In observance of World Wildlife Day 2023 themed “Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation” and National Women’s Month themed “WE for Gender Equality & Inclusive Society”, DENR-PENRO Cavite in coordination with the Provincial Government-Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO) of Cavite, Barangay Local Government Unit (LGU) of Gregorio, Trece Martires City Police Station, Trece Martires City Senior High School, and CvSU Trece Martires Campus conducted a clean-up activity along the roadside going to PENRO Cavite.

The said activity was also in support of the continuing effort of the department to protect the wildlife habitat and conserve biodiversity.

The clean-up activity was led by Cavite PENR Officer Januel R. Peras together with PENRO Management Services Division Chief Ma. Joy Grace S. Sazon of DENR PENRO Cavite. It was also attended by the campus administrator of CvSU Trece Martires Campus, Prof. Noel A. Sedigo and his faculty members. Also present during the activity were the students from TMC Senior High School, representatives from TMC Police Station, PG-ENRO, Barangay LGU of Gregorio; and personnel from PENRO Cavite.

A total length of 440 meters have been cleaned-up by approximately 390 volunteers of the said activity comprising 174 males and 216 females.

The clean-up drive aimed to raise awareness to the primary stakeholders of Brgy. Gregorio that the cleanliness of the site is a shared responsibility of the people located in the clean-up area. Said activity was participated mostly by the youth which shows their eagerness to take action towards environmental protection and conservation. Before the clean-up activity commenced, the participants were divided into four teams and were assigned to their respective areas/stations.

A total of 92 sacks, consisting of 275 kg of recyclables, 137.5 kg of residuals, 25 kg of hazardous wastes and 712.5 kg of non-biodegradable wastes, were collected and were directly hauled by the Trece Martires City Waste Collector.

In commemoration of Women’s Month, all volunteers wore purple shirts in honor of the extraordinary role of women in the society as leaders and forerunners of change. Said gesture showed that women and men can equally contribute towards environmental protection and conservation regardless of sexual orientation and gender perspective. ###