With the goal of protecting one of the natural wonders of San Pablo City in Laguna province, at least 400 residents and members of civic groups picked up their brooms and cleaned up the 3.7-kilometer circumference of Sampaloc Lake recently.
Fishermen and Philippine Army reservists, meanwhile, collected several tons of garbage, which were picked up by dump trucks in several trips.
Marino rallied for support through social media, saying the initiative was the community’s response to the local government’s efforts to protect Sampaloc Lake.
San Pablo is home to seven interconnected lakes—Sampaloc, Palakpakin, Calibato, Bunot, Yambo, Pandin and Muhicap.
Sampaloc, located at the center of the city, is the largest and most popular. Tourists are drawn to a view that has Mt. Cristobal in the background. Locals rent out bicycles, while several stalls offer food and catering to joggers and families out on weekend picnics.
“The keyword here is unity,” said Mandy Marino, one of the people who organized the community lake cleanup in San Pablo last month.
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