Philippines to celebrate the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup on September 16
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.
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.