The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bago City recently spearheaded the 7th cleanup of Sum-ag River in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
One hundred eighty five participants from the Philippine Coast Guard, Sum-ag Elementary School, PCG Auxiliary, City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (CFARMC) Guardians Emigrant and barangay officials and residents joined the Sum-ag River Cleanup where they gathered 43 sacks of trash.
DENR-6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. thanked stakeholders for helping clean up Sum-Ag River. He also appealed to the community to observe proper solid waste disposal and management.
“The Environment Department is very thankful for your active support in helping to improve the quality of our water bodies. Whatever we do to our environment will eventually affect us in many ways”, he said.
RED Milla also underscored that the conduct of clean up drive will need the involvement of community for them to realize the need tO reverse the worsening condition of rivers and other water bodies.
Clean Water is one of the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu which aims to improve water quality of priority rivers and other critical water bodies including lakes and bays through continuous massive cleanup, monitoring of industries and rehabilitation of esteros and rivers. (DENR-CENRO Bago)