September 25 as National Coastal Cleanup Day pushed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:14

Veteran lawmakers are seeking to declare September 25 of every year as National Coastal Cleanup Day to encourage people to be more active in protecting the country’s natural resources.

Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao), whose proposal is embodied in House Bill 4057, said people have to be constantly reminded that the indiscriminate throwing of trash in bodies of water will come back to haunt them later.

Rodriguez said typhoons, which bring about flooding in many parts of the country, are worsened by acts of people that allow wanton extractions of natural resources.

“These acts have denuded the country’s mountains and polluted its seas,” Rodriguez stressed.

Rodriguez cited the report of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, which says the rivers and oceans in Asia are among the dirtiest and most polluted in the world.

The report also says Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay in the Philippines largely serve as a septic tank, adding that the government has failed to resolve this problem, according to Rodriguez.

Under the measure, heads of government agencies and instrumentalities, government-owned and controlled corporations, local government units and employers in the private sector are directed to organize, engage or participate in activities designed to raise public awareness on this Act and promote its objectives.

They shall encourage the participation of their employees in these activities.

Government agencies and LGUs concerned shall conduct clean-up operations of bodies of water within their jurisdictions.

Furthermore, publishers of local newspapers and magazines are encouraged to highlight this event.