City cites volunteers in anti-littering drive
By: Lydia C. Pendon
FIVE members of the Iloilo Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Iloilo Chapter, an assistant city prosecutor and 5 media practitioners were recently cited by the Iloilo City government for their support and assistance to the city’s anti-littering program.
A Certificate of Appreciation signed by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog was awarded to them during the July 4, 2011 flag ceremony and program.
Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, city administrator Norlito Bautista and city environment and natural resources officer Noel Hechanova awarded the certificates to the awardees in behalf of the city mayor.
Hechanova said lawyers Daniel Dinopol, Marven Daquilanea, Ronnie Delicana and Maricar Hiballes and prosecutor Jeremy Bionat were instrumental in prosecuting violators of Republic Act 9003 and city Regulation Ordinance 149 which sanctions litter bugs.
The lawyers are voluntarily assisting the city government in implementing the environmental law on solid wastes, river clean-up and conservation and the subsequent filing of charges in court against violators.
Bionat was cited for his cooperation and efforts in filing the charges that eventually reached the court to decide.
Media institutions were also cited for their voluntary role in the anti-littering campaign- broadcast outlets Bombo Radyo Iloilo, GMA TV6, ABS-CBN, Aksyon Radyo and RMN 774 and this writer.