The City Government of Balanga through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) led today’s Coastal Clean-Up and Barangay Clean-up Drive in keeping with the International Coastal Clean-Up day.
This coastal clean-up is anchored in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) program of keeping the greater Manila Bay Coastline and rivers/waterways clean and cleared of any obstructions at any given time so that water may freely flow, especially during calamities/disasters.
It opened with a short program at Plaza Mayor de Balanga where City Councilor Vic Baluyot noted in his message that, “We should take part in this event. This is all for Mother Nature. The Wetland Park was established for all of us. We should take care of it and maintain its cleanliness.” Councilor Ric Magpantay, likewise, said, “We should have proper waste disposal, and observe it, not just for one day, but maintain its cleanliness every day.”
In behalf of Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia, City Administrator Rodolfo H. De Mesa, pleasantly articulated that “our mayor will be very pleased with us for supporting this event, especially with the attendance of different National Government Agencies and Non-Government Organizations.”
Aside from cleaning the coastal areas of Balanga, other barangays not in the coastal area also joined the clean-up drive by cleaning their barangays. The City Government continues to support this maintenance clean up and clearing of waterways. Barangays also support the prohibition of erecting any structure along waterways.
This is one program many appreciate because according to previous experiences, residing along coastal areas is risky because houses prevent the flow of water during high tide creating flash floods.
The coastal clean-up is important in rehabilitating Manila Bay and other waterways. The local government urges various stakeholders to stop waste before it reaches the bay to threaten marine life and resources of local communities.
Gracing the successful activity were Councilor Benigno Merino and Punong Barangays led by ABC President Elmer Castrence. Also present were contingents from Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bataan Medical Society (BMS), Provincial Agriculture Office, Commission on Audit (COA)-Balanga and COA-Bataan, CFARMC, BALCEMCO, DepED, Bataan National High School (BNHS), Philippine Women’s University (PWU), Eastwoods College of Science and Technology (ECST), Microcity College, Asia-Pacific College of Advanced Studies (APCAS), and Maritime Academy for Asia and the Pacific (MAAP). By: Cyrus Dela Cruz