As part of efforts to ensure clean seas, a coastal clean up was held recently in Barangay Pag-asa, Kalayaan town, West Philippine Sea.
The clean up drive was led by the local government of Kalayaan, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Mamsar company.
Rita Romasanta, municipal data controller l, told Palawan News that the monthly coastal clean up is aimed at cleaning the waste generated not only by the local residents but those coming from other areas outside the country that is washed ashore.
“Kaya kina-conduct ‘yan kasi maliban sa waste na na-generate ng Pag-asa maraming assorted wastes ang nawa-wash ashore sa Pag-Asa from different areas o galing pa ng ibang lugar o bansa,” she said.
Romasanta added that the labels and trademarks of the garbages washed ashore proved that they did not come from the country.
“Pag nasa isla ako I even witness it myself kung gaano karami ‘yong washed ashore wastes. Makikita kasi pati mga labeling and tatak ibang lengguwahe,” she pointed out.
The coastal clean up in Pag-asa is regularly held every last Thursday of the month.
Meanwhile, Romasanta said the municipal government and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) plans to provide a bottle grinder in the area.
“Balak namin ngayon mag-purchase ng bottle grinder kasi ‘yon po talaga ang mahirap ay’ yong basura na na po-produce sa isla. wala po kasing pwedeng maging landfill doon base sa layo na nire- require ng batas kaya ang naging action ay waste segregation pero ngayon ang naging problema naman ay mga bote,” she said.