Saturday August 18, 2018

Oro targets garbage-free fiesta

Early morning practice among local Dragon Boat teams have been common in Cagayan River recently as the Higalaay Festival is approaching; one of the festival's events is the first Kagay-an Dragon Boat Festival this coming August 25-26. (Nef Luczon)

AN OFFICIAL of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) said they are deploying all its personnel during the fiesta celebrations as they aim for a garbage-free Higalaay festivities.

Clenro chief Engineer Armen Cuenca said they will also deputize barangay tanods and other agencies concerned to act as enforcers on the streets.

Cuenca said they will be tasked to reprimand possible violators and penalize them with an amount ranging from P500 to 1,000 depending on the volume of the trash thrown indiscriminately.

Clenro will also put up as many trash cans as they can on the streets where tourists and revelers watching particularly street parades, can throw their garbage.

Cuenca said he expects that garbage collection on the fiesta celebrations will double, but they are confident that with the IPM-Construction and Development Corporation's newest technology, garbage collection will be efficient.

"We want to inform the revelers to avoid throwing their trash, especially cigarette butts because even during normal days, like when we had the plogging activity, we collected a total of 3 kilos of cigarette butts just along JR Borja to Capt. Vicente Roa Street," he said.

Street parades such as the the Cagayan Carnival Parade and Higalaay Street Parade and Floats and the Civic Military Parade are scheduled on August 26 and 27 respectively.