Long over­due clean up drive

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THE NA­TIONAL GOV­ERN­MENT’S clean up drive has been long over­due.

It took Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s strong po­lit­i­cal will to start it. First, the Bo­ra­cay clean up which en­tailed the hard sac­ri­fice of clos­ing it for six months to al­low mas­sive ef­forts of clean­ing. Other sim­i­lar tourists’at­trac­tions were tar­get­ted for up­grad­ing, im­prov­ing and clean­ing: Puerta Gallera in Min­doro, El Nido in Palawan and Panglao Is­land in Bo­hol.

All th­ese spots were en­coun­ter­ing sub­stan­dard health and san­i­tary is­sues and so a dras­tic but com­pre­hen­sive clean up sched­ules were ob­served to put them back to their pre­vi­ous lus­ter and nice look and ap­pear­ance, even it en­tails clos­ing them al­to­gether mi­nus the usual in­come for the own­ers and stake­hold­ers. A painful de­ci­sion, this clos­ing up, but it had to be taken. It is the right de­ci­sion to take for the en­vi­ron­ment.

On the lo­cal front, the Ma­bal­a­cat City gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials led by Mayor Crisos­tomo C. Garbo urged the em­ploy­ees and other work­ers to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the clean­li­ness drive, in­clud­ing the Manila Bay clean up.

The groups, led by the City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice did mas­sive clear­ing and clean­ing on Qui­tangil Creek and other trib­u­taries.

Memo No. 01 called on all city hall em­ploy­ees (per­ma­nent, ca­sual and job or­der), MCC em­ploy­ees, BFP and PNP mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in the Barangay level kick-off ac­tiv­i­ties for the launch­ing of the Manila Bay Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Project in com­pli­ance to 5.2.2.2 of DILG Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar No. 2019-07 dated Jan­uary 23,2019.

Still on the Manila Bay re­hab, DENR Sec­re­tary Roy Ci­matu an­nounced the launch of the project dubbed “Bat­tle for Manila Bay” which is ex­pected to bring to­gether more than 5,000 par­tic­i­pants, mostly per­son­nel from DENR, 12 other gov­ern­ment agen­cies and LGUs tasked by the Supreme Court to clean up Manila Bay.

This is a bat­tle that will be won, not with force or arms, but with the firm re­solve to bring Manila Bay back to life, claimed Sec­re­tary Roy Ci­matu.

Some P42.95 bil­lion has been al­lo­cated by Pres­i­dent Duterte for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project within three years.

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Con­sider this doable idea. Re­elec­tion­ist Sen­a­tor Joseph Vic­tor “JV” Ejercito has urged pri­vate com­pa­nies to con­sider hir­ing re­tired work­ers who are still phys­i­cally and men­tally fit for work.

Ejercito clar­i­fied that cer­tain pri­vate firms should al­lot a cer­tain per­cent­age of their man­power re­quire­ment to th­ese re­tirees who are still ca­pa­ble of work­ing full time.

He con­sider the re­tirees’vast ex­pe­ri­ence, tech­ni­cal knowhow and ex­per­tise as fac­tors for hir­ing the lat­ter. Why not take on this doable idea, Sirs.

As al­ways, Sen­a­tor Ejercito talks sense and makes log­i­cal leg­isla­tive work!

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