DENR expects 8,000 volunteers for today’s massive coastal cleanup
Around 8,000 volunteers have signed up for various cleanup activities organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and its partners as part of the local observance of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) slated for today.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the simultaneous coastal cleanup activities on several sites in Metro Manila, including the Manila Bay area, is “very timely” as it comes a week after super typhoon Ompong ravaged the country.
“Through this ICC event, we will be able to remove heaps of trash washed ashore Roxas Boulevard and other parts of Manila Bay at the height of super typhoon Ompong,” Cimatu said.
The DENR chief expressed hope the upcoming event will “inspire more people to clean up all water bodies in the entire country.”
The event, which was originally scheduled last week but was postponed due to the typhoon, will take place simultaneously in various sites in Metro Manila including the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, SM by the Bay in Pasay City, Letre and Pinagsabugan Creeks in Malabon City, Tanza Marine Tree Park in Navotas City, and riverbanks of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The Philippines started participating in the ICC in 1994 when volunteers were only 3,000 and were spread among six provinces to cover 76 kilometers of water bodies. They were able to recover 9,469 kilos of marine debris at the time.
In 2003, the third Saturday of September was officially declared as the International Coastal Cleanup Day pursuant to Proclamation No. 470.