Thursday, September 30, 2010

100 kilos of garbage collected from sea floor of Hundred Islands

More than 100 kilos of garbage were
collected from the sea floor of the Hundred Islands National Park
(HINP) during the celebration of the 25th International Coastal
Cleanup Day last Sept. 19.

City Engineer-designate Ismael Najera said these were collected by 15
professional divers known as ‘Scubasureros’ who dived in the water of
the HINP and participated in the coastal cleanup.

The divers came from the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame,
Philippine Army, PA Scout Rangers, some of the city’s professional
divers and a member of the Indonesian Army.

They scoured the ocean floor near the Cuenco, Clave and Quezon Islands
to collect garbage and debris that had gathered there over the years.

Najera said the divers collected plastics, cans, broken bottles,
pieces of wood and even clothes and sandals that might have been
thrown indiscriminately by tourists.

In other coastal communities, barangay leaders, concerned residents
and students combed the long coastline for debris.

They cleaned up the mangrove areas of Bued, Sabangan, Cayucay, Mona,
Baley-daan and Pangapisan, Bolo Beach in Barangay Pandan, and the
beaches in Barangays Telbang and Victoria.

Najera said Alaminos residents vowed to continue protecting the city’s
environment in any time of the year as their commitment to the thrust
on environmental protection of Mayor Hernani Braganza.

The coastal cleanup had for its theme: Trash travels: From our hands,
to sea, around the globe, through the time."

Councilor James Earl Aquino, city council's chairman on agriculture
who represented Mayor Braganza during the occasion, said trash will
never reach to sea if the people know how to dispose this properly.

He said because of the collective efforts of the Alaminos people over
the years, the city is not only dengue-free but also has not recorded
any incident of fish kill.


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