SUYO, Ilocos Sur – With the aim to highlight the importance of actions to conserve and sustain wetlands, PENRO Ilocos Sur led by PENR Officer Rosemarie B. Jornacion through CENRO Southern Ilocos Sur under CENR Officer Danilo P. Manoloto, conducted a clean-up drive along Chico River situated at Cabugao, Suyo, Ilocos Sur in celebration of World Wetlands Day with this year’s theme “Wetlands Action for People and Nature” last February 11, 2022. The said river is also the official entry of Region I in the Recognizing Institutions/Individuals towards a Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (RIVERs) for Life Award 2021.
The activity was actively participated by employees of PENRO and CENRO Ilocos Sur, Saniata Environment 2022 Shireen Dicang Khalil, officials, and health workers of Barangay Cabugao, Suyo, Ilocos, Sur where a total of ten (10) sacks or 0.16 tons of wastes were collected. Everyone was able to pick up cigarette butts, food wrappers, used bottles, plastic bottle caps, plastic straws, plastic bottles, used clothes, slippers, and diapers. All of which post a negative effect on the watershed and its biodiversity.
After the clean-up, a short program was carried out where Saniata Environment 2022 Ms. Shireen D. Khalil shared her advocacies on the development and protection of the environment. CENR Officer Danilo P. Manoloto then appealed for the community’s continuous support and cooperation in all activities to be undertaken by the office especially that it is the entry for RIVERs for Life Award 2021. PENR Officer Rosemarie B. Jornacion, aside from enjoining the constituents of the barangay to be one with the department in the conservation of Chico River, also discussed the Classifications of Wetlands and the Priority Programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. (DCL-RSCIG/CENRO Southern IS)