Thursday, March 26, 2009

Island Wide Cleanup

The Saipan Tribune carries a story about the planned island wide cleanup next month. Full details of the event will be available first thing next week.
Islandwide cleanup set for April 17

By Haidee V. Eugenio

At least 5,000 volunteers are expected to participate in an islandwide cleanup set for April 17 as part of Earth Month activities in the CNMI.

Coordinating the event are Beautify CNMI partners Division of Environmental Quality and the Rotary Club of Saipan.

“The idea is that if the community, businesses and the government go out and spend one hour or two hours picking up litter, planting trees or painting over graffiti, the combined effort will be greater than working individually,” said environmental advocate Angelo Villagomez, who is also the Beautify CNMI public involvement coordinator.

Entities who want to join the islandwide cleanup could choose to do it in the morning or in the afternoon of April 17, a Friday.

“We will provide trash bags and gloves if they want, and DEQ will pick up the trash collected,” Villagomez said.

Back in October 2006, Beautify CNMI coordinated an islandwide cleanup participated in by 300 volunteers who not only picked up litter off of beaches and streets but also planted trees and painted over graffiti. Beautify CNMI is a coalition of business, government, and private sector entities to enhance and preserve the CNMI's natural resources.

For those who want to participate in the cleanup, contact DEQ's Joe Kaipat or Jacob Lizama at 664-8500 or Angelo Villagomez at 285 6462.


CNMI Blogger said...

In 2006, we said we hoped we would get 1,020 volunteers on 10/20 to participate, but we had well over 3,000 volunteers participate instead. The 300 figure in this article is a misprint.

CNMI Blogger said...

Oops. I guess I didn't read that too carefully. I guess that was your typo, huh, Angelo? If it was your typo and not the article, then ignore my first post and this one.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

It was the newspaper who did the misprint.

We've had a few more people add on to the island wide, including PSS and MVA.

Travel Blog said...

This is a great event that should be participated. Thanks for the people who behind this event and to those who will participate, with this event we can save our mother nature.