Don’t turn beaches into dumpsites this holy week, says DENR
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is making an appeal to the public to stop turning the country’s pristine beaches into dumpsites, especially now that long Holy Week break is coming.
As thousands of Filipinos start heading to provinces for the long Holy Week break, the DENR is now urging the public to make the annual observance as environment-friendly as possible.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu acknowledged that aside from reflection and meditation, Holy Week for most people also means long vacation and a great time to frolic at the beach.
Thus, he said, it is only proper to remind the public against turning the country’s beaches into dumpsites.
“Let us all be reminded of the basics—reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Cimatu, who is in charge of rehabilitation of the pollution-challenged Boracay and other beach destinations in the country.
During the Holy Week, many Filipinos head to provinces and spend the long vacation in beaches or camp in mountains to cool off as temperatures rise in the city.
With the huge number of people and activities, solid waste like plastic bags, food waste, wrappers and sachets are likely to accumulate.