The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians in cooperation with The Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation (LMRLF), and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, together with the Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailing (SAGS) Club, and Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce (SBFCC) held the Recyclables Regatta last Friday, August 7, 2015 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM at the beachfront of The Lighthouse Marina Resort.
The Recyclables Regatta is a race of watercrafts made from recycled materials (without restrictions on shapes and steering mechanism), paddled in a total of a 240-meter point to point course along Subic Bay. Teams must use their creativity by taking items that would have otherwise been thrown in the garbage and create to be a human-powered floating vessel with no motors and no working sails that must be rowed by two persons. Any debris left in the water by the participants should be retrieved in order to finish the race.
“According to data, approximately 85% of the total garbage found in Zambales are different types of plastics,” explained Lt. Commander Zedrik Avecilla PCGA and Director of LMRLF. He added, “This poses a challenge for our health and environment but there are many ways of raising awareness and engaging the citizens for action through watersport activities.”
Undersecretary Jose Luis Alano, the Executive Director of National Coast Watch Council Office of the Executive Secretary Office of the President, gave the opening remarks for the commencement and gave the crowd encouraging words about coastal responsibility.
The race was participated by different sectors from the community, namely, Harbor Point Ayala Mall and their Professional Maintenance Group Inc., PTT Philippines Foundation Inc., SBMA Fire Department, Rotaractors from Mondriaan Aura College, Global Terminals Inc., The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Masinloc Town, and Batang Gapo News TV.
Winners received carved trophies fashioned out of coastal cleanup waste, alongside cash prizes and certificates, presented by IYFR International Commodore Jun Avecilla, Jesse Pascasio (Director for Strategic Planning and Communications from the Office of the President National Coast Watch Council), Hon. Ramon Lacbain (Vice Governor of Zambales), Mutya ng Olongapo Kresnha Gluindez and Bert Guevara (EVP for Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability and President of Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines Foundation).
Ranking Company/Organization Finish Time Representatives/Rowers
1st Harbor Point Ayala Mall 05:16 Edgar Prequenza & Louie Gabrido
2nd The Lighthouse Marina Resort 05:30 Ejercito Estrada & Jeric Ejanda
3rd Global Terminals Inc. 05:58 Riki Sarabia Rafael Doctoleng
Immediately after the awarding, invitees joined Mr. Pascasio for a Focus Group Discussion related to the Philippine National Marine Policy of 1994 and conversed about current situation on the environment and planned for the upcoming 2nd Environmental Summit to be held in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
This event is in line with the the International Coastal Cleanup on September 19, 2015. The data collected during the cleanup are used for science-based solutions to tackle challenges like ocean trash, and according to cleanup data, plastic items are in the top 10 pollutants which mostly end up in our waterways. By applying the principles of “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.”, we all can make a difference in protecting the environment.
Warmly supported by:
ICC Philippines, Ocean Conservatory, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, City of Olongapo, Province of Zambales, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Zero Carbon Resorts, Earth Day Network Philippines, North Philippines Visitors Bureau, Subic Bay HATS Visitors Board, North Luzon Expressway, Harbor Point Ayala Mall, Aquamundo and
FOX International Channels, Active Boating & Watersports, Batang Gapo NewsTV, GNN, ANC, La Isla Magazine, Balikbayan, North Bound, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Quest Magazine, C! Magazine, Calibre Magazine and Wondertower Creative.
Dedicated in creating a wave of change to help preserve our environment