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City Mulls on a big greening project 

The city government of Gensan led by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera together with the Gensan Tourism Council, associates from DepEd Gensan, DENR Region XII, DPWH Gensan, GSCWD, and partners from UAP SOCSKSARGEN CHAPTER, signed a Memorandum of Agreement recently for the “Green Gensan” Project.
Successfully launched in July this year, the “Green Gensan” is a greening and urban transformation advocacy project that aims to fully integrate tress and vegetation into our major highways and sidewalks, highway landmarks, Barangay pocket parks, welcome arches, historical landmarks, public parking spaces, public/private commercial/institutional building facades and shoreline.
Michael Ang from United Architect of the Philippines presented slide of modern designs of familiar landmarks in the city like the Oval Plaza Park, Queen Tuna Park, the proposed airport/highways roundabouts, Pioneer Avenue and the future City Museum.
The presentation was on the perspective of the GSC Tourism Council. It is a sort of an update of what have been accomplished to date.
The last part was a call for commitment from all those present to pledge their support to ensure the realization of the vision of a green gensan.
Although costly according to Ang, several government agencies, people’s organizations and no-government have pledged their support for the endeavor.
“We ask support because this is for everybody. It is doable if we help each other,” he said.
He added that crucial also to the project’s success is the pro-active involvement and support of all residents, families, puroks, barangays, business communities and big institutions in Gensan.
The GSC Tourism Council, led by Ms. Jane Gollon- Rivera is also inviting in-kind donations from generous, environment-loving companies and organizations to realize the project.
In her message during the MOA signing, she urged everyone to help them promote the Green Gensan Project.
As for the City Mayor, the project will not be possible if it is not a public-private partnership. “To suit the need for expansion and rapid development of the city, we have to start somewhere. And this is a good start,” he said.
The Mayor will lead the LGU in supporting the project with the Office of the Vice Mayor, Sangguniang Panlungsod, City Economic Management and Development Office, Waste Management Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office and the City Engineering Office. (CPIO/Sulit/RSC)

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