Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (26 September 2016). Some fifty-nine (59) participants from PENRO Surigao del Sur employees and Philippine Radio Organization Volunteer For Emergency, Inc. (PROVE) Mancagangi Chapter Office team up to clean the Matho beach in municipality of Cortes in line with the celebration of the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) on September 16, 2016.
With the ICC theme “Bayan Ko Linis Ko: Bayanihan Para sa Malinis na Karagatan”, OIC PENR Officer Jose Flavio Concha, who led the coastal cleanup activity encouraged all Surigaonons to volunteer and join the cleanup activities within its surroundings in the observance of the National Cleanup Month.
“Surigao del Sur, known as the “Shangri-La by the Pacific” is one of the provinces that has longest coastline in the country with beautiful beaches served as local tourism destination. It is therefore imperative role of everyone to maintain the cleanliness from any disastrous wastes not only in our beaches and coasts but also on its tributary zones like creeks, rivers and waterways to marine ecosystem, which are natural resources and vital sources of our livelihood, food and health security,” OIC PENR Office Concha said.
The coastal cleanup is also one of the line-up activities spearheaded by DENR for the Civil Service Month’s 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) celebration which anchor on the theme ““Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kawpa Kawani, at Kalikasan”.
Meanwhile the field offices under PENRO Surigao del Sur together with local government units are encouraged and advised to conduct cleanup activities in small group only based on the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau advisory limiting the activities within the safe environs of certain barangay, school, church, community, company or establishment, along roadsides, canals and vacant lots used as dump sites of individuals observing proper public security and safety to all participants.
The PENRO Surigao del Sur was supposedly conducting a significant event of ICC at the Mabua coastline in Tandag City to be participated by different groups and agencies but was cancelled following the public safety and security advisory issued by the National Coordinator and Co-Coordinator from the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) and memorandum from the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB).
International Coastal Cleanup is one the largest volunteer effort annually celebrated every September with an aim to provoke environmental consciousness among people for ocean’s health and better waste management policies to protect marine ecosystem. (JSN/ PENRO-SDS).