First cleanup drive for the year attended by thousands of volunteers
FORMER Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar on Saturday led the clean-up drive at Manila Bay in the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat & Eco-Tourism Area or LPPCHEA where some 1,500 sacks of garbage were collected by thousands of volunteers.
Villar, also managing director of Villar Foundation, underscored the need to clean our environment to prevent flooding.
"Protection of the environment will save us from disasters and calamities. Calamities are added burden to us. It can make one poorer because all efforts would be futile if properties acquired through hard labor will only be destroyed by floods and other calamities," explained Villar.
To avert occurrence of this worst scenario, Villar cited the need to clean our rivers, our creeks and other bodies of water especially Manila Bay .
She said the LPPCHEA, also called Freedom Island , which is accessible from the Coastal Road , is a very important area for the nearby cities of Las Pinas and Paranaque and some municipalities of Cavite to prevent flooding.
"All our waters go here, said Villar who served as Las Pinas City congresswoman for three terms or nine consecutive years.
She said, regularly cleaning Manila Bay of tons of garbage and other debris is in consonance with the foundation’s partnership with radio DZRH.
This year’s clean-up drive has for its theme, "Makabagong Bayanihan Manila Bay Clean Up".
The Villar Foundation had inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) represented by radio station DZRH in its Manila Bay Cleanup drive.
"The Villar Foundation and DZRH agree that this is not only a joint cooperative undertaking, but more importantly, it is a major public service activity that would help contribute to the promotion of a livable, healthier and ecological sustainable Manila Bay," read the MoA.
The Villar Foundation together with students and other volunteers also conduct weekly cleanups. "The more partners we work with, the better it will be for the environment," she said.
In cleaning Manila Bay , Villar was joined by at least 1,000 volunteers from schools, barangays, NGOs, socio-civic organizations, and other private individuals and groups.
"We are pleased with the improvement that we are seeing at LPPCHEA. The number of truckloads of garbage that we are getting here has considerably decreased. We attribute that to our consistent cleanup efforts," she said.
Villar has been vocal about her strong support for the protection of Manila Bay .
Last March 16, 2012, she filed a petition for Writ of Kalikasan against a Manila Bay reclamation project that is seen to cause catastrophic flooding in the area. The Supreme Court granted her petition and issued a writ of kalikasan on April 10.
"We will continue to support campaigns or drives to protect Manila Bay and neighboring areas including LPPCHEA. Moreover, we will continue to oppose projects that will cause damage and destruction to the bay and nearby cities," cited Villar. If carried out, the Manila Bay reclamation project that Villar is opposing is seen to cause severe flooding in numerous barangays: 11 in Parañaque, 37 in Bacoor and 17 in Las Piñas.
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