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Troops Join Celebration of International Coastal Clean-Up Day

Published: Thursday, 10 October 2013

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – More than brooms, dustpans and garbage cans, hundreds of soldiers joined in the International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Sept. 21.Troops from the Western Command and its operationally-controlled (OPCON) units did more than basic cleanup on Palawan’s beaches. Invited by the City Government of Puerto Princesa, WESCOM participated in the celebration of the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup which was also participated in by multi-sectoral organizations, including people's organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and concerned individuals. 

 It serves as a collaborative effort to actively promote and sustain the conservation and protection of environment.“It is a good reminder that pollution is a personal problem but more importantly to know that we are also part of the solution. This effort never happened before in any coastal clean-up,” observed Rachel Arellano, Science Teacher at WESCOM Elementary School.

“We recognize that government and big companies can do a lot more to protect the environment. So we thought, why not do it ourselves? We have enough access to resources to make things happen, according to what we know is right,” said Lt. Col. Emmanuel Canilla, civil military operations chief of WESCOM.

Canilla added that soldiers assigned at the Western Command cleaned up the coasts of Barangay Bancao-bancao, while Fleet-Marine Team of the Naval Forces West were assigned to clean-up the coastal area of Barangay Bagong Sikat. Airmen of the 570th Composite Tactical Wing at Barangay Liwanag, and marines of the 3rd Marine Brigade and Joint Task Force Peacock were assigned to clean in Barangay Tiniguiban.   ––END 

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