Volunteers from different groups turned up at the beaches as early as 5.30 a.m. to collect biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste during the local observance of International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) on Saturday.
IN a unified effort to demonstrate environmental stewardship, about 500 volunteers in Atimonan participated to the 2-day coastal cleanup last September 21 and 22.
The activity also coincided with the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, the largest volunteer effort for ocean preservation and protection held annually every third Saturday of September.
The Atimonan coastal clean-up was spearheaded by Atimonan’s Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) and Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E).
The cleanup covered a 12-kilometer coastline of barangays Villa Ilaya, Villa Ibaba, Caridad Ilaya, Caridad Ilaya, Zone IV, Zone I, Zone III, Angeles, Balubad, Lumutan, and Buhangin.
The activity is also part of ongoing efforts of MENRO and A1E to raise awareness about global marine pollution to save the ocean for future generation.
Among the participants were volunteers from Atimonan National Comprehensive High School (ANCHS); College of Science Technology and Communications, Inc. (CSTC); Philippine Coast Guard; DELTA Earthmovers, Inc.; Atimonan civic organizations, and local residents.
“This activity encourages volunteers to help make their coastal areas cleaner. This is a way to get everybody involved in helping take care of our environment,” said by Mr. John Francis Luzano, delegated MENRO Officer and Municipal Administrative Officer, who joined the activity.
A total of 200 sacks of rubbish were collected through the cleanup. Most collected items were food wrappers, cigarette butts, clothing, Styrofoam, plastic items and take-away containers – all of which were disposed at the Municipal Sanitary Landfill located in Barangay Inaclagan.
Around 30 tons of coconut husk, bamboo pole and stick, sea grass, and woods were likewise collected and were buried.
The activity is just one of the many regular environment-related initiatives of A1E in Atimonan. The company, which considers environmental stewardship a core pillar of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, also conducts tree-growing activities and solid waste management implementation.
A1E is the developer of a planned 1,200-megawatt (MW) high efficiency, low emissions coal-fired power plant to be constructed in Brgy. Villa Ibaba, Atimonan, Quezon.
It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meralco PowerGen Corporation (MGen), the power generation arm of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) – the country’s largest power distributor.