Close to 600 volunteers joined a coastal clean-up activity last weekend, scouring the beachfronts and waters along the coast of Atimonan to celebrate World Oceans Day.
The two-day activity last June 8 and 9 covered an estimated 12-kilometer coastal area, and yielded around 151 sacks of around 1,760 kilos of garbage that includes residual waste like plastic water bottles, plastic bags, styrofoams, candy wrappers, fishnets and cans.
These were gathered from the coast of barangays Lumutan, Buhangin, Balubad, Angeles, Zone 1- Poblacion, Zone 4 – Poblacion and Caridad Ilaya.
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 and Atimonan’s Municipal Environment and National Resources (MENRO).
A total of 587 volunteers from the NGOs, Bureau of Fire Protection, local government employees, barangay officials of concerned barangays, Sangguniang Bayan and other Atimonan residents participated in this activity.
Atimonan Municipal Councilor MerlyPesigan noted: “Aiming for a new and cleaner Atimonan expect more environmental activities like this with A1E as our partner.”
Regular coastal clean-up activities form part of A1E’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which includes environmental stewardship as one of its pillars.