Volunteerism Ignites Among Bacoor People during the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup

Volunteerism Ignites Among Bacoor People during the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup

RD Tachuling 3rd from left

 

DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling (third from left) leads the Department's workforce in joining the 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) observation of the City Government of Bacoor on September 16, 2017 in Barangay Digman, Bacoor City, Cavite.

          The spirit of volunteerism flared as communities and various stakeholders converge for the 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) on September 16, 2017 in Barangay Digman, Bacoor City, Cavite.

        Just as the celebration theme “Sama-sama para sa Karagatan”, volunteers from the Bacoor Government Center; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON; Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO), Cavite; Cavite State University; Bacoor National High School-Tabing Dagat; Toyota-Bacoor; St. Dominic College of Asia; Saint Francis of Assisi College; Bacoor Public Safety Unit; City Social Welfare and Development; University of Perpetual Help-Molino; Family Care Development Center; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Bureau of Fire Protection; Philippine National Police; Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary; and Brother Guardians come together, through the initiative of the City Government of Bacoor, all for a clean and healthy ocean.

 

 

          “Such ICC activity hopes to change the people’s perception about solid wastes which affect the ocean, and change their values and behavior to volunteerism”, said DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling.

         “Based on our previous cleanups, most of the wastes collected are plastic bags, bottles, cups, and cigarette butts, that have great negative impact on the organisms thriving in our ocean. Hopefully, we could develop our values to reduce wastes,” he added.

         In her opening message, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla lamented on the filthy situation of the water bodies due to the thoughtless actions of humans, the supposed stewards of God’s creations. However, she expressed that she never loses hope for there are people who still care for the environment and are willing to volunteer and spread the good deed with others.

          “We really have to continually work together towards making our environment clean and healthy to provide a better living place for ourselves and for the marine life,” Revilla urged the participants.

          Tanchuling said the event is symbolic only so as to encourage the communities, but there is also a simple way which people can use in their homes every day to help prevent wastes from going into the waterways and the ocean, and that is solid waste segregation.

          ICC is an annual worldwide event initiated by the Ocean Conservancy since 1986, which aims to engage volunteers to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris, and change the behaviors that cause marine debris in the first place.

 

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DENR Calabarzon, on alert for Ompong

       

          Power outage and water disruption. These are the expected consequences of the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, estimated to make a landfall on the northern portion of the Philippine islands in less than 24 hours.

          In preparation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) is calling for volunteers to help.

          DENR Calabarzon Assistant Director for Technical Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela said the plan is to prepare their field personnel for two packaged services. The first package is to provide chainsaws with skilled operators and porters, and the second one is to deliver fully-charged generator sets.

          Fadriquela, the designated captain for the relief and rescue operations, said they will be in close coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) should their services be needed.

         “Kapag ang hiningi sa atin ay tumulong sa clearing ng area, ang gagawin lang pagpasok sa kalsada, may nakaharang (na puno) itabi, putol, itabi… Wala nang retrieval ‘yon, saka na ‘yon kasi mabilisan ‘yon e. Kailangan kasi ma-clear ‘yung daan para makapasok ang serbisyo, pagkain, tubig,” Fadriquela said.

          He also said they are looking into the possibility of providing go bags to the affected communities, and warm bodies to be of aid in other services. “Kung hindi naman apektado, maging available din ang mga tao natin kung saka-sakaling i-deploy sa mga repacking,” the assistant regional director said.

          “We would like to have an inventory of standby generators and water tanks that people can lend and we can mobilize in areas of greatest need so we are calling on people to let us know if they have one we can borrow” added DENR Calabarzon Director, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna.

          With regard to the potential garbage accumulation, Luna said “we aim to have as close to a zero waste operation as possible because trash mounds in disaster areas turn into breeding places of pests and germs”.

          The relief and rescue operations are part of the Tayo ang Kalikasan program of the department.

          Willing volunteers may contact the DENR regional office through hotline numbers 09202068610 and 09553912684, email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Facebook page @denr4aofficial.

          The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) has raised public storm warning signal no. 1 for the entire region.

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