Laoag City Launches “Agserbi 24/7: Laoag, Saluadak!”

On Monday, July 11, 2016, after the regular flag-raising ceremony, Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas of the Laoag City government officially launched the “Agserbi 24/7: Laoag, Saluadak!” campaign, a simultaneous dredging of the major canals of Laoag City.

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Taking her cue from PAGASA’s declaration of the onset of the rainy season, and from concerned citizens of Laoag City whose fears and insecurities of the effects of the rains have been aired over the radio stations, Mayor Chevylle thought it best to mobilize the barangay folks, employees of the city government, and volunteers, to dredge and clear canals and other waterways of the city, particularly the Bengang creek, the biggest water tributary in the poblacion that stretches from barangay 21 all the way up to barangay Caaoacan (a coastal barangay), Laoag City.

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The campaign involves the Cash for Work program that includes at least 10 persons from the concerned barangays (29 of them) who will be paid P231.00 pesos per day for a total of ten days which started on July 11 until July 21, 2016. Other participants include the city employees who have been clustered into 4, and distributed to barangays 1 to 21, who will work every day for the whole duration of the program, together with the unending support of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). With this, Mayor Chevylle has insured the success of the campaign.

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On its first day, which saw the Mayor herself picking up trash, mostly plastic bags, containers, silt, gravel, grass, tree trunks, and water lilies, the City Engineering Office under OIC City Engineer Roy Tomas, was able to haul more than 19 dump truck loads of garbage. After six days of the clean up drive, 475 cubic meters equivalent to 95 dump truck loads of various debris have been cleared of our waterways!

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Indeed, the “Agserbi 24/7: Laoag Saluadak!” campaign brings to fore the resolve of the Laoagueños to protect the environment. It is a resurgence of the once presumed dying “Bayanihan” system, a show of unity and oneness of the people of the barangays! After all, this trait has propelled Laoag City to become a Hall of Fame awardee in the Cleanest, Greenest, and Safest component city in the entire country.

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Hats off to the Mother of the City, Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, and to all the people of Laoag City! Kudos!

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