Cimatu tells youth to ditch plastic to help save Sarangani Bay
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has called on the the people of Mindanao, especially the youth, to ditch plastic products in order to help spare Sarangani Bay from being the next Boracay.
“It is good that the beaches here in Sarangani are still in good condition. I hope you will not let environmental degradation set in, like what happened in Boracay,” he said during his recent visit in the province.
During the trip, Cimatu also recognized the efforts of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in SOCCSKARGEN (Region XII) in managing the natural resources of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape.
Moving forward, he said that ordinary citizens can help protect Sarangani Bay through humble means, like proper solid waste management.
“We can prevent more plastic from reaching the seas and mountains by segregating our waste properly, reducing usage of plastic, relying on reusable containers, and practicing recycling,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu emphasized that environmental protection is the duty of each and every Filipino, as part of their responsibility as stewards of the country’s natural resources.
“This is our Sarangani Bay, our Mount Apo, our Siargao. These are our farmlands, forests, cities, communities, rivers, lakes, and seas,” Cimatu said.
“This is our Mindanao, our land of promise. No one else but us will care for our natural resources. We should take the lead in protecting and using our natural resources responsibly. Tayo ang kumilos para protektahan ito,” he added.