BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged the barangay officials of the city’s 128 barangays to aggressively implement the citywide anti-graffiti campaign to help bring back the cleanliness of the city amidst the rapidly growing population.
The local chief executive said he cannot understand why there are some youth who resort to graffiti to express their sentiments instead of using their talent and skills to help in the upliftment of the society.
“It is unfortunate that graffiti continues to proliferate in the city because of the increasing number of youngsters involved in the said illegal activity. We do not tolerate individuals involved in dirtying our city that is why we are now involving the barangay officials in our campaign to instill discipline among our youth,” Domogan stressed.
He added an administrative order was recently issued deputizing barangay officials in the implementation of the citywide anti-graffiti campaign by monitoring their constituents for graffiti to send a clear message to the public that city and barangay officials mean business in ridding their areas of jurisdiction from graffiti.
According to him, one of the criteria adopted by the judging committee for the Search for the Cleanest and Greenest Barangays in the city is the absence of graffiti in their areas of jurisdiction to compel the active participation of barangays in efforts to clean the city from unnecessary markings that are eyesores.
After the launching of the citywide anti-graffiti campaign, Domogan disclosed members of the judging committee for the Search for Cleanest and Greenest Barangays will be going around the barangays for the first round of inspection to ascertain the compliance of the barangays to the efforts of the local government to bring back the cleanliness and greenery in the city.
The winners for the Search for Cleanest and Greenest Barangays will be announced on September 1, 2017, during the celebration of the city’s annual Charter Day anniversary. Apart from the cleanest and greenest barangays, the top ten dirtiest barangays will also be announced during the said celebration to help empower local residents to be actively involved in clean and green efforts not only of the local government but also of concerned government agencies supporting the endeavor.
He commended local residents who are serving as volunteers in the city’s aggressive anti-graffiti campaign for their invaluable support in curbing graffiti, saying that their efforts are worthy of emulation, especially by the youth who are the ones mostly involved in graffiti activities during the wee hours of the morning.
Volunteers of the city’s anti-graffiti campaign have been provided a space at the Baguio Convention Center that serves as their temporary office to allow them to successfully undertake their programmed anti-graffiti campaign. /By Dexter A. See#