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9th Week of Barangay Kalinisan Day: A Unifying Force for Environmental Advocacy Barangay Dadiangas East, General Santos City, March 09, 2024

Amidst the bustling streets and vibrant community life of Barangay Dadiangas East in General Santos City, the 9th week of Barangay Kalinisan Day (BARKADA) unfolded as a testament to the power of collective action in championing environmental stewardship. Led by the esteemed guidance of Rehiyon Dose’s Regional Director, Atty. Rochelle Mahinay-Sero, CESE, alongside the City Director, Rilimin Sandoval, and LGMED Assistant Division Chief Jon Ian Clemente, the event garnered widespread support from a diverse array of stakeholders. From the stalwart presence of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the enthusiastic engagement of the Barangay Tourism Council, Youth Environmental Organization (YES-O), Dadiangas East Elementary School and Supreme Elementary Learning Government (SELG), 4Ps, Q CITIPARK Hotel, Gensan Technology enthusiasts, the event brought together a mosaic of voices echoing a shared commitment to proactive participation. In her impassioned opening address, Regional Director Atty. Rochelle Mahinay-Sero articulated the significance of unity in purpose, declaring, "Sama-sama tayo sa isang adhikaing alam nating lahat tayo ang makikinabang lalong lalo na sa mga susunod pang henerasyon" ("Together, let us unite in a common goal, knowing that we all stand to benefit, especially future generations"). Echoing this sentiment, Punong Barangay, Hon. Abraham Sevilla, reaffirmed the community's unwavering dedication to ongoing clean-up endeavors. This pledge materialized in a poignant moment of solidarity as constituents from all walks of life joined hands, committing themselves to the ideals of cleanliness, environmental responsibility, and communal harmony. The symbolic pledge of commitment was spearheaded by SK Chairman Gregory Pillo, with each attendee echoing the resounding vow, "Para sa isang bagong Pilipinas at para sa susunod na henerasyon, ako ay nangangakong isasaisip, isasagawa, at isasapuso ang kahalagahan ng malinis na kapaligiran at kayo ay makakaasa sa aking pakikiisa sa programang KALINISAN ang bagong bayanihan ng mamamayan" ("For a new Philippines and for the next generation, I pledge to uphold the importance of a clean environment, and you can count on my full participation in the KALINISAN program, the new collective effort of the people"). Concluding the day's proceedings, Sangguniang Barangay Member Jake Leryc Agustin underscored the necessity of embedding cleanliness as a daily habit, transcending sporadic efforts and becoming an integral part of community ethos. This gathering served not only as a platform for environmental advocacy but also as a beacon of inspiration, illuminating the path towards a sustainable future for generations to come. As the sun dipped below the horizon, it cast its warm glow upon a community united in purpose, poised to leave an indelible mark on the landscape of environmental stewardship.