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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru its Task Force Tayo ang Kalikasan, has partnered with the Rotary Club to install a trash trap in Quezon City for cleaner esteros.

DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns and Supervising Undersecretary for Task Force Tayo Ang Kalikasan Benny D. Antiporda said that the trash trap will serve as “defense trap” for garbage that comes from other barangays.

“We cannot solve the problem in Manila Bay if we cannot solve the problem in your barangay,” Antiporda said during the program held on December 23, 2020 at the Multi-Purpose Court of Barangay Quirino 2-A.

The 19-foot trash trap, made of fish net and recycled plastic bottles, was installed in Buaya Creek in Barangay Quirino 2-A.

According to Antiporda, Rotary Club districts have greatly contributed in environment protection through the distribution of trash traps for creeks in different areas, some of which are included in the DENR’s Enhanced Adopt-An-Estero Waterbody Project.

Antiporda encouraged the community led by its chair Noel Agdeppa to participate not only in tree planting activities but also in caring for the trees to ensure their growth.

More than 80 trash traps will be installed in identified creeks in Quezon City. One was installed in Barangay Novaliches Proper on September 21, 2019.

Officials who joined the activity were Task Force Tayo ang Kalikasan Executive Director and Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service Assistant Director Maria Matilda A. Gaddi; Rene Madarang of Rotary District International 3780, former EMB Regional Director Engineer Roberto Sheen and of Rotary Club of Diliman Silangan, and Chi Armenta of Rotary Club of Cubao.

Barangay Novaliches Proper Kagawad Enrique Añonuevo, Kagawad Elena Quinto, barangay officials from Barangay Quirino 2-A, and estero rangers also attended the event.

“Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan,” said Antiporda “that’s why we need to take care of our environment.” ###