Lend a helping hand this National Clean Up Month

Ages ago until now trash has become a huge problem in our society –and it’s spreading everywhere.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6 has a lined up activities this National Clean Up Month, and one of the highlights is the conduct of the annual International Coastal Clean Up (ICC) with a theme: “Clean Seas for Healthy Fisheries” on September 16, 2023, Satuday.

The ICC is the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean’s health and to inform the public about the growing beach pollutions. This will be conducted along the coastal areas of Brgy. Sto. Niño Norte to Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City.

“Trash, garbage or litter doesn’t only affect our land surface but also our water, air, and health, and now, as we celebrate the National Clean Up Month this September may we always bear in mind that this trash can be moderated and properly manage if we help in clean-up activities by picking wastes and disposing it properly,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran.

In year 1993, with the Presidential Proclamation No. 244, declaring the month of September as the National Clean-up Month and the 17th to the 23rd of September as the World Clean and Green Week. To illuminate waste and reduce environmental pollution, volunteers and environmental group advocates across the nation gather to participate in these events/activities by cleaning their own community, school premises, parks, rivers, coastal and other areas.

The DENR will also be conducting a Handog Titulo Program on Lands Day on September 29, 2023.

The month of September the Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be celebrating the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, with the theme: “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant Heroes.”

The DENR 6 fully supports one of the agency’s activities, the Plant-Run on September 17, 2023 (Sunday) at Brgy. Dacutan, Dumangas, Iloilo.

On September 26, 2023, World Environment Health Day Celebration, the Department of Health (DOH) will be conducting Biyaheng Kalusugan on September 25-28, 2023 dedicated to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy environment and its impact on well-being.

Other Environmental events for this month are as follows; International Ozone Day on September 16, and Zero Emissions Day on September 21. (DENR-6)