Here's How You Can Help Clean Up Metro Manila's Coastal Areas

Including Manila Bay, the Las Piñas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, and more.

(SPOT.ph) Are you looking for a more active way to help save the environment besides attempting to live a zero-waste lifestyle? Then you better mark September 15 on your calendar, as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' National Capital Region chapter is hosting a volunteer cleanup drive for this year's International Coastal Cleanup. There will be five sites around Metro Manila where volunteers can congregate for the drive: SM by the Bay in Pasay City, the Las Piñas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, Malabon, Navotas, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines' Sta. Mesa campus. The cleanup drive will run from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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Volunteers can choose to participate as a trash collector or as a trash sorter. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is encouraging participants to volunteer at the site nearest their area of residence.

Spearheaded by the global environmental group Ocean Conservancy, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) began in 1986 as a communal effort to eliminate ocean trash. Since then, hundreds of thousands of volunteers in over 100 countries come together to participate in the annual coastal cleanup. In a report by Ocean's Conservancy, the Philippines was ranked as the top participating country in the 2017 coastal cleanup, with 214,165 Filipino volunteers.

To sign up for the International Coastal Cleanup in Metro Manila, fill up this form. For more information, log on to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Facebook page. You may also RSVP at the International Coastal Cleanup's event page.

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