DENR to hold 'clean-up bubble'

Published September 16, 2021, 9:12 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be conducting on Saturday a “clean-up bubble” to mark the International Coastal Cleanup Day.

“Clean-up bubble” is an activity wherein participants from the DENR office will be grouped into 10 to clean up the vicinities of Manila Bay, particularly at Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park, Manila Bay’s Dolomite beach and in Navotas City, among other places.

Other participants, meanwhile, will also be tasked to clean their homes and immediate surroundings, whose activities must be documented through videos or photos. They are members of various institutions or volunteers who signed for the program but are unable to go out.

“Clean-up bubble” is inspired by the national government’s pandemic response wherein people or areas are divided into groups or “bubbles” to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Despite the restrictions and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 situation, the DENR remains committed to lead and take part in environmental activities aimed to educate more people to actively take steps on the proliferation of wastes in the coastal areas,”DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu said in a statement.

The activity will also be limited to participants who are fully vaccinated for two weeks already and are not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.

The observance of the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup Day is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 470, Series of 2003. In this year’s event, DENR will adopt the UNESCO (In addition, the activity is limited to participants who are fully vaccinated two weeks before the activity and are not exhibiting any symptoms.

The observance of the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup Day is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 470, Series of 2003.

In this year’s event, DENR will also adopt the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Ocean Decade Challenge 1 theme for 2021: “Understand and Beat Marine Pollution.”

According to Cimatu, adopting the first Ocean Decade Challenge will “provide the people, particularly the new generation, a broader understanding of the land and sea-based pollution and their potential impacts to human health and ocean ecosystems.”

 
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