DINGALAN, Aurora -- Some 1,500 individuals, including local officials, municipal employees and ordinary citizens, took part in yesterday’s coastal clean-up campaign at Dingalan Bay here in a concerted effort to cleanse the town -- described as “Dirty Dingalan” by tourists -- of wastes.
Mayor Shierwin Taay spearheaded the clean-up drive in partnership with various government agencies (GAs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) which kicked off early morning at the Ro-ro port in Bgy. Aplaya.
In his speech during the kick-off rites, Taay stressed that tourists visiting the town have expressed admiration at Dingalan’s tourism potentials but at the same time aired concern over the cleanliness of its surroundings.
“Tourists have been telling us that Dingalan is beautiful and is a tourist spot. However, they say Dingalan is dirty so this is the start of efforts to clean it up, starting with our coastlines,” he said.
He stressed that the clean-up drive won’t be successful unless participated in by various stakeholders. “Certainly, we can’t do it alone and we need the support of everybody.”
The clean-up brigade consisted of town employees, teachers, students and elementary pupils and pro-environmentalists in the 11 barangays who walked from the shoreline encompassing a 21-kilometer distance in Bgy. Paltic to Bgy. Umiray, bringing with them empty sacks where they place the debris and rubbish collected, mostly old tree branches, plastic and other waste materials.
The initiative yielded hundreds of kilos of trash which were taken off the water’s edge.