Power Volunteers Help Clean Up Mactan Channel

More than 40 volunteers from AboitizPower subsidiary East Asia Utilities Corp. (EAUC) cleaned up recently 220 meters of coastline along the Mactan Channel to mark the 1st National Cleanup Day and the 30th International Coastal Cleanup Day.

EAUC team members and partners collected more than 570 kilos of trash, of which about 440 kilos are plastics and styropor.

Conservation

Like the rest of the Aboitiz Group, AboitizPower and its subsidiaries conduct activities that promote environmental conservation and biodiversity enhancement, including coastal cleanups and reforestation.

The coastal cleanup last Sept. 17 began at 6 a.m. and ended at 8 a.m. because the tide has covered the shore.

Aside from plastics and styropor, EAUC volunteers also collected 56 kilos of fabric or cloth, 23 kilos of tires, almost 50 kilos of glass bottles and six kilos of tin cans.

Commitment

September was declared National Cleanup Month by then president Ramos under Proclamation 244, as the Philippines' commitment to the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

The ICC was adopted by the Philippines in 2003 through a proclamation signed by then president Arroyo.

Last year, almost 800,000 volunteers from 92 countries and locations joined the ICC. Volunteers picked up a total of 8,193,200 kilos of rubbish from more than 40,500 kilometers of beaches, waterways and underwater areas.

The event aims to engage people not only to remove trash, but also to refrain from throwing wastes and polluting water bodies.

Trash found in rivers, creeks, lakes, seas and oceans pose a danger on marine animals that accidentally ingest them.

Pollution also poses a serious threat on water quality and the marine ecosystem, a major source of food of Filipinos.

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