𝐊𝐎𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐃𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 – More than 1,000 kilos of marine debris were extracted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and its partner stakeholders in a simultaneous cleanup drive in various water bodies across the SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City) Region on June 8 to mark this year’s celebration of the World Oceans Day.
The massive cleanup drive resulted to the removal of 137 sacks or 1,386 kilograms of non-biodegradable waste materials like food wrappers, cigarette butts, single-use plastic bags, plastic bottles, fishing nets, disposable diapers, and other marine debris in nine (9) cleanup sites by 461 participants from the DENR-12, partner government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and other stakeholders.
Based on the data from the DENR-12 field offices, 208 kilos or 18 sacks of trash were extracted in South Cotabato and General Santos City cleanup sites; 445 kilos (27 sacks) in Cotabato; 300 kilos (12 sacks) in Sultan Kudarat; and 433 kilos or 80 sacks in Sarangani Province which were collected by respective Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Offices (MENROs) and dumped in sanitary landfills.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer stressed that the solid wastes, especially the single-use plastics, should be managed properly in order to protect and save the oceans and other water bodies. “Our waste management should start from our respective households and let us not let the marine debris go into our water bodies that continue to provide us food, water, and livelihood,” he said.
The World Oceans Day is celebrated annually every June 8 to raise awareness on the importance of oceans and enhance efforts in protecting them. “Planet Ocean: Tides Are Changing” was the theme for this year’s celebration. (With reports and photos from DENR-12 field offices) | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐌