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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 27, 2012
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More than a
thousand join clean up

More than a thousand city officials and employees, supported by barangay officials and residents, school officials and teachers, and civic organization representatives joined the third clean-up drive in Bacolod City Saturday.

Leading the volunteers, who cleaned-up Burgos, Galo and Rizal streets from BREDCO/SM area, including Lopez Jaena street, were Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, a press release from City Hall said.

Task Force Clean and Green overall chairperson, Myrna Servando (of the Sampaguita Lions Club), said the volunteers, who were equipped with cleaning tools and implements, swept the streets, picked-up litter, painted gutters white, scraped posters and tore town streamers. They also weeded out and trimmed grasses, bushes and shrubs, she said.

Leonardia led the officials and employees of the City Mayor’s Office in cleaning the span of the Burgos Street starting from Lacson Street in the west and Hilado Street in the west and spent a good amount of time cleaning the Burgos side of the North Public Market, the release said.

As they worked on their assigned areas, Leonardia and Sayson interacted with citizens they met along the way who thanked them for the cleanup drive and encouraged the citizens, to start doing their share in the cleaning and greening of their surroundings, it said.

Volunteers using spades, bolos and rakes, cut and trimmed tall grasses, shrubs and bushes in the BREDCO/SM area which made the place look much better.

Several dump trucks of the Department of Public Services picked up accumulated wastes at the cleanup drive areas.

Servando and vice chairpersons Councilors Em Ang, Sonya Verdeflor and Mona Dia Jardin, said they were elated that city and barangay officials and employees have continued their volunteer service for the cleanup drive.

Directors of the Clean and Green Task Force said they were inspired to note that establishments, institutions and residents along streets covered by the previous cleanup drives and doing their share in maintaining the cleanliness of their areas, the press release said.

Servando said “This is a very good indication that the clean-up drive has caught the attention of Bacoleños and have started to do their respective clean-ups in their areas of responsibility,”

Leonardia and Sayson said they are both hopeful that the city and barangay officials and employees will continue to render volunteer service for the clean and green movement of the city.

Leonardia and Sayson said they are grateful to the four ladies of the Clean and Green Task Force--Servando, Ang, Verdeflor and Jardin—for their commitment and untiring efforts.

A cleaner and greener Bacolod is good for the local economy because it is now being driven by tourism and call centers, Leonardia and Sayson said.*

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