As a way of recovering and reusing waste products—from household use, manufacturing, agriculture, and business—and thereby reducing their burden on the environment, ICC Zambales held a contest at Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS) on August 31, 2016, in cooperation with the Department of Education, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, The Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation (LMRLF), and ICC Olongapo spearheaded by the Public Affairs Office of Olongapo City LGU. Students from different public and private secondary schools in Olongapo City showcased their talents by re-creating an innovative work of art through recycled wastes. This goes in line with International Coastal Clean-up’s goal in solving the trash problem and creating solutions for a healthier marine ecosystem.
It was eye-opening to know that even the youth sees the error in our ways and wants to see a better tomorrow; “Maraming nakasalalay na buhay sa malinis na kapaligiran”, one of the candidates stated. Realizing that their future lies in what we do today; the lives of these children should serve as an inspiration to strive for a clean and healthy environment for generations to come.
The ICC Zambales has always been working with the local indigenous particularly the "Aetas". Last August August 9 we celebrated the World Indigenous People's Day in Botolan, Zambales. The guest of honor was the newly elected Governor Atty. Amor Deloso.
Mr. Anthony Bayarong together with the International Coastal Cleanup Area Coordinator of Zambales Mr. Zed Avecilla led the meeting last Tuesday, August 23 regarding the assignment of sites where the cleanup will take place. Mr. Anthony Bayarong presented a map directing them for this year’s proposed areas.
They also discussed the upcoming school tour in line with ICC’s advocacy which is educating the youth about their responsibility towards the environment to be held in 40 different schools in Zambales.
Bayarong said that he would also ask the support of Barangays to further strengthen the movement with them taking the lead among the locals. They believe that with the persistence and everyone’s involvement, the campaign will triple last year’s success.
The department heads of the SBMA government had their coordination meeting last August 22, for the preparation of this year’s International Coastal Cleanup’s event. They raised issues experienced before and ideas on how to improve this year.
They agreed to double the effort in preparing for this event because it is said to be more grand with the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Ms. Gina Lopez’ cooperation where she will be reporting ICC in the 100 days achievement of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during the Environmental Summit on September 30, 2016.
Zed Avecilla, ICC area coordinator of Zambales proudly mentioned that the International Coastal Clean-up is starting to be embraced by its rapid growth and environmental advocates showing interest to support the movement. It is indeed a year of convergence where one advocacy brought everyone together.
Celebrating our year as being ranked number one worldwide, ICC Philippines dares to keep the pace and continue its battle for a trash-free Philippines.
“Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints & Kill nothing but time.” is a principle worth putting into practice. Never take for granted nor abuse the fruits mother nature has to offer us. We are all her visitors and borrowers of the next generation.
This belief was taken by heart by Lito De Veterbo, a Leave No Trace advocate, well-known as “Mister LNT”. He has been traveling different parts of the nation, spreading the awareness, preaching his passion and making disciples by conducting different workshops.
Leave No Trace is an organization that cares deeply about sustainability and outdoor recreation experiences. The LNT brand provides credibility as the environmental solution embraced by millions.
August 20, 2016, one of his workshops took place at Subic Bay, Zambales. Everyone was invited to join and experience this unique activity for both an indoor & outdoor session where they discussed outdoor ethics & survival. This was applied when they explored Pamulaklakin Forest Trail in Bataan. It had participants coming from Manila and Rotaractors of the Rotary Club of Subic Bay.
Emphasizing the need to protect the planet, he stresses that we can enjoy the outdoors responsibly without causing any damage by adhering to the LNT principles. This was hosted by The Lighthouse Marina Resort in partnership with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
Last August 15, the ICC Zambales represented by LCDR Zedrik Avecilla PCGA and Capt. Randy Escolango PCGA went to Iba to visit the newly elected leaders of Zambales Province, Governor Amor Deloso and Vice-Governor Angel Magsaysay. We are happy to know that they will support and continue what Zambales has achieved in the last two years being the #1 province in the Philippines with the most number of Volunteers. Last year Zambales garnered a total of almost 90,000 volunteers.
ICC Zambales plated a key role in making the Philippines #1 last 2015 as the most number of volunteers in the world with more than 90 countries participating. We look forward to continue to working with this administration in growing and improving this campaign.
The Sangkalikasan group headed by Jojo Rodriguez together with DOST representative, Virna Salac of
DOST-PCAARRD National Coral Restoration Program and Karina Escudero of Reef Check Philippines shared their studies theories and concerns regarding the state of the corals in the Philippines through a meeting organized by the ICC Philippines held at the Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic Bay Philippines last August 4, 2016. This is part of the ICC Zambales Reef Restoration Program that started last year at Grande Island together with Sangkalikasan.
Sangkalikasan continues to monitor the reefs that they transplanted last year. According to Mr. Rogriguez they are surprised with the progress of the reefs here in Subic. Normally the corals die at extreme temperatures above 30 degrees celsius. But here in Subic temperatures reach above that and the corals eventually survived. They will conduct more research regarding this discovery.
Other discussion led to some livelihood planning program that the Squadron can spearhead in collaboration with DOST. This program aims to not just help our local Aeta community but will also help in creating awareness on our environmental challenges and hopes to encourage people to be more responsible earth citizens.
Dedicated in creating a wave of change to help preserve our environment