4th Saturday of every month is clean up day in city
BAGUIO CITY – The local government will be designating the fourth Saturday of every month as a clean up day wherein local officials and residents will be conducting a massive cleanup operation. This is to instil among them the importance of maintaining cleanliness inside and outside their homes.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said the recently conducted cleanup drive led by the private sector was successful, thus, the monthly citywide cleanup campaign involving the barangays should be done every 4th Saturday of the month to help in maintaining cleanliness all over the city.
The local chief executive pointed the clean up campaign is needed to have an impact on the overall cleanliness around the city to help prevent unnecessary increase in illnesses that could compromise people’s productivity.
According to him, cleanliness inside and outside the residences of people should be the responsibility of everyone by actively participating in the conduct of clean up activities in their barangays as a show of their concern.
In 1995, Baguio City was adjudged a Hall of Fame awardee in the nationwide Search for the Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City after having won the said contest for three consecutive years through the consolidated efforts of the local government under the leadership of former Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, concerned government agencies, the private sector, and the people in the barangays.
Earlier, concerned residents conducted a city-wide clean up campaign as part of the private sector-led initiative to sustain the gains of the local government in its clean and green campaign.
Aside from the monthly conduct of a city-wide clean up campaign, the city government institutionalized the Search for Cleanest and Dirtiest Barangays wherein the judging is done year-round to ensure the sustainable implementation of clean and green programs.
Magalong expressed his gratitude to the private sector for initiating the recent conduct of the clean up drive to serve as a jumpstart of more clean up activities.
While there were only a few barangays that actively participated in the recently concluded cleanup campaign, he emphasized that all of the city’s barangays should participate in forthcoming clean up activities, especially when the same will be done on a monthly basis.
The mayor urged residents to show their utmost concern for the city’s environment by actively participating in future similar activities.**By Dexter A. See