19 September 2012

Over 13,000 Join Coastal Cleanup

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Zambales -- More than 13,000 volunteers from various sectors here and in Olongapo City participated in the recent annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) along the 10 sites of the entire coast of Zambales.

The coastal cleanup, organized by the Lighthouse Marina Resort is part of the international coastal cleanup effort organized by The Ocean Conservancy to protect the world's oceans from harmful debris making its way to coastlines from local beaches, waterways, and inland areas.

“We started four years ago with around 600 volunteers cleaning up mainly the boardwalk area. Now, the movement expanded to include the entire Zambales coast, including a pilot area for the inland clean up in Barangay Mabayuan, Olongapo City," Jun Avecilla, ICC Zone Coordinator said.

Most of the garbage collected by the volunteers comprised of plastic bags and containers, cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, diapers, and even old tires. (Franco Regala, Manila Bulletin)