THE Cebu City government will conduct its fourth city-wide river and coastal clean-up on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
The clean-up activity, which will be led by the Cebu City Coastal Management Task Force (CMTF), is in line with its observance of Philippine Environment Month, which is celebrated every June.
Around 3,000 individuals are set to join the clean-up activity.
The clean-up activity will start with a short opening ceremony at 5:30 a.m. at the Il Corso Filinvest Life Mall in the South Road Properties (SRP) and the clean-up activity proper will start at 6 a.m.
Reymar Hijara, CMTF subcommittee chairperson, said at least 11 areas in Cebu City will be subjected to the clean-up.
These are Mahiga Creek near Innodata, a portion of Kamputhaw River at Tinago-Tejero Bridge, a portion of Kamputhaw River near T. Padilla Market, Ermita Coast, Guadalupe River Mouth, Pasil Coast,
Sawang Calero, a portion of Guadalupe River near Pahina San Nicolas Barangay Hall, another portion of Guadalupe River near University of San Carlos (USC)-South in Sambag 1, a portion of Kamputhaw River at Sudlon Bridge, Arabal River at Kinalumsan Bridge in Mambaling, a portion of Kinalumsan River near Tisa Elementary School, South Road Properties (SRP) tower, and Il Corso coast.
The CMTF will also deploy heavy equipment to at least five areas near rivers including near Innodata in Barangay Mabolo, SRP tower, the river near Vestil Street, and near T. Padilla Market.
Hijara said the City already coordinated with the Cebu Contractors Association Inc. (CCAI) in case they need more heavy equipment.
Hijara said the City expects fewer volunteers now since most of their partner organizations have already conducted their own clean-up activities for the celebration of the country’s environment month.
Hijara also said personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office will be present during the clean-up in case of any emergencies.
Considering that it is now the rainy season, the clean-up activity will be suspended should rain occur, considering that most of the rivers in the city swell when there is heavy downpour, Hijara said.
During last quarter’s clean-up activity of the CMTF in March, they were able to collect a total of 13,615 metric tons of garbage.
The City Government has been conducting clean-up activities pursuant to an ordinance authored by Cebu City Vice Mayor, now Acting Mayor Michael Rama.