Just recently, a ‘massive province-wide cleanup drive’ dubbed ‘Limpyo Iloilo’ was held last February 20 with a caravan from the Iloilo Provincial Capital to the National Comprehensive School in Santa Barbara.
“Let us make cleaning a healthy habit,” states Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr.
According to Defensor, he wants the province to adopt a ‘clean province identity’ through ‘Limpyo Iloilo’. After the caravan and program, a province-wide simultaneous cleanup took place. Joining the program’s kick-off include 43 towns, national government agencies, educational institutions, and the business sector. Read more: Massive cleanup drive Limpyo Iloilo kicks off today.
The activity highlights solid waste management to reduce littering, throwing, and illegal dumping of wastes in public areas such as public plazas and waterways. The campaign was spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) – and will be done every third Saturday of each month in line with Provincial Ordinance No. 2018-184, Series of 2019. The ordinance requires all government units in coastal areas of the province to conduct a community-based coastal cleanup activity once a month. PENRO also urges participants to conduct a ‘waste audit’ after every cleanup and provide a report.
“Limpyo Iloilo aims to achieve a clean province for health, tourism and progress, and promote the culture and character of cleanliness, and spirit of volunteerism among Ilonggos,” adds Defensor.