Department of the Interior and Local Government - Nueva Ecija conducted cleanup and clearing operations at Brgy. Del Pilar and Sto. Rosario Young Creek, Municipality of Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija last October 6, 2012 in support to the 27th International Coastal Clean Up Day.
The said activity was participated by officers from DILG-NE headed by Assistant Regional Director and concurrent Provincial Director Abraham A. Pascua, PhD, CESO III; officials of the Municipality of Zaragoza headed by Hon. Vice Mayor Francisco Gabriel Jr; Philippine National Police (PNP) officers under the supervision of Deputy Provincial Director, Col. Eduardo Soriano; officers from Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other concerned citizens.
LGOO VI Erlinda Torres, Cluster I Team Leader, formally started the program by acknowledging the guests and participants. It was followed by the welcome remarks of Hon. Vice Mayor Gabriel. Col. Soriano delivered his messsage and expressed the full support of PNP to all the programs of DILG.
In his message, ARD Pascua stated that all the participants belong to the DILG family and everyone should work hand in hand for public service and in saving the environment. ARD Pascua formally opened the start of the clean-up operations. All the participants proceeded to Brgy. Del Pilar and Sto. Rosario Young Lake. Through the consolidated efforts and cooperation of all the participants, they were able to successfully clean the lake.
International Coastal Cleanup is the largest volunteer effort for ocean's health. Held annually, every third Saturday of September, people around the world gather on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. However, ICC Philippines set the Nationwide Coastal Clean Up Day to October 6 in the country to assure health and safety of the volunteers from water transmissible diseases and dangerous debris brought by floods after the heavy monsoon rain.