MABALACAT CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) — The city government of Mabalacat expressed full support to the “Keep Clark Clean” initiative of the Greater Clark Visitors Bureau (GCVB).
It aims to involve different sectors to drumbeat awareness in keeping the environment clean, and promote the responsible use of public areas inside Clark Freeport Zone.
During its kick off activity, Mayor Crisostomo Garbo said the use of public spaces for recreation has been so popular ever since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was lifted, however, the irresponsible use of these spaces calls for a multi-sectoral action.
“During the past months, photos of filthy areas inside Clark went viral on social media due to irresponsible use of open grounds inside the Freeport. This triggered alarm to us for such an act towards our environment is never acceptable,” Garbo, who is also the Co-Chair of the Metro Clark Advisory Council, said.
With this, he reminded the public that utilization of public spaces comes with the responsibility of keeping it clean and tidy.
“It is our duty to take good care of our surroundings and make these areas prepared for everybody’s use,” he said.
For her part, GCVB President Joy Cruz expressed dismay that many people do not know how to take care of places that served as their respite from being confined to their homes amid the pandemic.
“Keep Clark Clean” drive was also supported by the Philippine Airforce, Clark Development Corporation Tourism and Environmental Office, Philippine National Police, Clark Investors and Locators Association, Boysen, CleanX, North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, and stakeholders from the arts sector and cycling groups.
Aside from the clean-up, the initiative also includes painting of repurposed tin drums which will be distributed and situated in public areas inside the Freeport in order to enforce the culture of ‘clean as you go’ among park visitors. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)