Regional Chief Dennis Denver Sab-it said the activity forms part of the "Adopt-A-River" project of the Maritime group.
“Aside from ensuring public safety and internal security of all territorial waters within Ilocos region, it is also our duty to sustain the protection of the maritime environment,” Sab-it said.
Further, he said the three-kilometer stretch of the Pantal River was divided into 14 sections for the various stakeholders who joined the clean-up like the Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, city government of Dagupan, barangay officials, media and the members of the Regional Advisory Council.
But even with the uniformed men leading the endeavor, Sab-it said that more helping hands are needed to totally clean any river.
He noted that trash and garbage continue to litter the shorelines of Pantal River especially the area fronting a big hotel and the market.
A portion of the river is also blanketed by twigs thus trash have piled up in the area.
It is also imperative that the public be refreshed with the rule of not throwing garbages in the bodies of water, he said.
“The clean-up must be a regular activity and everyone must work hand-in-hand to preserve a clean river and environment,” he added.
The Maritime group have also ‘adopted’ several rivers in the provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte and have regularly conducted cleaning activities. (JCR/AMB/VHS/PIA Pangasinan)