DENR seeks ‘clean’ revelry
With the annual Ati-Atihan Festival, which comes to a close this weekend, underway in Kalibo, Aklan, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is calling for a “clean” celebration.
“I was dismayed during [the] celebrations of New Year’s Eve as tons of [trash was] scattered all over the country,” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu explained. “I hope religious festival would be different [with] revellers maintaining waste properly.”
The closing events for the annual festival begin on Thursday, January 16, with Kapuso Night and the Higante contest.
Meanwhile, the Sadsad Ati-Atihan contest is scheduled for Sunday, January 18, with the pilgrim mass and procession held the following day.
Earlier, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas requested the public’s cooperation in maintaining a “trash-free” Dinagyang Festival. He called on city residents to be responsible, stating, “It is not someone else’s responsibility to pick up your litter.”
“As your local chief executive, together with the Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc. (IFFI), we will do our best to give you the kind of fun festival you deserve but I hope that you also help us in keeping our city clean, especially during the Dinagyang events,” the mayor said.
“Amo ni ang pinaka daku nga Dinagyang Festival sa syudad sang Iloilo (This will be Iloilo City’s biggest Dinagyang Festival),” he affirmed./WDJ