Volunteers have collected a huge volume of non-biodegradable wastes through the conduct of National Clean-up Month 2022 celebration and implementation of Pinagbanderahan Cave Management Plan 2021-2030 spearheaded by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office at Quezon Protected Landscape.

Around 53 sacks of garbage weighing approximately 500 kilograms were collected by the volunteers. The activity covered a total of 3.23 kilometers along the road from Pagbilao-Atimonan boundary/arch going down to the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of QPL, and along the trail from Atimonan Zigzag Park (Lagoon) to Pinagbanderahan Cave as back-to-back activities.

“Hindi lamang paglilinis ang ating nilalayon sa gawaing ito. Makakatulong po ito sa conservation ng ating mga wildlife, kapag malinis ang kapaligiran magiging malusog ang lahat.” said Forester Irene Z. Arquilita, the Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist and chief of Conservation and Development Section (CDS) of CENRO Tayabas.

“Hiling po natin na kapag bukas na ang kalsada ay magpatuloy tayo sa paglilinis at hikayatin ang mga turista na ang basurang dinala ay dalhin din paglabas.” added Arquilita.

The old Zigzag Road at Quezon Protected Landscape is temporarily closed for tourist/visitors and motorists for six (6) months, which started in April 2022, due to the on-going road rehabilitation and maintenance of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPHW) Infrastructure Program.

Most collected wastes were plastic bottles, wrappers and fast-food takeaway containers thrown by passersby.

Among the volunteers are the residents, officials, barangay police, local organizations, and health workers of Brgy. Silangang Malicboy, Pagbilao, Quezon and Brgy. Malinao Ilaya, Atimonan, Quezon, Local Government Unit of Pagbilao and Atimonan thru the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Offices (MENRO), tour guides from the Municipal Tourism of Atimonan, and CENRO Tayabas.