High school student leaders and teachers from Atimonan National Comprehensive High School (ANCHS)volunteered to help clean Atimonan’s coastal area as part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day.
Close to 500 volunteers joined a coastal clean-up activity last weekend, scouring the beachfronts and waters along the coast of Atimonan as part of the celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up Day.
The activity held last September 22 covered an estimated 1.2 kilometerscoastal area, and yielded around 1,150 kilos of garbage that includes residual waste like plastic water bottles, plastic bags, styrofoams, candy wrappers, fishnets and cans. These were gathered from the coasts of barangays along Zones 1, 2, 3, and 4.
The garbage has since been disposed at the Municipal Sanitary Landfill located in Barangay Inaclagan.
Around 15 to 20 tons of coconut husk, bamboo pole and stick, sea grass, and woods were likewise collected and were buried.
The clean-up activity was led by Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) and Atimonan’s Municipal Environment and National Resources (MENRO).
A total of 475 volunteers from the NGOs; Philippine Coast Guard; schools including Atimonan United Methodist Christian School Atimonan National Comprehensive High School (ANCHS), Leon Guinto Memorial College, andCollege of Science, Technology and Communication, Inc. (CSTC);Kababaihan, Kabalikatan para sa Kapakanan at Kaunlaran (4K), and officials and residents from BarangaysZone 1,2,3 and 4 – Poblacion.
“We are truly grateful that A1E is taking the lead in different environmental activities in Atimonan. We are supporting this to teach the students the importance of taking care of our environment,” according to Lucrecia Escritor, head teacher of ANCHS-Science Department.
Regular coastal clean-up activities form part of A1E’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which includes environmental stewardship as one of its pillars.