During the 4thInternational Coastal Cleanup held last September 22, 2018, PARMS pooled in 180 volunteers in Manila to clean up 240kg of trash from Manila Bay. This is in congruence with other companies’ and organizations’ shared advocacy for cleaner bodies of water, while fostering awareness on the global issue of marine debris.
The international initiative is the first organized coastal cleanup in the country beginning in 1994. After 23 years, it remains one of the biggest movements on coastal conservation. This year, the cause revolves around the theme, “Fighting for Trash-Free Seas,” which is very relevant to those who depend on the seas as their source of livelihood.
Aside from cleaning up Manila Bay, concerned citizens, government bodies, the academe, non-government organizations, and private organizations convened to clean up Philippine coasts in Batangas, Subic, and Cebu.
In total, over 450 volunteers from PARMS members across the Philippines have opted to join the cause for cleaner coasts. Aside from people participation, the alliance has also supplied a truck to collect the waste for proper treatment and disposal.