THIS photo taken by Ce­sar Belo­ria Jr. shows that dur­ing the Masskara rev­elry in front of the Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter, peo­ple were not dis­pos­ing their waste re­spon­si­bly.

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page -

THE 2018 Masskara sea­son ended over the week­end, with thou­sands of mer­ry­mak­ers en­joy­ing Ba­colod’s world-fa­mous fes­ti­val out in the streets.

The af­ter­math re­veals a dif­fer­ent story: lots of trash left be­hind on streets and side­walks.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, over 300 vol­un­teers showed up to par­tic­i­pate in an­other Sweep­walk, or pick­ing up trash along the way while walk­ing for ex­er­cise.

This event, or­ga­nized by SM City Ba­colod and the Philip­pine Reef and Rain­for­est Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion (PRRFCI), was par­tic­i­pated by stu­dents, youth, pro­fes­sion­als and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates from Ba­colod City Na­tional High School, Boy Scouts of the Philip­pines, Cham­ber Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade, Croper Res­cue, SM Se­cu­rity Force, Linghod, taek­wondo jins of Cr­ishar Taek­wondo Train­ing Cen­ter, and mall em­ploy­ees and ten­ants.

The SWEEP­WALK started in Man­dala­gan, along Lac­son Street, where vol­un­teer sweep walk­ers picked up trash as they walked to­gether to the end point at SM City Ba­colod. About 50 sacks of trash, filled mostly with plas­tic waste and other non-biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als were col­lected.

The PRRFCI, the or­ga­ni­za­tion that man­ages the con­ser­va­tion haven Dan­ju­gan Is­land in Cauayan, will co­or­di­nate for the proper dis­posal of the col­lected waste.

The pur­pose of the SWEEP­WALK is to cre­ate aware­ness of the plas­tic waste gen­er­ated daily and the harm­ful ef­fects it has on seas and ma­rine life, where these wastes will ul­ti­mately end.

Reg­u­lar Sweep­walks are or­ga­nized to con­tin­u­ously ad­vo­cate for #More­fish­not­plas­tic and to en­cour­age the habit of proper solid waste man­age­ment, healthy ex­er­cise like walk­ing, and ul­ti­mately de­vel­op­ing the habit of re­fus­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic.

The SWEEP­WALK ended at SM City Ba­colod with a talk on how we can make a pos­i­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

VOL­UN­TEERS from the SM se­cu­rity group join the post-masskara SWEEP­WALK.

STU­DENTS make sure that trash is prop­erly se­gre­gated and dis­posed

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