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Iloilo City conducted cleanup and mangrove planting activities in Iloilo River to highlight the celebration of World Water Day 2012 Program in March supported by two international environment advocate groups.

Some 64 participants collected 506 kilos of garbage and planted 1,400 mangrove seedlings on 0.315-hectare riverbank area in Barangay San Jose in Arevalo district as one of 11 cleanup sites globally. 

“We Ilonggos should take good care of our river. It has given our ancestors life, it is giving us life, it will give life to our children, and our children’s children. We are blessed to have the abundance of the river. All we have to do is to rehabilitate, preserve and protect it,” stressed Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. 

Village residents, personnel of City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Agriculturist Office, Petron Corp., Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR)-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), and DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources…

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