Every Saturdays of the first month will be dedicated as “Barangay Waterways Cleanup Day” in Angeles City.
That if the ordinance lodged by Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin filed on July 27 will breeze in the City Council, institutionalizing a city-wide waterways cleanup day at least once a month.
Lazatin said the Abacan River needs immediate and regular clean-up. “Some people still throw garbage in the tributary,” according to Lazatin.
Lazatin said this is “one concrete way the local government could encourage its people to participate in promoting an ecologically balanced environment.”
“If we want people to see the importance and value of our waterways and we want to educate them, we need to get them involved in our advocacy for a cleaner and greener Angeles City.”
The cleanup drive also aims to address health concerns in the communities and to prevent the spread of dengue and other illnesses.
He added that garbage dumped in drainages and rivers causes clogging, resulting to heavy flooding in various areas in the city.
Once the ordinance is passed, all 33 barangays are required to participate in a one-day waterways cleanup drive, he said.
Earlier, Lazatin also filed proposed ordinances requiring all business establishments here to conduct a greening program as a requirement for the issuance of business permit.
The second-term councilor is the principal sponsor of Ordinance No.364 regulating the use of plastic bags and styro foams throughout the city.
“One of our main objectives as a councilor is to ensure the people of Angeles City that they and the future generation will have a clean and safe environment.” Lazatin said.