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Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 International Coastal Cleanup to be held on September 20, 2014

2013 beach cleanup in Olongapo City, Zambales


Trash has infiltrated all reaches of our ocean, causing innumerable impacts to people, water quality, marine wildlife and economies and also one of the sources contributing to climate change. However, there is good news - ocean trash can be prevented by tackling trash at the source before it has a chance to reach the water.

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global volunteer-based initiative geared towards reducing the impacts of marine debris. Celebrated every year on the third Saturday of September, ICC mobilizes a multitude of volunteers from more than 90 countries and states to cleanup trash and debris from beaches/shorelines, rivers, lakes and waterways and to raise environmental awareness.

Last year, there were 182, 408 volunteers nationwide who joined the ICC. They collected 794,181 kilograms of trash over 446 kilometers of beaches, rivers, waterways and underwater areas.

What is unique about ICC? Volunteers don’t just cleanup but they are also tasked to record information on each trash collected on a standardized Ocean Trash Data Form. The Trash Index produced will provide us item-by-item, location-by-location accounting of what’s trashing our oceans. Likewise, information gathered will guide and influence governments, corporations and industries in developing smart solutions to the marine debris problem.

On September 20, 2014, Saturday from 7:00 AM to 11:00AM, everyone is invited to join the 29th International Coastal Cleanup. Please visit our website to register and details on how to organize a Cleanup, orientation slideshows and ICC materials to download. No registration fee.

You may contact:
Mobile Nos. (+63917) 372.87.02 (ICC Philippines) or (+63916) 411.64.46 (PCGA)  
Email:;   Website:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

On-line Data Submission 2013 ICC

During the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) held last September 21, cleanup volunteers have seen all kinds of trash washed out to shores, from unique items like toothbrushes, slippers, umbrellas and handbags to the ubiquitous food wrappers and plastic bags. They recorded every item listed in a data card to help build comprehensive solutions for trash free seas. Although ICC is just a one day event, volunteers have made a meaningful difference in the health and vitality of our seas, rivers and lakes.

Cleanup volunteers may submit the results of the cleanup together with pictures and stories through the following:


Friday, September 20, 2013

Advisory for September 21

The 2013 ICC set for September 21, Saturday will push through. According to weather forecast
from PAGASA, Saturday will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Chance of rain is 90% in the afternoon and evening with rainfall amount near 9.7 mm. Low tide
level in Manila Bay will be 0.23 meters beginning at 4:46 am.

Only those affected by heavy rains and floods need not come. Decision as to the participation of
Elementary and High School students to the event will be placed on the discretion of the parents
and school officials. ICC volunteers from government, business, industries and NGOs sectors are
encouraged to attend. Don't forget to bring protection (umbrella, raincoat, jacket) in case it rains.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reminders for the 2013 ICC Day on Sept. 21


  1. Signify your participation by signing up at:   or contacting ICC Philippines or a local ICC Coordinator by email or phone. 
  2. Know the basic information about ICC and its mechanics through the website. Become familiar with the new data card, the different debris listed and proper recording  Learn how to make estimations (i.e., 1 sack of debris ≥ 15 pounds or 7 kilos (15 x .45) and 1000 meters=1 kilometer). 
  3. Identify your cleanup site and know how to get there. Invite your friends, classmates, family and neighbors to join you in the cleanup.  
  4. Prepare the following for ICC Day:
  • Rubber/plastic/kitchen glove, sack or net bag, data card, ballpen, bandana/hat/cap, alcohol or hand sanitizer, food and water
  • Long pants or jogging pants, P.E. t-shirt or any T-shirt, preferably with your school/organization logo and color); rubber shoes or any closed shoes

  1. A Group Coordinator has to pre-register his/her respective group at  Submit the final list of volunteers by email at Submit also a copy at the Registration area on ICC day. 
  2. Identify your cleanup site and plan how to get there.  
  3. Conduct an orientation to volunteers about the International Coastal Cleanup and its mechanics, the importance of data collection, how to fill-up the new data card and how to make estimations (i.e., 1 sack of debris ≥ 15 pounds or 7 kilos (15 x .45) and 1000 meters=1 kilometer). 
  4. Remind them to bring rubber/plastic gloves, sacks, hat and hand disinfectant; sandwiches and drinking water. Advise on the proper attire (i.e. long pants/jogging pants, PE uniforms, or any uniformly colored t-shirts to identify your contingents; rubber shoes or any closed shoes). Brief volunteers on safety and dangers (i.e. sharp and pointed objects). 
  5. Be prepared for health emergencies. 
  6. Assign a volunteer to take photos to document your activities. Prepare certificates for your constituents. A template can be downloaded at the ICC Philippines website.

  1. Be at the cleanup site by 6-7 AM for registration  
  2. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the data card, sacks and pair of gloves or can ask at the registration area if available. Attend the kick-off ceremony
  3. Before proceeding to the cleanup area, SAFETY FIRST is the number 1 reminder for volunteers. Watch out for sharp and pointed objects
  4. Apply what you have learned on debris/trash collection and data recording. Remember what debris to record, use of tick-marks and proper estimations. Do not record natural items such as, coconut husk, driftwood, seaweed, & waterlily. Report to your coordinator any dead or entangled wildlife. If possible, recyclable items, such as, glass bottles, plastic bags and water bottles will be segregated
  5. Go over the data card, check for missing information (such as, site name, name of school and coordinator, weight of trash, number of bags) before submitting to your group Coordinator or to the Receiving Area because every detail of data is of paramount important
  6. Take pictures and submit copies in high resolution to for the Philippine Report
Tip 1 -

Group yourselves into 4-5 members with 1 to record and the rest to collect.  Collect first all the debris and do the segregation and recording later. Most of the volunteers adopt this method because they can choose a segregation and recording area where it is shady, safe or far from the water or waves. However, this is applicable if you have a bigger beach or area for segregating and recording. Once the weight of each sack or bag of trash is known using a scale or  through proper estimations  (1 sack=7 kilos), it will be recorded and brought to the hauling area. 

Tip 2-

Make a team of 4-5 volunteers with 1 responsible for recording and the others for collecting and bagging the trash.  As you go along picking up the trash, the volunteer in charge of the data card will record the debris item before you put inside the sack. Only recyclable items, such as, bottles are segregated in a separate sack, to be sold to recycling centers. Once the weight of each sack or bag of trash is known using a scale or  through proper estimations  (1 sack=7 kilos), it will be recorded and brought to the hauling area. 


  1. Organize your group and proceed to the cleanup site by 6-7 am for registration. Submit your pre-registration form at the Registration table. For those who forgot to bring their own datacard and cleanup materials, ask at the Registration area if available
  2. Maintain order during registration and kick-off ceremony. After the ceremony, organize group team (4-5/team) and brief them on safety, trash/debris collection and data recording (1 member to record while others to collect and sack trash/debris)
  3. Proceed to your designated area and oversee the cleanup. If possible, recyclable debris items such as, glass bottles and water bottles will be segregated
  4. Be prepared for health emergencies
  5. Go over their data cards, check for missing information (such as, site name, name of school and coordinator, weight of trash, number of bags) because every detail of data is of paramount important. Submit data cards immediately to the Receiving Area 
  6. Take pictures and submit copies in high resolution to for the Philippine Report
Phone: +632.418.0760; +63917.372.8702/ +63916.411.6446

Friday, August 23, 2013

2013 International Coastal Cleanup - Philippines Schedule Announcement

The 2013 International Coastal Cleanup which is scheduled on September 21, Saturday will push through. However, in case of adverse weather condition as announced by PAGASA a day before the ICC, the cleanup activity will be cancelled.  The following Saturday or the next weekend, if weather condition is favorable, the cleanup may be conducted in the same designated cleanup site.

Area ICC Coordinators have the option to conduct their cleanup before ICC Day or any day after September 21 to October 21. If this is the case, they should inform ICC Philippines to monitor the results of their cleanup.

Please visit for more info on ICC and update on Metro Manila cleanup sites.

Monday, August 12, 2013

2013 Coastal Cleanup Set for September 21, Saturday

For 27 years now, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) has been at the forefront for ocean’s health. Every year on the third Saturday in September, environmental activists of all ages descend to beaches, coasts and waterways to remove the trash and debris that impacts water quality, wildlife, people, tourism and economies. They record information on the debris collected on a standardized data card and the body of data collected over the years will provide us item-by-item, location-by-location accounting of what’s trashing our oceans so that we can develop smart solutions.

This year is another chapter in the fight against marine debris and ICC is one way for anyone, anywhere to make a difference. On September 21, 2013, Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, we would like to invite everyone to join the 28th International Coastal Cleanup Day. No registration fee. Just register/ signup at:

Please visit our website for details. Designated cleanup sites in Metro Manila are posted in our website. For cleanup sites outside Metro Manila, you can get in touch with the DENR, ENRO, Provincial or City ENRO in your area.

For any inquiries, you may contact ICC Philippines or the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary at the following:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On-line Data Submission

Thank you very much for all those who joined the 27th International Coastal Cleanup. We hope you will continue supporting this cause for the ocean environment. We encourage you to submit your data by email: or on-line >>>