Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) conducted an annual plogging activity to highlight community involvement and environmental consciousness in the celebration of Philippine Environment Month from June 19 to 20.
Plogging is a fitness craze that involves jogging while picking up trash. The word is a mix of words of jogging and the Swedish phrase “plocka upp” meaning to pick-up, RTNMC stated. The activity was conducted in annually to each Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) subsidiaries in the country like RTNMC which has started in 2019.
Around 90 participants joined on June 19 and 65 on June 20 plogging activity in a total of 155 composed of RTN employees, members of Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Brooke’s Point, local government unit (LGU), and community members.
Analyn Hasim, environmental compliance officer, said Wednesday that the company’s plogging eco-marathon aims to retrieve trash along the roadside of the town’s national high way starting in barangays Rio Tuba & Sandoval, Bataraza.
“Mainly, gusto lang talaga natin mabawasan, ma-retrieve kahit papaano yong trash along national high way kasi kung mapapansin natin, marami talaga, parang habit na kasi ng mga Pilipino na magtapon ng basura habang nasa sasakyan. Mabawasan lang, hindi naman natin ini-expect na as in malinis talaga,” she said.
Hasim said that they have collected around 127 sacks of trash during the first day and 65 sacks on the next day of activity for a total of 192 sacks along the high way.
Through environment-related activities such as plogging, RTNMC aims to get the participation of the community and support of different agencies to strengthen the environmental consciousness of every individual in the town including its employees. Hasim said that collective action from different participants would leave a bigger impact.
“Also, one of the objectives of the activity is the sanitation of the community surrounding. With the ongoing pandemic, we want to keep our environment clean and and put emphasis on sanitation to prevent the spread of virus and diseases,” she said.