The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) in partnership with the leading sustainable beach resort community Hamilo Coast organized a coastal cleanup at Pico de Loro Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas on Saturday.
This is in line with the celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day where employees, volunteers, and members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council took part in saving the environment and marine life.
The Hamilo Coastal Cleanup is an annual event that makes the people aware of the importance of taking care of the environment.
The trash gathered were weighed and divided depending on their kind — may it be micro-plastics or biodegradable materials — and the data collected will be submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Hamilo Coastal Cleanup is in relation with WWF-Philippines’ “Ayoko ng Plastik” movement which is a holistic campaign to reduce plastic on a personal level.
This is also to help push and influence people since they believe that there is a need for a collective action to inspire the government to create a national policy centering on the environment.
WWF-Philippines Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, together with actress and model Maggie Wilson, were also present in the event.
Other than the cleanup, the Hamilo community also instituted other environment-related policies.
First is the “ridge to reef” in which they established three marine protected areas. This is to conserve the marine environment and for food security of the locals.
Second is the “solid waste and wastewater management” in which the community has an institutionalized waste management system where waste is categorized depending on their type. These are monitored quarterly.
Last is the “energy conservation” in which the community is using solar panels.
Partnering with WWF-Philippines helped the community focus on their sustainability efforts.
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