Environmental stewardship by Atimonan communities
Close to 600 volunteers recently scoured the beachfronts and waters along the coast of Atimonan in Quezon province to celebrate World Oceans Day. The two-day event covered an estimated 12-kilometer coastal area, and yielded around 151 sacks of around 1,760 kilos of garbage that included residual waste like plastic water bottles, plastic bags, styrofoam containers, candy wrappers, fishnets and cans. These were gathered from the coast of barangays Lumutan, Buhangin, Balubad, Angeles, Zone 1- Poblacion, Zone 4 – Poblacion and Caridad Ilaya. The garbage was disposed at the Municipal Sanitary Landfill located in Barangay Inaclagan. Around 15 to 20 tons of coconut husk, bamboo pole and stick, sea grass, and woods were likewise collected and were buried. The clean-up activity was led by Atimonan One Energy (A1E) and Atimonan’s Municipal Environment and National Resources (MENRO). A total of 587 volunteers from the NGOs, Bureau of Fire Protection, local government employees, barangay officials of concerned barangays, Sangguniang Bayan and other Atimonan residents participated in this activity. “Aiming for a new and cleaner Atimonan, expect more environmental activities like this with A1E as our partner,” declared Atimonan municipal councilor Merly Pesigan.