The City Government of Naga, in partnership with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Sur headed by PENR Officer Grace L. Cariño recently launched the Naga Local Industries Network on Adopt-a-Waterway (LINAW) Program through the conduct of a signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with ten (10) initial industry adopters at the PESO Hall, City Hall Compound, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

The Naga LINAW Program is a collaborative endeavor between the City Government of Naga and PENRO Camarines Sur with the objective to encourage community involvement on environmental protection by mobilizing private stakeholders to adopt a part or a stretch of the Naga River and other waterways within Naga City for its maintenance, cleanliness and protection as part of their corporate social responsibility.

“More than a clean-up and rehabilitation project, the Naga LINAW will showcase the role of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Local Government Units (LGUs) and the private stakeholders in cleaning and maintaining the healthy condition of the Naga River and other waterways within Naga,” PENR Officer Cariño said in her message. Further, Mayor Nelson S. Legacion emphasized the importance of including all the waterways within Naga City in the program, as the creeks, streams and smaller waterways leads to the Naga and Bicol River. Mayor Legacion also added that clean waterways help prevent flooding in certain areas in Naga City.

PENR Officer Cariño and Mayor Legacion both expressed their gratitude to the private industry partners for their participation and cooperation for the Naga LINAW Program. A press conference was also held after the MOA Signing. Present in the said activity were the Sangguniang Panlungsod members, Vice Mayor Cecilia de Asis, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Alex A. Caning, PENRO Camarines Sur Provincial Environmental Management Officer (PEMO) Lilian Ordino, Conservation and Development Section Chief Liezl Valenciano and the representatives of the initial industry adopters for the Naga LINAW Program.###