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'Scubasureros' support Sarangani cleanup drive

Sarangani Energy Corp., a subsidiary of the Alsons Power Group, recently partnered with the Philippine Coast Guard, the local government of the municipality of Maasim, and divers from Sarangani province and General Santos City, to collect garbage and clean up the waters of Sarangani Bay.

Dubbed as “scubasureros,” 14 volunteer divers became garbage collectors to keep the waters free from trash. A total of 28 sacks of garbage—mostly plastics—were pulled from the deep waters and shoreline of the bay.

Ruben Tungpalan, Corporate Affairs and Community Relations head of SEC, said the cleanup effort is a key focus of the company to keep the marine environment clean and encourage biodiversity in the area. 

The company has carried this out in the last seven years in coordination with the Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation Inc., the corporate social responsibility arm of the Alcantara Group.

“We want the impact of these activities to be felt immediately, and we are also focused on the long-term effect to the fishing communities. By doing these activities, we want the residents to realize the importance of cleaning up the bay and shorelines, and keeping the marine environment healthy to make it viable for future generations,” Tungpalan said.

Some of the volunteer divers or ‘scubasureros’ gather their ‘catch’—bags of garbage, mostly plastic items—from the waters of Sarangani Bay.

The cleanup drive was also part of the activities held to celebrate SEC’s milestone event—the ceremonial switch-on for the first 105-megawatt section of the power company’s 210-megawatt baseload plant located in Maasim, Sarangani that started operating in April last year, and the start of civil works for the second 105-megawatt section of the baseload plant.

The Alsons Power Group is the first and most experienced independent power producer in Mindanao. It is committed to the economic development of the region by providing a reliable and stable supply of electricity through SEC and its other power subsidiaries—the Southern Philippine Power Corp., Western Mindanao Power Corp. and the Mapalad Power Corp.

Topics: Sarangani Energy Corp. , Philippine Coast Guard , “scubasureros”
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