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700 volunteers help clean Tacloban downtown coastal areas

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By Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – Over 700 volunteers flocked to the coastal areas of Sabang and Siren districts in this city for a cleanup activity spearheaded by the city government and An Waray.

PHOTO BY ROEL AMAZONA/ MANILA BULLETIN

PHOTO BY ROEL AMAZONA/ MANILA BULLETIN

Five trucks of garbage were hauled from the clean-up drive which the group aims to sustain every month.

Rhoel Ladera, Eastern Visayas Tourism Association Public Information Officer urged other businesses to participate in the said activity as part of their social responsibility.

“We can make this a regular activity for different groups whole year round rather than just one big time. We can make a schedule or calendar of activities wherein everyone who is willing to help can join,” he said.

Aside from the said cleanup, bio-fences were installed along Mangon-bangon Bridge to prevent the wastes from going directly into the sea.

An Waray also distributed garbage bins to villages in the reclamation area.

Corazon Macabenta, DENR 8 Coastal Management Marine Division Chief urged barangay officials in the area to be involved in the clean up by invoking their responsibilities under the Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003).

“Sad to say these settlers kulang ng disiplina at walang pakialam, tapos basta lang nagtatapon ng basura. They should implement the full force of the law,” she said.

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