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Monday, August 7, 2017

Philippines to celebrate the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup on September 16

August 7, 2017
Manila, Philippines

The Philippines will join the annual global celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 16, 2017, Saturday with the theme, “Together for our Ocean”. Now on its 32nd year, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), in partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals around the world will mobilize people to remove trash from beaches, coasts and waterways. Aside from picking up trash, volunteers will be tasked to record information fundamental to governments, manufacturing industries and businesses in developing smart solutions to the marine debris problem.

The Philippines cancelled its coastal cleanup day activities last September 17, 2016 nationwide due to the declaration by the national government on state of lawlessness. Ocean Conservancy agreed on the cancellation of the ICC Day for the safety of the volunteers. This year, we are preparing for this important “largest single day cleanup in the globe”. Around 300,000 volunteers from 48 provinces and 1,000 cleanup sites are expected to join the Cleanup.

ICC is the largest volunteer effort for the ocean and waterways initiated in 1986 by Ocean Conservancy, a non government organization based in Washington, D.C., USA. ICC Day in the Philippines is institutionalized by Presidential Proclamation No. 470 issued in 2003. ICC Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) are ICC National Coordinators who organize and coordinate ICC activities in cooperation with the institutional partners, DILG, DepEd, DENR, DOTr, DPWH and DOT.

As ICC tackles one of the biggest threats facing our oceans – trash, the Cleanup also heightens environmental awareness and volunteerism that will change the behaviors that cause marine debris in the first place.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Over 500,000 volunteers mobilized during the 2016 International Cleanup Day

August 7, 2017
Manila, Philippines

According to the Ocean Conservancy’s 2016 International Coastal Cleanup Report released last June 5th – World Environment Day, over 504,583 volunteers in 112 countries came together to pick up trash found along beaches and coasts in honor of the International Coastal Cleanup. We picked up 3,346,055 kilograms of trash, a total global weight more than the combined weight of 700 African elephants, 400 giraffes, 500 hippos, 600 white rhinos, 200 zebras and 100 lions.  We covered 24,136 kilometers of coastlines enough to walk around the moon twice.

Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean Trash Index is the world's largest item-by-item, location-by-location database of trash found in near-shore environments. Last year, we’ve collected enough balloons to lift a 2,200 lb. walrus and enough fishing line to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench – the ocean’s deepest point – nine times over. Some of the more unusual items found in the September 2016 Cleanup include: 56 toilet units, 9 microwaves, 4 drones, 1 piano, 2 typewriters and 5 selfie sticks.

Plastic debris remains a growing concern in the marine environment, and the top five most commonly collected items are cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, and plastic grocery bags, respectively. All are forms of plastic debris. 

In the 2015 Cleanup, the Philippines’ contribution was particularly notable for bringing the highest number of participating volunteers for the Cleanup. In total, more than 250,000 Filipinos retrieved more than 400,000 pieces of trash over a little less than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) of shoreline. These items collectively weighed more than 300,000 kilograms (665,000 pounds), or roughly the same weight as 220 average cars.

ICC Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary are the National Coordinators of the Cleanup in cooperation with the institutional partners, DILG, DepEd, DENR, DOTr, DPWH and DOT.

Download Ocean Conservancy’s report to see how trash impacts the ocean, our beaches and what you can do to help:

Friday, September 9, 2016

International Coastal Cleanup Advisory on Cancellation of Sept. 17 ICC Day


In light of the recent bombing in Davao City, the proclamation by the President of a state of national emergency and government intelligence reports as to the existence of threats of further acts of violence, the PCGA and the ICC-Philippines, being the designated co-coordinators of the International Coastal Cleanup in the Philippines, have decided to cancel all activities, preparations and plans in the celebration of this year’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day on Saturday, 17 September 2016 in all parts of the country.

Given the public nature of the ICC Day, several interested groups may take advantage of these nationwide gatherings to sow terror in order to gain international media mileage in the process. 

Certainly, the PCGA and the ICC-Philippines recognize that preparations, logistics and publicity requirements are already in place at this time. However, as the safety and security of the participants are paramount and must never be compromised, the PCGA and the ICC-Philippines had to make a very difficult decision to cancel the activities of the ICC Day for this year only. 

The PCGA and the ICC-Philippines wish to thank all participants, guests, organizers and coordinators from the government and private sector for your cooperation. Rest assured that when the security condition in our country stabilizes, we will spearhead another nationwide campaign to clean our coastal areas. 

Again, thank you for your valuable contribution and we sincerely request for your kind understanding.


National Coordinator




National Director 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Join the 31st International Coastal Cleanup on September 17, 2016

Everyone is invited to join the 31st International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) this SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, Saturday. You may signup or register at our website or send us an email at: No registration fees. Visit the website for available cleanup sites, orientation materials, ICC materials and guidelines for ICC Day.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cleanup sites for 2015 International Coastal Cleanup Day

METRO MANILA Cleanup Sites 2015

  • CCP BAY, CCP Complex, Pasay City (near Gloria Maris Restaurant) (NOW OPEN FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS)

Coordinator: Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary
Mobile No.: 0916-411-6446 /  0915-5710395

  • SM BY the BAY Central Park, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City - (NOW OPEN FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS)

Coordinator:  Nomer Cacapit - Pasay City Environment and Natural Resources Office (PCENRO); Email:; Mobile No.0999-1929310
Baywalk, Roxas Blvd. near US Embassy (STILL OPEN FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS)
Contact Persons:

Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary / ICC Philippines; Email:; Mobile No.: 0916-411-64-46 / 0917-372-87-02

Ms. Lyn Maniebo - Dept. of Public Services (DPS), City Government of Manila; Email:

Mr. Marlon Dacio, OIC-Public Safety Dept. City Government of Manila; Email:  Phone: 527-5027/527-9636

  • Tanza, Navotas

1)  Local Government of Navotas
2)  Mr. Joselito Osete- CENRO, Navotas; Phone:(02) 281-6565

  • Navotas Fish Port Complex - Coordinator: Danilo A. Axalan, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority Contact No. (02) 281-2489  Email:


  • Rosario, Cavite and Municipalities and Barangay covered by Labac River - Coordinator: Judaline A. Fabro- DENR-MBCO SMO4-PENRO Cavite - Contact Nos. (046)419-24-74/ (0917) 611-9108/ (0921)415-5644  Email:
  • Brgy Labac, Naic, Cavite - Coordinator: Michael Resurreccion - SIFcare Email:
  • Maragondon, Naic, Ternate, Tanza, Rosario, Noveleta, Bacoor, Cavite City, Imus, Gen. Trias, TMC, Alfonso - Coordinator: Ms. Anabelle L. Cayabyab, PG-ENRO/Province of Cavite - Contact Nos. (0927) 532-7206/ (046) 419-0916  Email:


  • Brgy. Sta. Monica, Hagonoy, Bulacan, Brgy. San Roque, Paombong, Bulacan, Brgy. Pamarawan, City of Malolos, Bulacan, Brgy. Taliptip, Bulakan, Bulacan, Obando, Bulacan

Coordinator: PENRO Celia D. Esteban- DENR PENRO Bulacan; Email:; Contact No. 
(044) 794 7090


  • Lobo Coastal area, Batangas (Batangas State University Lobo Campus) - Rowena O. Anyayahan, Email:
  • Barangay Butong, Taal, Batangas - Coordinator: Maribel O. Simara - Local Government of Taal Email:
  • Nasugbu, Balete Beach, Calatagan, Calaca Beach - Please contact respective local government or PENRO/CENRO/ENRO/DEPED


  • Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental - (Beach & Underwater) - Coordinator: Capt Rick Kirkham PCGA- 505th Auxiliary Squadron/ Frontier Scuba, Sabang Beach;  Email:
  • Bulalacao, Mindoro or Apo Reef, Mindoro - Coordinator: Reisa Maas, Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.; Contact No. (0917) 824-1057  Email:


  • Subic Bay Freeport Zone up to Sta. Cruz, Olongapo City shores and other areas in Zambales (see website:

Provincial Coordinator: 
Zed T. Avecilla -  THE LIGHTHOUSE MARINA RESORT, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines 2222  
Phone:  Manila Direct Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 2) 711.0019;  Subic Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 47) 252.5000 or (+63 47) 252.7545 


  • Province-wide - Coordinator: Bataan Integrated Coastal Management Program -- Project Management Office, Provincial Government of Bataan; Contact No. (047) 237-6174  Email:

LAGUNA (Set for October 3, 2015)

  • Barangay  Aplaya, Pila, Laguna: Coordinator: Mr. Robert de Guzman- YDA Laguna- Email:; Contact No. Office: (049) 501-1810 MP: 0918-262-1731. 


  • Entire City of Lapu-lapu including the island barangays (30 barangays) (Beach/shoreline Cleanup):  Coordinator:  Analeh Patindol, Email:; Mobile No. 0916-880-6569 
  • Coasts of Punta Engano to Subabasbas including Olango Island (Underwater Cleanup):  - Contact Person: Andy Berame Email:


  • Batan, Aklan - Coordinator: Marjorie V. Rosales, Batan Municipal Government; Contact No.(0999) 681-4476 Email: 


  • Bancal Fishport, Brgy. Poblacion, Carles, Iloilo - Coordinator: LGU Carles- Contact Person: Ana-May Gadayan  Email:; Mobile No. 0939-793-8263


  • Talomo Beach Area, Talomo Proper, Davao City - Coordinator: Argel Pingot, Advocacy for Community Partnership (ACP); Contact No. (0918) 521-7260  Email:
  • All barangays in Davao City- Coordinator: Davao City Environment Office - Mr. BERNARDINO S. JUSON- Forrester II/ OIC, CENR Officer; Office: (082) 227-8143; 305-9473;  Mobile No. 0919-785-9654


  • San Juan Bay - Coordinator: Science of Identity Foundation (SIF)-CURMA, San Juan, La Union - Contact person:  Liza Resurreccion - Email:; Moblie No.: 0917- 589-54-92  / Kesh Pascua -;  Mobile No.: 0932-154-1154 
  • Ubagan, Sto. Tomas, La Union - Coordinator: Reginor Lyzza A. Roque-DMMMSU-Institute of Fisheries;; Mobile No.: 0917-832-26-80
  • Agoo shorelines, La Union - Contact person: Levy Lee G. Bautista, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU-SLUC, CAS-BPSD) MP: 929-664-8589   Email:


  • Baybay Beach, Barangay 3, Mercedes, Camarines Norte - Coordinator: MARY PRINCESS M. ORDIALES - YES-O/ Mercedes Central School; Email:  Mobile No.: 0908-896-96-84
  • Moon Walk Beach, Mercedes Camarines Norte - Coordinator: Leo O. Boque - Federation of Young Educators-Camarines Norte State College; Contact No. (0946)  617-9860  Email:


  • Ligao City West Coast - Coordinators: Rossauro Perillo, LGU Ligao City - Contact No. 0905-552-3273; Email:
  • Coastline of Barangay Dapdap and Puro, Legazpi City Boulevard - Coordinator: Jason O. Salvadora, BU Science Alliance Club, Bicol University College of Education, Daraga, Albay; Contact No. 977-494-1104  Email:


  • Barangays Tagburos, Tiniguiban, Mandaragat, Maunlad, Matahimik, Bagong Sikat, Mabuhay, Bancao-bancao, Bagong Silang, San Pedro, Liwanag, Sta. Lourdes, Pagkakaisa, and San Isidro

Area Coordinators: 
1)  OPLAN LINIS PROGRAM - ANDREW C. MANLAWE - Email:  Mobile No. 9074586445;  Address : Ground Floor Left Wing City Coliseum Barangay San Pedro Puerto Princesa City Palawan
2) City Government of Puerto Princesa under the leadership of the "Apuradong Administrasyon" Hon. Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron


  • Sta. Maria, Matiag & Latabon, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte - Coordinator: HON.MAYOR JULIUS S. LOBRIGAS - Municipal Government of Siocon; Email:; Mobile No.: -0917-928-99-55


  • Little Sta. Cruz Island and Golf Beach - Coordinator: Enber B. Pacheco, Universidad de Zamboanga; Contact No. (062) 990-1438  Email:


  • Balesin Island, Polillo- Coordinator: Alexander Cenzon, Assistant General Manager for Club Operations, Balesin Island Club  Email:


  • Cortes, Surigao del Sur - Coordinator: Hon Mayor Atty. William M. Angos, CPA- Local Government Unit of Cortes;  Contact No. (0948) 530-1000  Email:


  • Brgy. Manapa, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte - Coordinator: Gelly T. Ladaga,  Libertad National High School (YES-O) Contact No. (0909) 399-5388  Email: 

Filipinos to celebrate 30th International Coastal Cleanup on September 19, 2015

The ever-increasing ocean trash – plastic waste in particular – has produced nothing less than a global crisis for ocean waters, marine wildlife and habitat, human health and safety, wasted resources and lost revenues for many nations. Fortunately, this is one environmental issue that can be addressed by tackling trash at the source before it has a chance to reach the water and by changing the behaviors that allow trash into the water in the first place.

International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) provides the opportunity to make a difference in a global movement by getting rid of trash/debris from our shorelines, rivers, lakes and waterways; raising environmental awareness; and providing information which will guide and influence governments, corporations and industries in developing smart solutions to the marine debris problem.

ICC is the largest volunteer-based initiative of the Ocean Conservancy, a non government organization based in Washington, D.C., USA. Last year, about 562,000 volunteers from 91 countries and locations have participated in the Cleanup. In the Philippines alone, there were 107,695 volunteers, removing 208, 438 kilos of trash in 335 kilometers of shorelines and waterways.

The 30th International Coastal Cleanup Day will be celebrated this coming September 19, 2015, Saturday.  Everyone is encourage to join this environmental event.

Visit our website for details and register at the Signup-to-Cleanup.

Monday, December 15, 2014

More than 107,000 Filipinos joined the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup

More than 107,000 Filipinos joined the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) last September 20 & 27, 2014. Although total participation went down by 29% due to a weather disturbance, we are acknowledged as one of the top ten countries in the 2014 ICC. 

Cleanup volunteers poured in beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater seas from 29 provinces and 350 cleanup sites to participate in this symbolic event. Zambales was No. 1 among top ten provinces in terms of volunteer turnout, followed by Cebu, NCR, Batangas, Surigao del Sur, Pangasinan, Cavite, Negros Occidental, Quezon and Catanduanes. 

An estimated 14,828 bags of trash weighing 189,245.54 kilos were collected and 287.04 kilometers covered during beach/shoreline, waterway, underwater and watercraft cleanups. Of the total categorized debris items collected, about 67% belonged to the “Top Ten Debris” – a list of the most prevalent trash found in all the cleanups. Food wrappers (41%), cigarette butts (11%), other plastic bags (9%), plastic grocery bags (8%) and straws/stirrers (7%) are top debris on the list. They are also identified as the most prevalent debris for five consecutive years (2009-2013). Plastic take out/away container butts and plastic beverage bottles debris are new items in this year's "Top Ten". Good news, disposable diapers which rank third last year in the list went down to 14th rank.

Among the most unusual items found during the cleanups are 1 high heel shoe, 20 men’s underwear, 1 friendship ring, 1 motorcycle helmet, 12 pillows, 4 blankets and 2 baby cradles/hammocks.

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the largest global volunteer effort for a cleaner and healthier marine environment. ICC which is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of September, connects and engages people to remove and record trash/debris from beaches/shorelines, waterways and seas and make a difference - for trash free seas.

Join our cause this 19th of September 2015. Please visit our website for more details.