|INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP 2012: Bayanihan para sa Karagatan|
|Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:02|
As part of the preparatory activities, committees were formed under the Coastal and Marine Management Office (CMMO) of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) to coordinate and organize the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) activities, from preparation, to onsite event, to post-documentation. The Committee on Information and Logistics were in-charge of informing the participants of targets, i.e., filling out of ICC Data Cards; schedule; needed supplies; physical arrangements; and coordinating with DENR Special Concerns Office (SCO) and Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO) regarding aforementioned activities.
Meanwhile, the Committee on Registration and Attendance ensured that the participants have duly registered and signed the waiver forms and have been given the ICC shirts. Further, Committees on Transportation, on Food, and on Documentation were also in charge of vehicle concerns, food distribution, and photo/video documentation of the ICC activities, respectively. The participants, clustered into two (2) groups, have been assigned into two (2) buses with respective heads and marshals.
A total of 100 PAWB staff joined the ICC on October 6, 2012. Buses departed from the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) at 5:30 AM and arrived at Brgy. Pandawan in Rosario, Cavite at 7:00 AM. During Program proper, the mayor of Rosario, Mayor Jose Ricafrente Jr. welcomed and acknowledged all the participating groups from the DENR, LGU Rosario, Philippine Coast Guard, PNP Maritime Group, Philippine Airlines, Maynilad, Save Philippine Seas, Miss Earth Foundation, various high schools and colleges, among others. Speaking on behalf of the DENR Secretary was Regional Technical Director Arnulfo Hernandez of Region 4A. RTD Hernandez reminded the participants of the value of the coastal clean-up and highlighted the mandamus issued by the Supreme Court on December 2008 ordering concerned agencies to rehabilitate the Manila Bay.
During the clean-up activities which started at around 8:30 AM, PAWB participants were assigned to the Orange section – one (1) of the seven (7) clean-up areas. Said participants, in groups of five (5) and corresponding recorders, filled-out the ICC Data Cards, taking note of the information on the garbage collected. Each group have submitted the carefully accomplished forms to the Head of the Information and Logistics Committee. Results derived from these forms will be summarized and analysed by CMMO. The clean-up activities ended at 10:00 AM. The participants departed from Rosario, Cavite at 10:30 AM and arrived at NAPWC at 12:00 NN. (Photo courtesy of Emie T. Ramoso)