing at the Rizal Night Market, Davao City will be spearheading National Clean-Up Drive “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko” this September 17. The clean up drive will be held all over the city and led by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), in coordination with local government units, civil society groups, the academe and the business sector.
National Clean Up Drive is a project of the Department of National resources created under Proclamation No. 244, S. 1993 and Proclamation No. 47, S. 2003, which declares September as the Clean and Green Month. In the previous years, coastal clean-up drives have been held every 3rd Saturday of September in support of the International Coastal Clean Up Day. But this is the first drive where the clean-up activities will be adopting a broader approach to cover all areas, from mountains to the coastal areas.
The clean-up drive will be on September 17, from 6am to 3pm, at different clean up points in Davao City. The goal for this year is to gather 10,000 volunteers from all the city. Different local government units, organizations, schools, barangays and business will be responsible for their own clean up areas and will be coordinating with CENRO for the documentation and trach pick up.
Individual volunteers can join the drive by going to their barangay offices to register or by going the CENRO page to register. Groups and organizations can participate by going to the CENRO office at People’s Park so they can be assigned their own designated clean up area. Participants are encouraged to share about their experience on the clean up online by showing before and after photos and videos, posts about their clean up drive experience, and sharing information on proper clean up and waste management. Noteworthy posts with the proper hashtags will be featured on the CENRO and Dakila Davao Facebook pages.
Proper trash segregation will be practiced during the event and sacks will be provided to designated clean up areas to help with segregation. Those who can’t participate but still want to help can do so by donating water and snacks for the volunteers. They can donate directly to their local barangay or through the CENRO office
Clean Start For Davao
The Davao leg of this campaign will serve as a model and highlight of the campaign. And in addition to “Bayan Ko Linis Ko”. Davao City ENRO office will continue to work with partner organizations and volunteers to continue the information campaign and initiatives in helping make Davao City cleaner and greener. In particular, CENRO has partnered with Dakila Davao, has created an information campaign to help educate everyone volunteers on what they need to do for the clean up drive and teach social media users on proper waste management.
Jessica Madrazo, Managing Director for Dakila Davao, shares why her organization has chosen to help CENRO in their campaign. “This is in line with our vision and mission which is to build a movement of heroism towards social transformation. We need to take responsibility for our own trash, segregation and keeping Davao as clean as the country knows it. It’s not just the government’s responsibility, it’s ours. To be able to participate in this event and encourage people to take action is a privilege.”
Nick Solana, Project Head for CENRO, stressed that it’s important for Dabawenyos to strongly support this activity. “With the President coming from Davao and this is a national drive. Whether we like it or not, people will look to us to see how we do it so might as well put our best foot forward. So we really try to help out as a community.”
Engr. Elisa Madrazo, Department Head of the Davao CENRO, sees the upcoming drive as a solid step in transforming Davao City into a model for the world. “It’s important for every Dabawenyo to join in this activity for our city and for ourselves and for the planet. It’s important that this becomes habitual. That this can become a way of life for us”
After this clean-up drive, CENRO and Dakila Davao have plans to create more campaigns to inspire community involvement and environmental awareness for Dabawenyos. Solana adds, “We need to take ownership of our community. Kung saan ka, you are responsible for your place. We’ll practice proper waste segregation. Nandiayn pa sya pero di pa na-pa-practice ng maigi.”
For more information, please contact
Engr. Eliza Madrazo,
Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office
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