Agserbi 24/7 Laoag Saluadak 2017
On Friday, June 30, 2017, the Laoag City government started the second “Agserbi 24/7: Laoag, Saluadak!” campaign, a simultaneous dredging of major canals and tributaries of Laoag City, specially the Bengang creek in the heart of the city.
After its launching last year, the Agserbi 24/7: Laoag Saluadak campaign was institutionalized by the Sangguniang Panlungssod of Laoag because of its obvious primary reason which is the prevention of flooding in the city of Laoag.
Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas and the Department of Social Welfare and Develoment (DSWD), together with the barangay folks, employees of the city government, Non-Government Organizations, National Government Agencies, and other volunteers, dredged and cleared canals and other waterways of the city once again, 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).
On the 9th day of the campaign on July 09, 2017, the city Engineering Office under the leadership of City Engineer Roy Tomas, hauled a total of 908 cubic meters, equivalent to more than 100 dump truck loads of debris consisting of water lilies, plastics, gravel, silt, grass, dead branches and tree trunks.
The campaign took advantage of the Cash for Work program of the DSWD through the local City Social Welfare and Development Office, whose participants were paid P231.00 pesos per day for a total of ten days, starting June 30 until July 09, 2017. The participating city employees were clustered into 4, and distributed to all the urban barangays (brgys. 1 to 29), who worked every day for the whole duration of the program. The other participants were given their respective assignments.
Once again, the “Agserbi 24/7: Laoag Saluadak!” campaign brought out the best of the Laoagueños to protect the environment. And once again also, the spirit of the “Bayanihan” system, a show of unity and oneness of the people of the barangays, was put to test. Many times in the past, this trait has made Laoag City become a Hall of Fame awardee in the Cleanest, Greenest, and Safest component city in the entire country.