100,000 Pinoys join coastal cleanup
Manila, Philippines — More than 100,000 Filipino volunteers are expected to troop to the country’s beaches, coasts, waterways and underwater dive sites today to pick-up trash as the Philippines joins the rest of the world in celebrating the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day.
To be led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard (from the United States Embassy to Aristocrat) and the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) (before the Cavitex toll gate) will serve as main sites for this year’s celebration. The LPPCHEA is a protected area that harbors migratory birds.
Simultaneous cleanups will be held in shorelines and riverbanks across the country as volunteer scuba divers will conduct underwater cleanup in various diving sites nationwide. DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said the ICC was designed “to bring home to the public how much of the trash we throw away ends up in and contaminates our waters.”