CALBAYOG CITY, Samar -- Residents in this city will join forces for the second time to save Calbayog River through a fun run on October 10.

The activity, which is part of the city’s week-long 67th Charter Day Anniversary celebration, is spearheaded by Save Calbayog River Foundation Inc. Concerted Effort (Sacrifice), with the theme “Gugma san salog, dalagan Calbayog.”

The first run for Calbayog River was held in 2012, hosted by Christ the King College Batch 1993, to support various programs and projects of Sacrifice for the restoration and preservation of the rivers.

“We believe that other than us, our children and the future generations deserve to live with clean rivers, safe environment and a beautiful city, and we appeal to everyone to be our partner in our advocacy for life, for our rivers, aquatic resources and the environment as a whole,” said Sacrifice president and Department of Interior and Local Government City Director Zino Llarenas.

Sacrifice is a private non-profit organization with a mission to work on saving the Calbayog River by cleaning and protecting it and its tributaries through a citizen-based advocacy.

It has been implementing programs such as patrol the river on a regular basis to identify and investigate pollution problems and make sure the responsible parties are held accountable. The campaign also ensures that ordinances on environment, particularly on waste management and waste water treatment are implemented and enforced.

The group will also educate the public about the Calbayog River and the other related issued and coordinate with government agencies in cleaning and protecting the river.

This year's run for Calbayog River was made possible through the support of the local government unit (LGUs) of Calbayog, government agencies, LGUs of different villages in the city, non-government organizations, business and other sectors. (PNA)