By ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
September 18, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – Tons of trash get dumped on our coastlines every year. The garbage includes plastic bottles, plastic bags and packaging, food wrappers and cigarette butts – detracting from the natural beauty of the shore and harming wildlife. International Coastal Clean-up is part of an international campaign focused on keeping trash out of oceans, bays, rivers and lakes.
In line with this, the Department of Public Works and Highways- Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) joins the 32nd International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 18, 2018 at Brgy. Burabod Sta. Margarita, Samar, with the theme “Tayo ang Solusyon sa Polusyon”, to promote better ocean health and environmental consciousness. This is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 470, series of 2003, declaring every third Saturday of September of every year as the International Coastal Clean-up Day.
Volunteers from every section pick and segregate trash and debris for item classification. They were able to collect 238 kilos of trash mostly consisting of plastic bottles and wrappers, used diapers, and soiled cardboard.
Trash accumulates in the ocean, threatens the health of every creatures in it and the ecosystem, at the same time endangering the life of people. What goes to the ocean goes back to us.