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DOTC water sector leads coastal cleanup Sept 25

Tacloban City (September 25) -- The Philippine Ports Authority, the entire DOTC Region 8, and the Region Eight Administrators League, led in the massive coastal clean up of the shorelines of Tacloban City on September 25, 2010 at 6:00 o'clock in the morning.

This is in line with the National Maritime Week celebration in Region 8. This coincides with the celebration of the International Coastal Clean Up Day on September 25, Saturday.

Port Manager Winfred Elizalde said that the various cooperators or volunteer groups and agencies were given specific areas to clean up.

The Philippine National Police group was assigned to clean the coastal line along Sagkahan including the Astrodome vicinity; the Office of Civil Defense cleaned up the coastal area at Barangays 69 and 70 at Rawis-Anibong District; while the Seafarers Wies Association of the Philippines was assigned to clean up the coastal area along EVRMC.

The National Maritime Polytechnic cleaned the coastal line along NMP and San Juanico Strait; the Philippine Navy was aside to clean the seabed as "Scubasurero;" the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines was in charge of cleaning up the coastline in San Jose near the Airport Vicinity.

The Barangay 69 Rawis Anibong community did its part by cleaning up the coastline along the vicinity of the barangay while the Barangay 70 Rawis Anibong community cleaned the coastline within the area. Barangays 69 and 70 was also cleaned up by the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Shell Petroleum Corp.

Meanwhile, the City of Tacloban cleaned up the coastal area along DYVL and Balyuan Tower while the Leyte Park Resort also cleaned up the coastal line within its vicinity.

The Telecommunications Office and the Philippine Postal Corporation cleaned up the coastline infront of Gran Hotel while the LTFRB and National Telecommunications Commission were in charge of cleaning the San Pedro Area and UP Botanical Garden along Magsaysay Blvd.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the McDonalds Food Chain cleaned up the coastal area fronting McDonalds while the Maritime Industry Authority, Trans-Asia Shipping Corp. and Gothong Southern Shipping Lines, Inc. were in charge of the Port Area clean up.

The Tacloban Harbor Pilots Association cleaned up the surface water of Cancabato Bay; the Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration was incharge of the coastal area alon EVRMC and the Land Transportation Office cleaned up the San Pedro Area and UP Botanical Garden.

The Regional Maritime Office cleaned up the Coast line fronting the Tacloban Supermarket; the Eastern Visayas State University joined the Barangay 69-70 Rawis Anibong Group.

The Philippine Ports Authority and the Philippine Information Agency were in charge of the documentation and media brigade while the City Environmental and Natural Resources office and the City General Services were in charge of the collection and disposal of garbage brigade.

Aside from the massive coastal clean up, a Mangrove Tree Planting activity will also be conducted at 2:00 in the afternoon of September 25, with the Leyte Integrated Port Services, Inc. leading.

Another important activity is the Oil Spill Containment Drill by Pilipinas Shell at the Shell Depot, at 9:00 o'clock in the morning. (PIA 8) [top]

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