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Cebu rivers clean up Tommy Osmeña’s response to looming show cause order?

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On his February 5 column “Shooting Straight” on The Freeman, Bobby Avila intimated that Osmeña could just be avoiding the possible issuance of a show cause order against his government for his failure to enforce or implement Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

In a recent Facebook post, the Cebuano politiko wrote the city government needs volunteers to help clean up the city’s three waterways.

The Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office will hold a cleanup drive in Bulacao River on February 22; Lahug River on March 9; and Guadalupe River on March 16, he announced.

Avila cited an editorial in The Freeman entitled “Saving our dying rivers,” lamenting that the clean-up drive in the province was long overdue.

“Well, it’s unfortunate that it’s only now the city is embarking on the cleanup drive. For decades, these rivers have been dying because of human abuse and environmental authorities have never lifted a finger to save them,” the article published on February 4 read.

“In nearby Mandaue City, the local government is also rushing to save the Butuanon River from the suffocating industrial waste and trash from informal settlers living along its banks,” it said.

The Department of Interior and Local Government earlier said they will issue show cause orders to 107 local government officials to address environmental problems affecting Manila Bay.