By Jel Santos
Around 200 personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be deployed to take part in the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) at the “Baseco Beach” in Tondo, Manila on Saturday.
The International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort for the ocean’s health, gather people around the world on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove the garbage, and record information on the amount of garbage collected.
Meanwhile, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim urged people to also join the cleanup activity to save the environment.
“We are calling everyone to take part in the annual ICC activity that will bring together national agencies, local government units, environmentalists and volunteers to collect trash littering the coastline,” he said.
“Aside from our regular clean-up drive for the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay, the MMDA continues to be a part of many other initiatives to advocate environmental protection,” Lim added.
MMDA reminded people, who will take part in the activity, to bring cleaning materials, gloves and sacks for the cleanup.
The agency will also send its Road Emergency Group members]to administer medical assistance in case of any emergency. Four rubber boats, portalets, vans and support vehicle will also be dispatched, Lim said.
Presidential Proclamation No. 470 declares the third Sunday of September of each year as the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) Day in observance of the Global Coastal Clean-up celebrations.