By Analou De Vera
Thousands of volunteers gathered on Saturday to participate in the massive cleanup drive in Manila Bay as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day.
According to Belle Borromeo, chief of the Manila’s Department of Public Services (DPS), about 10,849 volunteers have showed up at the Baywalk area along Roxas Boulevard to pick up trash and marine debris from Manila Bay’s shoreline.
The volunteers were students from various universities and colleges, private companies, government agencies and nongovernment organizations.
Speaking on behalf of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, city administrator Ericson Alcovendaz said the city is proud to have hosted the cleanup activity which is being done simultaneously worldwide.
With the ICC Day 2017’s theme “Together for Our Ocean,” Alcovendaz called on Filipinos to “renew our commitment and cooperation so that we may succeed in our mission to rescue our oceans, rivers and waterways, and preserve them for the next generations.”
Alcovendaz said that through ICC, people have learned to take care of the world’s seas, oceans and waterways but still many others have remained undisciplined in the proper garbage disposal.
“Napakarami pa rin nating mga kababayan ang hindi sumusunod sa tamang paraan ng pagtatapon ng basura, sige pa rin sa pagkakalat ng basura sa mga kalsada at sa ating mga ilog, dagat at estero (So many of our countrymen don’t follow the right way of garbage disposal, they still continue to scatter garbage in our roads and in our rivers, oceans and drainage canals),” Alcovendaz lamented.
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