CSF cleans for Guinness

THE City Government of San Fernando led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez will aim for a Guinness World Record as it embarks on a massive and simultaneous citywide clean-up drive from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on February 1 this year.

The projected biggest clean-up drive ever will involve an estimated 200,000 participants and volunteers from schools, city hall, the private sector, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, barangays, non-government organizations, common folk, and government agencies like the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Public Works and Highways, Agriculture, Budget and Management, Education, Health, Social Welfare and Development, Tourism and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

According to Regina Rodriguez of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office -- which conceptualized citywide clean-up -- the drive will cover the stretch of MacArthur Highway from Barangay Telabastagan to Barangay San Nicolas.

It will involve the cleaning of barangays, schools, and roadsides and in particular waterways and canals snaking from the north, passing through Barangay Saguin and Magliman down to the San Fernando River in Barangay San Juan.

Eastward, the clean-up will take on the inner waterways that cascade via the Del Carmen Creek and will also cover small rivers in inner city barangays like Lourdes, Del Pilar and Sta. Teresita.

"Our target for the Guinness record will be the most number of participants, that is 200,000, because the record to beat is 165,000. However, the title of our activity applied with the Guinness World Records is 'Biggest Waterways Clean-up where there is no target to beat as the city will be the first one to conduct such as activity," said the CENRO official.

Mother Earth Foundation, an international environment group, will take the lead in coordinating with Guinness on the project, which is a part of the San Fernando's "Kaganapan 2013" or cityhood anniversary.

"It all sounds ambitious and difficult to work on. But we have to start somewhere and take the first step in protecting the environment with this biggest clean-up drive," said Froilan Grate of Mother Earth Foundation.

The clean-up committee headed by Multi-Sectoral Governance Council executive Angelo David is now working on the details and logistical requirements of the project.
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