Beautifying Cawa-Cawa PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 April 2012 09:05

Usually when we have visitors to tour around Zamboanga City, one of the must-places we bring them to see is Cawa-Cawa at RT Boulevard. It has great scenery especially during sunset. They can also appreciate our famous pink sand Sta. Cruz Island afar and the soon-to-be peaceful Basilan Island. And I wish it will be a popular public beach where people can swim safely and have fun with families and friends. Like what they have in Brazil and Australia, where their public beaches are strategically located at the center of their city and are famous tourist attractions.

But for now we need to clean up Cawa-Cawa first, get the full cooperation of the locals and support of government agencies. And this is where I admire Zamboanga District 2 City Councilor VP Elago. He is one of the city officials that take real actions to serve and make Zamboanga a better place to live and have fun in the Philippines.

Last April 21, he called out for volunteers in his Facebook account to help clean up Cawa-Cawa Coastal. He got positive responses and assistance from the City General Services Office, OCENR, Fourstrokes Zamboanga MC, SK, and from his the well-meaning individuals. He credits too Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat for backing him up in this program. Around 100 of them were able to collect 2 truckloads of garbage under the summer heat of the sun! (I was in another important committed engagement).

But then again sad to note, Councilor Elago found out the next day the place was filled with garbage again. In short, he said, many people who come to this beach day and night promenading and enjoying the see breeze are mindless in the disposal of their garbage.

So last City Council Session, Councilor Elago passed a resolution asking the City Police Station to fully implement the City’s Anti-Littering Ordinance at RT Lim Boulevard and penalize all violators. He also requested for more garbage cans to be scattered all around the perimeter and for prominent anti littering warning signboards.

In time, his group believes that Cawa-Cawa will be a famous promenade beach and boulevard that we all can be proud of. Join them again in the third week of May for their 2nd clean round off. Thanks, Councilor Elago, for this noble endeavor.

by Dante Corteza

Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 09:17