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DENR-7 takes lead in Int'l Coastal Cleanup Day tomorrow

Coastlines of Tuburan and Cordova to be cleaned from debris, wastes

Cebu City (24 September) -- As the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) takes the lead in tomorrow's celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, the coastlines of the Municipalities of Tuburan and Cordova have been identified as the sites for Cebu where debris and trash will be hauled out by pro-ecologists.

DENR-7 Coastal and Marine Management Division Chief Edmondo Arregadas said that all is set for the clean-up drive tomorrow as he bared that all local government units (LGUs) have already been requested to participate and have their respective clean-up drive activities tomorrow.

"We have already coordinated with the local government units for them to conduct their own ICC activities as a way of mobilizing the community to participate in caring for the environment," according to Arregadas during the monthly meeting of the Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance in Region 7 (CLEAR-7).

Arregadas said he expects not only the towns of Tuburan and Cordova's coastlines be cleaned from wastes but that all coastal areas in the province and the region as well to be led by the respective LGUs.

But prior to the clean-up drive, participants and residents in the area will be educated on the importance of the activity and the effects of wastes to our seawater and its habitat, Arregadas said.

Every annual ICC celebration, the DENR mobilizes all its offices and partners including LGUs to directly participate in the ICC Day.

Last year, the Philippines is said to rank second to the US in the number or volume of volunteers that joined the ICC Day.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG-7) on the other hand, said that every ICC Day, all their stations and detachments in Region 7 and 8 have already been directed to conduct respective clean-up activities in their respective areas.

PCG Central and Eastern Visayas' Capt. Anelito Gabisan bared it has already been a yearly habit for their office to initiate clean-up drives during the ICC Day.

Commodore Cecil Chen

"We have also asked the ships to blow their horns tomorrow as a way of showing their support to tomorrow's activity," Gabisan declared.

Commodore Cecil Chen, who just recently assumed office as head of the PCG Central and Eastern Visayas invited the public to join the PCG in tomorrow's ICC drive.

"Just visit the nearest PCG station or detachment where your services is very much appreciated," according to Chen.

Naval Forces Central's Capt. Jose Renan Suarez said the Philippine Navy will also be participating in the activity tomorrow and committed a number of his men to join the planned mangrove planting in Talisay City on October 2.

Suarez also raised the concern on the oil slick of some ships that docked in the piers that would have an adverse effect on the sea.

"In the pier near our headquarters in Mactan, one can see the oil slick in the docking sites which Is detrimental to the ocean, "Suarez lamented as the DENR-7 took note of this concern.

Arregadas said maintaining and cleaning the waterways and shorelines should not be limited to tomorrow's ICC as he urged members of the CLEAR-7 to participate in the mangrove planting on October 2.

The DENR-7 will have 10,000 propagules and 500 fruit bearing seeds ready for the forthcoming mangrove and tree planting in Talisay City next Saturday.

Members of the CLEAR-7, composed of government agencies, non-government organizations and some local government units, meet once a month to discuss coastal issues including the top problem of illegal fishing and measures to address these concerns. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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