Volunteer participants on the International Coastal Clean-up Day, retrieving wastes in the coastal areas Tacloban City. (Photo by: Restituto A. Cayubit)

TACLOBAN CITY- The regional Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-8) is encouraging everyone to sustain the voluntary clean-up of water bodies in Eastern Visayas.
EMB Regional Director Letecia Maceda told Leyte Samar Daily Express that her office is encouraging everyone not to throw whatever garbage or trash to the coastal or freshwater water bodies.
Maceda said that everyone, in sense of voluntarism, should help clean-up of our water bodies and pick up thrash or garbage thrown into the rivers, creeks or coastal areas.
She issued her appeal to the public after EMB-8 successfully led thousands of volunteers during a simultaneous clean-up of major waterways of the region on September 16, 2017, during the celebration of International Coastal Clean-up Weekend and the National Clean-up Month, in cooperation with the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. – Bantay Kalikasan (ALKFIBK) tagged under the theme: “Sama-sama para sa Malinis na Karagatan.”
The synchronized regional coastal cleanup was joined by around 5,000 people from various sectors.
In Tacloban City alone, more than a thousand of volunteers gathered along the stretch of Mangonbangon River, and the coastal areas of Panalaron, Cancabato, and San Pedro Bays. Approximately, 26 tons of segregated solid wastes were collected from the above water bodies.
Another important highlight of the day was the signing of the ‘pledge of commitment’ to actively take part in all activities relating to the protection of our environment especially the water resources.
Some of the participants shared their testimonies and best experiences during the clean-up, expressing their appreciation of the noble purpose of said activity. (RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)