Mayor Ahong unleashes ‘war vs sea garbage’

Mayor Ahong unleashes ‘war vs sea garbage’

By Junex Doronio
September 23, 2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Committed to maintaining cleanliness in this historic resort city, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan led volunteer coastal cleaners and gathered 19.2 tons or 19,200 kilos of garbage on the coastline and 321.57 kilos of garbage underwater in the recent International Coastal Clean-up.

In the Scubasurero data submitted, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Environment Management Specialist Jocelyn Abayan revealed that the top garbage collected underwater from the highest were food wrappers and pouches; plastic bottles; nylon lines and ropes; foam cups, plates, metal, and paper.

Maharlika TV learned that thousands of volunteers battled trash last Saturday’s International Coastal Clean-up.

With the theme “Fighting for Trash-free Seas, Pilipinas!”, volunteers led by the mayor combed the streets, residential areas, and even underwater gathering garbage and whatever their hands could reach in all the city’s 30 barangays.

Abayan further said divers covered a 750-meter distance, filling up 35 sacks with collected trash.

However, Olango island has yet to submit the total weight of garbage collected on its coast.

On the other hand, mainland Lapu-Lapu City has yet to complete its Ocean trash data form to determine the top five trash collected in coastal waters. (ai/mtvn)

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