By Kier Edison C. Belleza
Cebu City – More than 150 volunteers on Sunday collected discarded plastic bags and bottles and other waste items from the 1.5-kilometer Cebu South Coastal Road at the South Road Properties (SRP) as part of a global clean-up effort.
Dubbed as “Mother’s Street,” the project was organized by the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCG), a congregation that was first founded in Korea in 1948 by Ahn Sahng-Hong, their God the Father.
Charity Fernandez, WMSCG-Cebu spokesperson, said the event is geared toward cleaning and loving the community’s environment like a mother loves her children, which is how the name of the activity came about.
“We would really want this world to become a happy place for all of us to live in, just like what our heavenly mother wants us to do,” said Fernandez in an interview.
The clean-up drive was in reply to the church’s call to make a total of 40,000 kilometers, equivalent to the circumference of the Earth, of streets around the world free from trash.
The original plan was to clean up Osmeña Boulevard from Fuente Osmeña Circle to Colon Street in the city’s downtown area “but the city government advised us to clean up here at the SRP,” Fernandez said.
The activity is more than just cleaning – it’s about making residents conscious about littering to eliminate the problem at its root, she said.
“We are aware of what’s happening in the world right now. We are experiencing climate change. We are doing this to at least mitigate the effects of climate change,” added Fernandez.
In three hours, the participants filled 150 sacks with used plastic bottles, diapers, styrofoam pieces, package wrappers, food containers, and aluminum cans.
One volunteer, Alexes Villanueva, said that instead of just staying at home, he chose to spend his Sunday picking up litter on sidewalks and removing posters from walls and poles.
The 19-year-old student said he wanted to show other teenagers that even with simple acts of keeping the surroundings clean and green, he has highlighted the importance of giving back to the Mother Nature.