Hordes turn up for ‘Ayuda Limpiesa’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 September 2012 14:43

Despite the intermittent weather, students, city government workers and employees from government and non-government agencies turned up at the Paseo del Mar for “Ayuda Limpiesa”, a clean-up drive launched in celebration of Tourism Week yesterday.

Mayor Celso Lobregat thanked the participants to the clean-up activity, now on its 9th year, for responding to the call of the city government and for sharing in the effort to maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the city.

Ayuda Limpiesa covered the Paseo del Mar, public market, R.T. Lim Boulevard and major streets within the city proper area.

The activity, the mayor said is not only to emphasize the fact that cleanliness will not only rid the city of diseases but also will make the city attractive to tourists and visitors.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. likewise commended the participants for showing enthusiasm by showing up despite the unstable weather condition.

Intermittent rains hit the city yesterday but most of the city’s activities, specifically the Ayuda Limpiesa was not affected.

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.

Aside from Ayuda Limpiesa, the city government also continued the Libre Paseo or free tour for interested participants and the culminating day of the Zamboanga Food Festival, an exhibit of chabacano cuisines and delicacies at the Plaza del Pilar yesterday—all forming part of the Tourism Week celebration.

Mayor Lobregat has issued an executive order declaring Sept. 21-27 as Tourism Week in Zamboanga City with the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”. — Sheila Covarrubias