City, USAID hold Sta. Cruz island clean-up Print
Sunday, 29 April 2018 16:44

By RG Antonet Go

The USAID Protect Wildlife spearheaded an island cleanup at the Great Sta. Cruz Island yesterday in line with the observance of earth month.

Volunteers from the city government and partners under USAID Protect Wildlife picked trash left in the island which were placed in several sacks. Trash were composed of residual waste such as coffee sachets, biscuit wrappers, and mineral water bottles.

Reynaldo Navacilla, Zamboanga City Field Site Manager- USAID Protect Wildlife,  said  that massive information dissemination is still needed for people to stop the generation of trash.

He  also said that coastal barangays should be monitored to see that people do not dump garbage into the open sea.

The consciousness of segregating and disposing waste properly should also be inculcated in the minds of the public. added Navacilla.

USAID is helping the city government address threats to the environment, particularly biodiversity loss and wildlife trafficking under Protect Wildlife,   a five -year project implemented together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The group is also helping the Protected Area Management Unit (PAMU) to enhance the management plan for Sta Cruz island, ensuring protection of wildlife, and promoting positive behavior for  tourists visiting the island. (RGAAGo)