MWSS joins the thousands of volunteers who joined the “Battle for Trash-Free Manila”, a massive beach clean-up drive organised in Baseco Beach, Port Area, Tondo, to mark the 34th International Coastal Clean-up Day. The Coastal Clean-up Day is a global social action program which is celebrated with an aim to combat the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris. It is celebrated by doing litter clean-up and waste mapping activities spanning every time zone.
The Office of the President issued Proclamation No. 470, s. 2003, declaring the third Saturday of September of each year as the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day in observance of the Global Coastal Clean-Up Celebrations. The ICC is a global initiative since 1986 by The Ocean Conservancy (TOC), formerly the Center for Marine Conservation (CMC), a Non-Government Organization based in Washington, D.C., USA, together with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1998, the Philippines has consistently tapped the ICC in cleaning the shorelines and underwater sites.
Cleaning of Baseco beach is crucial to the efforts to rehabilitate the Manila Bay since it is where water—and waste – from the Pasig River flows into Manila Bay. Gathered debris during the clean-up were single-use and disposable plastics, mostly consumer items.
The MWSS employees stood alongside DENR, MMDA, Maynilad, Manila Water, Local Government Units (LGUs), students, volunteer contingents from public and private sectors to give concern for climate, nature and pollution the prominence it demands.