The annual activity, as organized by the Department of Public Services – City Government of Manila, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), ICC Philippines and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here in the country, was held simultaneously all over the Philippines and in 153 countries around the world, with the Philippines constantly topping the chart in volunteer turnout.
According to ICC Co-Coordinator Vice Admiral Valentin B Prieto Jr PCGA and ICC Philippines National Coordinator Commodore Gerry P Reyes PCGA, the Philippines aim to reach 300,000 volunteers this year to double last year’s 107,000.
In his speech, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada emphasized the need to revive the city to its former glory as the Pearl of the Orient by protecting and maintaining clean and green seas.
Mayor Estrada acknowledged the presence and cooperation between various organizations in the realization of an international endeavor spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C.
The event was graced by VADM Prieto, PCGA National Director; Commodore Salvador G Tiangco Jr PCGA , District Director of Coast Guard Auxiliary District NCR-Central Luzon; and about 12 Squadron Directors of CGADNCR-Central Luzon.
Other cleanup sites in Metro Manila where thousand of volunteers conducted shoreline, waterway and inland cleanups include SM By the Bay in SM Mall of Asia, PNB area in Macapagal Avenue, CCP Bay at CCP Complex, Navotas Fish Port, Baseco shoreline, Tanza in Navotas, LPPCHEA in San Dionisio, Paranaque City, different barangays in Metro Manila and shorelines along various municipalities of Cavite. PCGA Officers coordinated the cleanup in cooperation with the LGUs.
2014 ICC results showed that the province of Zambales topped the list of most number of participants last year with about 59,000 volunteers, followed by Cebu, Manila, Batangas and Cavite. Zambales is expected to double the number of participants with the active coordination of the LGU of Olongapo City. Subic Bay Management Authority, Lighthouse Marina Resort and the Provincial Government of Zambales.