BONTOC, Mountain Province – In response to the increase in dengue and COVID-19 cases in the municipality, officials led the general cleaning of the main thoroughfares and streets in the Bontoc central district on September 2, 2022.
This activity is part of the municipal government’s effort to maintain a clean and safe environment as well as to encourage and remind the public of the importance of sanitation since it has been observed that improper waste disposal, indiscriminate spitting of momma, and fecal droppings are the main problems affecting health and cleanliness in the central barangays.
This is the second time that a clean-up drive was conducted by the municipal government under the new administration in line with the roadmap of the administration for the next three years “ENLANGAKHA: Achieving the Vision for a Dynamic Bontoc.”
One of its pillars is Ecosystem Generation which covers the strengthening of environmental and solid waste management programs; disaster resilience and climate change adaptation; implementation of improved water system; and sanitation.
Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., issued Memorandum Order No. 42 directing all elective officials, department heads, assistant heads, and representatives from each office of the municipal government, Bontoc Municipal Fire Station (MFS), and Bontoc Municipal Police Station (MPS) to participate in the clean-up drive.
Tudlong expressed his gratitude to the workforce, barangay officials, and volunteers for their support and commitment in the maintenance of a healthy and clean environment.
Likewise, he appealed to the public to cooperate especially the individuals who are indiscriminately spitting momma on the streets and sidewalks since it affects not only the aesthetic aspect of the streets but it also imposes health risks to the public especially that the threat of COVID-19 is still around.
“It has been evident that the spirit of og-ogfo innate to us Ifuntoks helped us withstand health challenges and natural disasters. I urge everyone to cooperate and contribute as we aim for a more environment-friendly and cleaner Bontoc,” he added.