Plastic is still on the top of the list of garbage gathered along the coastal and underwater areas according to CENRO and ICC records, from site coordinator Analeh Patindol, a non-government volunteer. A total of 57.65 tons of garbage were collected in Lapu-lapu city’s International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) last Saturday, Sept 21, which was personally led by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Ahong Chan.
“There were nine groups of scuba divers who participated and the total recorded garbage collected in the whole city of Lapu-Lapu, including the scubasurero is 57.65 tons,” read the letter of City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) head Engr. Roderico Tagaan.
Mayor Ahong urged all Oponganon to maintain their seawaters clean as the “sea and beaches are the bread and butter of Lapu-lapu city”. Matod pa sa mayor utang nato ang tanan niining duha; ang atong dagat ug kabaybayonan.
“The resorts, hotels and other tourism-related enterprises thrive in our city because of tourists that come in droves to experience our white sand beaches,” said Mayor Chan in his speech at the start of ICC.
After the flag raising and short program at Mactan Shrine, volunteers spread to different assigned areas to start gathering garbage along the shores and sea. ICC collects and consolidates all data cards submitted by volunteers, and submits consolidated data to ICC Philippines.
CENRO consolidates all info submitted to its office by volunteer groups and divers. Patindol specified the top 10 garbage gathered starting from the biggest number collected: food wrappers, glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, beverage cans, plastic/Styrofoam boxes and containers, other plastic bags, plastic lids, fishing line, and clothing. These were collected by 150 volunteers who joined ICC. CENRO named nine companies/organizations and school volunteers.
They are Project Blue; Maribago divers; Pawikan Divers; Philippine Coast Guard; PNP AVSEU 7, Philippine Navy, PNP Maritime unit 7; Datu Lapu-Lapu Eagles Club, and Crimson Divers. Last year, 2018, there were a total of 11.5 tons of garbage collected, as per ICC records.
“I appeal to all of you to embrace this clean-up drive as our personal advocacy all year round, and do personal clean-up on our own surroundings even beyond this day,” said Mayor Ahong in his speech that day before he signaled the start of ICC for that day.