The Department of Environment and Natural Resources led the celebration of World Water Day through cleanup activities around MIMAROPA Region on March 22.
Anchored on the theme, "Accelerating Change through Partnerships and Cooperation," a total of 806 volunteers from different agencies across the region united in cleaning bodies of water found in the following areas: Maliao, Pamantolon and Fort Sta. Isabel in Taytay; Barangay Poblacion in Brooke’s Point; and Buayan River in Barangay New Cuyo, Roxas, Palawan; Barangay Dayhagan, Roxas in Oriental Mindoro; Brgy. San Roque in San Jose, and Brgy. Buenavista in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
The joint efforts yielded almost 500 sacks of collected wastes, such as styrofoam, PET bottles, fishing nets and other plastic debris.
In Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, a short environmental lecture on the no to single-use plastics advocacy of Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK), and facts on the celebration of World Water Day Day was held. Attended by students and officials from the LGUs, the lecture was organized to further raise the level of awareness on the conservation of water as well as the protection of its sources.
The cleanup activities were made possible through the joint efforts of Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group, CENRO Taytay, PENFI Palawan and its CENROs in Brooke's Point and Roxas in Palawan; PENRO Oriental Mindoro and its CENRO in Roxas, PENRO Occidental Mindoro and its CENROs in Sablayan and San Jose, Environmental Management Bureau in MIMAROPA: and representatives from the following offices and organizations: Pamantolon Sagingan at Sakahan Farmer's Association, Inc., Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police - Taytay MPS, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary; Sitio Monte Vista Farmers Association, Inc., beneficiaries of Cash for Work Program of the Department of Social Work and Development, Bureau of Fire Protection, Provincial and Municipal Police, Philippine Army, Army Reservist, Occidental Mindoro Philippine Maritime Police, Occidental Mindoro State College, Tau Gamma Phi/Sigma, holders of holders of Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) in Sablayan, Bureau of Jail Management and Phenology, Regional Mobile Force Battalion, Sablayan Water District, San Sebastian District Hospital, St. Martin Mission Hospital, Fuel Refilling Station Cooperatives, ricemill cooperatives, concerned municipal and barangay LGUs, and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Offices.