The Philippines has been tagged the world’s third worst plastic polluter of oceans. The study by Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment revealed we generate 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage per year, 20 percent of which ends up in the ocean.
Hamilo Coast and WWF-Philippines’ partnership stands firmly on environmental programs aimed at ending plastic pollution and preserving its surrounding nature.
This incident is largely caused by inefficient waste disposal in the country and poor awareness of the problem, hence World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines, has been closely involved in coastal cleanups and other initiatives around the country to instill in Filipinos the importance of tackling this issue.
On its 11th landmark year, Hamilo Coast and WWF-Philippines’ partnership now stands firmly on environmental programs aimed at not just ending plastic pollution but also at preserving its surrounding nature.
Hamilo Coast, with the help of the environmental group, has gone way beyond annual coastal cleanups and has carefully practiced sustainability within its day to day operations.
Warriors of the waters
A vibrant underwater life, which includes giant clams, corals, and fish, thrives at Santelmo Cove.
Acknowledging that everything that happens on the ridge has a direct effect on the reef, WWF-Philippines and Hamilo Coast continue to implement programs for its Ridge to Reef Management.
Programs include the declaration of the premier beach resort town’s three coves into Marine Protected Areas, namely Pico de Loro and Etayo coves, and Hamilo Coast’s main marine sanctuary, Santelmo Cove, where giant clams are being cultivated and a vibrant marine life thrives.
Ongoing projects to protect coastal and terrestrial resources include mangrove reforestation, pawikan conservation, marine mammal rescue, and reef monitoring.