Barangay Silangan I adjudged "Cleanest and Greenest Coastal Barangay"

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Barangay Silangan I Adjudged "Cleanest and Greenest Coastal Barangay"

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              Rosario, Cavite's 'Cleanest and Greenest Coastal Barangay" Brgy. Silangan I chairman Mark Jay Velarde (holding trophy and check) calls on other members of the Sangguniang Barangay (Barangay Council) to join in the victory pose with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Manila Bay Coordinating Office-Site Management Office 4 Deputy Site Manager Dr. Domingo R. Bravo (2nd row, 2nd from left) and Cavite Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rolinio Pozas (to Velarde's right), representing DENR Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Cavite Provincial Director Allan Benitez (left) during the awarding rites held at Mount Sea Beachside Resort in Rosario, Cavite on December 15, 2015.

             Velarde congratulated his fellow 'punong barangay' for their cooperation. He said they and their constituents also exerted extra effort for the contest. "Deserving manalo ang Sapa III at Kanluran, pasensya na po, at kami po ang nahirang," he said.

            "When the DENR, launched the 'search for the cleanest and greenest barangay' with PENRO-Cavite and Rosario LGU, we at the barangay, deliberated on the criteria and the challenges. We never thought that we will receive this achievement award," he said. 

            "We had the support. We did house-to-house information dissemination regarding waste segregation, room-to-room visit in elementary schools to campaign for 'munting basura ibulsa,' and conducted group discussions in the community." revealed Velarde."This could not have been possible to achieve without the help of individuals, support of groups and limitless involvement of community," he said.

           He enumerated the support of the Sangguniang Barangay, (Rosario Municipal) Mayor Jose 'Nonong' Ricafrente, the teachers and students of Silangan Elementary School, Agustin Abadilla Elementary School, including the parent-teacher's associations; Cavite State University, and corporate organizations, the Philippine Coast Guard, fraternal organization like Alpha Phi Omega and Knights of Columbus. "It was a learning experience for us," the barangay chief executive said. 

 

              "Appreciation is due also to our barangay officials, specifically our Environment Committee chairman, who led the mobilization for and documentation of the four-month activities. We will provide the DENR Region and PENRO of our documentation report as we were informed that this search will be replicated in other municipalities, and other regions to inspire other municipalities to have one such worthy activity as well to our environment. We are proud for our town of Rosario as the first municipality in the region to pilot this project. We have come up to the level, to everyone's expectation. And indeed with the continuous support of everyone, we will sustain what we have all started in order to save the environment. As always, to God be the glory," he added,

           MBCO Deputy Site Manager Bravo was pleased with the result. "Napakaganda ng resulta na ang isang barangay ay naglilinis ng kapaligiran. Sa apat na buwan, nakita kung paano nagtransform ang Rosario in terms of environmental awareness, in terms of cleanliness and in terms of cooperation. Cooperation is key--within the barangay, between barangays, within the municipality, among municipalities, with the private sector, non government organization, and peoples' organizations. And I hope we can sustain this. Kami po ay sumasaludo sa inyong pagtutulungan na mapanatili na malinis ang Manila Bay region," he exclaimed.

            The "Search for Cleanest and Greenest Coastal Barangay in Rosario, Cavite" was launched on August 13, 2015. It was part of a campaign to strengthen partnership of government, private and public sector, particularly the residents of the barangays of Rosario along the coasts of Manila Bay in cleaning and rehabilitating the bay; reduce pollution in the coastal area, and strive for a clean and healthy environment.

             Eleven coastal barangays--Muzon I, Muzon II, Kanluran, Sapa II, Sapa III, Wawa I, Wawa II, Wawa III, Ligtong I, Ligtong IV and Silangan I -- vied for the title.

            First Prize went to Barangay Silangan I, with P60,000 and plaque. Barangay Kanluran was Second with P40,000 and plaque. Barangay Sapa III was Third with P30, 000 and a plaque.

         Also present during the awarding rites were Engr. Marconi F. Austria, Rosario Municipal ENR Officer (MENRO) of Rosario, in behalf of Mayor Nonong Ricafrente, and Engr. Joey P. Ortega, terminal supervisor of PETRON-Rosario.