By Leee Roy Cubero, Marisol Bo-oc, Helen Castaño | 07:38 PM September 17, 2022
More than 8,000 people in Bohol province have joined the annual international coastal cleanup drive, a global drive to protect the ocean and its inhabitants, on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Gov. Aris Aumentado who joined the cleanup drive in Tagbilaran City said the participants included government officials and employees, police, coast guards, teachers, school children, non-government organizations, village officials, and religious sectors.
Capitol employees picked up trash along Talisay Beach, Tubig Dako, Caingget Beach and Manga Beach in Tagbilaran City.
Personnel of the provincial disaster risk reduction and management office (PDRRMO) cleaned the area in Baclayon town.
Vice Governor Victor Balite, board members and the Provincial Sangguniang Panlalawigan were assigned in the coastal area of Baluarte Poblacion in Baclayon.
“It is particularly appropriate that we unveil this campaign on this annual International coastal clean-up effort, Beach cleanups are something each of us can do anytime of the year. Im proud to be participating in the clean-up efforts today and I encourage everyone to make the time for these types of activities, ” said Board Member Jamie Aumentado Villamor.
City hall employees also cleaned up the beach along the friendship park in Barangay Bool.
Police also helped pick up wastes in rivers and coastal areas.
Teachers, learners unite in cleaning the coastal areas
Teachers and students also cleaned the coastal areas of Barangay Manga in Tagbilaran City.
The community activity was spearheaded by Leee Roy Cubero and Knika Ros Cubero, both teachers of Manga National High School.
The Department of Education (DepEd) included ICC Day in its calendar of activities in its DepEd Order. DepEd has been consistent in strengthening and reinforcing the integration of environmental education in the basic education curriculum through various environmental programs and activities in accordance with one of its core values, Makakalikasan.
The ICC is the largest volunteer effort to preserve the ocean’s health. People around the world must help in removing trash and record information on the collected waste on resorts, beaches, coasts and waterways.