TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- In an attempt to spread out activities of Aggao nac Cagayan 2018 to northern towns, the provincial government will hold a cleanup drive and sand sculpting contest in Aparri town on June 24-25.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PNREO) chief Robert Adap said the activities aim to promote a “waste and debris-free coastline” and to “showcase the rich potential of Cagayan’s coastal resources.”
“Actually ang waste hindi galing sa Aparri. Galing po ito upstream from Isabela and it has came down through the Cagayan River and finally deposited sa Aparri. Kaya kung maaari nga hindi lang isa ang coastal cleanup. Kung maaari daily ang coastal cleanup natin doon,” Adap said in a press conference on Monday, June 11.
The cleanup drive is also part of the activities of he Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Cagayan in celebration of Philippine Environment Month.
Supplies will be provided for the cleanup.
In Tipon-Tipan sa PIA last week, Palaui Island Protected Area Superintendent Rodante Galamay II urged the public to protect the oceans.
Galamay said people should start protecting the highlands first in order to protect the oceans.
Supervising Environment and Management Specialist Wagayway Agatep added that activities in the upland will definitely affect and end up in marine areas because water flows towards the oceans.
PENRO Cagayan has been implementing DENR’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) initiated by former Secretary Gina Lopez in 2016.
The coastal cleanup will be participated in by schools in the district, Philippine Navy, Marina, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Philippine Marines, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Zonta Club, the provincial government, and the local government of Aparri.
Meanwhile, the sand sculpting contest will be done at 1 PM on Sunday, June 24.
Adap said the sand sculpting competition aims to promote promote the beauty of Cagayan’s beaches up north.
Judging will be done at 5:30 dawn of the next day.
Winners will get P50,000 for the 1st place, P30,000 for 2nd place, and P20,000 for the 3rd place. A consolation prize of P5,000 will be given to other participants.
Cagayan Provincial Government Chief of Staff and OIC Tourism Officer lawyer Maria Rosario Mamba-Villaflor earlier said the activities in the said coastal town is part of Governor Manuel Mamba’s goal of reviving the Aparri port.
“The event is intended to emphasize Aparri’s role as north Luzon’s gateway to Asia by reestablishing its grandeur and reputation as an international seaport on the mouth of the grandest river in the country,” the provincial government said. Northernforum.net