More than 10,000 volunteers showed their support and cooperation in the local celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day yesterday by cleaning up the rivers, creeks, canals, and coastal areas across the four provinces in Central Visayas

Nearly 30,000 kilos of trash were collected in a one day activity aimed at removing the trash or garbage that threatens wildlife and humans thus affecting the economy, tourism and navigation.

"This year's 30th ICC theme "Bayanihan para sa malinis na katubigan at karagatan" amplifies the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) pursuit with the various partners and stakeholders in cleaning up our water bodies by mobilizing our local communities to achieve a cleanier and healthier environment," said DENR 7 Regional Director Dr Isabelo R Montejo

Montejo said tourism sector will be affected as tourists will be discouraged to get around our coastal areas because of heaps or piles of trash and eventually no income or livelihood will be generated.

The most common items found were cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles and caps, straws, grocery bags, glass bottles and beverage cans.

The ICC is a 30-year-old global event initiated by the Ocean Conservancy, a non-government organization based in Washington D.C., United States. Its aim is to engage people to remove trash from beaches and waterways around the world, identify the sources of the debris and chance the behavioral patterns that contribute to pollution.

In Barangay Calajoan, Minglanilla, Cebu, more than 4,000 volunteers gathered more than 300 sacks of garbage after a three-hour cleanup co-organized by the Civil Service Commission-7 in celebration of the Philippine Service Month

"This is part of the celebration of the Philippine Service Month as we strongly encourage our state workers to take an active role in the cleaning up of our water bodies," said CSC-7 Regional Director Atty Karin Litz P Zerna

At least 18 government agencies participated to include CSC 7; DENR7; Minglanilla municipal government; Talisay City government; Social Security System; Government Service Insurance System; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Department of the Interior and Local Government; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; Bureau of Fire Protection; Cebu Port Authority; Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board; Philippine Health Insurance Corporation; Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines; Department of Labor and Employment; Abellana National School; Department of Science and Technology; Bureau of Local Government Finance; and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

"We hope that this will not stop in ICC but it has to continue by institutionalizing good sanitation and solid waste management practices through education and actual participation in the management of our water bodies and reducing the pollution load," Montejo added

Also, private partners gave their support to include Concrete Solutions Incorporated; Franciscan Friars of Charity; National Grid Corporation of the Philippines; Pepsi; Popular Feedmill Corporation; Precious Child Leaning Center; Ramcheschel Bakeshop; Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente; Savvysherpa Asia Incorporated; and DHL Supply Chain Philippines Incorporated

Since the Philippines joined the effort in 1994, it has so far registered 3.39 million volunteers or about 32 percent of the total 10.5 million volunteers the ICC had mobilized worldwide since its inaugural observance in 1986.

Last year, about 562,000 volunteers from 91 countries joined the cleanup, 107,695 of them are from the Philippines. Filipino volunteers have removed 208,438 kilos of trash along 335 kilometers of shorelines and waterways.

Based on the annual report of the Ocean Conservancy, the country collected 240,360 kilos in 2010; 485,091 in 2011; more than 1.3 million in 2012 and 734,131 in 2013.

In 2003, Presidential Proclamation No. 470 was issued declaring the third Saturday of September of every year as ICC Day.


Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

 The Manila Times

by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis


TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


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Bojo river is an 8-km estuarine river with a depth of 3.8 meters during high tide. It shelters 61 species of endemic and migratory birds, 96 species of plants and 22 mangroves species. 

Nursery in CENRO Ayungon which supports the massive reforestation under the National Greening Program.

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