Surigaonons to join Clean-up Drive to fight Climate Change

Surigaonons throughout the province will again join the world’s most successful community-led global environment campaigns, the “Clean Up the World” drive to address the effect on climate change on Friday Sep. 18, 2009.

Now in its 3rd year of implementation in the province, the provincial government will again tap the different sectors in the community such as the academe, business, and religious sectors including Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) to get involved in the conduct of a 1-day clean-up drive on sea beaches, rivers, canals, drainage systems, and other public areas that would minimize the litter problem, improve the quality of waters, prevent the spread of diseases and consequently contribute towards a cleaner and healthier province.

Prov’l Administrator Adolfo Pantilo proudly disclosed the membership of the province to the Clean Up the World, an international environmental organization based in Australia mobilizing an estimated 35 million volunteers from more than 100 countries. Being a member, Pantilo emphasized the need for the Surigaonons to accept the challenge in protecting our environment.

Meanwhile, DILG Prov’l Director Rodulfo Nasi assured the provincial government the full support of his office to the activity. “Our office is solidly behind this effort of the prov’l government.”

“We believe that environment is a special concern of the province and not only of the province but the country as well. We know the problems besetting the country and the world especially with the present problem on climate change. I think these efforts will be part of the directions of the province and having this program be implemented at the barangay level,” he added.

Nasi also believed that with everybody joining in and contributing to this effort, Surigaonons can do something for the province and for the world.

This year's theme "Communities Uniting to Combat Climate Change" encourages the participants in the Clean Up the World Weekend, which will start on Sep. 18 to 20, to take action at a local level to address the very global issue of climate change. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


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