Volunteers clean up public market

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By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) – To show their deep concern and love for the environment, nearly 100 volunteers of the International We LoveU Foundation on Sunday joined the cleanup drive here.

Dubbed “2016 Clean World Movement to Cope with Climate Change,” the volunteers clad in yellow T-shirts brought along shovels, forged rakes, dustpans, tongs, broomsticks, and gloves to clean the premises of the vegetable section and collect garbage.

The Foundation, which was launched in 2001, is a global welfare organization working for the benefit, the welfare of humankind. It assists various professional welfare activities such as child welfare, youth welfare, senior citizen welfare, emergency relief, etc.

The volunteers removed the garbage from the surroundings of the public market to get the vegetable stall owners and passers-by to follow suit.

Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (LENRO) chief Analyn Babayson thanked the volunteers for helping the city government in cleaning up the area.

“Your support to the city government greatly contributed to the full implementation of Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000. Our partnership in this endeavor is the beginning of our good relations toward an effective waste management and preservation of our environment as well,” Babayson said.

Esvelinda Carilla, a volunteer, told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA):“Nalipay ko nga nahimong kabahin sa kalihokan sa International I LoveU Foundation tungod kay nakatabang ko paglimpyo sa mga basura nga naghitak sa merkado.”

(I am happy to be part of the activity of the International I LoveU Foundation because I was able to help in cleaning garbage in the market.)”

Jaymart D. Janog, also a volunteer, said the activity enabled them to engage in cleanup activities and to consider the city as their home, and that they must take care of it.

Three truckloads of garbage were collected during the cleanup drive. (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur).