DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) -- Various schools in Dumaguete City participated in the recent Banica River cleanup initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Around 50 Senior High School students from Saint Louis School Don Bosco participated in cleaning the midstream portion of Banica River.
The group gathered around 50 bags of waste from the river which was collected by the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) in Dumaguete City.
At the downstream of Banica River, Criminology students from Colegio de Sta. Catalina De Alejandria (COSCA) together with personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard collected various trash around the river.
Students from Foundation University and Asian College (ACSAT) also joined in cleaning the upper portion of the river with some volunteers from barangays Taclobo and Bagacay.
After the cleanup, students accomplished the Waste Collection Data Sheet required by ENRO for record purposes.
In the collection data sheet, the participants were required to fill out the name of barangay, participating agency or office, area of assignment whether coastal, river or creeks and the type of waste collected categorized into recyclable wastes, biodegradable, non-biodegradable, toxic and hazardous or residual wastes.
The program "Rivers for Life" was launched by DENR in Negros Oriental through a simultaneous river cleanup held in Dumaguete City, Bais City, and Sta. Catalina in April 2019.
The activity is in compliance with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's marching orders to clean and rehabilitate rivers in the whole country. (lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental)