Bantay Dagat launched

City aims to clean up coastal barangays bi-monthly

  MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio joined residents in the citywide coastline clean-up on Saturday as the city launched Bantay Dagat.

 Carpio picked up garbage at the coastline of Times Beach in Barangay 76-A, the center of the activity that was also attended by all city government officials and employees.

 The clean-up was from Sta. Ana wharf up to Talomo, comprising of at least 10 coastal barangays.

 Carpio said Bantay Dagat will take charge in the protection of the sea and coastal areas.

 She said it will compliment Bantay Bukid, the community-based program where around 200 forest guards are deputized to help the city in protecting the forests, particularly the watershed areas, against destructive activities such as the extraction of resources like animals and plants. It is a partnership with the Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (IDIS) and the Philippine Eagle Foundation

 Carpo said the Bantay Dagat project is in support to the call that the first and third Saturday mornings of every month would be allotted for the cleaning of the coastal barangays.

 “The first Saturday will have a food for work component, meaning there will be allotment for 30 persons who will be given food packs in exchange for garbage coming from the beach lines,” Carpio said.

 The lady mayor said there would be paid volunteers who would clean the coastal areas every Saturday.

 “Four Saturdays, they will work every morning and they will be paid P2,000 per month,” she bared.

 The mayor urged the residents living in the coastal barangays not to throw their garbage to the sea and that they should practice waste segregation.

 “If there are junks that can be sold from their recycling, they can sell it. If there is garbage that cannot be sold, they need to throw it in a proper dumping area,” she said. (PNA)