With this year's theme: "The Science we Need, for the Ocean we Want", Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Manukan spearheaded the coastal clean-up together with 120 participants coming from the Local Government Unit of Jose Dalman, the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Poblacion's Barangay Officials and coastal residents along its shoreline.
A total of 250 kilograms of trash were collected consisting mostly of plastics, ice wrappers, and other household wastes, which was brought to the Municipal Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for proper segregation and disposal.
To wrap up the activity, a short program and Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaign on the significance of the Ocean and RA 9003, otherwise known as the "Ecological Solid Waste Management Act" was conducted to increase the level of awareness and behavioral change among the stakeholders on why we need to protect, conserve and preserve our Ocean and the proper disposal of non-biodegradable wastes particularly plastics which end up to the ocean.
It also aims to solicit support and cooperation from the community to ensure effective environmental protection which is everyone's concern.
Photo by CENRO MANUKAN, ZDN