In support of the “Bayan Ko Linis Ko Program” of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the City Government of Malaybalay through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) spearheaded the clean-up drive on October 11, 2019 along Sawaga River, Kalawaig Creek and Caul-Mansikol Creek.
According to City ENRO, around three metric tons (3,000 kilograms) of solid wastes were collected from the said sites. A total of 769 employee-volunteers from the City Government offices and barangays joined the nationwide activity.
The officials from poblacion Barangays 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and Sumpong also joined the clean-up. Other agencies involved were from the Liga ng mga Barangay and police personnel of Malaybalay City Police station, based on the attendance recorded.
City ENRO also noted different barangay districts of the City also conducted their own synchronized clean-up within their respective territorial jurisdiction.
The activity was also in part of giving honor to the environmental heroism of Father Nerylito Satur who was killed on October 14, 1991 because of his vigilance against illegal logging and his love for the environment.
For close to three decades now, October 14 of each year has been dubbed as the “Father Nerylito Satur Day.” All over the province, all Bukidnons including LGUs and parishes have since actively participated in the meaningful celebration. Other groups have replicated activities in promoting environmental protection and conservation like tree planting or any growing and greening activities.
Report by: Mary Grace Valdez, City ENRO