DECEMBER 7, Zamboanga City – Over 300 students of the Western Mindanao Steate University joined the massive clean-up drive held at the R.T. Lim Boulevard recently.
Organized by the Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the WMSU-Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Development (RED) under Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, the coastal clean-up drive was conducted in coordination with the Western Mindanao Command and the Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
The clean-up campaign was one of the major activities that highlighted the observance of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2006 with the items: In the Name of the Almighty, God of Harmony, Care for the Earth!
The offices under the WMSU-RED that were directly involved in the coastal cleanliness campaign were the Women’s Desk and the Hands of Goodwill Volunteer Program (HANDOG).
Prof. Glory Jean Leonin, focal person for HANDOG and RED’s Women’s Desk, said: “The care of the environment, especially our coastal areas is the responsibility of everybody.” She added, that young and old alike must work together to keep the environment clean.
The WMSU students who participated in the clean-up were the NSTP-CWTS (National Service Training Program – Civic Training Service), scholars of the university and those of the Indigenous People’s Scholarship Program, and the officers and members of the Alpha Kappa Rho and Zeta fraternities. The NSTP students of the Universidad de Zamboanga were among those who participated in the clean-up campaign.
WMSU President Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales gave his full support to his project because he believes in the importance of caring and maintaining the cleanliness of the city’s coastal areas. (Rufina A. Cruz/Marissa Makasiar, WMSU-CDIC / PAO-WMSU)