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By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
June 9, 2009

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 informed.

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.

Manager Elizalde 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 collected.

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.