They gathered trash of all sorts, mostly items made from plastic, wrappers and cups. They cut unkempt grasses and swept the ground. It was a bit tiring yet satisfying experience after seeing the results of their labor: a spic- and-span city.
This was the happy outcome of the participation of 31 staff members of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in the observance of the “World Clean-Up Day” last September 20 at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.
Earlier, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-92 enjoining the holding of a clean-up activity in cities and municipalities across the country “to lessen the retrograding effects of climate change.”
In response, Science City of Muñoz Mayor Nestor L. Alvarez issued a letter-appeal to the different agencies located within the City, barangay officials, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, non-government organizations (NGO’s) and non-government agencies (NGA’s) to participate in the city-wide clean-up drive.
Engr. June M. Mico, head of the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) office, who was designated lead person of the clean-up activity, assigned the participating entities to various barangays as their adopted villages for the activity.
The PCC was assigned to Barangay Licaong. Barangay officials and 4Ps beneficiaries joined them in the activity and enthusiastically went about their clean-up chores.
Started at seven in the morning, the activity was completed after three hours of continuous work in the agency’s assigned spot.