IN LINE with the celebration of this year’s Pyestang Fernandino, the local government unit of San Fernando held a cleanup activity on May 7, 2022.

Members of Siwala, the official LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) organization of the capital city, participated in the said activity organized by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) and Gender and Development (GAD).

Dubbed as “Plogging Clean up Activity: Mulayi, Maglinis at Mamisali,” the event was also in partnership with SM City San Fernando Downtown under its “Trash to Cash Recycling Market” where participants may exchange recyclable wastes for cash.

“Ito po ang kauna-unahang plogging activity na idinaos sa Siyudad, na ang layunin ay pangalagaan ang ating kalikasan at the same time po ay mapalakas ang ating adbokasiya na may pera sa basura. Ito po ay tinawag na plogging dahil habang naglilinis po ay maaaring mag-jogging o mag-ehersisyo,” said Marilen Malabanan, Cenro officer.

Participants walked from Tagulod, Del Pilar to City Hall and collected bottles and items made of plastic, aluminum cans, papers and other metals.

As part of the City’s program on Solid Waste Management, Cenro annually conducts a series of cleanup drives in barangays, public places, and major thoroughfares.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago expressed his gratitude to SM Downtown and Cenro for initiating environmental activities “beneficial to the next generation.”

“Nagpapasalamat ako at nakikiisa kayo sa mga ganitong aktibidades upang mapangalagaan ang ating kalikasan. Ipagpatuloy natin ang ating magandang nasimulan dahil ito po ay para sa ating mga susunod na henerasyon,” said Santiago.

Malonzo added that the recyclable wastes collected by the Siwala members will be turned over to SM City Downtown and proceeds will be given to the LGBT group. (PR)