Ilocos Sur wants to keep cool by cleanup drive to mark Earth Day

VIGAN CITY, April 20 (PIA) — Ilocos Sur residents are finding ways to keep cool during this intense summer heat by getting rid of debris from canals, creeks and other bodies of water to promote cleanliness and environmental conservation.

The cleanup drive, which will be observed in the towns of Tagudin and Santa and Candon City, is part of the Earth Day celebrations on April 22.

Benjamin Abucay, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (Penro) Officer, said that cleaning the surroundings is one way of beating the sizzling heat in this part of the region.

Residents and volunteers will provide support to Penro employees who will lead the cleanup drive.

“We will remove plastics, bottles and other debris clogging our canals and creeks,” Abucay said.

He said the office had also included tree planting and seedling production as community activities for the Earth Day observance, with this year’s theme: “The face of climate change; Earth Day, Every Day, Everywhere, for Everyone.”

According to Abucay, employees of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) started cleaning the grounds at the National Conservation Park in Santa town as preparatory activity.

The activities are also in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) which involves the planting of 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land from 2011 to 2016.

“For 2013, the province is targeting to plant 1.8 million seedlings in 2,560 hectares,” Abucay said.

Florencio Soliven, Cenro officer, said target area for planting this year is the national conservation park, also known as the Northern Luzon Heroes Hill National Park, declared as one of the country’s protected areas. (MCA/FGL PIA -1/Ilocos Sur)

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