The Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation (LMRLF) together with the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) Philippine Fleet, in partnership with Ayala Malls (Harbor Point), in cooperation with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Olongapo City Government, and Vice Governor’s Office/Public Employment Service Office (VGOPESO) Zambales, officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the International Coastal Cleanup Zambales (ICCZ) Campaign in Cinema 3 of Harbor Point last August 8, 2014.
The MOU signing involved representatives from each organization/governing units: Hon. Ramon Lacbain II, Vice Governor of Zambales Province; Jesus “Jun” Avecilla, International Vice Commodore of IYFR, President of The Lighthouse Marina Resort, and Chairman of LMRLF; Hon. Jong Cortez, Councilor of Olongapo City; Atty. Ruel Kabigting, OIC Senior Deputy Administrator Regulatory Group, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. This was witnessed by Zedrik Avecilla, Director of LMRLF; Commodore Gerry Reyes of PCGA, ICC Philippines National Coordinator; Ronald Tiotuico, Regional Director, Department of Tourism Region III; and Argee Gomez, Marketing Manager Ayala Malls (Harbor Point).
The gentlemen immediately proceeded to a ribbon cutting for the ICC Exhibit, which includes module displays to expand its presence in order to educate the public about the largest volunteer efforts in the world for ocean preservation. The modules contains infographics with facts and reminders for ICCZ on September 20, 2014. This environmental event is celebrated every 3rd Saturday of September and joined by 650,000 people across the globe. The Philippines is the second largest participating country in the world with 182,408 volunteers in 2013.
Among other activities was a short program inside Cinema 3 which included a film viewing of the ICC 2012 and 2013 documentaries. This was followed by short reports and speeches from representatives of involved government units and organizations.
“Zambales is come up to its level, in fact no. 2 for the first time in the whole Philippines," stated by ICC Philippines Coordinator, Commodore Gerry Reyes of PCGA. He also said, “One concern we have to think about is the micro plastics or the POPs (persistent organic pollutants), which is the most scary part of the debris problem. We've been finding out in most of the marine researches, the small fish/larvae, have ingested plastic in their stomachs.”
Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain also announced, “Our participation for the ICC is not just one day and we want to continue this. This coming Monday, I will submit a resolution in our province to declare every 3rd Saturday of September is ICC Day and every day is a cleanup day in Zambales.”
During the program, attendees were tasked to save the date for September 12-13, 2014 for an Environmental Summit to be held in Subic Bay Exhibitions and Convention Center (SBECC) in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. This two day event aims to have a meaningful dialogue that will involve the entire LGU of Zambales including Olongapo City and Subic Bay Freeport Zone together with business owners to discuss the current issues of the environment at the same time solutions on how to tackle them.
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