Cayabyab cites programs
to clean rivers, waterways
LUBAO, Pampanga—Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab of this town lauded government and private groups who partnered to cleanse rivers, seas and waterways in the country.
Mayor Cayabyab particularly cited the Manila Bay Cleanup Program which toured this town on Monday to clean nearby rivers and plant mangroves along riverbanks.
The Manila Bay Clean drive held here was led by Senator Cynthia Villar, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Pampanga Gov. Lilia G. Pineda.
Cayabyab compared the river cleanup to the Lubao Bamboo Hub which started with a single bamboo propagule in a bid to contribute immensely in the fight against climate change.
“Maybe today our individual efforts are mere ripples on the water but combined together may create a tidal wave to wash away these man-made problems of environmental degradation,” Cayabyab said in her welcome address.
She said that the biggest campaigns should start somewhere and by someone to become successful.
“These bamboos,” she added, “did not grow overnight. That’s how the Manila Bay Cleanup will be. We cannot attain success in a short span of time. But sooner, we’ll see our efforts bear fruits.”
Senator Villar said she wants to strengthen the sustainable management of aquatic resources and promote stakeholder engagement to resource protection and conservation.
BFAR Director 3 Lilian Garcia and Sasmuan Mayor Nardo Velasco also joined the coastal cleaning and mangrove planting.
Villar, also the Chairperson of the Senate of the Philippines Committee on Agricultural and Food and Environment and Natural Resources, also conducted a fingerling dispersal. This, she believes, can control and lower the prices of fishes in the market.
With this, the lady senator encouraged all the attendees including Provincial Government of Pampanga department heads, other officials and representatives from mandamus agencies, and Local Government Units (LGUs) and students from different schools to be responsible enough in the preservation, protection, conservation and rehabilitation of coastal resources since the Manila Bay is already five times dirtier than the 2008 record.
According also to SGMA, the idea to intensify the efforts in reviving the environmental condition of Manila Bay and its coastal provinces can help in the fishery industry, environmental rehabilitation and lowering the market prices for fishes.
“Nakakatulong tayo sa environment, nakakatulong tayo sa fisheries at makakatulong pa tayo sa pagbaba ng presyo ng mga bilihin,” the Pampanga Representative added.
Meanwhile, the lady governor thanked the Senator and SGMA for always supporting and extending their hand to the provincial government of Pampanga.
The fishermen of Pampanga received P637,915.00 worth of Livelihood Assistance Fishing gear/Paraphernalia, Post Harvest Equipment (Techno-Demo), Fisheries Livelihood Development Project under MMK, Fingerlings/Fry Dispersal for Fishpond Operators and Communal Dispersal under Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (BaSIL) Program from BFAR 3.
—with report from Leah Isidro De Fiesta (Pampanga PIO)
Photos by Jun Jaso (Pampanga PIO