FEATURE: Silent Modern Day Heroes of Manila Bay

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Videos of garbage thrown ashore by the storm surge at the Manila Bay went viral after heavy rains occured in the morning of August 11, 2018 (Saturday) in Manila. Similar to the Roxas Boulevard coverted into a ‘stream of garbage,’ comments about environmental issues flooded the feeds of social media.

Top comments in social media suggested that the waters made it easier to collect the garbage, and most especially, it showed Mother Nature’s wrath towards the uncaring human beings.

In spite of the uncaring individuals towards the environment, there are still some people who have sympathy towards Mother Nature, and instill that there is hope in bringing Manila Bay back to life.

Landbank’s Manila Bay Clean Up in celebration of their 55th anniversary was scheduled on the same day, alongside other activities such as constructing ecochairs from ecobricks, assembling rescue boats made of PET bottles, and the making of Mabuhay balls. Unfortunately, they were constrained to cancel the event for the safety and security of the volunteers.

Despite the strong rain and waves, there are brave volunteers that opted to stay and contribute their time and efforts, and collected trash that were washed up along the Baywalk by the strong waves. Others also chose to continue with the activities such as Ecobrick making, Mabuhay balls making, and assembling rescue boats made of PET bottles.

 

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  Employees of the Department of Public Services (DPS)  help clean the washed up trash along the Manila Bay area. (Photo by Landbank)

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Volunteers who didn’t mind getting their hands dirty help in Mabuhay Balls Making. A total of 1,100 pieces of Mabuhay Balls produced by the volunteers will be  dropped at the Estero de Kabulusan, a direct tributary of Manila Bay in Tondo, Manila. (Photo by Landbank)
 
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This is a PET Bottle Rescue Boat — a technology introduced by the Tzu-Chi Foundation and re-engineered by the Villar Foundation to fit and clean Manila’s small waterways and tributaries. In the photo: Landbank President and CEO Alex V. Buenaventura (center), Executive Vice President Joselito Gutierrez (left), and MBC Vice President Carlea Miranda (Photo by Landbank)
 
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3,374 PET bottles were used to create PET Bottle Rescue Boats to be donated to the MMDA and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for their regular clean-up operations on polluted waterways. In the photo: Landbank Executive Vice President Julio Climaco, Jr. with Landbank Volunteers (Photo by Landbank)

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Almost 3,500 quality-checked ecobricks—equivalent to 868.5 kg of plastic—were produced by Landbank employees. These ecobrick chairs will be donated to the Manila Department of Social Welfare for children to use in Manila’s Drop-in Center. (Photo by Landbank)

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Global Ecobrick Alliance’s Trainer teaches how to assemble an ecochair to volunteers from Landbank, Asurion LLC, and the Cooperative Development Authority. (Photo by Landbank).
These small acts of heroism can impose change and ignite the initiative in every one to help revive the environment for our present and future generations.
 

Source: PIA Feed