Manila Bay 2009 International Coastal Cleanup

The month of September falls on the rainy season during which the prevailing monsoon winds and typhoons are a common occurrence, creating much uncertainty to organize outdoor events and carousing. However, rain or shine, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers will merged down the shores, coasts and waterways this 19th of September 2009 for the 24th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) to manifest their concern for the ocean environment.

ICC is the largest global cleanup event held annualy every third Saturday of September. Launched in 1986 by Ocean Conservancy (formerly, Center for Marine Conservation), ICC's mission is to engage people to remove trash and debris from the world's beaches, rivers and waterways, to identify the sources of debris and to change behaviors that cause pollution.

This year's coastal cleanup in Metro Manila will include San Dionisio and Freedom Island, Paranaque City; Baywalk, Roxas Blvd.; Brgy. Pio del Pilar Creek, Makati; port area in North and South Harbor, and waterways along various barangays in Manila and Quezon City.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the LGU of Paranaque City will lead the cleanup at San Dionisio together with the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and various other government agencies. They will be joined by volunteers from NGOs, civic organizations, the academe, sports and leisure organizations, Coca Cola Bottling Plant, Toyota, Jollibee and many more. Last year, an estimated 2,515 volunteers participated in the cleanup based on the datacards submitted. Meanwhile, cleanup at Baywalk, Roxas Blvd. will be coordinated by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Public Service Division of the Manila City Hall. More than 1,000 volunteers from the academe, private companies, NGOs and government personnel are expected to come and make a difference.


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