Thousands of Matinians from different sectors took the streets, waterways and seashores early this morning to take their integral role in environmental conservation and solid waste management.
Communities in coastal Barangays joined the celebration with simultaneous clean-up drives on their respective areas. Various government agencies was joined with civil society organizations with their clean-up drives in creeks. Schools took also their initiative on different areas in the city.
City Mayor Carlo P. Rabat expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the participants and stakeholders in these endeavors. He believed that this is the concern of everybody, “from our respective residences, to our workplace, within our environment and more importantly, in our bodies of water, coastal areas and the seas.”
Mayor Carlo is amenable that there has to be a comprehensive program that will guide communities in the locality on how best people can address the growing concern for ecological stability and sustainability.
“Today, as we join the international community in this coastal clean-up undertaking, let this be a show of force for us Matinians, that we too are very much concerned on matters that affect our environment, specifically on solid waste management, what needs to be done to improve and better support the plans and strategies to address these concerns,” Mayor Carlo said.
International Coastal Clean-up is the world’s largest volunteer effort for the ocean and waterways considering ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies.
This year’s ICC in the City of Mati aims to raise awareness about marine debris and reduce the problem at the source. Ms. Tanya Rabat-Tan, SWIM program coordinator shared that as the city gears up to welcome more developments in the coming years, people must not disregard the probabilities that will come along especially on environmental concerns that people must have to face and deal with.
“This is why it is imperative that as stakeholders, we, Matinians must work together towards a sustainable development for our beloved City. A development we can all be proud of,” she said on her closing remarks during the program adding that “we must brace ourselves for tomorrow… undistracted, unceasing and determined, together we SWIM!”
Presidential Proclamation No. 470 (s. 2003) declared the third Saturday of September of every year as the “International Coastal Clean-up Day” to remind and reawaken the Filipino vigilance in support of the continuing crusade against the debris crisis all over the world.
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