EVERY September, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) participates in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) a global movement that provides opportunity to make a difference in the deterioration of our oceans.
With this year’s theme: “Tayo ang Solusyon sa Polusyon”, the ICC will be conducted along the 5-km coastline from Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo to Calumpang, Molo Iloilo City, which aims to further protect ocean waters, marine wildlife and habitat, human health and safety.
The ICC is the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health and is conducted every 3rd Saturday of September, in order to get rid of trash, provide information and raise environmental awareness. ICC 2018 is expected to have an output that involves stakeholders to have a better appreciation on the importance of dedicating efforts to have a trash free-seas, coasts, and other significant water bodies.
Furthermore, the ICC 2018 objectives are to involve various sectors for the protection of rivers, coasts and waterways; to campaign for clean waterways, rivers and coastal areas; to support the worldwide campaign to beat plastic pollution; and more importantly to encourage the participation of the people.
Furthermore, the DENR-6 chief encourages more volunteers to participate in this yearly event in saving our oceans.
“Cleaning our oceans starts by cleaning our behavior. Admit it or not we all have at least once thrown our garbages in the ocean or in the shoreline, thinking that it’s just one piece. But what if millions of people think the same, then millions of trash were thrown into our water bodies,” DENR-6 Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna said.
“We encourage everyone to work hard to have clean oceans. Let us unite together to lessen our trash. Join us to save our oceans, join us to save our Earth,” Sampulna encourage.
Meanwhile, 2017’s ICC celebration had over 400 participants and collected over 1,644 kgs of trash along Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo to Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City. Among the trash collected were food wrappers, straws, plastic bags, and cigarette butts have the most common and increasing in number.
Last year’s participants include JBLFMU Arevalo & Molo; STMTC Magdalo & La Fiesta; Let’s Do It! Philippines Youth; BFAR R6; PNP and Philippine Maritime Group R6; NGCP, DPWH, City ENRO; CENRO Guimbal; MGB, PENRO Iloilo, DENR RO-6; BLGU of Calumpang; Calaparan, Sto. Niño Sur, and Sto Niño Norte.
Other interested parties who wished to join this international event as volunteers may visit DENR Western Visayas facebook page or may opt to call DENR-6 at tel. no. 09175499400. (DENR)-6