Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 57, Series of 1999 declaring May as “Month of the Ocean”, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office – Marinduque headed by Imelda M. Diaz, OIC, PENR Officer celebrated the Month of the Ocean by conducting Simultaneous Coastal Clean-Up on May 18, 2019. The activity aims to emphasize the significance of conservation, protection and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources. It is aligned with the theme “Free the Sea from Marine Debris”. The said activity was participated by the eighty-three (83) Coastal Barangays of Marinduque and representatives from various National Government Agencies (NGAs) such as Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department and Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and PNP Maritime, among others.

The PENRO Marinduque appreciated the full support of stakeholders as manifested by the active participation of 3,635 individuals. A total of 3,082 kgs. of trash were collected along the shorelines of Coastal Barangays. Among the trash collected are food wrappers, straws, plastic bags, and cigarette butts.

“We want to express our sincerest gratitude to all participating agencies and volunteers for their active participation, support and cooperation in the simultaneous Coastal Clean-Up activities. The collective efforts of various stakeholders have resulted to the success of the Month of the Ocean celebration and a great impact to the people of Marinduque and the environment. Let us unite and work together to protect and save our oceans, join us to save our Mother Earth,” PENRO Diaz said.

Lastly, there will be a culminating activity on June 4, 2019 which will involve lectures on Clean Water Act, Water Code of the Philippines, Ecological Solid Waste Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The highlights of the activity will be the awarding ceremony for the “Best Barangay”, and a kickoff for the “Environment Month” celebration.