By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — A group of Silliman University students have initiated a movement to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of Rizal Boulevard.
LAMBO or Lihok Alang sa Maanyag nga Boulevard held recently a Coastal Clean-Up at the Dumaguete bay.
The activity is initiated by the S.W.A.T. team of Environmental Journalism (EJ 53) class of Silliman University College of Mass Communication.
Said campaign has encouraged people to properly throw the garbage in the trash bins such as diapers, napkins, sachets, plastics, and other rubbish.
The EJ class also intends to train students and passersby at the boulevard to dispose the waste properly and discouraged them from spitting and peeing in the coastal area.
“The ultimate goal of every campaign is to change the behaviour of people, do not throw your garbage in sea, that’s one of the message,” said EJ 53 Instructor Rose Baseleres.
“Sometimes most of the wastes here were from the canal carried by the flood waters but only very few wastes when there’s no strong rain,” said Boulevard janitor Michael Ablong.
However, coastal resource management (CRM) coordinator Flora Ocao said that the area is now better than before with Dumaguete City’s Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) and CRM now supervising and maintaining the clean-up of the sea shores.
ENRO focuses on CRM for the conservation and protection of the environment.
“The event turned out to be successful although I assumed that more people would come but it didn’t matter because our target was not the people but to clean the coastal area itself,” said Paulynne Joyce dela Cruz, member of EJ 53 S.W.A.T. team.
She added that it had an impact on her since their aim is to create behavioural change among the people.
“The impact of the event is it raises awareness among students about what is happening at the Boulevard, that there are some plastics around and it needs our help,” said Sommer Buyante, a sophomore mass communication student.
“I enjoyed the event, it made me a responsible individual to the society and I was able to contribute to the cleanliness of the Boulevard,” said Frederick Cas, Silliman University Future Electrical Engineer (SUFEE) president.
The S.W.A.T team will come up with a report before the end of this semester and a copy will be given to the city. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Winona Jane Agir, SU intern/This article was first published at PIA Website on Sept. 16, 2015)