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DENR-7: September 15 is Coastal/River Cleanup Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 15 is slated as Coastal/River Cleanup Day as the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Marine Management Division and the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) along with its partner agencies and other stakeholders troop to Sitio Solima, Barangay CotCot in Lilo-an Cebu for the cleanup drive.

The activity to start at 7 a.m. until 12 noon is in celebration of the 22nd International Coastal/River Cleanup Day under the theme "Buhayin at Ipaglaban ang Malinis na Katubigan ng Bayan."

Objective of the activity is to heighten awareness about the connection between inland neighborhood non-point source pollution and the rivers and oceans. Such activity is geared to encourage the residents to practice waste segregation, re-use and recycling at their households which is the best way of addressing waste pollution problem at its very source.

Flyers on tips about waste segregation will be distributed at the site tomorrow in coordination with other concerned organizing groups or institutions.

In a statement, the DENR-7 said a cleanup drive is a good venue to acknowledge and show recognition of the important role the ocean plays in the health of the environment and the people and wildlife that depend on it. Participation in the cleanup drive is also an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to its stewardship.

The Coastal/River Cleanup Day also fosters stronger partnerships among stakeholders particularly the DENR-7 and local government units (LGUs), non government organizations, other national government agencies, private sector, civil and diver's groups, academe and even religious organizations.

As the activity is a nationwide event, each concerned city across the region has mobilized its partner stakeholders to respond to the international call of the day to clean up rivers, creeks and inland shorelines or coastlines.

The activity likewise is a great chance for families, students, service groups and neighbors to join together and show support by taking care of our fragile marine and other aquatic environments, demonstrate community support for our shared natural resources and learn about the negative impacts of marine debris.

Vital efforts to lump forces together have emerged for this big volunteer event and for sustainable projects aimed at proper waste management.

In September 2005, more than 20T people from all over the region helped remove around 10,600 bags of debris most of which were plastics and domestic wastes. The wastes collected then proved that majority were not concerned in addressing the rubbish that each household produced. This time, LGUs are enjoining the residents to actively participate in the cleanup drive in order to understand more deeply the problem on garbage disposal and its impact to the environment and the community. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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