Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/15-Jan-2013) – Giving back to mother earth is an investment for LKY Group, this is our commitment, our social responsibility. This was the statement of the environmental group of Sorsogon Grand Terminal, a wholly owned subsidiary of LKY Group of Wilbert Lee, who adopted the Balogo creek jutting along the western boundary of the fourteen hectare Balogo property where the terminal was constructed.
In its fourth quarter progress report submitted to DENR-Sorsogon, the 600 meter adopted creek clean-up activities focused on clearing the debris most of them man-made and de-silting the half-marked bend of the estero using its manpower and resources. The upper half undertook clean-up during it third quarterly activity.
The SGT environmental action plan identified improper waste disposal along the estero as the number one cause of clogging, they also noted that during heavy rains debris from the upper portion of the creek end-up downstream clogging the narrow waterway which streams down towards the Sorsogon Bay.
Employing manual segregation method, the clean-up netted 64 sacks of waste materials, from worn-out clothing, rubber slippers, furniture parts, plastics were the recovered materials. As gleamed in their report it said that it is always the same during our monthly clean-up of the creek, we are closely coordinating with barangay officials for a continuance of environmental info drive. They are also maintaining a dumping facility in the terminal grounds for segregated waste.
During the inspection of DENR to gather water sample, the same observation was noted.
Taking a step further, the terminal environmental group is slowly re-greening certain areas of the property by planting mahogany and narra trees. Since this is a public transport terminal, we are susceptible to smog and other hazardous chemicals from smoke emitted by public transport. We would like to make this terminal a level-out terminal in terms of clean air requirements, said Engineer Arlene Desacula, grand terminal manager. By re-greening, few years from now, carbon monoxide emission will lessen.
We are studying areas of the terminal as smoking-area and an on-going consultation with jeepney associations and GT express vans together with bus lines on how to lessen smoke emissions, she added.
The twin strategy is part of the long term development of the area for it was envisioned to be a new hub of commercial activities in the eastern part of the city few years from now, she said. [BicolToday.com]