7,600 join hands for int’l coastal cleanup in Olongapo

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

OLONGAPO CITY -- Around 7,600 volunteers trooped to the shores and inner rivers in Olongapo City to participate in the yearly International
Coastal Clean-Up held over the weekend.

This year's event is different, according to Abigail Gracia Legaspi of the Public Affairs Office of Olongapo.

"Last year, the local government of Olongapo with the help of ICC secretariat concentrated on one area, which is the long stretch of shore along Olongapo City in Barangay Kalaklan," Legaspi said.


But now, she added that with the help of the Barangay Affairs Office and
Environmental Sanitation Management Office (ESMO), the ICC campaign was taken into all 17 barangays of the city.

"We organized all the barangays of Olongapo to participate in the cleanup. We designated one location for each barangay so that they would not need to go to beach to clean up," she added. "We included rivers, creeks and even the canals of some barangays which they agreed to clean."

She added that the cleanup is one way inform the people that they should be careful about their trash, but what is important, Legaspi added, "is the values that we are trying to instill to our young generation and the message we are trying to give across to the whole city of Olongapo."

She also explained that the event was fully supported by all 17 barangay leaders and the local government of Olongapo headed by Mayor Rolen Paulino.

"We expect more volunteers to participate next year and more in the following years to come," Legaspi noted.

In Subic Bay Freeport, more than 2,000 gathered at the famous boardwalk to participate in the cleanup, while no official count has yet been given by Zambales organizers. (Anthony Bayarong)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 23, 2013.

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