Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (ESDEO) and Department Of Environment and National Resources (DENR) has forged a partnership to raise awareness on environmental conservation for the National Clean-Up Drive with the theme “Bayan Ko, LinisKo” last September 17, 2016.
Though this is not a new program of the national government this was the first time that it was conducted simultaneously nationwide with the government employees.
This year, clean-up efforts of Department of Public Works and Highways, Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (DPWH-ESDEO) with the monitoring team of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) turned out at Barangays D1 and D2 where the center of the city is located as an activity for the national clean-up drive.
The influx of people in the city has, however, created an adverse impact on the surroundings.
The accumulation of garbage is compounded by the increasing commercialization of people activities.
The activity was preceded by a courtesy call of the chairman of the two barangaysfollowed by cleaning up the identified sites such as, roads, sidewalks, vacant lots and creeks.
After a three-hour activities, team DPWH-ESDEO and the monitoring team from DENR collected an assortment of trash; mostly recyclable and non-biodegradable waste.
The clean-up effort in the area collected garbage enough to fill more than 10 garbage bags.
Geraldine Rado, a DPWH-ESDEO employee was weary after the clean-up activity.
“The amount of trash collected from the clean-up activity goes to show that a lot of people are still uneducated when it comes to proper waste management. I hope protecting and preserving our mother earth doesn’t just end with yearly clean-up activities,” Rado said.
The 1st national simultaneous Clean-Up Day for the national clean-up drive is good start for concerted efforts on waste management to strengthen and mobilize partnership from all the local government units nationwide.