CALBAYOG CITY-As part of the contributing agent of the community’s welfare, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO) conducted a coastal clean-up drive at Barangay Burabod Sta. Margarita, Samar, with the help of volunteers from nearby barangays on December 10, 2018 to promote better ocean health and environmental consciousness.
Tons of trash are dumped on the coastlines every year. The garbage includes plastic bottles, plastic bags and packaging, food wrappers and cigarette butts – detracting from the natural beauty of the shore and harming wildlife.
Volunteers from every section of SFDEO picked and segregated trash and debris for item classification. They were able to collect 238 kilograms of trash, mostly consisting of plastic bottles and wrappers, used diapers, and soiled cardboard.
The whole process was sped up with the presence of locals from the villages of Burabod, Cautod, and Monbon who volunteered to join the coastal clean- up.
Trash accumulates in the ocean, threatens the health of every creatures in it and the ecosystem, at the same time endangering the life of people. What goes to the ocean goes back to us. (BON JOSEPH A. ASTILLA/PIO STAFF)