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ICC 2022: A Nature Walk and Coast Clean Up at LCCPHHEA


Did you know that the Philippines produces over 21 million metric tons of garbage every year? That makes us the third-ranking contributor to plastic pollution in the world! YES.



Now just imagine how much of that doesn't go to the land fills and actually wash up in our coastal shores. Well, about 0.28 – 0.75 million tonnes of plastic per year exit Manila Bay into the world's oceans. And that's just a microcosm of our national coastal areas.


Cleaning Up Manila's Only Mangrove and Wetland Sanctuary - LPPCHEA


So it was just a natural thing for me to say 'YES' to participating in the ICC 2022! Together with hundreds of volunteers, I joined the International Coastal Clean Up Day 2022 held at the Las Piñas - Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) last September 17, 2022. The ICC is celebrated every 3RD Saturday of September around the world.



Located just 10 minutes south of Manila Bay, LPPCHEA is a 175 hectare nature reserve opened in 2007 and is actually the first critical wetland ecosystem in Metro Manila.



The park is home to varied species of mangroves, reptiles, fish, and serves as a  stopover of about 41 species of migratory birds that fly the East Asian–Australasian Migratory Flyway. In fact, we saw a few ones on site like the White Egret and the Black-Crowned Night Heron. Amazing, right?



The event started with a short introduction of the LPPCHEA, some facts and trivia about the ICC campaign, followed by a short nature walk around the mangrove trail, and finally the actual coastal clean up.


Trash in All Forms at LPPCHEA


The Philippines uses 60 billion sachets a year. And true enough, we did see a lot of them in our clean up. And it gets worse! Non-biodegradable trash in all forms were scattered just about everywhere.



From the perennial water bottles, straws, styro, and plastic bags, to discarded car tires, shoes, bags, and whatnots. It was a complete mess, pun intended.


Here's the problem with that: birds and fish pick up and eat anything they see that floats. And once the pesky trash enters their bodies, there's just no going back. They choke, get poisoned, and most often die.


BUT... Seeing all the volunteers happily filling up their assigned rice sacks gave me a glimmer of hope.



Can you  imagine having 10 to 100x more people doing the same selfless act for Mother Nature. Or better, everyone carries the discipline for proper garbage disposal EVERY DAY.  So clean ups like this won't be necessary in the future? Oh, such a beautiful thought. If only, maybe, maybe someday.


A Group Effort for LPPCHEA ICC 2022


The coastal clean up was led and sponsored by Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc., Meaningful Travels PH, 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines AFP CMOR.




Maraming salamat sa #BantayBakawan sa inyong pag-aalaga at serbisyo.


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