Over 1,364 participants joined in the clean up drive along the coastal areas in Davao City. The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 11 led in the bandwagon of eliminating trash in coastal areas on September 17.

A region-wide undertaking in partnership with the local government units and supported by various groups composed of government agencies, corporate entities, People’s Organization, volunteer groups, and the academe.

This year’s synchronized coastal clean-up focused on coastal/riverine systems which is consistent with the strategy implementation of the National Plan of Action for the Prevention, Reduction, and Management of Marine Litter (NPOA-ML) and complemented with the “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko Program”

The Environmental Management Bureau Region 11 tapped the local government units to organize a synchronized clean-up drive within their area of jurisdiction. An overwhelming support from stakeholders responded to the urgent call to fight for trash free seas.

In Davao City, three (3) key locations were identified for the said activity, Brgy. Vicente Hizon Sr., beach stretch beside Waterfront Insular Hotel, Badjao Community, Matina Aplaya, and Brgy. Dumoy Beach Stretch near Pepsi-cola Plant. were identified for clean-up.

Collected trash were plastics (polypropylene, low-density polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and others) followed by personal protective equipment, glass bottles, clothing, sacks, and compostable materials. One-hundred twenty sacks, one-hundred ten sacks, and ninety-one sacks of trash were collected from each site, respectively.

The International Coastal Clean Up coincides with the annual celebration of the National Clean Up Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 44 and Proclamation No. 470.