Students: Education key to a clean city

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Monday, February 24, 2014

EDUCATION and awareness of the people will help keep the cleanliness of Cagayan de Oro City, said the volunteer students who launched a citywide cleanup drive last Saturday morning, February 22.

Denise Gonzales, National Service Training Program (NSTP) Educators Association (NEAR) coordinator in the city, said if the people in will rely on others to clean up their mess it will be hard to keep the city clean, but awareness and education is the potent antidote to free the city from litter and strewn garbage.

“Awareness and education on why we should keep the city clean and how to keep it clean should be spread to the population,” Gonzales said.


Gonzales urged the city residents to avoid littering and become vigilant on litterers.

Vandalism and posting posters everywhere have also contributed to the untidiness of the city.

Gonzales said to be a city of Golden Friendship isn’t enough, and Cagayan de Oro should also be known as a city of cleanliness.

Manin Madrid, a Xavier University student who joined the cleanup drive, told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro that the people in the city need to be educated to maintain cleanliness.

Madrid said in the city proper there are trashcans, but some people do not throw their wastes properly.

Madrid and other students from Xavier University-NSTP were assigned to clean Pabayo Street toward city central.


Gonzales said the cleanup drive is one way to train students to value patriotism and nationalism through service.

“The goal of this is to train the students to value patriotism and nationalism through service. This is also to show the whole city that the students care for the environment,” Gonzales said.

It was the first time that the students from various colleges and universities in the city converged for a genuine cause.

Gonzales added more than 5,000 students arrived early in Divisoria to participate in the cleanup drive.

She said the volunteers swept the streets, removed posters and streamers and did whatever the students could to clean the city.

At the start of the cleanup drive, City Mayor Oscar Moreno told the students in the city to unite and get rid of divisions.

He said unity between students in the city could help achieve the future they want to see.

Moreno added that the city is a strategic place to start with change because it is the convergence point in Northern Mindanao.

Gonzales added next year they would assist the city on their solid waste management programs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 24, 2014.

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