An Underwater Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup was held in celebration to the International Coastal Cleanup last Saturday, September 16, 2017. Hundreds of Dumagueteños gathered around Piapi and Silliman Beach to collect sacks of garbage.
International Coastal Cleanup
There are several international groups working to protect the seas and ocean with the simple task of a coastal cleanup. Hundreds of trashes have scattered throughout the ocean, endangering many marine lives. Piapi and Silliman Beach may not be the main source of marine consumption here in Dumaguete City but it is still home to some aquatic creatures.
Dumaguete Coastal Clean Up
The Dumaguete Coastal Clean Up was headed by the Maritime Academy and the Philippine Coast Guards of Dumaguete. Volunteers from all over Dumaguete including schools, like Foundation University, started their trash collection as early as 6 am. The beach was trash free by eight o’clock. After the coastal garbage gathering, all the volunteers assembled in front of the Philippine Coast Guard Office; located in the Dumaguete Sea Port. Free snacks and drinks were given to freshen up both the organizers and the volunteers.
Meanwhile, the scuba divers who volunteered for the cleanup began their collection after the coastal cleaners left the beach. They are scheduled to have their cleanup dive until ten o’clock. With the celebration of Sandurot Festival 2017 in the afternoon, the whole Cleanup concluded before lunchtime with the segregation and tallying of items.
Most Trashed Found:
- Cigarette butts
- Plastic (bags, sachets, bottles)
- Glass (bottles and broken pieces)
- Leftover food (peanuts, lime, rice)
- Clothing (shirts, banners, face towel)