SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept 21 (PIA) — The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) spearheaded the coastal clean-up drive along the coastal areas of Barangay Sta. Rita, Agoo this province which aims to raise awareness on the need to protect coastal areas.
Presidential Proclamation No. issued on 2003 directed the need to promote the significance of International Clean-up day annually every third Saturday of September.
OPAG Chief Environment and Natural Resources Division Forester Dianne M. Orpilla briefed the staff on the importance of proper waste disposal even as she urged them to be a part of the year-round advocacy for a clean environment free from the health hazards of pollution and other forms of destruction of mother earth.
According to Grace L. Libong staff of Environment and Natural Resources Division, that around 33 employees of OPAG headed by Alberto V. Lacsamana, officer-in-charge-Provincial Agriculturist and barangay officials of Barangay Sta. Rita joined the coastal clean-up.
They collected approximately 150 kilograms of assorted waste materials ranging from plastics, styrofoams, lighters, worn-out shoes and personal belongings, busted bulbs and other non-biodegradable products, Libong said.
In a related development, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Tanim Kalikasan, Inc., through the OPAG’s Fishery Division led by Virginia Balanacio has also planted 12,000 mangrove seedlings in the same area as part of the environmental program of the national and provincial government. (ANL/EMR-PIA 1 La Union with reports from Grace L. Libong, Governors Press Corps)