2018 Coastal Clean-up Day

More than two thousand (2000) volunteers descended on beaches, coasts and waterways on Saturday, September 22 to pick up marine trash and debris as the Philippines joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day after it was postponed due to Typhoon Ompong last September 15.

In a consolidated report, the clean-up that was simultaneously conducted by DENR 7 in various areas in the region collected nearly 5,000 kilos of trash.

Of these debris, the top 10 items collected were candy wrappers, chips wrapper, sachets of shampoos, sachets of toothpaste, plastic bottles , glass bottles, diapers, used clothings, plastic bags, and cement sacks.

DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales said the ICC was designed “to let the public aware on how much of the trash we throw away ends up in water bodies thereby contaminating them.”

ICC is a global event observed by almost all countries every year since 1986. Its aim is to engage all citizens to remove trash and debris from all beaches and waterways and promote awareness on marine and coastal environment protection.

"The ICC, while being the world’s largest concerted volunteer effort for the environment, is not only about collecting trash," said Gonzales. "It is actually a systematized effort that assists us and our policy makers in determining which policies to implement or strengthen to lessen the amount of trash, especially non-biodegradable ones, that reaches our waters from human-based activities whether on land or elsewhere."

The cleanup brought together logistical and human resource support provided by partners from one local government unit (LGU), 12 national government agencies (NGAs) including 3 from the academe, and 5 from the private sectors.

Areas of the clean up include Barangay Pooc, Talisay City, Cebu, Langtad and Poblacion in Argao, Alburquerque and San Francisco in Bohol, Siliman Beach and Tayasan in Negros Oriental and Tulapos and Binuongan in Siquijor.

The Philippines has been consistently one of the top participating countries in the ICC in terms of the number of volunteers. In 2017, Philippines gathered the highest number of volunteers reaching around 214,165 participants nationwide.

The ICC Day was first held in Texas, United States in 1986. In the Philippines, Presidential Proclamation (PP) No. 244 was issued in 1993 declaring September of every year as the National Cleanup Month. This was followed by PP 470 issued in 2003, designating every third Saturday of September as ICC Day. #ICC2018 #TayoAngKalikasan


DENR 7 Ceremonial Groundbreaking

DENR 7 Assistant Secretary for Visayas Marcial Amaro Jr, Asec for Field Operations for Southern Luzon and former DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales, former Usec for Field Operations For. Isabelo Montejo, newly designated DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor Jr together with DENR 7 key officials pose at the future site of the DENR 7 two-storey building with basement parking and roofdeck.

DENR 7 held today a ceremonial groundbreaking event and laying of capsule to mark the start of the construction of the DENR 7 Technical Building with a project cost of P21, 976,642.07 and set to be completed in 365 calendar days. The construction of the office building aims to provide more office space for DENR 7 Technical Services personnel.


Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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