Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cleanest River awards set

Preparations are underway for the second installment of “Ilog Ko, Bilayen Tan Aroen Ko,” an environmental advocacy campaign launched by the Espino administration, which is one of the highlights of this year’s Pistay Dayat celebration.

This year’s edition has the theme, “Malinis ya Kailogan…Bilay na Karaklan,” which aims to create people’s awareness and drum up support on the importance of our province’s river systems as the source of livelihood and mode of transportation of the majority of Pangasinenses who are farmers and fisher folks.

The program also endeavors to institutionalize the massive and sustained clean-up drive and rehabilitation of the rivers and tributaries of the province to preserve their pristine beauty and biodiversity for future generations.
One of the main attractions of the celebration on April 30 will be a conduct of fluvial float parade dubbed “Banca Parada” along the Agno River traversing the municipalities of Bugallon and Lingayen.

The activity will be participated in by LGUs, national agencies, private companies, universities and colleges, and provincial government offices whose delegates will ride on a decorated motorized banca, where the winner for the best fluvial float will be chosen.

There will also be an on-the-spot painting contest, open to all amateur Pangasinan artists who are bonafide residents of the province, and an on-the-spot amateur essay writing contest, one for public and private high school students and another for college students.

Another activity is the signing of the covenant of collective action and shared responsibility to achieve a sustained, holistic and complementary province-wide effort to protect and rehabilitate Pangasinan’s rivers and tributaries for new participants, as last year’s signatories already pledged to safeguard and conserve the rivers and other similar resources of the province.

The activities will culminate with the awarding of the cleanest rivers and river banks, called the PAKAR Awards, which is a month-long search starting April 6, in the entire province.

Cash awards await the winners as last year’s winners, aside from the cash prizes, were given P1 Million and P500,000 worth of environmental protection-related projects in the municipal and barangay categories respectively. (PIO/Rafael Manuel)

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