Reg 8 conducts
underwater, watersurface, shoreline clean-up on June 10
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – On
June 10, 2009, hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life, young and
old, executives and ordinary office staff, businessmen and consumers
will move towards the four identified areas of Tacloban to form the
largest one-day volunteer event.
The multi-sector Clean
Up Drive which will start at 6:00 o’clock in the morning, is one of
the highlights in this year’s Independence Day celebration in Region
8, Philippine Ports Authority Manager in Region 8 Winfred Elizalde
The Clean Up Drive
chairman, Ports Manager Winfred Elizalde, who was among the guests
during the Panindugan television program of the Philippine Information
Agency, said that what makes this Clean-Up different is that the
volunteers will not only clean the trash and the debris along the
shoreline but also the surface of the ocean and even under the ocean.
Manager Elizalde said
that government agencies, non-government organizations and local
government units are all invited to participate in the Clean Up and
help save the environment just as the heroes gave their lives to save
the country from foreign invaders.
The Clean Up will be
conducted in four areas of Tacloban shoreline, from the Cancabato Bay
to the San Juanico Strait, Manager Elizalde added.
The elements of the
Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard will do the underwater
clean up, Manager Elizalde said. The Philippine National Police and
the Tactical Operations Group of the Philippine Air Force have already
signified their participation to the clean up endeavor.
The members of the
Region Eight Administrators League have signified their full support
to the endeavor while the barangay officials in the clean up areas are
also expected to support the activity.
called on the volunteers to bring their clean up tools and garbage
bags. A garbage truck will be assigned in each of the four clean up
areas where the volunteers could dispose of the garbage they have
The Clean Up Drive is
not just pollution clean up, Manager Elizalde said, it is also a wake
up call for pollution prevention. People must be made aware that there
will be no trashes to pick if people in the first place will not throw
wastes especially the non-biodegradable ones any where, much less on
the shoreline where the waves will wash the wastes to the sea.