The Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Tuesday passed measures calling on local government units (LGUs) to strengthen their capacity to provide services that are centered on maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation, and control and eliminate ocean plastic pollution.
Board Member Roseller Pineda, whose approved resolution is aimed at the reactivation of the Beautification and Cleanliness Drive (BCD) programs in barangays, said LGUs should build additional facilities in their towns that are related to the maintenance of clean and hygienic surroundings, and solid waste segregation and collection.
These could be community toilets, hand washing areas, materials recovery facilities (MRFs), and the likes.
“It is public knowledge that Palawan is the World’s Best Island, and just recently, we were included by Travel + Leisure Magazine in its Top 15 Beach Destinations to Visit in January. Dapat ma-maintain natin ang kalinisan sa bawat barangay,” he said.
In case LGUs need reminding, Pineda stressed that the foremost goal of the provincial government is to ameliorate the tourism industry by ensuring that even the most distant barangay is dirt-free and hygienic.
“This is just a reminder to sustain or support ‘yong pagkakakilala sa atin na isa tayo sa maganda at malinis na lugar sa mundo,” he said.
Board Member Marivic Roxas’s sponsored resolution to maintain cleanliness in the ocean was also approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
It calls for the monthly conduct of coastal clean-ups in support also of the province’s goal to remain the world’s best island.
She said that the coastal clean-up will greatly contribute to the cleanliness and protection of the environment and will enable communities to exercise proper waste disposal.
“In order for us to maintain the title, dapat lahat ay malinis lalo na ang ating karagatan. Dapat ito ay ating alagaan at dapat magkaroon ng monthly coastal clean-up,” she said.
Activity will also spread awareness of the situation of marine ecosystems, and the impact of human activities on natural resources.
“The population of the province ay nag-i-increase and the pollution also increases. Kapag malaki ang populasyon expect na natin na ang pollution ay tataas din,” Roxas added.