BAGUIO CITY — The city government sets the fourth Saturday of every month as cleanup drive day here.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong signed Executive Order 38-2019, issued on August 1, institutionalizing the city-wide cleanup drive that was first done on July 27.
In an interview Tuesday, Magalong said the move is to not just regain cleanliness of the city but also to prevent illnesses caused by dirty surroundings.
He said the cleanup drive was a clamor from the public who saw the need for a collaborated effort from all sectors.
“A lot of people joined and we saw the relevance of the activity that is why we are adopting it as a regular activity in the whole of Baguio,” Magalong said.
Aside from the EO, Memorandum 222 also directed officials in the 128 barangays to participate and mobilize the organizations to serve as multipliers in the cleanup drive.
He said participation of barangay officials was crucial in the campaign because it would generate the needed support from residents.
Aside from the monthly conduct of a city-wide cleanup campaign, the city government also institutionalized the Search for Cleanest and Dirtiest Barangays, with the judging done year-round to ensure the sustainable implementation of clean and green programs.
Baguio City used to reap awards for being one of the country’s cleanest and greenest cities.
In 1995, Baguio got the “Hall of Fame” award in the nationwide Search for the Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City after winning for three consecutive years.
The city’s hall of fame award was won due to the collaborative efforts of the local government, concerned government agencies, the private sector, and barangays. (PNA)