As part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day and Month being celebrated annually on the 3rd Saturday of the month of September, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Tayabas spearheaded a clean-up activity along the coasts of Brgy. Castañas, Sariaya, Quezon, together with the barangay officials and residents, representatives from the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), and Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Sariaya.
About 20 sacks of non-biodegradable wastes weighing approximately 120 kilograms in total were collected by the volunteers. The wastes were composed of cigarette butts, wrappers, containers, bottle caps, lids, straws/stirrers, disposable cups/plates/forks/spoons, shoes/slippers, cloth/clothing, bottles (plastic/glass/cans), plastic bags, diapers, tin cans, facemasks, parts of appliances, strings, nets, and other types of wastes.
Forester Irene Z. Arquilita, Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist and Chief of Conservation and Development Section (CDS) encouraged everyone to conduct similar activities for wildlife conservation. Barangay Councilor Dionisia Perez of Castañas acknowledged the volunteers who took part in the activity.
Likewise, representative from the MENRO, Ms. Roda B. Valenzuela extended her gratitude and requested the continuous collaboration efforts among the attendees.
Since the area is identified as a marine turtle nesting site, the exact location was selected as part of its maintenance and protection. The area covered a total of 0.561 kilometer.