Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Areas for Cebu’s 5th coastal cleanup announced

VOLUNTEER WORK. In this Sept. 19, 2020 file foto, employees of the Cebu City government conduct their regular coastal cleanup at the South Road Properties. The City will be conducting its fifth coastal cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 18. 2021. (SunStar file)

THE Cebu City Coastline Management Board (CMB) added two areas on the list of areas included in the fifth city-wide coastal cleanup challenge.

This quarter’s coastal cleanup challenge will be held on Sept. 18, 2021, the same day as the International Coastal Cleanup Day.

The activity will start with a short opening ceremony at 5:30 a.m. at the Il Corso Filivest Life Mall in South Road Properties (SRP) and the cleanup activity proper will start at 6 a.m.

Cebu City Coastal Management Task Force (CMTF) subcommittee chairperson Reymar Hijara said the board now includes on the list the area near the corner of Carreta Cemetery and a portion of Kamputhaw River near the Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Hijara said heavy equipment will be deployed in these two areas.

Aside from the additional areas, these are the others that have always been included in the quarterly cleanup:

* Innodata in Brgy. Mabolo;

* Tinago-Tejero Bridge along Kamputhaw River;

* T. Padilla Market near Kamputhaw River;

* Ermita coast;

* mouth of the Guadalupe River in Brgy. Pasil;

* Pasil coast;

* Sawang Calero;

* Pahina San Nicholas Barangay Hall near the Guadalupe River;

* near University of San Carlos South in Brgy. Sambag I;

* Sudlon Bridge in Brgy. Lahug;

* Kinalumsan Bridge II for a portion of Arabal River;

* Alaska in Mambaling;

* near Tisa Elementary School;

* Bulacao upriver;

* near Jansen Church;

* Corner E. Jaca St. and White Road;

* SRP tower;

* Il Corso coast; and

* Campanario shoal

The Board hopes more groups will participate in the cleanup as a way to help address the flooding and solid waste problem in Cebu City.

Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama, who authored the ordinance institutionalizing the conduct of cleanups in Cebu City waterways, urged those who plan to volunteer in the cleanup to get themselves vaccinated first against Covid-19.

Rama, in a virtual press conference on Sept. 16, said the volunteers still have two days to avail themselves of the vaccination program.

“Get vaccinated first before participating in the cleanup. We are hitting five birds with one stone,” said Rama.

During the previous quarter’s cleanup challenge on June 19, a total of 13,000 tons of garbage were collected during a four-hour activity. (JJL)


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