DAGUPAN CITY, March 16 (PIA) -  A riverside clean-up drive was led jointly by the Dagupan City Water District and Barangay Pantal residents here in observance of this year’s World Water Day.

Marge Navata, public relations officer of DCWD, said the celebration is anchored on the theme “Water and Waste Water.”

We highlighted here the symbiotic relationship ng water and waste water in development.  Kung ‘yung ating mga kailugan ay contaminated, magkakaroon ng effect ito sa ating kalusugan,” Navata told the Philippine Information Agency.

When pollutants, wastes, and contaminants abound, people and even marine life become unhealthy and thus, development goals of the community will not be achieved, she added.

Navata said DCWD has chosen to clean the Pantal River as it is a significant river in Dagupan City where the River Cruise and other water activities take place.

Village chief Julie Perez said although regular clean-up drives are conducted at the Pantal River, wastes from other municipalities are carried by the river’s current towards the docking area at the Pantal shoreline. 

Gusto namin malinis ang Pantal River kaya panay ang linis namin. Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa gobyerno na ginagawa na ang baywalk dito sa amin para hindi na pasukan ng mga basura ang ilog,” Perez said.  

Perez said the baywalk project of the Department of Public Works and Highways has started and will hopefully be finished this year. 

Aside from DCWD employees, the Barangay Pantal family and members of the Philippine Guardian Brotherhood International participated in the clean-up activity. (JNPD/VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)