Junior Bantay Pangkalikasan Project in Urdaneta City

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Nov. 23 (PIA) -- A group of young environmentalists who were earlier deputized as implementers, and supported by the Department of Education-1 (DepEd-1), recently launched the Junior Bantay Pangkalikasan project of Urdaneta City in Pangasinan to make members serve as role models for environmental protection and preservation.

“This project was also built to foster Urdaneta City as a model of cleanliness not only in Pangasinan and Region 1 but in the whole country.

There must be a new generation of environmentalists to sustain our gains on environmental awareness”, said Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV.

The youth activities in this project include monitoring and apprehending litterbugs who may be identified by their yellow vest uniforms.

Enforcing the anti-littering ordinance of the city, the group has already collected P625, 000 fine from violators.

A clean-up drive along water tributaries has been initiated by Mayor Bobom which prevented the overflowing of creeks and canals in the city during typhoons Pedring and Quiel.

Education specialist II Luzviminda De Guzman of DepEd-1 said during the regional inter- agency committee against traffic in persons (RIACAT) special meeting last November 18 that this project is a good example of how to put the youths’ energies into worthwhile activities for the good of the community and at the same time prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking.

The DepED-1 has enjoined schools in region 1 to involve children in the public school in the clean-up activities as a campaign to minimize the effects of climate change. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)