The community spirit is alive in Panglao, Bohol, as some 2,651 volunteers from 43 local organizations, educational institutions, and private groups took part in the recent 34th International Coastal Cleanup.
Among the volunteers were 55 licensed scuba divers who conducted an underwater cleanup in the coasts off the village of Doljo, one of the popular beaches on Panglao Island.
Volunteers collected some 2,300 kgs of non-biodegradable trash from the coastline and underwater, composed mostly of single-use plastics.
The annual activity was spearheaded by The Bellevue Resort, recipient of the Asean Green Hotel Standard for 2018-2020, in partnership with the Panglao Municipal Government, Ocean Conservancy, Plastic Free Bohol, and Scotty’s Action Sports Network.
The resort also hosted an environmental awareness and waste segregation forum to educate community members on the importance of nurturing Mother Earth, and an eco fair, which featured eco-friendly products from local entrepreneurs.
Its second hosting of the International Coastal Cleanup, Bellevue Resort has pledged its continuing support to green initiatives in Panglao the year round. In March, it led the Plogging Event in support of the global Earth Hour campaign, which combined jogging with picking up litter along the way.
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