ILIGAN CITY, September 23 – More than 50 sacks of garbage were collected as employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways – Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH-LN2 DEO) based in Iligan City, joined hands in the coastal clean-up in observance of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) on September 21, 2019.
The coastal barangay of Santiago, iligan City, was chosen for the clean-up activity considering the sizeable number of fisherfolks who are dependent on the sea for their survival.
Among the marine debris recovered by the DPWH volunteers were plastics, glass, metal, cloth, rubber, cigarette butts and wood.
“We are taking part in this advocacy campaign to put the spotlight on the alarming state of our seas and rivers caused by the wanton disregard of our environment and the unabated dumping of garbage in our waterways and coastlines,” expressed District Engineer Aly Khan Ali.
More than 150 office and field personnel of DPWH-LN2 DEO joined in the early morning walk from Andres Bonifacio Avenue to Paseo de Santiago, this city.
After picking up the marine debris, the volunteers segregated the trash into different sacks for biodegradable, non-biodegradable and recyclable materials. The garbage sacks were then loaded into waiting cargo trucks and brought to the City Materials Recovery Facility (CMRF) in Barangay Bonbonon for proper disposal.
“By doing our part in keeping our beaches and seas free from trash, we also help protect and preserve our marine resources,” added Assistant District Engineer Maria David.
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the largest volunteer effort aimed at improving the ocean’s health. Each year thousands of people from around the world gather at beaches, rivers, and underwater dive sites to remove the garbage thrown by callous individuals in their community.
Every third Sunday of September has been declared by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through Presidential Proclamation No. 470, series of 2003 as the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) Day in observance of the Global Coastal Clean-up celebrations. (DPWH-PIO/ PIA-Iligan)
Source: PIA Feed