More than 2,000 volunteers collected 16,357.8 kilograms of trash from twelve coastal barangays of Cagayan de Oro City during the celebration of International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 17.
The occasion was kicked-off in Barangay Lapasan with a program and clean-up. Volunteers cleaned a total area of 7.895 kilometers of the coastal barangays of Lapasan, Agusan, Bayabas, Bonbon, Bulua, Bugo, Cugman, Gusa, Macabalan, Puntod, Puerto and Tablon. Local government officials mobilized their constituents to support the event in their respective area.
Led by officials and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10, the volunteers were officials from local government units and communities, national government agencies, Non-Government Organizations and Civil Society Organizations, private organizations, religious groups, academe, youth, military, police and other concerned groups.
Report from the Conservation and Development Division of DENR 10 shows that overall, 30,328 pieces of trash were collected under the Most Likely to Find Items, the highest number being food wrappers – 6,671 pieces; beverage sachets/pouches – 2,424 pieces; grocery bags – 2,263 pieces; and plastic cups and plates – 2,205 pieces. It was followed by 5,357 pieces in the Other Items/Debris category – 1,399 pieces having the highest among it. A total of 3,258 pieces of tiny trash less than 2.5 centimeters were collected during the nationwide simultaneous activity.
International Coastal Clean-up aims to engage people around the world to remove trash and debris from beaches, waterways and other water bodies. ICC is celebrated every 3 rd Saturday of September.
Other cities and provinces of Region 10 also conducted clean-up activities with various sectors of society.
September is declared as the National Clean-up Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 244 and 3 rd Saturday of September as National Clean-up Day per Presidential Proclamation No. 470. Both occasions are undertaken to raise public awareness on the protection of the environment of which DENR 10 spearheads. (From the report of the Coastal and Marine Resources and Foreshore Management Section – Conservation and Development Division) RSCIG No. 09-260-2022 #TayoAngKalikasan