Friday, May 10, 2019

Environmentalist group mounts beach clean-up in Currimao

By Bernardo B. Ver II

Currimao, Ilocos Norte—The Movement Against Plastic Pollution (MAPP), an Ilocos Norte environmentalist group marked March 2019 as the month to clean up beaches in this town.

MAPP is a non-government organization (NGO) that actively organizes volunteer beach and coastal cleanups, minimizing non-biodegradable wastes and educating people about proper waste management.

The group was organized and founded by Mrs. Patricia Dacanay-Diaz. She is also the 5 Gyres Institute ambassadress of the Philippines, an organization that empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution.

Mrs. Dacanay-Diaz said 91 volunteers participated in the said activity and they were able to collect 19 sacks full of non-biodegradable trash from the Pangil Rock Formation in this town. In a 1.3 kilometers wide coast, they 109.7 kilograms of garbage for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Specific plastic elements collected include plastic straws, polystyrene or Styrofoam, miscellaneous plastics—disposable plates, disposable cutleries, plastic food packaging, plastic bottles, nylon, styrene, fiberglass—and broken glass bottles—scattered near the seabed and coves.

Every year, thousands of tons of garbage winds up in the oceans, with 60% of that being composed of plastic material, or 8 million tons of plastic.

In the Philippines, Ilocos Norte’s beaches are one of the most sought destinations as it hosts beautiful shorelines with white sand and preserved corals, seagrass, rocks and a variety of marine life for tourists to enjoy.

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