International Coastal Cleanup is the largest volunteer effort for ocean's health. Held annually every third Saturday of September, people around the world gather on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.
Friday, September 9, 2016
International Coastal Cleanup Advisory on Cancellation of Sept. 17 ICC Day
TO ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP 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.
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP PHILIPPINES National Coordinator By: GERONIMO P. REYES PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY Co-Coordinator