Thou­sands join Manila Bay cleanup

Manila Times - - NEWS - PHOTO BY RUS­SEL PALMA BY JAIME R. PI­LAPIL

Vol­un­teers pick trash dur­ing the coastal clean-up along Manila Bay on Satur­day.

THOU­SANDS of vol­un­teers turned up for the 32nd In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day in Manila Bay on Satur­day.

At 9 a. m., 10,849 vol­un­teers have showed up at Bay­walk area along Roxas Boule­vard to pick up trash and de­bris from the shore­line, ac­cord­ing to Belle Bor­romeo, head of the city’s De­part­ment of Public Ser­vices.

The vol­un­teers mostly came from var­i­ous schools, col­leges, and uni­ver­si­ties in and out­side Manila Ter­mi­nals, Inc., Petron, Magsaysay Group of Com­pa­nies, Manila Ho­tel, Rizal Park Ho­tel, Toy­ota Mo­tor Philip­pines, San Miguel Corp., Sam­sung Philip­pines, Re­pub­lic Ce­ment, and Unilever Philip­pines, among others.

Em­ploy­ees of var­i­ous gov­ern well as civic-minded groups like the Ro­tary Clubs.

Mem­bers of the Philip­pine Navy, Philip­pine Coast Guard and the Manila Po­lice Dis­trict also helped.

“On be­half of Mayor (Joseph) Estrada and the peo­ple of the City of Manila, we would like to ex­press our most pro­found grat­i­tude to all vol­un­teers who are here this morn­ing in an ef­fort to clean our fa­mous Manila Bay,” said Eric­son Al­coven­daz, city ad­min­is­tra­tor.

With the ICC Day 2017’s theme “To­gether for Our Ocean,” Al­coven­daz called on Filipinos to “re­new our com­mit­ment and co­op­er­a­tion so that we may suc­ceed in our mis­sion to res­cue our oceans, rivers, and wa­ter­ways, and pre­serve them for the next gen­er­a­tions.”

Held ev­ery third Satur­day of Septem­ber, ICC is the largest vol­un­teer ef­fort for the ocean and wa­ter­ways ini­ti­ated in 1986 by Ocean Con­ser­vancy, a non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to en­gage vol­un­teers in col­lect­ing marine de­bris from the world’s wa­ter­ways.

About 90 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines, reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pate in this yearly event. The Philip­pines can­celled its coastal cleanup day ac­tiv­i­ties on Septem­ber 17 last year be­cause of the dec­la­ra­tion of state of law­less­ness by the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

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