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Puerto Princesa's "Save the Bays" Initiative: Combating Plastic Pollution

Last July 15, the City Government of Puerto Princesa took a significant step in the battle against plastic waste pollution with the launch of the "Save the Puerto Princesa Bays" program. This comprehensive initiative calls on the community to unite and preserve the invaluable Puerto Princesa Bays. Held in Barangay Mandaragat, near densely populated coastal areas, the event emphasized the urgent need for waste management and plastic pollution awareness.

The city's administration is taking bold steps to protect its natural treasures. The "Save the Puerto Princesa Bays" initiative is a crucial wake-up call, urging residents and visitors alike to be conscious of their environmental impact. Held in the vibrant community of Old Buncag, where homes stand proudly beside the coastline, the launch served as a reminder that every action taken within these barangays directly affects the well-being of their beloved bays.

"We will launch the first academy for informal waste pickers with our partners, and we will set up the system to incentivize the collection of recyclables so that the households that participate can also get revenue," said John Vincent Gastanes of Eco Kolek and Project Zacchaeus.

Project Zacchaeus Eco Kolek: Empowering Eco Warriors

At the heart of the initiative is Project Zacchaeus Eco Kolek, an organization at the forefront of proper waste management and environmental preservation. Recognized as a vital partner in the fight against plastic waste pollution, the Eco Warriors from Project Zacchaeus Eco Kolek have become champions of sustainable practices. Their commitment to this cause has been amplified by the unwavering support from the City Government, allowing their projects to reach a broader audience across Puerto Princesa. Through this initiative, the once unheard voices of waste pickers now resonate as powerful agents of change.

A Call to Action: Uniting for a Cleaner Future

The launch of the "Save the Puerto Princesa Bays" program was a dynamic event that showcased the unity and collaboration among various stakeholders. Participants from all walks of life came together to engage in a series of environmental conservation activities, transcending mere words and turning intentions into tangible actions. Coastal cleanups saw individuals using fish nets to remove plastic waste floating on the water, while others bravely swam to collect trash, underscoring the unwavering dedication to protecting the bays.

The event brought together key players, including the Barangay LGU, PNP, Coast Guard, and CENRO, forming a formidable alliance with Project Zacchaeus Eco Kolek and other non-government organizations. This gathering of like-minded individuals reaffirmed their shared commitment to combat plastic waste pollution and safeguard the environment for future generations.

Beyond the Launch: Sustaining the Movement

The "Save the Puerto Princesa Bays" initiative does not end with the program's launch; it marks the beginning of an enduring commitment to sustainability. The City Government, in collaboration with partner organizations, envisions a future where waste management is a way of life, and plastic pollution is a thing of the past.

Educational awareness campaigns will continue, shedding light on the importance of responsible waste disposal, recycling, and the reduction of single-use plastics. Coastal cleanups, urban forestry, baywalk tree planting, mud ball throwing, and mangrove planting activities will become regular fixtures, fostering a sense of community stewardship.

Moving Forward

Puerto Princesa's "Save the Puerto Princesa Bays" initiative has ignited a spark of environmental consciousness, illuminating a path towards a cleaner, greener future. With the concerted efforts of the City Government, Project Zacchaeus Eco Kolek, and a united community, this program sets an inspiring example of what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause. Through sustained dedication and collective action, the people of Puerto Princesa are taking charge of their destiny, determined to protect their beloved bays, and leave a lasting legacy of environmental stewardship for generations to come. As other cities and municipalities take inspiration from Puerto Princesa's efforts, we move one step closer to a plastic-free world and a thriving planet for all.

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