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posted Nov 24, 2009, 9:47 PM by Barangay Tortugas   [ updated Nov 24, 2009, 10:38 PM ]
The international coastal clean up day was successfully done last September 2009 in Barangay Tortugas, Balanga City, Bataan. With great passion and enthusiasm, more than 600 volunteers from the local residents to city and provincial government employees and department heads and several attached agencies joined efforts in the said drive. Various civic and religious groups likewise showed their support. Members of The United Methodist Church, College students from MAAP and BPSU, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and the Philippine National Police were also there. What a great sight to see these people purposely geared and ready to do their bits in cleaning this part of the coastal area.

The Barangay Officials of Tortugas, headed by Punong Barangay Victor A. Baluyot Jr. were so thankful first to God for blessing us with such untouched coastal area, now a sanctuary for various rare bird species. Second to the city and provincial tourism council for supporting us in visualizing, developing and improving this Balanga City Wet land Park to a much natural habitat-which is equally good for our environment. With a vision for it to be a center for tourism and one which is something for the next generation could look forward to see too. An awareness program was previously launched and today, many people fully understood now the importance of preserving the environment for the ecosystem.

It was a great fun day all in all.  People in government and civic positions were in one with the ordinary people in showing that everybody is needed in maintaining a clean environment for a better community for everyone to enjoy.

As always, an event is not an event if there is no food to share. There were hot pandesal and coffee prepared by the Balanga  City Government, the Barangay Council of Tortugas, The United Methodist Church, and the Rotary Club of Balanga, many thanks to you all.

 Once again, our sincere gratitude to our Governor Tet Garcia, Congressman Abet Garcia, Mayor Joet Garcia and Vice Mayor Noel Valdecañas and to all the members of the City Council for always being the first in supporting and allocating our local barangay programs. Mabuhay kayong lahat! All Glory be to God!