City initiates ‘Ayuda Limpiesa’ today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 September 2012 13:38

The City Government spearheads today “Ayuda Limpiesa”, a massive clean-up drive at the main public market and other key areas including barangays within the 7-kilometer radius as part of the Tourism Week celebration in Zamboanga.

Now on its 9th year, the clean-up drive will be participated by the different city offices and government and non-government agencies including the academe. It drives home the point that cleanliness is not only to safeguard against diseases but also to make the city attractive to tourists and visitors.

Participants to the clean-up activity include the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City General Services Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Zamboanga City Water District, Universidad de Zamboanga, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School (Tetuan), Brent Hospital and Colleges, Inc., Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, Western Mindanao Foundation College, Southern City Colleges, MEIN College, Inc., STI-College Zamboanga, Western Mindanao State University and Zamboanga State Polytechnic College.

Each participant has their individual assigned area to clean. The areas include Canelar, Mayor Jaldon to the Sunken Garden Area, J.S. Alano Street towards Paseo del Mar, Fort Pilar premises,  Pettit Barracks, Pilar Street, Lorenzo Street, Corcuera Extension, La Purisima Street towards Brillantes Street, Gov. Lim Avenue towards Veterans Avenue, Normal Road to R.T. Lim Boulevard and the main market.

The city government through the City Tourism Office organizes the drive as one of the activities lined up for the celebration of Tourism Week, declared from September 21-27 with the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”.

The celebration kicked off Friday, Sept. 21, with the Libre Paseo, a free tour of the city’s tourist sites (Sept. 21-23) and the 2-day Zamboanga Food Festival that features mouth-watering cuisines and delicacies at the Plaza Pilar starting from 6pm onwards.

Participating in the food festival are 9 of Zamboanga’s renowned restaurants and caterers—Mai-Chai, Alavar’s Seafoods House, Teng’s Grille, Chinito’s, 4 H Club, Tropics Fine Cuisine, Dear Manang Catering, Fish n’ Chips and Collete’s Buko Pie. It is organized by the city government and sponsored by San Miguel Brewery and Globe Telecom.

Mayor Celso Lobregat has declared September 21-27 as Tourism week in Zamboanga aimed at fostering awareness among the people about the importance of tourism encompassing its social, cultural, political and economic value. — Sheila Covarrubias