By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Army (PA), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), conducted simultaneous clean-up at Las Piñas and Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) on Friday, March 1, in support of the ongoing restoration of Manila Bay.
The activity, which started at 7:30 a.m., also served as the kick-off ceremony of the month-long celebration of the 122nd Philippine Army Anniversary.
Maj. Gen. Rizaldo B. Limoso, Army vice commander, with DENR Assistant Secretary Ignacio R. Almira, led the coastal clean-up at the LPPCHEA located in the south of Manila Bay.
In partnership with the DENR, 1,163 active and reserve Army personnel came to participate in the clean-up of LPPACHEA which is a 175 hectare of wetland ecosystem. It is a critical habitat that serves a vital role in the survival of threatened, restricted-range and congregatory bird species.
The Navy, Air Force, Maynilad, San Miguel Corporation, City Environment Natural Resources Office (Parañaque and Las Piñas), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, CAVITEx, and National Capital Region Police, also showed their support for the coastal-clean up drive.
“I would like to thank everyone for joining us today for our coastal clean-up activity. This morning, the various sectors of our society shared effort in bringing back our country’s coastline to good health,” Limoso said.
The coastal clean-up was part of the Army-wide Simultaneous Clean-up Drive involving other Army major units across the country, partnering with the DENR to conduct clean-up activities in their respective areas of responsibility.
Among the other areas that benefitted from this activity were Aurora, Tabuk City, Isabela, Zamboanga, Tagum City, Mati City, Davao City, General Santos City, Sarangani, Davao Occidental, and Davao Del Sur.
“The Philippine Army is committed not only to defend and serve our country but also contribute to its progress, which includes a clean and healthy environment for us and the next generation,” Limoso said.
Limoso said the Army embarked on the activity to support the government’s campaign to help preserve and protect the environment which has a huge impact in the nation’s quest to promote sustainable national development.