LLDA and OPAEP full force in the International Coastal Cleanup 2015

September 27, 2014 – The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection (OPAEP) take part in the celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) 2015 in full swing at the Las Piñas-Prañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 470 declaring every third Saturday of September as International Coastal Cleanup Day, the theme for this year’s local observance of the ICC is “Bayanihan para sa Malinis na Katubigan at Karagatan.”

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) headed by Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim in coordination with other offices, units and attached agencies of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led the event at the national level.

Senator Cynthia Villar, heads of the agencies and other important guests such as, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski, and DENR Usec. Jonas Leones were present to express their support to the purpose of the event.

“The situation is depressing. On this, our 5th year joining the ICC, we see the worsening of not only the amount of the garbage, but also the quality of it. But we see all these children here with us today, and we know that we have a chance to use this experience as building blocks of consciousness for the future. Still, we end with hope,” Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection and LLDA General Manager Sec. Acosta shared in his speech. “In our lives and not just on days like the International Coastal Cleanup, we should always remember that we are on a journey everyday to understand that we are part of the web of life, of nature, of ecosystems. And when we understand that, we will value what is around us because we realize that it is what gives us life,” he added.

Once again leading by example, Sec. Neric Acosta with the whole LLDA and OPAEP teams collected nearly 400 kilograms of garbage from the LPPCHEA coastline.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean’s health. Volunteers from the academe, the private sector, local government units and other government agencies were tasked to submit the summary of data collected through the use of ICC Data Card upon completion of the activity for consolidation and submission to the Ocean Conservancy, an organization that advocates for a healthy ocean.

The event is also a part of the commitment of LLDA and Manila Water in their Toka Toka awareness campaign. It can be recalled that on August 12, 2015, the two agencies renewed its partnership through a Partnership Seal Signing held at the LLDA Green Building Roof Deck.