A total of 18 members of the United Filipino Organization took part in cleaning up the San Isidro Beach Park in Chalan Kanoa last Saturday.
According to Mar Masilungan, UFO president, the San Isidro Beach Park is one of the sites identified by the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers that is open for adoption under the council’s Public-Private Partnership program, which aims to harness the private sector in the development and maintenance of the CNMI’s parks and tourist sites. Masilungan said the cleanup was UFO’s response to the GCEA’s call in adopting the park, which is also known as Laly 4.
The cleanup was also part of the UFO’s commitment to provide community service in the CNMI, he added.
Masilungan said that volunteers from nine different Filipino organizations under the umbrella of UFO participated in the cleanup. “UFO would like to thank the [Saipan Mayor’s Office] and the Division of Parks and Recreation for assistance in hauling and proper disposal of the collected trash, and every individual who volunteered their time for the cleanup,” said Masilungan.
This isn’t the first time UFO has contributed to the community. Last April 29, UFO donated relief goods to families who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Masilungan, the organization’s representatives began distributing the food donations since Good Friday, and, so far, a total of 1,000 bags of 10- and 20-lb rice and assorted canned goods have been given away.
When the Taal Volcano in the Philippines erupted earlier this year, UFO collected donations of money that were sent out to help victims purchase relief goods,