BAGO City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) gathered a total of 250 volunteers for an extensive river cleanup in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City to conclude the celebration of Ocean Month.
Various stakeholders were present who helped Cenro Bago personnel in its commitment to rehabilitate the Sum-ag River. The volunteers were from Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, PCG-Auxiliary, VMA Global College and Eco-Entrepreneurial Greens Communities Inc.
The Sum-ag River is one of the entries for (R.I.V.E.Rs) for Life Award (Recognizing Institutions and Individuals towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers) which aims to mobilize communities to take part in reviving Class3 Rivers all over the Philippines.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources encourages the participation and support of various instiutions and individuals in maintaining a sustainable environment. Our rivers are very important to sustain human life, therefore, it is a must to introduce interventions and mitigation measures to address the worsening plastic pollution in our water bodies.
Cenro Bago City had been doing several cleanups in Sum-ag River with a goal to revive it and improve its water quality. The DENR is urging the citizens not just the residents of Barangay Sum-ag to properly dispose and segregate solid waste so that it will not go to our rivers and coastal areas. (PR)