Catbalogan City joins International Coastal Clean-Up Day 2014

Being a coastal city that has embraced “Manaragat” as its social, economic and cultural brand, marine protection is an advocacy that is close to the hearts of Catbaloganons.

Hence, with the City Government at the forefront, Catbalogan City took part in the worldwide observance of the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) Day last September 20, 2014. The LGU has also enjoined the participation of concerned agencies such as the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Philippines National Police (PNP), 8th Infantry Division (8ID), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Samar National School – Youth for Environment for School Organization (SNS-YES-O).

The thirty participants from each participating agencies concentrated in the coastal areas of Pier 1 and Brgy. Guinsorongan. For a wider coverage, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan also signed Memorandum Circular – 108 series of 2014, in which she also enjoined six island barangays and 24 coastal barangays to conduct a coastal clean-up in their respective jurisdictions.

Started in 1986 by an organization named Ocean Conservancy, the ICC was organized to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and maintaining the cleanliness of oceans and other bodies of water as a way of saving marine life and ecosystems.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Photos by Paulus Aragon)

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