“The fight to beat waste pollution necessitates all to be on board. Everyone should contribute because sustaining a clean and healthy environment is shared responsibility,” says Tirso P. Parian, Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region VIII.

RED Parian made the remark as he shows his appreciation for the clean-up drive spearheaded by the I Love Tacloban Foundation recently.

“With the cooperation of the community itself and by tapping the government, academe and other stakeholders, it is our desire that we will set an example for the people to be conscious of their environment and make it a form of habit to maintain the cleanliness of their surroundings,” says Mr. Raymund Romualdez, president of the I Love Tacloban Foundation, a non-profit and non-government organization.

Close to 300 participants from different schools, I Love Tacloban Youth, members of Alpha Kappa Rho, city hall employees, residents of the barangay and other civic-minded individuals joined in the coastal clean-up at Brgy. 68, Anibong of this city. 

With the slogan “Cleanliness Starts With Me”, the activity aims to assist the residents in the collection and segregation of wastes along the coastline accumulated during the latest typhoon Ursula. Echoing the advocacy of DENR, “Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan”, Mr. Romualdez encouraged everyone to be responsible in the proper solid waste management and ensure that the coastlines are free of waste, plastic especially.

The I Love Tacloban Foundation has signified that the clean-up drive is just one of the series of clean-ups slated to be conducted in the different barangays, especially coastal barangays, to raise awareness on solid waste pollution and encourage the Filipino values of “bayanihan”.

This kind of activity is consistent with the priority programs of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu with clean air, clean water and solid waste management on top of the list. We are on the right track and should be unrelenting in our collective effort to combat waste pollution,” says RED Parian.