DUMAGUETE CITY, April 29 — The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) of Dumaguete City has collected 5,010 kilos of garbage during the 44th International Earth Day Coastal clean-up drive held over the weekend along the coastal barangays in the city.
Coastal Resource Management program coordinator Flora Ocao had said the volunteers came from 25 local and national government and city hall employees, with nine barangays having participated in the clean-up, said Syril Repe of the City Information Office on Tuesday.
It took a few days since Saturdays coastal clean-up for the ENRO to collate the data and obtain the total number of garbage collected during the activity which was made available Tuesday.
During the clean-up drive, the volunteer-participants collected garbage along shoreline areas from Barangay Piapi to Banilad.
Of the total 5,010 kilos of collected garbage, the volunteers collected 4,260 kilos of non-biodegradable and 750 kilos biodegradable trash.
Meanwhile, OIC-ENRO Officer Rey Awayan also said that aside from the coastal clean-up drive, the Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR) employees also planted mangroves in coastal areas of Barangay Banilad.
The city government has been implementing Ordinance No. 88, the Comprehensive Coastal Resources Management program, to address coastal problems on dumping of solid waste along the coastlines and waterways by residents, according to ENRO Officer Rey Awayan.
One of the big contributors to the solid waste management problem in the city is the indiscriminate disposal of plastic bags and other plastics not only in canals and sewer systems but also in the sea waters.
The city government is doing its best to truly enforce its anti-plastics ordinance in the city despite opposition from some quarters such as stores that continue to use plastic bags for consumer goods. (PNA)