Cognizant of what transpired at the Manila Bay following its massive rehabilitation, the Cebu City government together with socio-civic organizations, notably the Rotary Club of Metro Cebu, will launch starting February 23 a thorough cleanup drive of at least 10 major rivers of the metropolis.
Speaking in behalf of the city government, City Agriculturist Joey Baclayon said although they have been cleaning rivers for the past three years, this time the cleanup will be focused on 10 big rivers. These are the rivers in Bulacao, Lahug, and Guadalupe among others.
The massive cleanup will coincide with the National River Day celebration which falls on the 22nd of this month.
The city government, according to Baclayon, commended the Rotary Club for taking the lead to rehabilitate Cebu’s rivers similar to the Manila Bay cleanup which drew appreciation from many sectors of society.
In the same vein, the Rotary Club of Metro Cebu admitted it got inspired by its Manila counterparts who spearheaded the Manila Bay cleanup.
Manila Yacht Club Commodore Robert Joseph who was one of the guests of the Cebu rotary club recently said he wants the same activity he spearheaded at the Manila Bay be followed in Cebu “or even done much better.”
Speaking before a select group of members of the Cebu media, Commodore Joseph said “Cebu is the microcosm of tourism in the Philippines.”
Assuring there will be enough financial support for the project, he said “let us join in saving Cebu (rivers).”
Volunteers and environment advocates are indeed much needed in this community project, Cebu City Agriculturist Joey Baclayon said.