PASAY CITY, Philippines – Selected personnel of Environmental Management Bureau – National Capital Region, led by the Ambient Water Unit, joined the Cleanup Drive activity in celebration of the 37th International Coastal Cleanup Day with the theme “Fighting for Trash-Free Seas, Pilipinas” last Saturday, September 17, 2022, at CCP Complex, Pasay City.
Four hundred twenty-two volunteers from different agencies, organizations, and private companies also joined in the said event, including CENRO Pasay, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Royal Haskoning Philippines Inc., Catholic Women’s League, Philippine Ports Authority- South NCR, Hotel 101, Resorts World Manila, Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), AAI Worldwide, FBI Marines, and TV5.
Participants were able practice conducting Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) where each participant are given a form and instructed to record the waste they collected. The form contains information and a checklist of the itemized trash classification that can be found on the site. Within four hours, around 74,082 sacks of trash with an estimated weight of 34,448kgs or 37.97 tons were collected in the area.
The International Coastal Cleanup is one of the world’s most significant volunteer effort for ocean and waterway health, a global event that unites countries and people with one common goal: to show concern for the growing marine debris problem by removing trash/debris along shorelines, rivers, lakes, and waterways and gathering data on the kind and volume of trash collected.