City leads ‘Ayuda Limpiesa’-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, September 22, 2012
THE City Government on Saturday spearheaded the “Ayuda Limpiesa,” a massive cleanup drive at the waterfront public market and other key areas including villages within the seven-kilometer radius.
The cleanup drive, now on its ninth year, is part of the Tourism Week celebration in this southern port city.
The activity was participated by the different government offices and non-government agencies including the academe sector.
The cleanup drive drives home the point that cleanliness is not only to safeguard against diseases but also to make this city attractive to tourists and visitors.
Participants to the cleanup activity include the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources, City General Services Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Zamboanga City Water District, Universidad de Zamboanga, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School (Tetuan), Brent Hospital and Colleges, Inc., Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, Western Mindanao Foundation College, Southern City Colleges, MEIN College, Inc., STI-College Zamboanga, Western Mindanao State University and Zamboanga State Polytechnic College.
Each participant has their individual assigned area to clean.
The areas include Canelar, Mayor Jaldon to the Sunken Garden Area, J.S. Alano Street towards Paseo del Mar, Fort Pilar premises, Pettit Barracks, Pilar Street, Lorenzo Street, Corcuera Extension, La Purisima Street towards Brillantes Street, Gov. Lim Avenue towards Veterans Avenue, Normal Road to R.T. Lim Boulevard and the main market.
The City Government through the City Tourism Office organizes the clean-up drive as one of the activities lined up for the celebration of Tourism Week, declared from September 21-27 with the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.”
The celebration kicked off on Friday with a three-day Libre Paseo, a free tour of this city’s tourist sites from September 21-23 and the two-day Zamboanga Food Festival that features mouth-watering cuisines and delicacies at the Plaza Pilar starting from 6 p.m. onwards.
Mayor Celso Lobregat has declared September 21-27 as Tourism week here in Zamboanga City aimed at fostering awareness among the people about the importance of tourism encompassing its social, cultural, political and economic value.